The Balearic Islands- especially the isle of Mallorca - are always worth a visit, but it can be tough to choose a location from which to explore some of Spain's most beautiful sights. Resort towns like Alcúdia and Can Picafort are a great way to explore the coast, while Felanitx lets you see the island's lush interiors. Our vacation rentals in the village of Esporles, however, let you enjoy it all - a rich cultural history, gorgeous natural surroundings, and easy access to the coastal capital of Palma.
Nestled in the Tramunta Mountain Range on the western part of the island, Esporles boasts an amazing combination of modern and traditional sights to enjoy as you set out from your vacation rental. Over nine centuries old, the village was a former agricultural hub before becoming a prime destination for tourism, and both the Vila Vella and Vilanova districts boast gorgeous stone architecture, narrow winding streets, and amazing mountain views for you to enjoy during your stay.
Take a walk from your home and admire these sights as you visit the town's imposing gothic church, or dive into the rich history of Esporles at the La Granja museum, based in a mansion originally erected in the time of the Roman Empire. The village is very welcoming to tourists, so feel free to strike up friendly conversations during the weekly Saturday market as you pick up fresh, local produce to cook back in your rental kitchen. If you'd rather dine out, you're in luck - the restaurant of La Villa has the best suckling pig on the entire island of Mallorca!
Surrounded by mountains, you can wake up and marvel at the distant peaks, and admire the bright, starry night as you walk home after sunset. Bring a book with you and find a nice spot to admire the small river that bisects the town to let the pace of vacation settle in. Or head to the Son Tries Recreation Area to walk among beautiful flowers, native Holm Oak trees, and experience impressive mountain views from the occasional vista.
A drive through the countryside will reveal sights of cultivated terraces, plains, and orchards of orange trees producing succulent fruits under the constant Spanish sun. Being on an island certainly has its benefits - the shimmering waters of the Balearic Sea and beaches are never far and make for an easy day trip.
Mallorca is a small island, which makes it easy to explore no matter where you are. Destinations as far-flung as the resort town of Can Picafort on the opposite side of the island are still only 40 miles away, making it easy to drive there from Esporles well-maintained roads.
The best nearby location to check out, however, is Palma. A mere 13 miles to the south, the island's capital is incredibly accessible, making visits to the hustle and bustle of the port town quick and easy. Palma has something to offer everyone, with dozens of shops and restaurants to try alongside plenty of great attractions. Take in some history at architectural wonders like the Castle of Bellver, or just head down to the soft, sandy shores and gentle waves of the beach!
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