Ancient castles, wineries, and Sunday markets await when you surrender your watches and cell phones to island time and stay in one of our Felanitx vacation rentals. This inland community is located in the southeast corner of Mallorca, nestled between the cities of Santanyí, Campos, and Manacor.
The foothills and countryside of this gorgeous region, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, were once known for vineyards and brandy. While some vineyards remain, the region is best known today as a holiday destination among world travelers seeking authentic Spanish culture and cuisine, just a short trip away from the beach.
Felanitx is an ideal destination for Balearic Islands vacation rentals due to its rural surroundings, markets, and rich culture. Locals will argue that the best way to explore is by motorcycle, which you can rent from Mallorquin-Bikes! Visitors can also rent bicycles from S'Horabaixa Cycling to wander the island alone or on a group ride.
In the heart of the community stands the Church of Sant Miquel. The fantastic 16th-century church showcases Baroque architecture, cascading staircases, and a statue of the archangel Michael stepping on Satan's head. On Sundays, the grounds surrounding the church are transformed into a market offering artisan crafts and produce. A second market, Sa Placa, is best known for its street food and fresh flower vendors.
A short walk from the church is Plaça d’Espanya, a palm-lined strip with coffee shops and bars where you can get to know the locals. By nightfall, visit Parc Municipal la Torre for public concerts, street food, and events, or watch a play at Mai Som Tots Teatre, the community theater.
You can learn so much about a culture through its cuisine, which can be enjoyed at a restaurant or from your very own kitchen in one of our Felanitx vacation rentals! Attempt to replicate your favorite dishes, or ask for a recipe from a local and pick up produce from the fresh market and meats from butcher shops like Cosme Soler Adrover. If you'd rather dine out, sit on the terrace at Ca n'Usola and dive into a steaming hot concoction of rice, seafood, and vegetables.
Treat yourself to a sweet at Pastisseria Sa Figuera, then go wine tasting at An Negra Viticultors, a winery crawling with 80-year-old indigenous vines. When you need a little slice of home, order pizza, hot dogs, or even hamburgers at Restaurante Presto Presto.
Your holiday isn't complete without a little travel! Just five miles outside of Felanitx is the breathtaking San Salvador Monastery, set high in the hilltops overlooking the sea. The monastery consists of a church, the beloved sculpture of the Virgin and Child, and a crypt for Spanish royalty. From two additional monuments – a cross and the statue of Christ – you can see the island's entire southeast coast on a clear day.
At the top of the monastery, you can also see Castell de Santueri, an ancient fortress on the cliffs of the Sierra de Levante mountain range, dating back to the Romans. While the interior is off limits due to active archaeological digs, visitors can explore the grounds and towers, which are showcased by hiking and cycling trails.
Just eight miles beyond the city is the magnificent, 18-hole Vall d'Or Golf Course, and the nearest beach access at Porto Colom, a fishing village with a deep natural harbor. Explore the soft sandy beach at Cala Marcal, just south of the marina, or tracks of coastline along the peninsula, including S’Arenal Grand and S’Arenal Petit.
Our growing selection of Felanitx vacation rentals provide an intimate retreat into the countryside during your next getaway to Spain. A visit to this charming inland city just might spark the intrepid world traveler spirit in you!
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