While the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Sea offers beautiful beaches and resorts that are frequented by tourists looking for a summer playground in Spain, a search in the right places reveals the island is so much more than that. Escape the noise and the crowds, and step back in time with one of our rentals in the peaceful rural community of María de la Salud.
Historical sites abound in this fascinating area. There are ancient ruins all over, and even the houses were mostly built in the 19th and 20th Centuries, when the current population was established. You will reap the benefits of ripe melons, tomatoes, and other delicious crops that react favorably to the ideal growing conditions in this agricultural community.
María de la Salud is a Spanish municipality in the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. It is located in the center of the island of Mallorca, in the region of Pla de Mallorca, northeast of the capital, Palma. A short 27-mile drive from Palma de Mallorca Airport will bring you to this charming area.
This inland area doesn't have beaches, but you will find plenty of delicious food and breathtaking sights to draw your interest and give you a unique experience you can only find in the peaceful Mallorcan countryside.
There are plenty of places to visit to see ancient architecture and remnants of eras long gone. See the remains of Bronze Age settlements at the cave of Caseta del Garriguer, and search through burial caves in the Rotes Noves de Montblanc. This area is home to some of the best-known remains dating back to the Talaiotic period.
Head to Torre de na Gil to witness the remains of a Roman settlement. Here you will find many artifacts that tell stories from an ancient culture, including coins, tools, and pottery. Anyone interested in history or cultures will appreciate the unique collection that has withstood the test of time.
Among the remnants of ancient cultures, the history of the current culture still stands prominent and impressive. Check out the Church of la Mare de Déu de la Salut - built in the 17th century, it has a noticeable Byzantine influence and houses a beautifully crafted 16th-century statue of the Virgin Mary, which gives a view into the rich past of Mallorca.
For a wider glimpse into the culture of the region, pay a visit to Son Roig manor house and the neighboring Son Puig windmill. There are beautiful gardens to see at the Roqueta farmstead, and a fascinating watermill at Deulosal.
A vacation in Spain wouldn't be right without delicious cuisine and tapas. Maria de la Salud is home to a collection of renowned eateries that characterize the unique flavor of the region. Some of the favorites for tapas include Ca's Padri Toni, Cafè Ca'n Tomeu, and Bar Somjos. For the local take on seafood, visit Sa Canyeta, which makes a lovely prawn dish. For drinks, head to Bar Can Jordi Ariany - if you're lucky, you might catch a fiesta!
For a unique experience off the tourist track and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Spanish island of Mallorca, check out one of our beautiful vacation rentals in María de la Salud. You won't be disappointed!
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