With a long history dating back to Roman times and gorgeous beaches, Santanyí has exceptional culture and beauty, considering its small size. Explore archaeological sites from different eras, sample the excellent local cuisine, or dive into crystal-clear waters.
Santanyí is a gorgeous place to visit and lacks the touristy feel of larger towns like Llucmajor. The locals are warm, friendly, and happy to have visitors. There are certainly worse places to retire. Stay in a Santanyí vacation rental to make the most of your trip to the Spanish Islands.
Located on the southeast coast of the Spanish Island of Mallorca, Santanyí sits just two miles from the Mediterranean Sea. The coast of Algiers is just 150 nautical miles off, making Santanyí a great stopover as you hop between countries. The airport, though some distance away, is a straight shot along a single highway to reach Santanyí.
A short distance inland from Santanyí is the scenic town of Felanitx, which has excellent cuisine. Not much farther away is Alcudia, a restored city with an interesting history, where you can see the Pollentia Alcúdia and other historical sites.
History buffs will be transported with delight by the many historical sites in the area - there are more than 150, each one unique. Examine the artwork in Talayotic caves and think about the people who carved into the rock so many lifetimes ago, or learn about the town's history. King Jaume I ordered the town to be built back in 1300. Since then, the town has been conquered by the Romans, the Muslims, the Catalans, and other prominent civilizations, with Catalan culture having kept the most prevalent influence.
Hit the beach for some fun on the sandy shores. This is the perfect time to work on your tan before hopping up and jumping into the waves. Rent some diving equipment to see the marine life up close, or just swim in the warm waters before looking for shells along the beach.
Appreciate the work of local artists in Galeria Klee - you might even get lucky and find that piece you've been looking for that ties together one of your rooms back home. Buy local food and souvenirs at the Santanyí Outdoor Market, or save your energy for a night out at Farah's Legendary Club, dancing into the wee hours.
Reserve your vacation rental now to get ready for a taste of authentic Spain!
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