Located to the far west of the Bay of Palma, on the southwest coast of Majorca, Camp de Mar is a small seaside resort famous for its restaurant tucked away on an island accessible from the beach via a wooden walkway. It is 15 miles west of Palma The airport is 20 miles away. Camp de Mar Beach is a beautiful cove with crystal clear waters (you can even see the fish), which is surrounded by mountains. Sheltered from the waves and currents, it is almost like a lake. The beach is perfect for snorkelling, The water gets deep very quickly. On the beach you'll find a children's playground, pedalos, showers, restaurants and bars. A wooden bridge on stilts provides access to the tiny island with its restaurant. Plastic deckchairs and straw parasols can be hired for ?8 (Ł7) per day. Although the beach can get quite busy and it's not very spacious, it must be said that the setting is truly magnificent.
There is not much to do in Camp de Mar itself. For entertainment, head to Magaluf, where you will be spoiled for choice: golf, Marineland (located in Portals Nous), Katmandou House, go-karting, an aquapark, surfing and bodysurfing at the Sol Wave House hotel, and a casino.
In the region of Palma, towards the mountains of Soller, the Son Amar offers a great dinner show featuring an equestrian performance, magic and Spanish ballet.
Port Adriano Marina in El Toro was designed by Philippe Starck. The peninsula of Portals Vells, located at the far end of the Bay of Palma, is accessible via small tarmac roads and is a great place for beautiful walks through the pine forest and the untamed cove.
In October, the seaside resort of Santa Ponsa hosts its Oktoberfest (a beer festival). ?12 (Ł10) for a beer!
Those who prefer authenticity should avoid the urbanised area of Palma. Its countryside and villages are worth a visit, as are the mountains to the west and the well preserved coves with their turquoise waters to the east. Buses run regularly between the coastal resorts and Palma, but the best way to explore the island is by car.
Make sure to try tumbet, a kind of lasagne made from potatoes and aubergines with a tomato and pepper sauce.
A wide variety of traditional Majorcan crafts. In addition to the famous, world-renowned pearls of Manacor, glass is still made here using traditional techniques, as are ceramics. You can also buy tapestries, embossed leather bags, wrought iron, copper and olive wood objects and herbal liqueurs.
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