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The S'Albufera Park is a treasure for nature lovers where birds from all over Europe return to nest every year. The whole of the park is open to visitors and is easy to explore along its well sign posted paths, and if you ever tire of the beach a stroll along some of its paths makes for a relaxing day out.
Throughout the park there are hides where you can watch the birds at your leisure. The Reception Centre at the main entrance to the park, is adjacent to the Pont dels Anglesos or Englishmen's Bridge, and will provide you with all the necessary information.
In fitting with the general surroundings, visitors to the park will need to follow a basic rules, which to most people are general common sense anyway. These include not shouting, staying on the recognised paths, and not disturbing the flora or fauna.
What most visitors don't realise, is that the park actually extends over an area of 2,580 hectares with a perimeter of almost 32km, and covers parts of the municipalities of Alcúdia, Muro and sa Pobla. S'Albufera is open every day of the year from 9:00am to dusk, and entry is free.
A 20 minute walk from the Son Baulo beach will take you to the Son Real Necropolis, which is known locally as the "Cemetery of the Phoenicians". This is a prehistoric burial ground that was used from the Iron Age until Roman times, and has over one hundred underground tombs excavated into the rock.
If cultural and historical sites are of interest, there are other fine examples of the islands medieval heritage to be found at the farmsteads of Son Real and la Alquiería, and the Rectory and Parish Church in Santa Margalida which was built during the 16th Century on the site of the original 13th Century Church.
Although a little outside the resort at nearby Playa de Muro, the Labyrinth Giant Wooden Maze is certainly "a must" to see and do during the day and evening for children of all ages. This massive wooden structure is about the size of a small football pitch, and I defy anyone to solve it in less than 45 minutes.
During the day you have to solve the maze, collecting various coloured fish and stamp a game card with
the letters M A Z E, whilst being "rained" upon by a sprinkler system. During the late evening the "game"
becomes a little more sinister by the threat of being chased by either a swamp monster or ghost. This may
be perhaps a little too scary for the very young, but for anyone over the age of 8 a real must do! Certainly
worth a look before you go is their web site at:
Perhaps more suited for an older child or adult, at the back of the resort is the local karting track. Free transport
is available from most of the hotels in the town, however, from personal experience getting back may be a little
harder. Contact details are:
Ctra. Alcudia-Artá, s/n
Telephone: +34 971 850 748
Web Site: www.kartingcanpicafort.com
The Easy Rider Rental Shop first opened in 1984, and over 20 years later is still owned and run by the same
family. They are situated in the north of Mallorca in C'an Picafort, close to the resorts of Alcudia, Playa de Muro
and Pollenca. Contact details are:
The Easy Rider Rental Shop
98 Isaac Peral
Telephone: +34 971 850 598
Web Site: www.easyriders.eu
Based on the Paseo Colon in C'an Picafort, Scuba Med Dive Centre are a British owned dive centre with English, German
and Spanish speaking instructors. They offer a full range of PADI courses up to and including Instructor. Although based
in C'an Picafort they also service the whole of the North East of Mallorca, including Pollensa Alcudia and Playa de Muro
and are happy to arrange pick ups from either your hotel or villa. Contact details for more information and bookings are:
Scuba Med Divers SL
Paseo Colon 23
Telephone: +34 971 852 700
Web Site: www.mallorcadiving.com
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