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In common with many of the other popular holiday resorts on the island, the Majorca Tourist Information Service
(OIT - Oficines d'Informacio Turistica de Mallorca) has local offices in the town at:
OIT Sa Coma
Avda. de les Palmeres, s/n
Telephone: +34 971 810 394
and although they are only open from 1st March to 31st October each year, they are still nevertheless always a very useful contact point for the latest information about events and activities in the area.
The Golf Paradis is a 54 hole mini golf complex that offers a choice of three very different 18 hole courses,
although you will be allocated a specific course on buying the ticket in an attempt to minimise waiting time
during play. The courses are all set in lush gardens with waterfalls, palm trees, lakes and even a windmill, and
costs approximately 5€ per round of 18 holes. Contact details are:
Mini Golf Paradis
Calle Las Lilas, s/n
Urb. El Dorado
On the outskirts of Sa Coma on the way to Cala Millor is the Auto Safari Zoo. Visitors have the choice
of driving around the 4km circuit in their own car, or taking the zoo's own min train, although having seen the
damage a group of hungry monkeys can do in a matter of seconds I think the mini train is the better option.
Besides the monkey enclosure, the park also has a number of giraffes, zebra, and elephants along with cages
of lions, tigers and other big cats. Getting there from either Sa Coma or Cala Millor is very easy on the parks
own courtesy bus which leaves regularly throughout the day from 9am to 7pm. Admission is quite reasonable
at 10€ for adults and 7€ for children. Contact details for more information are:
Telephone: +34 971 810 909
Fax: +34 971 810 484
As we briefly mentioned on the general introduction page, the 200 hectare Punta de n'Amer headland is situated mid way between Sa Coma and Cala Millor. This whole area was declared a protected nature reserve in 1985 by the local council, and remains to remind us of what the whole of the east coast looked like before the tourist boom. Walking up to the ancient watchtower of Castell de n'Amer takes around 45 minutes from both Sa Coma and Cala Millor, where visitors can see a small display of weapons along with other historical information about the tower. Never wishing to miss an opportunity, there is also is a bar at the top selling drinks and snacks that has some spectacular views of the coast line.
If you ever need a break from swimming and sunbathing, Sa Coma also has a small riding stable at the edge of the resort, almost opposite the Burger King and the beach. Although not being an expert, the horses and ponies looked to be both well fed and well treated. The attraction is very popular with visitors and advanced booking is essential especially during the summer. The ride out to the Punta de n'Amer headland usually takes about an hour and costs approximately 8.50€ per person.
The east coast is fairly well served with local markets, although getting to them may be a bit of a problem. The nearest market is held every Wednesday in the main square of Avenida las Palmeras, near to the local Tourist Information Offices, however, locally there are others held every Friday at Son Servera and Tuesday in Arta. As with all markets, use common sense and be prepared to haggle for the best bargains.
The first fiesta of the east coast calendar takes place on the two days around 16-17 of January each year at nearby Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, in celebration of Sant Antoni, the patron saint of beasts of burden and pets. The event begins with the lighting of small bonfires, which the local residents sit around and sing traditional songs and roast typical island products. The following day there is a colourful parade culminating in the blessing of the animals.
Sant Llorenç is also one of the few towns on Majorca that celebrates the fiesta of Sant Joan Pelos. On June 24 each year a traditional dance in his honour is performed during Mass, which is then repeated as part of a parade around the town. This dance depicts a young man from the town dressed as the saint who is accompanied by others dressed as devils.
The actual patron saint's day fiesta at Sant Llorenç doesn't actually fall until August 10. This is a week long event with numerous sporting, musical and other more cultural events. Although this is essentially a religious celebration, the following month on September 8 the town then celebrates the fiesta of the Mare de Déu Trobada, who according to popular legend was found in a field of thistles close to the Church of Nostra Senyora de Bellver.
For some bizarre reason the nearby resort of Cala Millor holds its annual Tourism Week during the last week of September, when ironically most of the tourists have actually left the island. This annual event features a number of sports competitions, concerts, and a spectacular and colourful parade of floats through the town.
The last event of the year is the annual Regata Internacional “Bahia de Cala Millor” which takes place during
the last 5 days of October each year. This spectacular event moved from Palma to Cala Millor in 1994 and
attracts over 50 hot air balloons from all over Europe including teams from Great Britain, Sweden, Germany,
Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Russia,
Lithuania, Finland, the United States of America, Kenya and of course from Spain. The event is jointly sponsored
by the Cala Millor Hoteliers Association and the municipal councils of Sant Llorenç de Cardassar and
Son Severa, although for more information we recommend that you initially contact:
P O Box 11
Telephone: +34 971 565 332 or +34 971 818 182
Fax: +34 971 565 332
Web site: www.mallorcaballoons.com
If you've hired a car and can get out of the resort, the east coast does have a number of other attractions worth a visit.
Discovered by Pedro Caldentey in 1905, the Caves of Hams are famous for their peculiar formations, and for their
marvelous underground lake. If you are driving they are 2 km West of Porto Cristo. Opening times from March to
October is 10am to 6pm and from November to February 10:30am to 5:30pm. Entrance fee for adults is around £6.00.
Full contact details are:
Cuevas dels Hams
Telephone: +34 971 820 988
Fax: +34 971 820 271
Web site: www.cuevas-hams.com
Nearby are the more famous Caves of Drach which are open daily from April to October from 10am to 5pm,
and from November to March 10:45am to 12:00 and 2pm to 3:30pm. Admission for adults is around 9.50€, and
children under 7 are admitted free. Full contact details are:
Cuevas del Drach
Carretera Cuevas s/n
Telephone: +34 971 820 753
Fax: +34 971 815 089
Web Site: www.cuevasdeldrach.com
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