Situated on the edge of the green and wooded foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, the village of Campanets one claim to fame is its amazing limestone caves, said to house the longest stalactite in the world! It also makes a good starting point for an exhilarating drive to the mountain top Monastry at Lluc via the picturesque village of Caimari.
Campanet has no less than three bakeries, as well as a well-stocked supermarket and a delicatessen. The sunny church square has a number of simple bars and small shops and it’s a pleasant spot to linger over a morning coffee and sugary ensaimada before heading off for the day. Of an evening there are also two or three bars that serve authentic tapas or simple meals, but the village has surprisingly remained a peaceful backwater, virtually untouched by tourism.
Perched twin like atop a neighbouring hill and just 5 mins drive away, Buger (pronounced Boohair) is Mallorca’s smallest municipality and holiday accommodation is still rare. Having received enthusiastic feedback about this drowsy little town from customers staying nearby, we were delighted to be offered a house on the outskirts. In the shady streets surrounding its magnificent church, life continues at a measured pace, much as it was before Mallorca became a holiday destination but a bank, post office, a small weekly market, minimarket, three simple cafe/bars, a popular weekend restaurant with a pretty terrace and an excellent baker provide the necessities of life.
Old Pollen a with a good choice of shops and restaurants is no more than a 15 minute drive. However for a truly memorable occasion, book a table at a small hotel in the nearby village of Binibona where gourmet food is served on a candlelit terrace. If you don’t want to drink and drive there’s even a local taxi.
For serious shoppers, the town of Inca, famous for its leather goods and with some excellent cellar restaurants, is a 10 minutes drive and from here or, even nearer Sa Pobla, you can also catch a train to Palma.
The nearest beaches at Puerto Pollenca or Alcudia are approx. 20 minutes drive.