Sant Llorenç des Cardassar local travel guide

WHERE TO STAY IN SANT LLORENÇ DES CARDASSAR



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THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN SANT LLORENÇ DES CARDASSAR

The history of Sant Llorenc goes back to ancient times, about 1,100 BC when the first settlers began the human occupation of these lands.

Parochial church of Sant llorenc in Mallorca

PARISH CHURCH OF SANT LLORENÇ DES CARDASSAR

The probably most iconic construction of Ártà, is the pilgrimage church of Sant Salvador situated at the summit of the holy hill. A  180 step stairway leads from the feet of the hill to the top from where you will enjoy the most magnificent views over the town and beautiful area that surrounds it.

the punta amer castle fortress in sant llorenc

CASTELL DE SA PUNTA DE N’AMER

The probably most iconic construction of Ártà, is the pilgrimage church of Sant Salvador situated at the summit of the holy hill. A  180 step stairway leads from the feet of the hill to the top from where you will enjoy the most magnificent views over the town and beautiful area that surrounds it.

TALAYOTIC VILLAGE OF S’ILLOT

Gain full insight on the wonderful Llevant region along with in-depth knowledge of the local area of Ártà and how it has developed over the last 3,000 years.

CHURCH OF SANT MIQUEL IN SON CARRIÓ

The Ártà caves are some of the most impressive and popular stalagmite caves to visit on the island, along with Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) and Cuveas de Hams. Let yourself seduce by the magical yet mysterious artworks of Mother Nature herself.

MARKET & EVENTS

 

Weekly market in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar

Every Thursday from 8 in the morning, the weekly market is held in the Plaça de l’Esglesia (church square) in Sant Llorenç. The market of Sant Llorenç claims to be unique due to the broad selection of local products mixed with a vast series of socio-cultural activities to enjoy at the market.

Son Carrió: Fridays

 

Annual events and happenings

January

Calvacada de Reis

The arrival of the three kings is a beloved event that takes place in most villages on the island in the beginning of January. The three kings arrive with a parade to the town hall where the traditional “diferit” speech is read. After this, the three kings hand out presents for all the children gathered in the square. This event happens in the town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, the village of Son Carrió and in the town of Sa Coma.

Festes de Sant Antoni Abat

Sant Antoni Abat (Saint Anthony) is the protector of domestic animals, and therefore holds an important place in the culture of Mallorca, especially in the rural areas. The streets of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar are are illuminated by bonfires, and between these dances demons. The celebration of Sant Antoni showcases the fight between good and evil and is an important part of the Mallorcan culture.

May

Fira Ramadera

Fira Ramadera is an agricultural fair held in the charming village of Son Carrió, located between Sant Llorenç and Sa Coma. The fair revolves around the agrarian lifestyle and everything related to this. You can experience live animals, local food and craft products, exhibitions and competitions. There are also tastings of tapas and products, as well as wine. In the streets there will be parades and traditional dances showing a popular part of the Mallorcan culture. The fair coincides with the celebration of Sant Miquel (Saint Michael), which is said to open the summer in Son Carrió.

July

Festes Sa Coma

Every year during the third week of July, Sa Coma celebrates itself with a range of fun activities aimed at tourists. There will be a series of sports competitions, games, markets, exhibitions, concerts and of course, plenty of food. One of the main highlights of the festival, is the Nits Multiculturals (Multicultural Night), a gastronomic night fair accompanied by various live bands. The bars and restaurants of Sa Coma are together in arranging this tasteful event, where you can taste the chef’s take on different international dishes. There is also a big paella competition.

August

Festes de Sant Llorenç & Fira Noctura

During the first half of August, the town celebrates its patron saint of Saint Lawrence with a series of fun and cultural events for all ages. Throughout the span of two weeks, you can enjoy a wide range of concerts, games, sports, markets, dances, exhibitions, workshops etc. There are also a rnage of gastronomical activities such as tastings of food, products and wine. Coinciding with the celebrations of the patron saint, you will find the annual Fira Noctura (night fair) included in the program. The night fair has been a part of the schedule since 1996 and continues to grow more popular each year. The night fair is held at the old train station and includes, beside from a big market, also a series of gastronomical offers and a popular race. The festivities of Sant Llorenç,is a really great time to visit the town, especially if you are already on vacation in one of the nearby resorts of Cala Millor, Sa Coma or s’Illot.

Festes de Mare de Déu Trobada

The celebrations of Our Lady of Good Encounter, is a religious celebration held in Sant Llorenç each year in August. The festivities are inaugurated with a floral offering to Our Lady, following by a full program of religious and cultural events during the day.

September

Tourism Festival

During the last week of September, Son Servera and Sant Llorenç de Cardarssar joins up and arranges one of the most extensive festivals of the year, the Tourism Festival. All over the areas of Son Servera, Sant Llorenç des Cardarssar, Cala Bona and Cala Millor, you can look forward to a full stacked program of fun, cultural and tasteful activities. On the tapas routes, you can get unique and delicious tapas and pinxos for almost no money, along with free tapas tastings in some of the hotels and bars. There will be a series of fun sports competitions and games, such as a beach volley tournament or the traditional Catalan Human Tower competition. There is also opportunity to meet some of Mallorca’s most beloved traditions such as the dancing giants and firework shows. Exhibitions and extended markets, workshops, open house events in the Pula Golf and other leisure businesses and of course a lot of concerts to set the mood. It is an entire week of just fun and good times, and a really good time to be visiting!

Festes de Santa Maria

The celebration of Santa Maria in Sa Coma is held during the second week of September. This week is dedicated to the community of Sa Coma, with open-air community dinners, workshops, talks, family games, dances etc.

Festes de Sant Miquel de Son Carrió

In May the celebration of Sant Miquel opens the summer and in September it closes it. Where the festivities in May coincides with the Fira Ramadera (agri-fair), this celebration solely focuses on the traditional Mallorcan roots. Experience dancing cabezudos (figures with giant heads), solemn mass, choir concert and the xeremiers (Mallorcan bagpipers) play. Also, readings, exhibitions and open-air dinners are on the menu when the patron saint of Son Carrió is honored in September.

December

Mercadet de Nadal

In the second week of December, the town of Sant Llorenç is illuminated in cozy lights and Christmas decorations while the annual Christmas fair is held in the heart of the town. All the shops of the town bring out their Christmas products and put them on sale, while bands play music to set the perfect mood and Christmas atmosphere. If you haven’t tried December and Christmas time in a village in Mallorca, you should really consider doing so because it is special.

ABOUT THE AREA OF SANT LLORENÇ DES CARDASSAR

Sant Llorenç des Cardassar is a town and municipality in the Llevant region of Mallorca, comprising the town itself, the village of Son Carrió, but also the well-known and beloved beach areas of Cala Millor, Sa Coma and s’Illot, which are administratively shared with the municipalities of Manacor and Son Servera.

Sant Llorenç des Cardassar is a popular holiday destination, especially for those seeking tranquil surroundings, natural charm and freedom in self-catering in a villa.

 

History of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar

Prehistory

We begin our journey back in time, in the Talayotic and post-Talayotic culture of the Balearic Islands, about 1100 – 123 BC. From this period, we find the Poblat Talaiot de s’Illot located in the back alleys of the popular beach resort of same name, which was an entire enclosed village.

The Talayotic/Talaiotic culture was unique for the Balearic Islands, especially Mallorca and Menorca. The most recognized theories about the Talayotic culture, is that it was created by early day colonizers arriving to the islands from ancient Greece and blended with the indigenous peoples. The prehistoric village of s’Illot was also unique because of its location close to the coastline, unusual to Talayotic settlements, as this would give a higher risk of threats from the sea. However, this could also very well be the first fishing village of Mallorca.

There were in fact also several other Talayotic establishments in the current area of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, i.e. on the rocky headland of Punta de n’Amer, the one of na Pol and one in Cala Marlanda. The village of s’Illot could very well have been the central meeting point for the many smaller villages scattered in the area, and the place to go for trading and veneration.

Actually, there has been discovered more than 40 different archaeological sites within the current municipal border, making Sant Llorenç des Cardassar a true El Dorado for amateur archaeologists and anyone interested in this subject.

 

Roman occupation (123 BC  – 345)

From around 123 BC, Mallorca became part of the western Roman empire, an important strategic goal of the Romans who could benefit and prosper from controlling the Mediterranean. Following their landing on the island, they begun a long a tiring quest to locate and fight the indigenous peoples who was hiding in the many Talayotic villages, such as the walled enclosure of s’Illot, and caves on the island. Eventually, the Roman army succeeded, as the native savages and warriors were no match for an organized army of trained soldiers. However, it is important to mention, that the Romans had done several attempts earlier to conquer Mallorca but failed as the indigenous warriors (slingers) had managed to sink their ships from the coastline. This is an important fact, as this tells us about ancient warfare, but also about the prehistoric life in the coastal area such as the Talayotic community of s’Illot.

 

Byzantine times (534 – 700+?)

The Byzantine period refers to the period from the year 534 and a couple of centuries forward. In the centuries following the fall of the western Roman empire, around the middle of the 4th century, the eastern Roman empire started to expand and rebuild.

It was Justinian I whom ordered the recapture of the Balearic Islands, and when his generals triumphed in doing so, he incorporated the islands into the Mauritània Tingitana, current day Morocco.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Byzantine period in Mallorca, was the introduction of Christianity. Actually, one of the best evidences of the early Christian communities, is the excavation of the paleo-Christian basilica of Son Pereto located somewhat on the border of Sant Llorenç and Manacor. At the excavation site, which by the way is open to tourists, you can see the baptistery, the altar and former graves.

 

The Islamic Mallorca (903 – 1229)

Around 903, Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands was incorporated into the Emirate of Cordoba and the Muslim world. The Balearic archipelago came under the Umayyad dynasty, and prospered greatly from piracy in the Mediterranean. It was mainly from the capital of Mallorca, Madina Mayurqua, that piracy campaigns were launched. People living outside the capital were mainly farmers living in tribal communities scattered in the countryside. Beside from Madina Mayurqua, there was only a few small villages, or rather assemblages of farmhouses, found on the island. Most habitation areas consisted of farmsteads and cottages spread widely.The Moors divided the island in some thirteen districts, the so-called “ajza” (singular: juz), whereof the area of Sant Llorenç belonged under the Juz d’ Manacur, which also comprised the areas of current day Manacor, Felanitx, Santanyí, Ses Salines, Campos and Porreres.

 

The Catalan-Aragonese conquest

In the beginning of September 1229,the Christian troops of Catalonia and Aragón landed at the shores of Santa Ponsa in the south-western part of Mallorca with 150 ships. The campaign of conquering Mallorca and the Balearic Islands was a another strategic goal in the Reconquista, a series of wars between Christians and Muslims in the Mediterranean. On December 31, King Jaume I of Aragón called himself victorious after defeating the Moorish walí in the Almudaina in Palma, at that time Madina Mayurqua. The city was renamed to “Ciutat de Mallorca”, simply put, City of Mallorca.

During the spring of 1231, Kings Jaume’s troops marched through the eastern areas of Mallorca fighting down any Muslim resistance on their path. The resistance from the Moorish farmers was little or none at all, as they were simple peaceful farmers. There is no documentation of any major battles in the area of Sant Llorenç.

In the time following the conquest of Mallorca, the king divided the lands of the island among his supporters, participants and the church. This particular area was granted the count, Nunó Sanç de Rosselló, whom led some of the most important parts of the military campaign due to his knowledge of the area and allies in Muslim tycoons.

The new Christian settlers quickly begin the process of converting Muslims, taking them as slaves and change the place names of the farms and areas. In 1236, the construction of a church had already begun, probably by a decreed of Ferrer de Pallarès, the provost of Tarragona. The church was built in a farmstead known as “Bellver”, probably current day property of Son Vives,  Already in 1248, the church of Santa Maria de Bellver was documented in a papal by Pope Innocence IV. In the church was an image or figure of Sant Llorenç (Saint Lawrence) which was venerated by the small congregation, and which gave rise to the first name of the small village of houses which was built around the church; Sant Llorenç de Bellver.

 

The modern age

As of 1519, the village became known as Sant Llorenç des Cardassar and comprised an urban nucleus of about 40 houses surrounding the church. The word “Cardassar”, means “thistles” in English.

During the 16th and 17th century, Mallorca faced a brutal threat from the seaside. The Ottoman empire had allied itself with Berber privateers from North Africa and was constantly lurking in the sea interrupting maritime commerce, as well as attacking the coastal areas of the Balearic Islands. Pirate raids cost many lives and money during the 16th century, until the Mallorcans found a solution.

A big part of the solution, was the erection of watchtowers along the coastlines of the island whose purpose was to alarm the population whenever a hostile vessel was getting close. On the headland of Punta de n’Amer, a tower was erected to communicate with the neighboring towers of Porto Cristo (Torre dels Serrals de Falcons) and Cap Vermell. The towers communicated using smoke signals and flags to pass the alarm until it reached the villages and the men could prepare for battle. However, after a brutal raid in 1612, the Grand and General Council of Mallorca grated the people of Manacor permission to expand and enhance the fortification of Punta de n’Amer.

The new fortress was unique because of its square plant, moat dug in the rocks and the large dents in the walls which prevented attackers from climbing. Due to the massive activity during these years and the central location of the fortress, the fortification had 3 turrets operated by 3-4 armed soldiers.

 

The establishment of the town

In the 18th century, the small agricultural community started to gain importance and saw an increase in population. The four original streets conducting the village were planted; Carrer Major, Carrer Pou, Carrer Santa Maria de Bellver and Carrer Carrerillo. Another important element of the infrastructure added at this time, was the Pou Vell (old well), the main water supply for the inhabitants. In 1776 and again in 1806, Sant Llorenç made an attempt to segregate from Manacor but failed.

 

Municipal independence and development of Son Carrió

Somewhat in the middle of the 19th century, a trend of parceling the last really large possessions of the island came to Sant Llorenç as well. In 1860, with the continuing demographic development in the area, the lands of the Son Carrió possession was too parceled and sold to new landowners from the neighboring areas. The first village that erected from the possession was actually known as “Sant Miquel”, which also came to be the name of the church constructed between 1868 and 1873. The plot of the church was donated by Joan Lliteres Llull, which was right next to his shop. With the new church and the arrival of the Franciscan nuns in 1899, the population growth accelerated even further. Actually, the congregation grew so fast that already in 1907, a new parish church was inaugurated, designed by Antoni Alcover and Joan Guasp and later modified by Antoni Gaudi and Joan Rubio i Bellver. The first mayor of Son Carrió was Miquel Galmés Llull.

In the years between 1885 and 1893, most of the remaining possessions in the area were divided in smaller plots of land and sold, which caused an even greater increase in the population.

As with all other villages and municipalities, the Constitution of Cadíz from 1812 allowed municipalities of 1,000 or more inhabitants to become independent. This was the first time that Sant Llorenç des Cardassar gained independence from Manacor. However, as the story is, the return to the former constellation was a fact already in 1814.

Finally, on July 3rd, 1892, Sant Llorenç achieved status as an independent municipality administratively free of Manacor. The first city council was instated with Bartomeu Umbert Cabrer elected mayor.

The parochial church was reconstructed or modified by architect, Guillem Forteza, in 1913.

 

The economical change of tourism

From the 18th century, the main economical activities consisted of cultivation of dry land and raising livestock. The cereal industry is very well exhibited in the many old mills found on the outskirts and inside the urban nucleus of the town. The first mills occurred outside the town center, but due to the high demand six mills was confined within the urban perimeter in the middle of the 20th century. Beside from cereals, the area also has a long tradition of raising cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry, as well as activities in the embroidery and a small carpentry industries.

In 1948, a permission to parcel the coastal areas of s’Illot, or Cala Moreia, was granted, which gave rise to brand new residential areas. In 1910, the population counted 2,883 inhabitants, and in 1950, 3,830 inhabitants.

In the late 1950’s, tourism became an economical activity in the area. In 1964, the first hotels appeared on the beach of s’Illot next to the torrent of Ca n’Amer. In the same period the first hotels in Cala Millor was inaugurated; Eureka and Sabina.

In the 1980’s the village of Sa Coma erected between s’Illot and the headland of Punta de n’Amer.

Today, tourism has become the main source of income in Sant Llorenç due to the development of Cala Millor, Sa Coma and s’Illot.

PICTURES FROM SANT LLORENÇ DES CARDASSAR

LOCATION & MAP

From Palma airport

Approx. 58 km
Approx. 50 min
Approx. 68€

The Llevant region

Llevant has its name from the Serra de Llevant mountain range that dominates the norther landscapes of the region. Llevant is an exciting region to travel in; you get wonderful beaches, impressive mountains, scenic nature, interesting heritage and a wonderful combination of authenticity and modern tourism.

Ártà

Artà is the cultural capital of the east side of Mallorca, the town and surrounding area is like an open-air museum exhibiting the most emblematic building constructions on this side of the island. Artà is a great choice of holiday base if luxury and romance is to be combined. The accommodation and holiday offers in Artà are plenty and indeed versatile, because you can choose from fincas, flats, villas, hotels and agroturismos, you can even choose if you want an urban holiday base or a rural countryside oasis. The local area of Artà is full of treasures and cultural heritage, exhibiting the long and interesting history, such as the fortified church of Sant Salvador, the talayotic village of Ses Païsses and the many impressive manors documenting the wealth of the area. Artà is also the gate to the Llevant mountain park where amazing and scenic wildlife and vegetation awaits you, along with breathtaking viewpoints and historical constructions. If you have not yet visited Artà, now is the time.

Cala Bona

Cala Bona is the perfect destination on the east coast if you are looking for an atmospheric and lively restaurant environment and charming harbor area. Cala Bona is great for couples and small children families, who come to the Mallorcan east coast to enjoy the versatile area and international audiences. Cala Bona offers a wealth of charming sea front holiday rentals, as well as a wide selection of superb hotels for both families and adults only. You want to choose Cala Bona for your holiday on the north east side, if you want to mingle in a charming marina area.

Cala Millor

Cala Millor offers you a 2 km wide sandy beach, hundreds of bars and restaurants, modern amenities, simply an all-round family fun holiday destination on the Mallorcas east coast. Holiday offers in Cala Millor includes beach front holiday flats and modern family hotels, packed with all modern facilities and amenities to create the perfect frame for your holiday here in Cala Millor. Cala Millor attracts an international audience, so you are sure to find dishes all all kinds in the restaurants and bars.

Cala Ratjada

Cala Ratjada is a charming old fishing village located on the northeastern tip of Mallorca. Cala Ratjada accommodates both adult couples, families traveling with children and infants and groups of friends traveling together. Holiday offers in Cala Ratjada consist of modern flats, villas and hotels in the town, some even with sea and beach front location. You want to travel to Cala Ratjada for activity offers, vibrant restaurant life and international audience.

Cales de Mallorca

Cales de Mallorca is a young holiday destination found on the east coast of Mallorca. This purpose-built holiday destination enjoys two wonderful golden beaches, all brand new hotels and a great location close to infrastructure. In other words, this is a destination made to accommodate diversity and versatility.

Canyamel

Canyamel is a golfers favourite holiday destination when it comes to sea and beach resorts. Canyamel offers a fantastic selection of adults only hotels and holiday rentals for you to choose from. Canyamel is a great choice for romance and active holidays on the Mallorcan north east coast, especially golfers and cyclists loves Canyamel for its great location close to some of the best and most challenging golf courses on Mallorca, and the hilly terrain with asphalt roads. Canyamel is renown for its selection of luxury hotels and resorts, meaning that the audience here are adults only.

Capdepera

Capdepera is a cozy and charming little village isolated at the top of a mountain, offering stunning views overlooking the shorelines and the Llevant mountains. Capdepera is home to the emblematic old castle of same name, from where you can see all the way to Menorca. Accommodation offers in Capdepera include an famous luxury agrotourismo (producing finca/farm), and some lovely holiday villas and flats for rent. Capdepera is located close to the nature and marina area in Cala Ratjada, resulting in a versatile luxury destination

Font de sa Cala

Font de sa Cala is a small holiday resort located in the north eastern area of Mallorca, close to Canyamel and Capdepera. Font de sa Cala is an obvious choice for adults looking for a romantic and picturesque holiday resort located in solitude in a small cove on the north-east coast. Accommodation and holiday offers in Font de sa Cala, are stunning hotels with seafront location and charming villas and flats for rent for you who wants to go self-catered. Regardless of your preferences, Font de sa Cala has all facilities and amenities to spoil you and your partner.

Manacor

Manacor is the second largest city on Mallorca. Manacor holds a big cultural heritage and offers a wealth of interesting places of interest to explore and indulge in. Accommodation offers in Manacor are many, and the area also attracts a mixed audience due to its enormous size. However, Manacor is especially loved by people who wants a little of everything, but still enjoys a withdrawn holiday base in tranquil surroundings. Many accommodations offers in Manacor are fincas and villas situated in the rural countryside around the city, allowing direct access to the huge network of country roads.

Porto Cristo

Porto Cristo is the perfect holiday destination on the Mallorcan east coast if you fancy a charming marina area with many restaurants, cosy atmosphere and amazing views over the sea. Porto Cristo is almost full of tourists every day during the summer season, because of the world-famous stalactite caves, Cuevas del Drach, which gives the town a vibrant and lively atmosphere. Porto Cristo is mainly an adult holiday destination, where the good life and relaxation is in focus.

Sa Coma

Sa Coma is a very popular summer holiday destination on the east coast of Mallorca. Sa Coma offers a large range of hotels with fantastic views over the beach and sea from the balconies. Sa Coma is a great choice of destination if you are looking for an all-round resort on the east coast to accommodation family and friends. Sa Coma is a relatively new holiday resort, with modern facilities, international restaurants and superb new hotels to choose from.

Son Servera

Son Servera is a small and sleepy village located a few kilometres inland from the popular summer holiday destination of Cala Bona. Son Servera is particularly popular among golfers, hence of the many challenging and beautiful golf courses situated in the nearby area. Accommodation and holiday offers in Son Servera includes some of the most charming and romantic finca hotels and luxury resorts in the local area, a guarantee for the perfect escape.

S’Illot

s’Illot is a rather small beach resort located on the east coast of Mallorca close to Sa Coma. s’Illot is popular amongst adults and active tourists, who come to enjoy romance and the many activity offers in the surrounding area. s’Illot is a good resort to visit most year round, except maybe November – March where it is too cold on the east coast, thus no restaurants and bars are open. Choose holiday in s’Illot if you are looking for adult audience and a more intimate feeling.

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

SANT LLORENÇ DES CARDASSAR WEATHER

SANT LLORENÇ DES CARDASSAR WEATHER

Average temperatures in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar

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