Set in the ‘Comarca of Migjorn’, the town and municipality of Campos is the perfect place to enjoy the rural splendour of south east Mallorca and visit some of the best beaches the island has to offer. Find out everything you need to know about this beautiful and ancient Mallorcan town with this abcMallorca guide.
History and Culture of Campos
Campos retains much of the charm of old Mallorca with is winding streets and traditional stone buildings. The earliest records of Campos date back to 1300 AD when the town was founded by King Jaume II around earlier Roman and Saracen settlements.
Within the town of Campos there are several buildings of historical note including the church of Sant Julia which houses a famous painting of Christ by Sevillian artist Bartolome Estaban Murillo. There are also museum exhibits to see at the Sister Mary Rafela museum and the church of St Julian.
Today Campos is enjoying a revival of the dairy industry with the re-establishment of many windmills in the area used for irrigation. Visitors should take note that public transport to Campos is a little slow, so you may need to hire a car.
Shopping in Campos
Campos is largely a residential town so you are likely to find that most basic day-to-day needs are catered for. The nearest large shopping towns are Lluchmayor, Palma city and Manacor which are not easily accessible except by car.
You might wish to treat yourself to a picnic of local products including ‘Sobrasada’ and ‘Piris’ cheese which the town is famous for producing. There are two weekly markets in Campos on Thursday and Saturday.
Major Attractions in Campos
Most of the attractions surrounding Campos are natural. The town allows good access to national parks, forests and mountains and the renowned beach of ‘Es Trenc’. Es Trenc stretches for three kilometres and apart from a few Spanish beach bars known as ‘Chiringuitos’, this wide, sandy beach with crystal clear waters is largely un-spoilt. Many have compared the beauty of ‘es Trenc’ with the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. The beach is so large that you are very likely to find your own patch if you don’t mind walking a while. This beach also attracts nudist bathers.
Bird watchers may be interested in the nearby wetlands of ‘es Salobar’.
Things to Do in Campos
Once you have had a chance to relax on the beach for a while you may feel like something more active. This area is ideal for hiking and biking and there many cycle paths to enjoy.
Being close to the coast this area is ideal for watersports and sailing, especially if you would like to discover the hidden coves, caves and inlets typical in the south and east of the island. If you are interested in fresh, local produce there is also a fair amount of ‘agro tourism’ in this area and a number of prominent Mallorcan vineyards.
The nearest golf resorts are situated near Llucmajor.
For those interested in history and ancient archeology you do not have far to travel to visit some of the earliest settlements of the island including the renowned bronze age ‘Capocorb Vell’ on the road to Cala Pi, which is possibly the most important archeological site on the island. There are occasional art shows held in Campos including a permanent exhibition at the Es Revellar art resort and hotel.
Restaurants in Campos
Campos has an excellent choice of restaurants, many of which use fresh, seasonal, local products. We like the fusion menu at the Moli de Vent restaurant plus many of the excellent restaurants available at nearby rural hotels.
You may be surprised to learn that Campos also has a top-class Japanese restaurant (Kairiku) which, along with the fine-dining Mediterranean restaurant Tess de Mar, can be found within the town-centre Sa Creu Nova Art Hotel & Spa.
At Ca’n Calent restaurant you can enjoy a good Mallorcan lunch or dinner with a modern twist.
This charming Campos restaurant in a restored mill dating from 1873 has a lovely courtyard garden and offers Mediterranean cuisine with Asian accents. […] Moli de Vent Grill & Wine Restaurant in Campos
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Hotels in Campos
Because Campos is situated close to many countryside attractions, the town offers many beautiful and luxurious rural hotels to choose from, such as Sa Creu Nova Art Hotel & Spa.
Located between Campos and Porreres, this Mallorcan style hotel hosts a variety of different room types with an excellent restaurant and beautifully landscaped gardens. Book now! […] Son Bernadinet in Campos
Adults and children alike delight in a stay at Agroturismo Sant Blai, in Campos, Mallorca, with playgrounds and games, farm animals, extensive gardens and an organic orchard. […] Agroturismo Sant Blai
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Events in Campos
There are four major festivals held every year including a May fair, a summer fair in August, a harvest fair in October and a special fair dedicated to Sobrasada. Sobrasada is a traditional pork product of Mallorca which consists of a sausage made from a paste which can be eaten like Pâté or used to flavour traditional dishes such as ‘Lomo Coll’ (cabbage wrapped pork).
Living in Campos
Campos is a good choice for year-round living if you are looking for a quiet, rural lifestyle. The community is fairly mixed and particularly popular with German internationals. Although the town attracts some tourism, Campos is not swamped by visitors and tends to attract more independent travellers. It is important to note that a car is essential if you intend to live in this area and driving to other parts of the island is a little time-consuming, as there is no direct access to the motorway network or provision of fast public transport.
Property prices in Campos are fairly accessible with many apartments and townhouses available for less than 250,000 euros – but these are likely to need work. Campos is an ideal choice for those in search of a finca with a large plot – expect to pay from 500,000 to around 3 million euros for one of these. There are some modern villas available at around 1 million euros, but most houses tend to be more rustic.
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