About Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
Sant Llorenç in northeast Mallorca is a 16th century village with almost 3,000 residents situated only a few kilometres from Manacor. The traditional Mallorcan village offers visitors impressive architecture as well as many great excursion possibilities and cultural attractions. Situated in the heart of a large conservation and agricultural area, Sant Llorenç is also home to several typical Mallorcan “Possessió” (traditional farms). Agriculture here is defined by citrus fruits, fig and olive trees, almonds and animal herds.
Sant Llorenç is very different to the typical tourist holiday resorts which are often found on Mallorca’s coast. Nonetheless, you will still find several very good hotels, fincas, villas and Agroturismos establishments in and around the town. The village itself has all the necessary facilities such as shops, chemists, food stores and banks etc, as well as schools and other public service buildings.
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History & Culture of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
The first settlements of the area which today belongs to Sant Llorenç date back to 2000 BC, the Bronze Age and the pre-Talayotic era, which is why there are today many archaeological sites here.
In 1892 Sant Llorenç became an independent municipality which included S’Illot, Cala Millor and Sa Coma. Agriculture was traditionally the most important source of income of Sant Llorenç which has, however, meanwhile been taken over by increasing tourism in the coastal resorts.
Major Attractions in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
Sant Llorenç is a quiet village and if you walk through it you will notice the many windmills which are maintained and preserved by the municipality. In the village centre, don’t miss the 14th century baroque Sant Llorenç church on the central village square Plaça Nova. The church has been continuously renovated during the centuries and received a new facade in the mid-19th century when it was also extended.
In the Rector Pasqual road, you will find the home of the significant writer Salvador Galmés i Sanxo who was born in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar in 1876. He campaigned for the regional independence of the Balearics and it is therefore hardly surprising that his areas of interest included Catalan literature and the works of Ramon Llull. Today the buildings house a branch of the Bank La Caixa.
Just outside Sant Llorenç, visitors will find the Basilica of Son Peretó (Basílica de Son Peretó) the origins of which are estimated as being from the 4th or early 5th century. The remains of the basilica which was probably destroyed by a fire weren’t discovered until 1908 and are today being examined by academics from various institutes. The excavation site can be visited during the day (free entry).
The historic railway station building of Sant Llorenç which was completed in 1921 and was used for the Manacor-Artá route is also well worth a visit. Today bigger events are held here for example the festivities which honour the patron saints.
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Things to do in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
The well maintained Via Verde (“Green road”) extends between Manacor, Sant Llorenç, Son Carrió, Son Servera and Artá and follows the course of the old railway line. The 29 km long route can be explored on foot or by bicycle. You will also see various sights along the way and it’s certainly worth stopping off at the different places.
Alternatively, go on a day hike from Sant Llorenç to visit the bigger town of Manacor (about 9 km away) as well as Artá (12 km away) with its pilgrimage church Santuari Sant Salvador which sits enthroned on the hill. A further short but good hike will take you to the Sa Punta de n’Amer conservation area near Sa Coma with its 17th century defence tower which houses a museum.
For a longer bike route, we recommend the Route BTT which was conceived by the well-known professional sportswoman Marga Fullana who comes from Sant Llorenç. It begins at the railway station and takes you across numerous paths to Cala Millor; you can continue onwards to Punta de n’Amer, if you wish. On the return journey you cycle across the Via Verde as well as other country roads. There are three different versions of the route which are between 19 and 39 km long.
Near the town hall, you will find Espai36 where regular workshops, seminars and events are held. If you are spending your holiday nearby or live in Sant Llorenç, take a look in the Espai36 event calendar for regular events and activities.
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Beaches of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
Restaurants in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
Don’t miss a visit to Es Pati, right in the centre of Sant Llorenç, where you can enjoy one of the surprise 5-course menus, either inside or on the patio. The chef of Es Pati, Felix Eschrich, gets his fresh ingredients from the daily market. You will be able to taste the Asian influences in his cuisine. He does, however, also remain true to the island and also always creates Mallorcan dishes and recipes.
There are plenty of other restaurants in Sant Llorenç ranging from steak houses to Italian and Mallorcan cuisine as well as cafes and bars which offer something for all tastes and budgets.
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Hotels in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
Sant Llorenç and the surrounding area offers some very nice hotels, fincas and Agroturismos establishments. The rural and secluded Petit Hotel Son Penya is only a few kilometres away. The former farm is today a small hotel with five double rooms and seven suites. The hotel’s restaurant specialises in Mediterranean cuisine.
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Events in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
The biggest festival here involves the celebrations honouring the patron saint of Sant Llorenç which is held in the first two weeks of August. Theatre performances, concerts and traditional dances such as the Ball de Bot are held almost every day. The longest and biggest evenings, the “Gran Revetllas” at which several bands also perform, are usually attended by the whole village. Some festivities are also held in the old railway station where there is a great atmosphere.
From the night of 16 to 17 January there are festivities which honour the holy Saint Antoni which also include the Mallorcan demons (Demonis) dancing around the parish house. There is a barbecue as well as music and dancing. On the following day there is procession which first goes to the parish house where a picture of Saint Antoni hangs on the wall. It then continues through the town and finally ends in a big dance with camp fires.
If you are interested in further events we recommend looking at the local official event calendar.
Shopping in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
There is a market on Plaça de l’Església and Carrer Major every Thursday from 8:00hrs to 13:30hrs (all year). The many stands sell mainly fruit, vegetables, clothing and household goods.
Living in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
Sant Llorenç is a small tranquil village which offers all amenities and facilities needed for living here. There is a venue for bigger events (Espai36) as well as a school. The municipality area with more than 8,000 residents is very popular with foreigners – around a quarter of residents come from abroad. This figure does, however, also include the tourist towns of Cala Millor, Cala Bona and S’Illot which belong to the region of Sant Llorenç.
There is a selection of fincas, villas and town houses available here and, in comparison to the coastal region, the prices are lower. According to an Engel & Völkers 2017-18 market report, average prices for villas in the region are 1.4 million euros and 280,000 euros for apartments.
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Surrounding area of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
One of Mallorca’s biggest cities, Manacor, which is well known for its local pearl and furniture production, is only a few kilometres away.
In Cala Millor, the Auditorium Sa Maniga offers very good dance, theatre and music performances. The programme ranges from Moby Dick, ballet and Flamenco to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
An important attraction in the Sant Llorenç region is the well-persevered Talayotic settlement of S’Illot near Sa Coma which dates back to 1100 BC. In Sa Coma, there is a Safari Zoo which you can travel through by car or safari train and spot the giraffes, rhino, gazelles, wildebeest and many other animals along the way.
For a fascinating experience head to the limestone caves in south east Sant Llorenç near Porto Cristo, the “Coves del Drac” and “Coves del Hams” with their unique rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites.
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