During his stay on Mallorca, Santiago Rusiñol discovered an island paradise of green spaces and crystal clear waters, uninhabited areas and small rural towns. A place where time stood still under the sun. Highly impressed, he wrote a book entitled, “La Isla de la Calma” (The Island of Calm). In 1912 this title became a kind of label, and by the middle of last century, even a tourist slogan. The “tourist boom” began, which meant an inexhaustible source of income, a previously unknown drive for wealth, and a multitude of tourists.
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This “boom” has continued for decades and the constant flow of visitors has been increasing year after year until reaching the difficult, and almost unsustainable, current situation. The figures don’t lie. In the last six years, Mallorca has doubled its number of tourists, although this, according to experts, is due to temporary factors such as the uptake of tourists who avoid the danger of other destinations, or the emergence of holiday rental tourism.
Whatever the reason, the reality is, that in high season the population doubles. Last August, 1.1 million visitors were “added” to the 1.1 million of the local population. One hundred thousand rental cars topped up the island’s automobile fleet, 1,500 daily flights landed on the island, the 24,000 available berths were rented, and the consumption of water and electricity was tripled. The final sum pushed the resources of the island to its limits.
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Against this background, last September, the first civic manifestation in history took place against mass tourism. The Balearic government was requested to adopt measures to limit the arrival of visitors to the archipelago. For now, the tourism law has set the maximum number of 623,624 accommodation places in the Balearic Islands, 435,707 in Mallorca, and has begun to regulate and limit the rental of holiday flats, which was mostly carried out illegally.
And while the Government has established the target of gradually reducing the supply, we ask ourselves: is it still possible to find that heavenly Mallorca anywhere? Is there a hidden Mallorca far away from mass tourism? The answer is yes. The island still hides multiple exclusive places, virgin areas, charming villages, coves and secluded beaches. If you keep the secret, we’ll share with you four examples.
A village of agricultural and livestock tradition located in the “Pla de Mallorca”. An unknown and authentic haven of peace surrounded by extensive fields to plow, whose products can be bought in the main square on Thursdays. Routes and public trails surround the urban core, offering permanent contact with nature between pine forests and fields.
A small sea and mountain village hidden at the foot of the Galatzó, in the Serra de Tramuntana. This tranquil hamlet of narrow stone streets offers a natural cove at the mercy of the sea. At nightfall you can watch the most beautiful sunsets, and on summer nights the stars will seem so close you’ll believe you can reach out and touch them with your hand.
S’Arenal d’es Casat
A spectacular sandy beach two kilometers from Can Picafort. It can only be accessed on foot along a path which leads to a virgin beach of about 180 metres with fine sand and Posidonia remains. Its waters are shallow and transparent.
El Caló des Monjo
A narrow path leads from Cala Fornells to this rocky cove, which is an authentic paradise located between boulders and pine forests. It’s a natural cove in the shape of a cauldron which offers crystal clear waters.
These are just some of the towns and beaches which demonstrate that in spite of mass tourism, the island still has hidden treasures, and that one hundred years later the words of Santiago Rusiñol remain true: “if you want to discover that there are spring and flowering trees on earth; if you want to get closer to the stars … go to the Isla de la Calma! “
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