S’Illot is a popular holiday resort on the coastline of Mallorca. Perfect for fun family holidays, this scenic Spanish town is well known for its beautiful beaches and wide range of exciting leisurely activities. The beaches of S'Illot are made up of fine white sand, and shallow warm Mediterranean waters where kids of all ages can splash and play in the surf and build sandcastles, while mums and dads soak up the sunshine. The atmosphere is laid back and quaint, ideal for those wanting to explore with a walk through the town where you’re sure to meet some friendly locals chatting to their neighbours in the shade of swaying palm trees.
There are plenty of facilities to keep tourists entertained in S’Illot. Mini Golf Paradise is an expansive mini golf resort, set in pristine gardens and lush greenery. This 18 hole course is a fun activity for the whole family. Another great way to spend your time in this lively resort is to visit the Safari-Zoo. Here you can get up close and personal with some exotic wildlife and have an unforgettable day out.
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Lying on the east coast of the Balearic island of Majorca, just 70km from the capital city of Palma and its airport; is the small former fishing village of S’illot. Now a quiet, friendly beach resort which charms families into returning year after year, S’illot is a lovely place to relax and unwind in the Mediterranean sunshine. It retains a traditional Majorcan feel, making it a refreshing alternative to some of the more modern, purpose-built resorts.
The highlight of S’illot is its beautiful golden, sandy beach and calm, clear waters. An ideal place for children and inexperienced swimmers, the gentle slope of the sands into the sea make this blue flag beach a wonderfully safe and relaxing place for families to enjoy. A promenade runs along the beach, offering cafés, shops and shady palm trees. For the more active visitor, there are a good selection of water sports to try, including snorkelling, scuba diving, and sailing.
S’illot is definitely a laid-back, peaceful location, with little in the way of nightlife, making it popular with families and older visitors. However, the nearby resorts of Sa Coma, Porto Cristo, and Cala Milor do offer more in the way of bars and clubs for those who enjoy something more lively in the evenings.
S’illot offers a great base for exploring the surrounding coastline and scenery. From the nature reserve of Punta de n’Amer, to the many rocky caves scattered along the coastline, this is an area of staggering natural beauty.
Families: the peaceful atmosphere, lack of nightlife, and blue flag beach with great facilities make this resort incredibly well suited to family holidays, especially those with young children.
Relaxing: The east coast of Majorca, is a beautiful setting in which to relax and unwind, away form the noisier, party resorts like Magaluf on the west coast. Still within easy reach of Palma airport, S’illot is a place for enjoying the quiet life.
Caves: The unique, rocky coastline of Majorca is home to hundreds of caves. Some of the most spectacular on the island are situated in this area surrounding S’illot, and are open for visitors to enjoy and admire.
Currency: EUR: Euros
Language: Spanish and Catalan. English is widely spoken.
Approximate flight time from the UK: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Time zone: GMT +01
Caves of Drach
The neighbouring town of Porto Cristo is home to the world famous Caves of Drach. These enormous caves, dating back to the Miocene era, house Lake Martel and a host of impressive stalactite formations. Trips into the cave include an atmospheric live classical music concert and the opportunity to cross the lake by boat. Without doubt, a unique experience.
Address: Ctra. Cuevas s/n, 07680 Porto Cristo, Majorca
Opening hours: 1st November to 13th March: tours at 10.45am, 12pm, 2pm and 3.30pm.
14th March to 31st October: tours at 10am, 11am, 12om, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm.
Entry cost: 14.50€ for adults and 7.50€ for children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. Children under 2 years of age go free.
Official website: http://www.cuevasdeldrach.com/?lang=en
Catch the free bus from S’illot, or drive the easy 3km, to Majorca’s Safari-Zoo. A mix between a safari trip and a zoo visit, Safari-Zoo Majorca houses a wide range of species including elephants, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, lions, reptiles, birds, and their most popular residents, the many species of monkeys! Refreshments and a souvenir shop are on site.
Address: Carretera Porto Cristo a Son Servera, Km 5, 07680 Porto Cristo, Illes Balears, Majorca
Opening hours: 9am-6.30pm in the summer and from 10am-4pm in the winter
Entry cost: €19 for adults and €12 for children
Official website: http://www.safari-zoo.com/mallorca/?lang=en
Daytrip to Manacor
Majorca’s second city, Manacor, doesn’t always top the lists of places to visit on the island but it does offer a fascinating insight into everyday Majorcan life for those visitors who like to veer off the tourist track. The city is 17km, or 25 minutes drive, from S’illot. Built around the artificial pearl industry, the city has pearl factories you can visit, a scenic old town area to explore around the Esglesia dels Delors church, and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. You can also visit one of the many vineyards surrounding the city.
Address: Manacor, Majorca
Another amazing set of caves to visit, the Caves d’Arta (just 20 km from S’illot), are a staggering network of underground chambers and caverns, said to have inspired Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth novel. Tours around the caves are enhanced by heaven and hell themed special effects and light displays, but their natural formations are spectacular in themselves. Make sure you visit the Queen of Pillars, a 22-metre-tall stalactite that continues to grow. A word of caution, the steep staircases can be slippery so make sure you wear appropriate footwear.
Address: Carretera de las Cuevas, S/N, 07589 Canyamel, Balearic Islands
Opening hours: April, May, June and October: 10am-6pm. July, August and September: 10am-7pm. November to March: 10am-5pm.
Entry cost: Admission 14€ for adults, 7€ for children between the ages of 7 and 12 years old, children under 7 go free
Official website: http://www.cuevasdearta.com/en/
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