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For all intents and purposes Bendinat is a small residential suburb of the resort town of Portals Nous, which in turn is part of the municipal district of Calvia, on the south west coast of Majorca.

Transfer time for the short 16km journey west from Palma, and the Son Sant Joan International airport, is possibly one of the shortest on the island, and can generally be expected as being around 15 to 20 minutes from leaving the airport grounds. However, experience of the Palma motorway has shown that this can vary substantially depending on the time of day.

Bendinat is still relatively undiscovered by most of the major tour operators, and many visitors to the area do tend to be independent travellers who prefer to make the transfer either by taxi, or by hire car. In theory it is possible to make the journey by public transport, although I'd never relish the thought of getting on a bus with a suitcase and flight bag, and then trying to find the right change, and I seriously doubt that the very thought of using public transport would certainly not be a consideration for any of the visitors here.

Although it is a relatively short distance to drive, the route when actually written down does at first appear quite complicated. As you leave the airport you will normally join the PM19 heading west towards Palma. This then becomes the PM20 which arcs around the northern suburbs of the city, and ultimately connects to the PM1 motorway, which then takes you to within a few kilometres of the resort centre. If you are in any doubt, our advice is buy a good map and familiarise yourself with the route before you travel.

The contrast between Bendinat, and its nearest neighbours, the perhaps more familiar south west resorts of Palma Nova and Magaluf, can only be described as striking. The area is aimed very strongly at professional couples and families looking for the cultural aspects of nearby Palma, as opposed to the clubs and bars of Magaluf. A major feature of Portals Nous is the Puerto Portals marina, which the local council proudly claims to be "the best in Spain". Although, clearly an exaggeration of the truth, it certainly helps to raise the profile of the resort to have a number of very expensive yachts moored here.

As with most of the other resorts along the south coast, Bendinat is most popular with the British visitor, many of which now own property in the area, who are looking for a quiet holiday base that both offers ready access to the nearby nightlife and attractions of Palma Nova, and also the culture of the capital Palma. Bendinat is still growing in a controlled manner, and has been marketed by at least one developer as having "possibly the best address in Mallorca", which at the very least should add another 10,000 to the market price of any property.

In keeping with the general exclusivity of the town is the Royal Bendinat Golf course, whose honorary president is no less than His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain. The original course, designed by Martin Hawtree, was opened in 1986, and was then subsequently extended to 18 holes during 1996, however, this is something we intend to cover in more detail on our Attractions and Amenities pages.

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