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However, since the closure of the base, the name Cabo Blanco has been used by a number of accommodation providers to describe that part of Mallorca on the hilltops above the Mediterranean, between the popular holiday resort on Arenal, and Cap Blanc itself.
Cabo Blanco now constitutes a series of residential urbanisations that have developed since the 1990s, including the towns of Son Veri Nou, Cala Blava,
Bellavista, Sa Moreria, Sa Torre, El Dorado, Badia Gran, Badia Brava and Tolleric, all of which have a small but ever growing selection of villas, apartments,
shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.
Originally these towns were all purpose built for residents to live within commuting distance to the capital Palma, which is only a 15-minute drive way, also quite surprisingly for Mallorca, most also have good public transport links into the city too.
For visitors to the area the Son Sant Joan International Airport, is also just 10 minutes away along the fast Ma-19 Autovía de Levante motorway.
As with the other destinations on this site, a more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
For people wishing to stay in this part of Mallorca for a holiday, it is a perfect base for accessing virtually all parts of the island by car. Even Soller along the rugged north west coast of the island, is only about an hour away via the great motorway system from Cabo Blanco into Palma and then along the ring road which arcs around the northern suburbs of the city.
The most popular hotels in the area are without doubt the 4 star Delta Hotel, which is close to Sa Moriera and is just metres from the entrance to the Maioris golf course, along with the Ola Club Maioris, which is inland 800 metres from the towns of El Dorado and Sa Torre, and certainly not forgetting the luxurious 5 star Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca which is also nearby. More detailed descriptions of all of these hotels, complete with maps and videos, can be found on the Hotels link on the left hand frame of this page.
The nearest tourist beach to Cabo Blanco is a short five minute drive away at the nearby resort of El Arenal, which is situated at the eastern end of a 6km stretch of beach known as Playa de Palma.
The resort of El Arenal, with a resident population of just less than 10,000, is in fact the most populated town in Llucmajor and was infact one of the first resorts in Mallorca to attract British tourists during the early 1960s. However, now during the summer months, Arenal and parts of Playa de Palma, are very popular with young German 18 to 30's who are looking for all night clubs and bars, and is certainly not suitable for a family holiday or anyone wishing to get some sleep before dawn.
I have to say at this point that El Arenal is possibly my least favourite of all the resorts on Majorca, and the town itself now has a very strong German influence, with many of the numerous bars and restaurants only targeting the German tourist. Whilst the British Euro spending visitor is never turned away, you may however, feel somewhat "uncomfortable" in such a German dominated environment.
On a more positive note the beach here is very popular and shelves gently into the sea, although regrettably in recent years, despite having the internationally recognised blue flag for its facilities, cleanliness, and water quality, it has unfortunately also had a bit of a problem both from litter and "Lookie Lookie Men" selling "genuine" designer watches which are almost certainly fake, and may not even be working at all, however, in its defence the local council have now recognised these problems, and will hopefully now address them.
This part of Mallorca is popular with leisure cyclists, and as a result the local council has now instituted a series of cycle routes which are clearly signposted. Also, because of the high elevation of the area above sea level, it is not unusual to see a number of paragliders taking to the skies above Cabo Blanco.
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