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Attractions and Amenities
Attractions and AmenitiesBecause of the general lack of commercialisation of this area of the east coast, it is still possible even today to see evidence of mans earliest occupation of the island. A short distance away from Cala Mandia are the prehistoric remains at Sa Gruta and Son Moro, and at nearby Porto Cristo there's even a Roman basilica on the Avinguda de Joan Amer. It is also possible to see the site of the original Roman port behind the existing harbour, and it was here that a few years ago the remains of a Roman ship were discovered.
Cala Mandia has just about enough shops for the everyday essentials whilst you are away from home, however, if you do venture out of the resort you will discover the town of Manacor, which is the home of the Mallorcan pearl industry. In addition, a couple of traditional fruit and produce markets take place each week throughout the year. These are held at Porto Cristo on a Sunday morning and Manacor the following day. Being so close to each other, the same traders do tend to attend both events, and as a result the range of goods on offer does tend to be somewhat limited.
A holiday to Mallorca wouldn't be the same if you missed one of the local Fiestas that take place every year. Sa Rua or the children's carnival is the first of the year, and this takes place in early February. The highlight of the event is a fancy dress parade, which is taken very seriously by the participants. Some of the costumes have taken many hours of work to produce, particularly those for large groups. But whatever the costume, the main theme of the carnival is always fun, music and dance. The parade finishes at the main square overlooking the harbour in Porto Cristo, where everyone enjoys dancing to music from a local band. Other Fiestas in the area that we are aware of are held:
As we mentioned earlier, about 2km to the west of Porto Cristo are The Caves of Hams, which are known for their peculiar formations and the marvelous underground lake. Opening times from March to October is 10am to 6pm and from November to February 10:30am to 5:30pm. Entrance fee for adults is around £6.00. Their full contact details are:
Nearby are the more famous Caves of Drach which are open daily from April to October from 10am to 5pm,
and from November to March 10:45am to 12:00 and 2pm to 3:30pm. Admission for adults is around 9.50€, and
children under 7 are admitted free. Full contact details are:
Next door to the Caves of Drach is the "Aquarium de Mallorca". This is a small aquarium with exotic fish from around the world including piranhas and electric eels. They're open every day from April to October from 9:30am to 5pm, and November to March 11am to 3pm. Admission costs are around £3.00.
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