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Attractions and Amenities
The small residential town, and municipal district of Puigpunyent, is nestled in the eastern slopes of the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountain ranges, approximately 14km or 9 miles north west of the industrial suburbs of Palma.
As with so many of the other featured destinations on this site, Puigpunyent and the surrounding area, doesn't as yet feature in any of the major tour operators brochures, and since public transport from the Son Sant Joan airport just isn't a practical option, anyone considering a holiday here must also make provision to either collect a hire car from the airport, or make the transfer into the town by one of the many taxis that will be waiting outside of the arrivals hall.
Although the trip from Palma is quite short, it is nevertheless quite confusing if you've never driven on the island before. On leaving the airport grounds you'll need to join the main PM19 motorway heading west towards Palma, joining the PM20 which skirts around the capital in a big arc. From here you'll then need to maintain a sharp lookout for the PM-V-104-1 exit which eventually takes you into the centre of Puigpunyent. Our advice is buy a good map and plan your journey well!
Once you've arrived in the town and settled into your accommodation, which for most people will be the magnificent 5 star Gran Hotel Son Net, making the trip back down to Palma for either sightseeing or shopping, isn't too bad by public transport. The IB-28 bus runs around 4 times a day throughout the year. This service is now operated by Autocares Carbonell sa, and was founded by the great-great grandfather of the current owners who first made the service available to fair paying passengers in 1808 using his donkey and cart.
The town is believed to get its name from the Latin phrase "podinum pungentem", which translates into English as sharp mountain or acute hill, which is a reference to the nearby Puig de Galatzo mountain which has a markedly "pointed peak".
This area of Majorca has been inhabited for many thousands of years, and Puigpunyent is surrounded by no less than 15 prehistoric sites, including the talayots at ses Casotes, Son Burguet and Son Serralta, and the necropolis at Son Bru. Also in recent years significant Roman remains have been discovered at es Collet.
Despite the rapid tourist developments that have taken place across much of the island over the last 40 years or so, Puigpunyent has for the most part remained very much a traditional Majorcan town that would have particular appeal to middle aged couples, or those wishing to escape from the commercialisation so typical of the resorts along the south coast of the island. This exclusive and secluded image of Puigpunyent was reinforced in 1990 when Prince Charles and his family, chose the nearby Son Forteza country mansion for their short stay on the island.
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