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Make a holiday villa in Sant Joan your home away from home

If you visit Majorca and only choose one or two beach resorts, you’re missing out. After all, the island has more than 1,400 mi2 of mountains, agricultural areas, centuries-old villages, beaches and caves to explore. It makes sense to base yourself in a central location and a holiday villa in Sant Joan is just the place. Rental properties in this small rural town range also include chateaux and villas to suit different budgets. Most properties feature a swimming pool and BBQ facilities as well as other amenities you’ll need to ensure a memorable stay. Sant Joan holiday villas make for a great place to retreat to after a day’s exploring.

Things to do in Sant Joan

Sant Joan is located almost in the centre of Majorca. From here you can take day trips to almost anywhere on the island. However, the area around Sant Joan itself is well worth exploring too. Settled since prehistoric times, the site where the town of today stands became the Alhamar estate during Moorish occupation of Majorca. In 1229, King Jaume I conquered Majorca and the estate changed hands several times. In 1300, King Jaume II issued a decree which meant that Sant Joan could hold a market and officially become a town. Today most tourists skip this small town and head for the larger beach resorts instead. The result is that Sant Joan still retains its rural charm.

-The Parish Church of Sant Joan Baptista has been a work in progress since the 15th century. Dedicated to St John the Baptist, the church features several architectural influences as bits and pieces were added or adapted through the centuries. The interior features several beautiful works of religious art, most notably the paintings depicting the life and martyrdom of the saint.

- Historical buildings to explore are within a short distance from Sant Joan holiday villas. One of these is the birthplace of Friar Lluís Jaume. This Franciscan priest was born in 1740 and arrived in the Americas in 1770. While stationed at the Mission San Diego de Alcalá in present-day California, he was killed by members of the local indigenous population during an uprising and became the first Catholic martyr in Upper California. The house in Sant Joan where he was born is an excellent example of the architecture of the period.

-The Santuari de la Consolación is a beautiful old monastery on a hilltop just outside of town.

-Els Calderes is a fascinating museum located between Sant Joan and Vilafranca and is the estate of Antoni Oliver. The Sant Joan area has been home to farmers for hundreds of years, but the dependence on agriculture also threatened the town’s existence several times, especially during periods of drought. Things changed in the 19th century when Oliver brought new ideas from mainland and taught the local farmers some revolutionary agricultural techniques.

-Vilafranca de Bonany lies just over 3 miles south-east of Sant Joan. Walk or cycle here from a holiday villa in Sant Joan to stock up on fresh vegetables. Tomatoes, garlic, peppers and aubergines are some of the fare you’ll see hanging from strings outside the shops, making for gorgeous photo opportunities. The town also hosts a melon festival in September.

-Lloret de Vistalegre is another town only a short walk or bicycle ride away, about 3.5 miles to the north-west. The views from here are spectacular, which explains the town’s name. The windmills are something to behold and if you like figs, be sure to visit at the beginning of August, when the town hosts a fig festival called Es Sequer.

The weather in Sant Joan

Sant Joan has dry, hot summers and cool winters with some rainy days. If you visit in July or August, be sure to opt for Sant Joan holiday accommodation with air-conditioning, since temperatures typically reach 29 °C and even the minimum temperatures are a warm 20 °C. Winter temperatures seldom fall below 6 °C.

Getting to Sant Joan

You can get to the island’s capital Palma de Majorca by flying in from most major European airports or by taking the ferry from Barcelona. Sant Joan is only about 25 miles from Palma. Nearby Vilafranca de Bonany is on a major bus route from Palma. However, if you decide to stay in a Sant Joan holiday home you’ll probably want to do some exploring further afield and renting a car will be a very good idea.

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                                                                                                      Wonderful, tranquil holiday in a beautiful property.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Planning for a holiday is always a little bit of a rollercoaster ride - the anticipation and excitement of going somewhere new where you can relax from daily routine and pressure of work is often tempered by the anxiety of whether you have made the right decisions in where you are going to stay and whether it will meet expectation and be value for money. Villa Ana does not disappoint. She sits high on the slopes of Maria de la Salut overlooking the central plains of Mallorca towards the distant hills offering a comfortable and entirely private, secure hideaway with a fabulous, pristine pool. The villa is spacious, well maintained and well equipped with all the essentials plus dish washer, washing machine, television and hairdryer. There has been an enormous amount of thought given to what makes a difference to your stay - towels of all sizes and for all purposes, fans to keep you cool, heaters, blankets and throws to keep you warm, books, games, guidebooks. The sitting room is a comfortable and welcoming space and the kitchen / diner table is huge with ample space to seat 6 -8 people. What really stands out are the little touches and accessories which add to the charm and ambiance of the property such as the candles and attractive tea light containers scattered around the house and terrace which make the evenings quite romantic and magical. The upper, covered terrace is glorious with huge BBQ, generous dining table and more comfy seating overlooking the pool, gardens and the view across the valley. The pool area is well thought out with recliners and sails for shade and and lawn beyond the terracing. The water is inviting day and night and the perfect temperature to cool you down but not freeze you which makes midnight swims equally enjoyable! The gardens extend all around the villa with shady lawned areas, mature shrubs and trees laden with fruit and vibrant flowers. It is fun to pick almonds, olives, pomegranates, kumquat, lemons, oranges and herbs for cooking. The centre of the small town of Maria is only 5-10 minutes walk where you can find groceries, banks, bars and restaurants. The main square is the community focal point with weekly market and occasional evening dancing. It is easy access to beaches, mountains and Palma from Maria. Our thanks go to Ana and Xisca for whom nothing was too much trouble and helped to ensure our holiday was memorable for all the right reasons. I thoroughly recommend Villa Ana - it is a restorative sanctuary.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Beautiful villa in a tranquil landscape

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My partner, two teenagers and I lived like kings and queens for 10 days in this spacious and sympathetically restored villa. It had everything we needed. Worth highlighting are the pantry with essentials for cooking (herbs, spices etc), well stocked kitchen, original artwork throughout, air-conditioning in all living and sleeping areas, wi-fi and HD TV (we took a portable blu-ray DVD player and a few films to keep the kids happy). Outside we were spoilt for choice for places to relax - lovely terraces and gardens around three sides of the main building, and enjoyed the fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden, including tomatoes, aubergines, chillies, figs, lemons and almonds. As a base the villa is perfectly placed for visiting all parts of the island, being easily accessed from the main roads. A car is essential. There's a dirt track leading up the the villa but our Ford Focus managed it easily. We would definitely stay there again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      More beautiful than the photos!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Set down a dead end road, the house, garden and pool are lovely - quiet, utterly spotless and very well cared for. What isn't obvious from the description is that there are 2 terraces leading off the master bedroom upstairs, one with views over the mountains at the front and one with views towards the village at the back. Also, the front of the house has a large cool and shady terrace on the ground floor at the front. The village is about 15 mins walk (though we usually drove to the outskirts and walked in) and has an excellent range of shops and restaurants. There is a fantastic supermarket about 20 mins away in Manacor. The market on Wednesdays is not to be missed - sprawling through the streets around the church. The train station makes it easy (and cheap) to travel into Palma and roads to the rest of the island are good. Pedro, the owner, is helpful and pops back discreetly during the week to maintain the pool and garden. Thank you for the ensaimadas and sangria!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016