Make a holiday villa in Santa Eugènia your home away from home
The best way to experience majorca in an authentic way is to stay in a village well off the tourist trail. One village that fits the bill is Santa Eugènia, close to the centre of the island. This central location makes it a wonderful place to base yourself if you want to explore majorca, but want to avoid the crowds of tourists at the same time. From Santa Eugènia holiday villas, you can easily reach most of majorca’s main attractions. However, you are more likely to have a drink with a local farmer than with another tourist. Santa Eugènia holiday homes comes in a variety of forms and there is a property to suit nearly every budget. Some properties have their own pools and some have lovely mountain views. Don’t think that the fact that the village isn’t as touristy as many others in majorca means you’ll have to skimp on quality, though: all holiday rentals are decorated and facilitated to meet the most exacting standards.
Things to do in Santa Eugènia
The Santa Eugènia area has been settled since Talaiotic times. The Zenata, a Berber people, ruled the village during the Moorish occupation of majorca and called it Benibazari. When King Jaume I captured the island in the 13th century, its first governor was Bernat de Santa Eugènia and this is where the village got its name from.
-Walking is an ideal holiday activity in Santa Eugènia. There are many little lanes in the countryside around town or you can follow the old cart track to Sencelles, a little less than 4 miles to the north-east. Be sure to take your camera with you when you go walking, whichever route you decide to take from your holiday villa in Santa Eugènia, since you’ll have postcard-perfect views over farmland, the Tramuntana Mountains in the distance and of course Santa Eugènia itself.
-Literary types don’t need to go to La Mancha on the Spanish mainland if you want to follow in Don Quixote’s footsteps. There are plenty of windmills to chase in the Santa Eugènia area. Santa Eugènia itself has three historic windmills that you can visit but you’ll also find more in villages nearby, like Sencelles and Ses Alquieries.
- Natura Parc Zoo is the perfect day out for kids and animal lovers. This small zoo has a wide variety of animals: some native to majorca and some exotic species like lemurs. The lemurs run free, which will really delight the little ones. Because the zoo is very shaded, it’s a good option for a day out from a rental villa in Santa Eugènia when it’s too hot to do anything else.
-Sa Cova de Lourdes consists of five caves with religious significance. There are 100 steps leading up to these caves with their statues of Saint Bernadette and, of course, Our Lady of Lourdes. There is a service dedicated to Saint Bernadette every year on 11 February. The area around Santa Eugènia also has several other historic caves. Ses Coves, Son Matxina and Son Tano are some of the other caves that you may want to vist.
- Golfing holidays are always popular in majorca. There are two courses within a few miles of Santa Eugenia holiday villas, at Golf Parc Puntiro and Golf San Gual majorca.
The weather in Santa Eugènia
Santa Eugènia is hot in summer, with maximum temperatures in August hovering around 29 °C. However, summer is also dry and sunny and you may want to book Santa Eugènia holiday accommodation that has a pool or air-conditioning. Things cool down in winter when there is a bigger chance of rain too. Even then, the mercury seldom drops to below 6 °C and October, the wettest month, sees on average only 9 rainy days.
Getting to Santa Eugènia
To get to Santa Eugènia, you first need to travel to Palma de majorca. You can get here by ferry from Barcelona, for instance, or simply fly in from any of a vast number of airports in Europe. Santa Eugènia is about 15,5 miles from Palma de majorca and you can get here by bus or taxi. Another option is to take the train to Santa Maria del Cami and then travel the 4 miles or so to your holiday home in Santa Eugènia by taxi. It’s also a good idea to hire a car in Palma de majorca so that you’ll have more freedom to explore the island.