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Possibly the biggest attraction of a holiday to Camp de Mar is the general lack of commercial development of the town, when compared to the rest of the south coast resorts.
For those on self catering breaks, the resort does have a fairly large Spa Supermarket at the top of hill for the everyday holiday essentials, and another somewhat smaller one on the beach at the front of the Hotel Playa, both of which stock readily recognisable UK branded goods, although in many cases the prices charged may be considerably higher than those you would expect to pay at home.
The underlying principle of consumer choice was once explained by a local shopkeeper as, "if you don't like the price, you don't have to buy", however, the stark reality is unless you are prepared to travel out of the resort to the hypermarkets on the outskirts of Palma "you do have to buy", which of course is a fact that the local shopkeepers are only too aware of.
Other than the above, the commercial centre of Camp de Mar is to be found on either side of the road running between the Hotels Playa and Club, where you will find a small Kiosk selling the usual selection of English language newspapers, a bank with ATM machine, and a couple of small souvenir shops.
For the more adventurous, a bus does run through the resort from Palma on its way to Andratx every hour, and a single into Palma will cost around 2.25€, which is about £1.70.
Aware of the business opportunities, the town is quite well served with taxis. A trip to either of the neighbouring resorts of Paguera for a greater selection of shops, bars and restaurants, or to Port Andratx, works out at around 5€ each way.
Of special interest to tennis enthusiasts, the nearby resort of Paguera is home to the most
visited tennis venue on Mallorca. The Tennis Centre Paguera is truly one of the top venues
for tennis enthusiasts, professionals and families, and are proud to include such famous
names as Boris Becker, Charly Steeb, Tommy Haas and Steffi Graf, as just a few of the
professional tennis players who have trained at their facility. Contact details for more
Tennis Academy Mallorca
Calle Joaquin Blume s/n
Telephone: +34 971 687 716
Web site: www.tennisacademymallorca.com
Also based in Paguera, Cruceros Cormoran offers a variety of both 2 and 4 hour cruises along the south coast of
Mallorca, calling at the nearby resorts of Camp de Mar and Santa Ponsa. Contact details for more information
Avenida Paguera, 66, Local 1
Telephone: +34 971 686 849
Web site: www.cruceroscormoran.com
Every Wednesday at nearby Andratx, with the exception of public holidays and fiesta days, there's a local street market with a good selection of locally produced fruit, vegetables and crafts on offer, but you'll need to get there early and be prepared to haggle with the professionals to secure the best bargains.
The south west of the Mallorca has no less than 6 championship standard golf courses.
An local organisation based in Magaluf called "Mallorca Golf Connection", are the official
TUI Thomson golf booking agency, can organise tee-off times, transport to and from the
courses and discounted green fees.
Contact details are:
Mallorca Golf Connection
Avenida Solivera 5
Telephone: +34 971 221 973
Fax: +34 971 221 974
Web site: www.mallorcagolfholidays.com
Majorca may not be the first place you think of to see fine examples of classic British sports cars.
However, from time to time during the summer months The Classic Car Club of Port d'Andratx meet and show off their proud possessions to the crowds of admiring onlookers.
For further information on the dates of forthcoming events please contact:
The Classic Car Club of Port d'Andratx
Calle Almirante Riera, 2
Telephone: +34 971 671 198
Fax: +34 971 673 113
Certainly well worth a mention here is the Dragonera Natural Park and the Dragonera Island, which is really a 6km long rock that is named because of its likeness to a dragon's back rising out of the water.
In 1987 this area of the island was designated a natural conservation area, and has since then enjoyed the protection of the Majorca Council from commercial development. Regular boat trips leave from the Camp de Mar to make the short trip out to Dragonera Island, where there is a small museum and evidence of a Roman settlement at the Cova de sa Font.
Although at its nearest point the island is only 700 metres from the mainland, separated by the ‘Es Freu' channel, private visits to the island are allowed but only with an official permit from the local council offices.
The newly built Centro Cultural at Andratx is one of Europe's biggest private buildings for
contemporary art. The Centre includes a 1500m2 "Kunsthalle" which holds 3 major exhibitions
per year of both established and emerging young artists in contemporary art, as well as a
large gallery, restaurant, bookshop and a number of artists´ studios. In the near future it is
also planned that additional facilities will be added, including a ceramics and lithographic
workshops. Contact details are:
Centro Cultural Andratx
Telephone: +34 971 137 770
Fax: +34 971 137 691
Web site: www.ccandratx.com
One of the most popular evening attractions with all nationalities in the south of the island is the Pirates Adventure (Els Pirates), which is based on the outskirts of Magaluf. It takes the form of a Dinner/Show with a pirate theme, and has short dialogues in English throughout. The season commences early April and runs through until the end of October, with performances most evenings.
In addition to the family show, there is also a special late night adults only "Pirates Uncut" performance.
Contact details for more information and bookings for either show are:
Carretera la Porrassa
Telephone: +34 971 130 411
Fax: +34 971 130 083
Web site: www.piratesadventure.com
Whether you want to spend a couple of hours on the water, or even a whole day, the Annette Rosenkilde and her crew are
sure to give you a time to remember. With sailings from nearby Port Andratx, visitors to the south west of Mallorca can
experience both full and half day trips, as well as a romantic sunset BBQ cruise sailing onboard a traditionally
rigged vessel that was originally designed and built for trawling in the Baltic Sea. Contact details for more
information please see their website at:
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