The secret Mediterranean town that’s perfect for a beach break

The success of Can Ferrereta will likely be the first quake in seismic changes – the 16th-century city walls, built to keep out Ottoman invaders, are now more than ever an invitation to newcomers. Go now while no need to book tapas a month in advance.

10 reasons to go to Santanyí this summer

1. It’s really tiny

You can walk from one side of the city to the other in 10 minutes, and you’ll understand the lay of the land in an afternoon. It’s nine minutes from the city center to one of the main tourist attractions – the stone horse sculptures by the late artist Rolf Schaffner. Santanyí is the kind of place where everyone knows each other and people stop to chat while walking their dogs. The landscape is completely flat and the narrow streets provide plenty of shade, so navigating even in the harshest heat wave is never tedious.

2. It’s close to Palma, but not too close

You don’t have to drive through town to get to Santanyí when you fly in, so avoid traffic jams. But you’re also just an hour from Palma, the Mallorcan capital, when you go shopping, enjoy a paella with octopus at one of the city’s beach clubs, or dine at El Camino (, Palma’s sibling want to go to the London Barrafina restaurants. Parking in Palma can be a nightmare, so you might as well just take a taxi back and forth – especially as car hire prices have skyrocketed in recent years. But if you have a car you have the opportunity to explore more beaches and there is free and plentiful parking in Santanyí. The secret Mediterranean town that’s perfect for a beach break

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