Discovering Mallorca: Authentic tranquility in the Cala Figuera
Finding true authenticity on the tourist saturated island of Mallorca is not exactly easy. Yes, the village of Valldemossa is a picture-perfect vision of a charming bygone era, but its shops are full of souvenirs. And the same can be said of Soller, its streets rumbling with the rhythm of old wooden trams whose benches are loaded with tourists from across the globe. But not all of the authentic charm which makes Mallorca such a visited attraction is lost, as I learned the other day when I made a visit to the charming fishing port of Cala Figuera.
The Cala, which is a few kilometres from the town of Santanyi on the South East coast of the island, is an idyll of charm, with white washed houses built along craggy inlets jutting right up to the waters edge, and a fully functioning fishing industry, with all of the nets and fishermen’s paraphernalia which goes with it.
The place is not devoid of tourists, but it does retain an unspoilt charm. When we walked along the little waterside paths, we were able to revel in old weathered fishermen’s cottages, breath in the still lingering fresh perfume of the morning’s now dispersed catch, and even see a fisherman at work mending his nets. Which in my eyes makes the Cala Figuera a true idyll.
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