Northeast (Llevant)

The northeast of Mallorca, popularly known as Llevant, stretches from the medieval village of Artà and includes the towns of Capdepera, Manacor, Sant Llorenç and Son Servera. Archaelogical ruins show that human occupation in this area began in what is known in Mallorca as the Pretalayotic period, thousands of years ago.

Although tourism has replaced agricultural as the motor of the economy, the area still has a small town feeling. Local culture has been preserved and celebrations such as the fiestas of Sant Antoni complete with dimonis (demons) and ancient traditions such as the dances of the Cossiers are not to be missed. In the 700-year old town of Capdepera a medieval market was recently added to the cultural calendar and on any given day throughout the region a village market takes place where you can find anything from agricultural equipment and farm animals to handicrafts and local food products. Manacor is the largest town in the Llevant and the birthplace of Rafael Nadal, for the moment, the world's number 1 tennis star.

The area is also noted for its pine forests, turquoise colored coves, beaches of fine sand and picturesque fishing ports. Four 18-hole golf courses and luxury accomodations mingle with family resorts just steps from the sea.

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