Surrounded by diverse landscape and fringed by warm turquoise Mediterranean waters lies Mallorca´s second largest city, Manacor.
Well connected, within 15 minutes drive of Palma´s central business district and Son Sant Joan airport, and with excellent transport links providing easy access to the rest of the island, Manacor is probably best known for its furniture manufacturing industry and the Majorica Pearl.
With a buoyant housing market, diverse range of properties and a local and international community, the municipality includes the areas of CalaAnguila-CalaMendia, CalaMurada, Cales de Mallorca, Manacor, Porto Cristo, s’Estany den Mas, S’illot-CalaMorlanda and Son Macià. To date it has a population of approx. 40,000 people.
Manacor boasts a wide range of leisure activities and many of its beaches have been awarded the “Blue Flag” status for safety and facilities: there’s a piece of paradise to be found by everyone around every bend. Sandy coves dot the coast line, along with fishing villages and natural harbours. There is a thriving wine industry with ripe vineyards in the rolling countryside, fun fiestas throughout the year, colourful markets, shopping, theatre and a vast array of cuisine and hospitality available. Options range from the traditional Mallorcan “menu del dia” eateries, both on and off the beaten track, to well known five star luxury hotel & golf resorts and michelin star restaurants.
If you want to you can get out and explore what nature has to offer tour the underground cave system in Porto Cristo “ Coves del Drac” or walk the “Via Verde”, a disused rail line that has been converted to an eco-path which opened in October 2014. It connects Manacor to the little village of Arta in the North East of Mallorca through a changing scenery of flora and fauna. You are bound to come across a native tortoise or two along the way!
Manacor has roots dating back to 2000 BC. History lovers will enjoy discovering the many churches, towers, pre-historic archaeological sites, museums, mosaics, remains and unearthed treasures in the area. In the city, the central Gothic-style church gives way to a labyrinth of narrow walkways and tree lined streets that thread around sheltered squares and beautiful architecture.
Manacor is keeping its traditions and it´s modernising too. Formerly an ancient agricultural town, Manacor is now a rapidly growing centre for construction, commerce, industry, culture, and sports activities. It is also famous for being the birth-place and home to tennis player, Rafael Nadal. ‘The Rafael Nadal International Tennis Centre’ is currently being built to attract talented young tennis players from all over the world and is due to open in 2016.
The name of Manacor means “Hand on Heart” and Manacor certainly encapsulates the essence of a Mallorca that is growing and accepting change yet still values its old traditions and continues to develop its existing industries. A combination of ancient, contemporary, traditional and commercial. With amazing sea views and sunsets, steeped in history and nature with organic living. Hand on heart, what a truly wonderful place to live.