Nice family beach town but no sign of Spain
Trip Start May 30, 2010
60Trip End Ongoing
Can Picafort is on the northern coast of Mallorca about an hour north of Palma. The countryside is scenic with lots of olive groves, hay fields and stone houses. Unlike most Greek islands where the terrain wasn't suitable for anything (except tourism) Mallorca is largely agricultural. There are cool old windmills on every few acres which really create a rustic atmosphere.
The roads, except for the couple of highways, are narrow two lane affairs often lined with stone walls or buildings built to the edge of the road
I just stayed on the bus as it made stops in Can Picafort until I saw the market. It lined the road for several blocks with a large crowd already browsing. I walked past all of the vendors and ended up splurging on a couple of fridge magnets. My duffel bag already is overweight so there is no room for souvenirs or gifts (sorry!). Many of the vendors were Nigerian typically selling handbags or women's clothes. There were some local vendors but much of the stuff was probably made in China.
What had started as a sunny day clouded up while I was at the market
I continued walking since I didn't see anywhere that looked good to stop - the snorkeling would not have been good since the water was rough and it was a sandy beach plus it was very crowded and noisy with tons of kids. Eventually the promenade ended when Can Picafort meets Platje de Muro. My guidebook did mention this beach (Platje) because it's a protected area and popular with birdwatchers. They've even built little Washington Monuments for the birdwatchers so the birds don't realize they are being spied on. Really a very cool and attractive solution. There is also no development so the beach is only sand dunes and tamarisk trees making it preferable to the concrete jungle of Can Picafort.
I read for a couple of hours before walking through the preserve to the main road
The bus stops on Mallorca are awesome because every one has the schedule posted. Seems like a no brainer but apparently the concept hasn't reached Greece yet. With this info I had to walk back into town before I found a central bus stop where the buses left for Palma instead of the local routes. I was learning the system and liking what I saw. The main issue was for people staying outside of Palma since the system is hub and spoke with Palma being the hub. It becomes a challenge to go from spoke to spoke without having to go through Palma. Fortunately I'm staying in Palma partly for that very reason.
Can Picafort and Platje de Muro were pleasant destinations and a nice introduction to Mallorca. I thought the countryside was almost more scenic but Platje de Muro turned out to be a pleasant sandy beach. I didn't mind Can Picafort being so generic since it was still a clean, well-done town. The beach was great for kids wanting to play in the sand but the water too rough for most of them. I was already going through my guidebook on the bus ride back to Palma looking at other good destinations.