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CALA DE SANT VICENÇ, PLACE OF INSPIRATION FOR ARTISTS

Enjoy the crystalline coves and prehistoric caves 

Cala de Sant Vicenç is the third town in importance in the area of Pollença and worthy of mention due to its tranquility and the beauty of its landscape.
 
Cala de Sant Vicenç is located between the mountains of Coves Blanques and Cavall Bernat. During the first decades of the last century its landscapes captivated many artists both here and abroad: Anglada Camarasa, Tito Cittadini, Roberto Montenegro, Roberto Ramaugé, Joaquim Sorolla, Llorenç Cerdà, Dionís Bennàssar, Pasqual Roch Minué ...
 
The itinerary begins on Cavall Bernat Avenue from where you can reach the lookout of Cala Barques. On the left here you can see a striking noble residence: the summer house of Can Franch, lords of the estate of Sant Vicenç. It is a local Neo-Gothic style building from the late nineteenth century and was designed by the architect Joaquim Pavia.
 
From this viewpoint you can see one of the most painted views of the town: the Cavall Bernat mountain. Many renowned artists and amateurs have painted the dramatic shape of the Cavall Bernat.
 
At the beginning of the sandstone staircase leading to the beach there is a small garden with a monument dedicated to the painter Llorenç Cerdà Bisbal. Going down the steps you will find some traditional houses that were the original fishermen’s cottages, and the Hotel Niu which during the 20's was the first hostel in Cala de Sant Vicenç and run by its owner Toni Niu.
 
Let us return to the main road and taking the first street on the right we reach the Plaça de Sant Vicenç, popularly known as the Pine Square, located in an old sandstone quarry. Just at the bottom of the stairs and among the pines, until the late 70's there was a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Carmen which was built during the first half of the 1940s.
 
Following Cala Clara Street, where you can see the little cove of the same name, and down Temporal Street you reach the Punta dels Ferrers just around the tip. Halfway along on the left is an unfinished wall to commemorate the attempt to reconstruct the unique Tower of Sant Vicenç, the lookout tower from 1571 which had a canon (now on display in the gardens of Joan March). You can go down to the sea by a path to the place known as the Maressar. From here you can see the clear waters of Sant Vicenç.
 
Around the corner you reach Cala Molins, and if we turn the corner and follow the road that runs beside the sea we can reach Cala Carbó.
 
Returning to Cala Molins you can follow the route of Torrent Street, which runs parallel to the stream of Sant Vicenç. If we continue to the Alzinaret estate down Mestre Paco Street we arrive at the new church of Sant Vicenç, opened in 1976. Here stands the statue of Our Lady of the Sea, which comes from the Sant Jordi chapel. Within the same estate at the end of Joaquim Sorolla Street, is what remains of a necropolis known as the Caves of the Alzinaret. This is a set of artificial caves from the end of the Pretalayotic period, considered one of the finest monuments of its kind in the Western Mediterranean. Nowadays there are seven funerary artificial caves of a bigger group. They were built around 1600 b. C. and belong to a culture known in Mallorca as the Pretalaiotic. They are a protected group and can be visited freely.

GPS: 39.9183,3.0540