Calvia is located on the island of Majorca and is a self-governed community of the Spanish owned Balearic Islands. This beautiful and historic city is located on the western part of the island near the Sierra de Tramontan, the main mountain of the island group that extends to the Sierra de Na Burguesa, a foothill. Almost 80% of Calvia is protected rural land and offers a unique opportunity to enjoy its ancient history during your visit. The city is located on a peninsula that is surrounded by ravines and valleys.
The city of Calvia first appeared in history in the year 2,000BC as a village, although it is believed to have been inhabited since the Neolithic Era. Sailors that traversed the sea built small villages along the coast as they traveled to Italy, the East and the Iberian Peninsula for trade. These tiny settlements are called cave culture, as the caves that pepper the coast were used for habitation and as burial sites. There has been an abundance of archaeological excavations of these former settlements that are catalogued and on display at Puig de sa Morsica Archaeological Park which is located in Calvia’s Santa Ponsa district.
Although much of Calvia is rural many areas located along the coastline have expanded into urban areas, that aren’t so much cities, but several small villages. Don’t let this dissuade you as you will be able to find all the creature comforts that you need. There are an abundance of beaches that dot the shoreline, even though much of it is rocky, there are some sandy beaches. There are also several islets located along the coastline. There are two islets that have been designated as marine reserves, they are Malgrats and El Toro.
The city of Calvia started to become a tourist hotspot in the early 1960’s, and the town saw a rapid growth in hotels. There are four golf courses located around the city. Despite its somewhat rapid growth, this culturally rich city continues to embrace and share its rich history with visitors. There are many ancient fortresses, villas, and ancestral homes located in and around the city proper as well as ancient finds from many archeological digs.
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