If you are looking for an activity holiday, Can Reus is ideally placed. You can walk or cycle from the hotel, go swimming boating and diving from the nearest beach or a short drive will get you to birdwatching, horseriding and golf. Or, if you prefer a more leisurely pace, take the tram to the port or the train to Palma. We have fiestas at different times during the year - please click here to read about some of them.
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Description: Ca'n Reus is a favourite among walkers. From the hotel itself, there are circular walks ranging from 45 minutes to six hours in length. The shorter walks take you around the village, along the river or on the foothills of the mountains which faces the hotel. The more intrepid can explore the Sierra de Tramuntana range, circle the blue waters of Lake Cuber and reach the summits of Sa Rateta (3556 ft.) and L'Ofre (3580 ft.). We provide walking books and maps and a drop off and pick up service. To read some of the walking routes please CLICK HERE
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Ca'n Reus is situated 200 meters above the Port of Soller amongst the great peaks of the Sierra de Tramuntana. There are many well sign-posted mountain pathways in the area that offer the knobbly-wheeled explorer a challenging and varied range of riding surfaces. Fast bridleways swoop past mountain lakes. Complex, rocky single-track twists steeply down through narrow valleys. At a lower level, long stretches of occasionally cobbled path wind through the many citrus groves and on into villages. Climb high in the morning, lunch on one of the many summits and descend in the heat of the afternoon sun.
The beach at Puerto Soller is only 15 minutes' drive from Fornalutx. A wide, sandy beach and safe water (lifeguards on duty) provide an ideal family swimming venue. Pedaloes are also for hire. For those who like to be away from the crowd and more adventurous, head for the rugged coastline of Calle Tuent (a 45 minute drive) to pitch camp on the rocks and dive into the water from there. Or, hire a boat from Puerto Soller, drop the anchor and choose your own swimming spot. There is also an excellent outdoor public swimming pool in Soller (10 minutes).
The Octopus diving schoolin Soller offers scuba diving courses for beginners with instructers recognised by PADI (the Professional Association of Divers' Instructors). For intermediate and experienced divers, there are guided trips which take you to the dramatic and otherwise hidden network of hidden underwater caves which are feature of the Mallorquin coastline and the chance to view at close quarters barracuda and triton's trumpets.
The golfing opportunites have expanded hugely on the island of Mallorca over the last few years which now offers some of the finest golf courses in Europe. The island is becoming increasingly popular among all year round golfers wanting to escape the cold and rain sodden courses back home. Closest to Fornalutx, we would recommend the 18 hole course at Bunyola which was opened in 1998. Not too far away are the oldest and most exclusive courses on the island, Son Vida (near Palma) and Real Golf de Bendinat.
Within 20 minutes drive of the hotel, there is the Molina Centre of Horseriding. (Nick Guthrie, the British owner of Ca'n Reus, is a a keen rider and can vouch for the excellence of the horses and of the instruction!). It offers lessons, short hacks and all day excursions to some of the prettiest villages in the interior of the island with a stop at a restaurant for lunch. We are happy to book rides for our guests and arrange transport.
Stroll along the front at Puerto Soller and admire the yachts moored there from all over the world and you will appreciate the international fame of the port's natural harbour. Sailing boats and windsurfing equipment can be hired from the Centro Nautico Port de Soller and speed boats can be hired for the half day or a full day to explore the coastline up to Formentor in the north or down to Deia. Ferry boats leave the port twice daily for Formentor, Sa Calobra and Deia.
Yacht for day trips and sleeping available for up to 10 people : www.yachtcharterssoller.com
TRAIN TO PALMA
Fancy a day shopping in one of the most elegant cities in Spain? Or, a day's sightseeing to see the ancient cathedral and the excellent museums and art galleries? There is no need to drive or take a taxi. The little wooden, single gauge railway was opened in 1912 to link Soller to the capital and has been running ever since, up to eight times a day during the high season. For keen photographers, there are two special "panoramic" rides a day which allow you to get out and take photographs of the Soller valley. A journey into the past and great views. The evening return train from Palma gets you back in time to sample the tapas bars and restaurants of Soller.
TRAM RIDE TO THE PORT
Constructed in 1913, the tramway from the town of Soller to the Port is one of the most charming (and cheapest!) tourist attractions in the area. For only one euro, you can board one of the little wooden carriages at the stop just outside the train station in Soller for the 20 minute ride. The tram rattles and hoots its way through orange and lemon groves and then turns right along the shore of Puerto Soller for great views of the sandy beach and attractive harbour with its collection of ferries, yachts and fishing boats. Stop here for a swim and lunch at one of the fish restaurants before taking the tram back. It goes every hour in winter; every half hour in summer.
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The reservoir at Cuber (20 minutes drive) is one of the best birdwatching spots on the island. Park the car by the dam, take out your binoculars and and you won't have to wait long to see Ospreys fishing in the reservoir. Look out for Spectacled Warblers, Tawny Pipits and Short-toed Larks. Rock thrushes breed in the small quarry beyond the dam where you might also see Eleonoras Falcon. The clusters of holm oaks on the surrounding hills provide shelter for Cili Buntings and, further up the mountain, you may see Black Vultures, Griffon Vultures and even a Bonelli's Eagle.
"Watercolour Classes" by local artist ,Sallie Quirk, who studied at the New York Studio School and whose work has been widely exhibited. Her work is in many public and private collections from Paris to California. Known as a landscape painter, Ms. Quirk says what she really paints is light, the reflection of light, and how it transforms the shapes, contours and colors of everything she sees. For Ca'n Reus guests, she offers two hour classes (landscapes and still life) in the hotel at 40 euros for two hours.
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