PARC NATURAL DE LA PENINSULA DE LLEVANT
This beautiful nature park, 5km north of Artà, is one of the most rewarding corners of Mallorca's east. It’s dominated by the Serra de Llevant, a low mountain range of wind-sculpted limestone, cloaked in Mauritanian grass broken by holm oak, Aleppo pine and fan palms, and culminates in the Cap Ferrutx, a dramatic nature reserve (off-limits to the public) that drops vertiginously into the Mediterranean from Mallorca's northern and eastern coasts.
Although parts of the park are accessible by car, it’s hugely popular with hikers, cyclists and binocular-wielding birdwatchers; the latter drawn by the prevalence of cormorants, Audouin’s gulls, peregrine falcons and booted eagles. The remote nature of the park means that coves like Cala Fosca and Platja de Sa Font Celada are quiet and pristine, with flour-soft sand and crystal-clear sea. They're inaccessible (and inside the protected area) but the adjoining, accessible parts of the park are stunning, too.