TOPONOMY OF THE AREA
Sa Coma is the tourist and residential zone of the municipality of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar in Llevant County, Mallorca.
Sa Coma’s main attractions are its beach and Sa Punta de n’Amer , a Natural Area of Special Interest (ANEI) that separates Cala Millor from this area. Its beach is more than 800 metres long and has fine, white sand, crystalline bathing waters and quality services for holidaymakers.
Why Som Rosella?
Rosella means poppy in Catalan. The "rosella" is the most frequent species of the genus on the islands, it can cover the scarlet red fields of its flowers. It blooms, but, later than the other species. To differentiate it from Papaver dubium we must look at the rigid and erect hairs of the stem, Papaver dubium has them applied, in addition the color of the flower is a much more intense red, usually with a black spot at the base of the petal.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Tower of Port Nou
A former defence tower, which was first documented in 1769. In that era it was known as Torre Nova de Son Servera. According to some historians, the tower was built in around 1751.
It consists of two storeys–it was originally accessed at the upper level–and a roof, and it features a spiral staircase.
Port of Cala Bona
Cala Bona harbour is a small fishing harbour that has not lost its authentic otherworldly charm. It is a cosy place with beautiful views, where you can have a pleasant time and sample the great offers at the bars, restaurants and stores.
Church of Sant Joan Baptista
A rectangular-shaped church with a single nave and 5 side chapels. It retains a defence tower at the apse end, which is the only fragment that remains of the old possessió of Son Frai Garí. The existence of a small chapel was documented in 1622, making use of the walls of this possessió. Construction on the church started in 1699 and it bore a very similar resemblance to the current structure. It was subsequently subject to several expansions throughout the coming centuries. The belfry dates to the 19th century; until it was built the defence tower was used.
This church is one of the most characteristic and emblematic features at present. It is an unfinished project designed by Joan Rubió Bellver, a protégé of Gaudí, which boasts a neo-Gothic style and is notable for its rose windows and picture windows.
In 1906 Bishop Campins blessed the plot and the building work began a short time later, with various suspensions, and it was continued in 1929. The lack of resources caused the project to be permanently shut down, when only the side walls and large chapel had been completed.
Castle of Punta de n’Amer (Sant Llorenç des Cardasssar)
The coastal fortification known as De n’Amer castle or tower, is located at the centre of Punta de n’Amer, a peninsula that is 40 m high, and was given the status of Natural Area of Special Interest in 1985. It is an area of scenic and botanical interest; an oasis between developed areas.
In February 1585, Viceroy Lluis Vic carried out a general inspection to furnish the island with the necessary defences due to attacks, and planned the construction of a tower in the area. However, it was not until the end of the 17th century that it was built after an attack by a privateer.
After the danger from privateers disappeared, the castle fell into disuse, and in 1857 the military returned it to the State. Some years later, an appraisal valued the fortification at 5,000 pesetas and it was put up for public auction; Pere Orlandis i Despuig purchased the tower. In 1915 it was purchased by the owner of Sa Coma.
Typologically speaking, it is unique due to its style, its workmanship and its general design: it forms a square shape, while the resulting volume means it can be considered a combination between a cube and a pyramid. The outcome is a very solid construction with a heavy burden of a bellicose image. The building is surrounded by a 2-metre deep moat carved into the rock. The tower is accessed by a drawbridge that was built into the façade and blocked the entrance.
The ground floor currently features various weapons from the 18th and 19th centuries, while an 18th-century cannon is preserved on the second floor.
5 TOP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SA COMA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
- Visit Son Servera market (Friday) and explore the old town.
- Stroll through Cala Bona harbour and stop off at one of its restaurants for lunch or dinner.
- Visit the various coves in the Llevant area of the island.
- Do sports such as scuba diving, golf, trekking, etc.
- Visit the Punta de n’Amer castle.