The fishermen cottages S’Estalella are located in the fishing village of Sa Punta de S’Estalella, one of the only fishing villages settled in southern Majorca during the sixteenth century. Due to its architectural and anthropological value, it was listed as asset of cultural interest (BIC) by the Council of Majorca. It can be said that it is a unique area in Majorca.
S’Estalella lays in the protected area of ”la Marina de Llucmajor” in the south of Majorca.
It is one of the most beautiful areas of the island, with large protected areas as the amazing beach of Es Trenc, the enigmatic Cap de Ses Salines or the magical National Park of the island of Cabrera.
With 300 hectares and 4 kilometres of pristine coastline, the rural property of s’Estalella is a large natural area. The location of the fishermen’s huts is perfect: they face east, towards the bay of Es Trenc where they are protected from the prevailing wind from the west.
From the huts, a few meters from the shore, through sandy paths along the coast, one can reach the west coast, abrupt and cliffy scenery dominated by the vast sea and strong winds in winter.
The coastal area of s’Estalella is populated by majestic Mediterranean pine forests, planted on a relic dune system of great geological value. The interior is dedicated to farming and hunting.
Flora & Fauna
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Thanks to the uniqueness of the enclave, we can find there typical flora and fauna of the meso-thermic semiarid Mediterranean climate.
This is one of the most temperate and dry areas of Majorca, with an average annual temperature of 17°C and little rainfall.
The importance of the place lies in the presence of different animal and plant species included in the European Directives. Especially a large number of bird species can be found, both resident and migratory, that enrich the place with their chirping.
Terrestrial animal species
Stone-Curlew = Burhinus oedicemus
Balearic warbler = Sylvia sarda baleárica
Thekla lark = Galerida theklae
European shag = Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii
Peregrine falcon = Falco peregrinus
Balearic green toad = Bufo viridis baleárica
Hermann’s tortoise = Testudo hermanni
Loggerhead turtle = Caretta caretta
North African hedgehog = Atelerix algirus
Small-spotted genet = Genetta genetta
Hoopoe, Puput = Upupa epops
Common stingray = Dasyatis Pastinaca
Common smoothhound = Mustelus Mustelus
Eyed electric ray = Torpedo Torpedo
Black-striped pipefish = Sygantus Abaster
Brown meagre = Sciaena umbra
Green wrasse = Labrus viridis
Red scorpionfish = Scorpaena scrofa
Common dentex = Dentex dentex
Mediterranean moray eel = Muraena helena
Neptune grass = Posidonia Oceánica
Mastic tree = Pistacia Lenticus
Cat’s Head Rockrose = Heliathemum caput-felis
Stone pine = Pinus Pinea
Wild rosemary = Rosmarinus officinalis var. palauii
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S’Estalella rural property as well as the fishing village are protected with the highest environmental protection at European, state and regional level that a private property can have.
The first environmental protection that the property had arose from the request of the owner family to avoid the catastrophe of the Power Plant in 1991.
The protection was later expanded, and the area was listed as AANP (Natural Area of Special Interest with high level of protection). When the European Natura 2000 Network was created, the area was registered as SPA (Special Protection Area) and SCI (Site of Cultural Interest). It has also a state-level protection: IBA (Important Bird Area).
The huts are listed as BIC (Asset of Cultural Interest) due to their conservation status and uniqueness.