Santo Tomás is a relatively quiet holiday resort of mixed private and commercial holiday villas at the resort entrance and up the hill more than half a dozen hotels catering to packaged holidays.
There is a natural pine-covered hillside backdrop and the resort has pristine countryside wherever you look, offering great sea views.
There is only one road out of Santo Tomas (which, by the way, is spelt without the "o" in Catalan, although in Castillian all nouns beginning with the letter "t" or "d" require a final "o" in the preceding adjective, for example: Santo Domingo).
Santo Tomas has two supermarkets, two bakers and various small tourist shops, cash dispensers, car-rental companies, a chemist, an English-speaking local doctor and floodlit tennis courts.
The beach, well it's actually three beaches melting into each other:
The eastern beach (the Playa Santo Tomas or in Catalan Platja de Sant Tomàs) is deeper with extensive dune systems and lies in front of the main hotels.
The western beach (Playa San Adeodato) is not so deep and quite long; it extends into the third beach:
Playa Binigaus, which is an unspoilt location.
You may find nudists there, but there‘s no need to strip:
Everyone is welcome!
A walk a day to spice up your holiday:
To Cala Escorxada:
Duration: 3 hours for the round trip.
This is not an easy walk: It involves lots of clambering up and down rocky pathways.
Head west along the coastal path. It will take you about 3 minutes to get to Binigaus.
Keep heading west along a well-marked trail.
- To the Cova des Coloms:
Duration: about 3 hours.
This walk requires solid footwork in stepping downwards to the valley bottom.
This walk could start at any point along the road that has the Lord Nelson hotel on one side and the entrance road to the Mestral Apartments on the other.
Proceed past the Sol Elite hotel on your left. You will then reach the Vistamar apartments and the restaurant Don Tomas.
Take the road directly opposite.
You will soon reach a small triangular-shaped island; 50 metres on, turn left at the second triangular-shaped island.
The road climbs steeply for a short period, before it levels out.
Take the left climbing fork at the apartments "Casats de Santo Tomas".
Pass the pool, on the righthand side, followed by more apartments (Casat Mercadal, Ferrerias and San Luis).
You are now at the end of the made-up road that will have taken some 15 minutes.
Now, you are approaching the iron gates which take you into the country.
Go through and - please! - do close the gates afterwards!
You will see the usual sign of "Coto Privado de Caza" (private hunding rights), and a stone wall on the lefthand side.
A couple of minutes later you will reach a farm. Go through one metal gate and immediately turn left through another metal gate towards some pine trees.
You are now approaching a tree-lined straight boulevard marked by a metal gate.
The path continues, moves leftwards past an electricity pylon and climbs a little. Meanwhile some 45 minutes will have passed from the start.
In about 5 minutes you should reach the main Santo Tomas to Es Migjorn Gran road.
Turn right onto the main road. After five minutes you will approach the entrance to the Santa Clara farm.
Take a path on the lefthand side - about 20 metres on - which leads to Es Migjorn Gran via the cemetery.
As the path climbs you will lose sighty, temporarily, of the town but that is regained soon.
You are now approaching the cemetery (you were turning off the main road about 10 minutes ago).
Turning left here would take you towards the caves, turning right takes you to Es Migjorn Gran.
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