Located in the north of Mallorca, Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa are some of the island’s most popular holiday destinations. There are many things to do here! Be it relaxing on the beach, going hiking in the mountains or enjoying other outdoor activities like water sports or playing golf on two of the island’s best and most beautifully designed courses. Here is our guide to Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa!
History of Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa
Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa are located in the north of Mallorca at the eastern end of the Serra de Tramuntana. They cover an area of 151,7 km² and have a population of 14,000 inhabitants. In contrast to the charming, more quiet and authentic town of Pollensa, the port is a more modern and lively beach resort always full of people during summer.
Pollensa town has a rich history having been conquered again and again over the past centuries. Many remains such as the Roman bridge ‘Pont Roma’ now remind of its tumultous past. Starting with the Talaiots more than 3,000 years ago, who marked the local landscape, to the Romans, Vandals, Arabs and Templars. Pollensa has been invaded and taken over by many different groups of different cultures. The best known battle is the fight between the Moors and Christians in 1550. With the help of fellow citizens the local leader Joan Mas defeated during a turbulent night the invaders which is today celebrated every August with a noisy reenactment.
Now full of tradition and culture, many artists, writers and musicians live in the beautiful town today that inspires them every day.
Puerto Pollensa on the other hand has evolved from a once simple fishing port to a popular, family-friendly beach resort. It now attracts (mostly British) holiday-makers with its long sandy beach and great selection of restaurants and excellent hotels. In the port you will find a lighthouse that was turned into a military base during the Spanish Civil War to protect the bay. Today, you can spot seaplanes here every day since the site is now a Spanish military airbase.
Every year on the 2nd of August the town’s citizens celebrate their most popular and most visited event, the Patrona! Watch Christians and Moors fight against each other in a colourful battle with canon shots, wooden swords and many fabulous customes.
The town hosts more fun celebrations throughout the year including a music festival in summer or the famous Fira del Vi where wine producers meet every year. The perfect option to sample some of the most exquisite wines of the island!
The Sunday market on the Plaza Mayor is a fascinating sight of colours and scents that should not be missed. Here you can find fruit and vegetables, flowers, arts and crafts, fashion, pottery and much more. The market is especially beautiful in the early morning, when the ladies and the best chefs in town go.
Cala San Vicente, Cala Formentor, Puerto Pollensa, Cala Boquer, S’Illot, Manresa, Malpas and many more… You have the choice! Do you prefer long sandy beaches with palm trees, ideal for a family holiday? Or do you want to enjoy romantic moments in quiet calas or bays with crystal clear water?
Culture and Activities
Visit the Maior Gallery, one of the most prestigious in Spain. Also the Cloister of Sant Domingo and its gardens are well worth a visit. In the same building you will find the Museu de Pollensa. Pollensa Music Festival is celebrated in the cloister every summer.
Walk up the 365 steps from the town centre to the Baroque hilltop chapel of the Calvari mountain. Soul-stirring views over the valley of Pollensa to the sea await you on top.
If you are staying in the harbour you should definitely take a boat trip around the bay of Pollensa to enjoy a beautiful sunrise and see dolphins in their natural habitat! Robinson Boats for example offers fun boat excursions at different hours. Puerto Pollensa is also famous among water sports lovers. They come here to go kitesurfing, windsurfing or stand up paddling in the bay.
Take a half-day trip to Formentor. The breathtaking views of the mountains from the famous ‘mirador’ will leave you speechless. Later you can explore the beautiful Cala de Formentor surrounded by pine trees and green mountains.
Hiking lovers will furthermore love the easy one-hour excursion to the Puig Maria where they can visit an old monastery and enjoy splendid views of the valley.
Golfing fans will also love the area of Pollensa. Golf Pollensa and Alcanada Golf are both located in the north of Mallorca, not far from Pollensa town, and are well known for their tranquil surroundings and superbly designed fairways and greens.
Where to Eat
As a true classic the Club Pollença is a must-see. Their collection of paintings is magnificent and having pa amb oli with cheese for breakfast is a real pleasure. There are more wonderful places to eat in Pollensa town, especially around the main square, such as La Braseria, Can Costa, La Font del Gall, Cantonet or Clivia.
You want to lunch right next to the sea? Head to Cala San Vicente, leisurely enjoying a beautiful landscape. Upon arrival, walk down to Cala Barques and eat at Cal Patro, a small but lovely restaurant. We would suggest going for a gin tonic at the Hotel Niu afterwards. Or you take a dip in Cala Molins and swim out to Cala Carbo.
When in Puerto Pollensa you have the choice between more touristic restaurants and fabulous places to eat that offer unique dishes. If you want to try something new, you should visit the Michelin-awarded Argos Restaurant. Here, every dish chef Álvaro Salazar prepares is a special and unique creation. Furthermore, the restaurant Ca’n Cuarassa, situated on the beach, offers some delicious Mediterranean cuisine. On the other hand, Restaurante Bellaverde serves top vegan and vegetarian dishes under fig trees on its beautiful patio. Besides fantastic restaurants there are lots of cafés and bars along the boardwalk and in the harbour. Don’t miss Cappuccino Grand Café or Sea.Bar.Is.
If you have a sweet tooth go to Helados Valls in Puerto Pollensa and buy one of their traditionally-produced ice creams. Enjoy the ice cream on the way to the Hotel Illa d’Or following the path that runs along the sea and under the pines! Upon your return, stop for a drink at the Hotel Sis Pins, where Agatha Christie used to stay and where she wrote “Problem at Pollensa Bay”.
Where to Stay
In Pollensa town the charming Hotel Son Sant Jordi is the best place to stay. Just a few minutes from the main square it offers complete relaxation with beautiful rooms, a warm and welcoming ambiance and also a beautiful courtyard. Here you will find a swimming pool with lounge chairs, lawns and fruit trees.
If you prefer staying on the countryside choose Son Brull Hotel and dine at their restaurant, one of the most beautiful in Mallorca, among vineyards and at the foot of the Puig de Maria. Its top-notch restaurant 3|65 was one of the first to support high quality Mallorcan cuisine. If possible, spend a night in the grand hotel suite with terrace and jacuzzi, luxury bedding and an unforgettable environment. The sunrise from the belvedere over the sea is magical.
There are further fantastic hotels in Puerto Pollensa that are all close to the sea. Stay at one of the exclusive and charming hotels located around the marina. Some great ones are Hotel Illa d’Or, Hoposa Daina Hotel and Sis Pins or Hotel Miramar.