Majorca is the jewel in the Balearic Crown, and Pollensa is an exquisite example of the lesser-known resorts which exude charm, sophistication and tranquillity. The largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca offers a little something for everyone and Pollensa is no exception. From its stunning beaches on the Mediterranean coast to the ancient buildings in nearby Alcudia, the region exhibits the best of what Majorca has to offer. A holiday to Pollensa in 2017 is more than just a place to relax – with water sports, trekking adventures and cookery classes all on hand, there's something to keep the whole family entertained. Food and drink feature high up on the agenda here. There’s a plethora of local restaurant serving all the Spanish favourites for you to indulge in on your holiday. If you're travelling with children, you'll want to check out the inflatable water park and child-friendly playgrounds which line the promenade. And if you happen to be visiting during one of the many annual festivals, you’ll truly get a feel for how the Spanish like to party.
There’s much to do in the vibrant but small town of Pollensa, which is situated on the island of Majorca. While relaxing on the beach is, of course, the primary activity, there are also several historical sites to discover. The Roman ruins and the cathedral in Alcudia offer a wonderful insight into the island's past for families, children and solo travellers alike. Pollensa is over 2,000 years old and was originally christened by the Romans. On the outskirts of the town are the Roman ruins which actually include an entire district, encompassing, among other impressive structures, a theatre. Inside the town there’s a stunning monographic museum with some excellent exhibits, if you're interested in history. It’s truly fascinating just to spend some time walking around the ancient streets and discovering its many buildings which were constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries. The quaint and narrow streets give the town and medieval feel, and if shopping is your passion then you won't be disappointed. Nestled just behind the port is a collection of boutique and independent stores, perfect for picking up souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
Wine and Dine
Food is an integral part of the Spanish way of life, and dinner time here can last for several hours. From deliciously fluffy patatas bravas covered in a zingy tomato sauce, to fresh seafood caught only hours earlier at the town's harbour, you'll be spoilt for choice when you dine out on holiday in Pollensa. The waterside promenade and port are wonderful dining locations, and offer a distinguished ambience, along with a range of high-quality local restaurants. And let's not forget the drinks, from wonderfully crisp whites to deep and inky reds, there’s a huge variety to choose from when you're dining out. Beer is also a popular drink and if you stick to the local brand it’s very reasonably priced. While there’s a range of excellent choices in the town here are a few of our favourites: Clivia, Cantonese and Manzanas y Perez.
A holiday in Pollensa is the ideal destination if you’re travelling with young children. The calm and sedate atmosphere will really truly put parents’ minds at rest, meaning they can fully enjoy a well-deserved holiday. Besides the beaches, there are plenty of activities to keep the children entertained. If the kids are getting a little bored then there are several playgrounds which are scattered along the promenade. There’s also a small park which can be found in front of the civil guard which has plenty of shade to keep the children out of the midday sun. During the summer months, Pollensa erects its very own family-friendly water park. The inflatable slides will keep them busy for hours while you kick back on the beach with a book and a well-deserved cocktail. There’s also a permanent water park located just a few kilometres away, which is open all year round.
Action and Adventure
Take a glass-bottom boat from the port in Pollensa and discover the abundance of marine life living in the surrounding waters. Cuttlefish, squid and perhaps even some barracuda are just a few of the sea animals you will catch on your nautical journey. If you want to stay by the coast but fancy something a little more high-octane, there are opportunities to paddleboard, kayak and canoe around the bays which surround the region. While many consider the island of Majorca primarily a coastal destination, which of course it is, it also has a stunning landscape full of spectacular mountain scenery. This autonomous region of Spain is a trekker’s paradise. From the stunning Bellver Castle, to the array of greenery and vegetation, there’s much to see in Majorca for those with an intrepid soul.
Life's a Beach
The Mediterranean Sea is known for its crystal-clear blue waters and golden sands, and the resort of Pollensa is no exception to that fabulous rule. Spending quality time on the beach is the way of life for the Spanish, and joining them in that endeavour is simply a must when you visit Pollensa on holiday. Puerto Pollensa is the main beach in the region and stretches for several kilometres down the town's attractive promenade. If you get a little bored just lying on the beach, or just want to ramp up the excitement, then you can take to the waters for a spot of adventure. Snorkelling, windsurfing and even sailing are all possibilities on this beautiful stretch of coastline. Another excellent beach is Albercutx. This tropical stretch of coastline is over two kilometres long, and is one of the most attractive and popular in the immediate vicinity. The beach is shaded by beautiful pine trees and the shallow waters make for ideal conditions for young children to play in without you having to worry.
Pollensa has a distinctly sedate feel to it, and the nightlife here is in direct contradiction to the hedonistic parties taking place on the rest of the island. The main square is the perfect place to begin your evening of sophistication filled with good food and even better wine. You can dine in the shadows of the medieval church, and then continue with drinks while the bars put on some lively entertainment. Relaxation is what this town’s all about, and the many terraces and seafront bars mean that it’s not difficult to put this into practise. However, for those who’d like a little more excitement, there’s a few Irish pubs and British bars where things can get pretty rowdy, especially on the weekends. For those who really want to party hard, nowhere on the island of Majorca is more than a 45-minute drive away, so you can easily reach some of the coolest clubbing destinations in the whole of Europe from your Pollensa accommodation.
This idyllic town is the perfect destination for a holiday with the one you love. From relaxing on the beach to taking a romantic stroll around the medieval centre, there’s ample opportunity to spend quality time with that special someone. As Pollensa has largely avoided rampant commercialism, many of the restaurants have an authentic and family-run feel to them – perfect for dining al fresco on the warm Spanish evenings. While Pollensa is popular with visitors during the summer months, Majorca’s compact feel means that you can reach a private and secluded bay in no time at all with a hire car. Escape to your own slice of sandy paradise, or head inland for an idyllic lunch at a mountain retreat. There are also plenty of spa facilities if you want to treat yourself while on holiday in Pollensa.
While Pollensa isn't brimming with large-scale museums or attractions, much of the cultural heritage can be seen in the detail of this town. The architecture is dominated by the influence of the Moors and the Islamic empire, which was incredibly influential in this part of the Mediterranean. The Pollensa Music Festival is an annual event which hosts an eclectic range of local and international artists, from fabulous flamenco singers to 80’s heart-throbs, Spandau Ballet. Concerts take place in a variety of buildings across the town, from ancient churches to exquisite gardens. The Spanish are also known for their fiestas, and here is no exception. The week-long Fiesta of Mare de Deu dels Angels celebrates the Christian’s domination over the Moors, and thousands of locals dress in medieval costumes and end the festivities by enacting the famous battle of 1561.