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Looking for something a little different from a Tenerife holiday in 2018/2019? Santa Ponsa is in the resort area of Calvia, alongside Paguera, Palma Nova and Magaluf, on the island of Mallorca, and, trust us, Santa Ponsa is not outshone by its rivals. With a duo of lovely beaches with pristine white sands and blue waters, lined with a long promenade of shops, restaurants and bars to check out, it’s considering a slightly quieter alternative to the go-go-go of Magaluf. Cheap flights to Mallorca and reasonably priced hotels right along the strip at Santa Ponsa, which prides itself on 300 days of sun a year, make this a great location for your summer holidays.
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Santa Ponsa offers up the Playa Santa Ponca, a large beach with a wide sandy expanse and beautiful Mediterranean Sea, blue and clear. There’s also its sister beach, a much smaller expanse of sand called Pellicer Beach, sweetly named “Little Beach.” Santa Ponsa’s proximity to the other resorts along the Calvia coastline, like Magaluf, make it a great base from which to explore the other attractions in the area. Just up the coast, around 20km away, is the capital city of Palma, where you can visit the iconic Seu Cathedral, the majestic Bellver castle and explore the historical city. Santa Ponsa is a top beach destination, comparable to Tenerife with its clear seas and great, fine sand.
Santa Ponsa has dozens of bars and restaurants along the beachfront and in the resort center. There’s, of course, the offering of Mallorcan cuisine, which includes dishes based mainly on pork, fish and vegetables. You can try Arros Brut, a traditional rice dish with meat and vegetables; Bunyols, a Majorcan equivalent to a doughnut (a great beach snack); Coca de Cuatro, a fluffy, moist cake (also great for the beach, or a picnic) and of course, the Spanish classic, tapas, which in Mallorca (it’s an island!) revolves around mainly seafood. Santa Ponsa is a popular tourist resort, so there’s also your typical touristy staples, such as steakhouses, restaurants selling British food (for those morning recovery fry-ups) and American style burgers and hot-dogs. There’s also Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines to try, too.
Santa Ponsa offers two great family beaches, both Santa Ponca and Little Beach. Besides the beaches there’s also Jungle Parc, which tourists from all over Mallorca come to visit, as it’s the largest tree adventure in the Balearic Islands, right next to the beach. The kids will love it and the challenging parts are great for adults too, the whole family can get stuck it. Zip-line from tree to tree, scale dizzying heights and enjoy a great day out. Daily boat trips are fantastic for day out as a whole family, ride the waves and look at some of the beautiful caves and coves of Majorca. For more activities, head to Palma for an aquarium and nearby waterparks.
We’ve already mentioned Jungle Parc, and it can get adventurous on the more extreme routes. There’s also lots of opportunities to go scuba-diving and snorkeling around this Balearic Island, as the island is famous for its great underwater reefs and clear waters. ATV tours and off-road tours in a 4WD are a great way to see the surrounding landscape and escape the bustle of the resorts whilst keeping the adrenaline pumping. If you’re more a fan of water, the speedboat and yacht tours are a pleasant day out, with great views of the Majorcan coastline, caves and coves (cala). The Torrent de Santa Ponsa Trail is a series of man-made walking paths that span the Majorcan coast: leading from Santa Ponsa to the nearby resorts of Paguera and Palma Nova, and several other destinations. This path is smooth and safe, and is a great way to get around the island’s resorts on foot or on a bicycle.
Playa Santa Ponca has been a popular beach since the 1950s. It’s typically Mediterranean and has a lot of loungers and umbrellas for use for a small charge along the sand. Seeing as the beach is not too large, and is staffed by lifeguards, this is a great beach destination if you’re travelling with kids. The waves are minimal and the water is very calm, making for a relaxing swim. There’s a line of trees at the top of the beach which provide shade, and if you watch closely you’ll soon see the colourful parakeets in the trees. A short walk away is Pellicer Beach, or “Little Beach”, which is a much smaller beach and for those who want to escape the crowds. The water is just as clear, but there’s no umbrellas or loungers available. Along the road nearby there’s also a children’s playground area.
Mallorca is a popular party destination and Santa Ponsa is no exception. There’s no mega-clubs like there is in its neighbor Magaluf, but The Square at Santa Ponsa is a great place in the evening with a buzzing party atmosphere. There are several pubs and bars all lined up next to each other, and as it stays hot all evening, the main square becomes a great place to hang out and meet people. Right in the center of the square there’s a main stage for music and performances to keep the crowds entertained. Along the main strip, you’ll find discos, nightclubs, Irish bars and cocktail hang-outs, so if you want the party vibe of a Mallorcan holiday with a slightly less crowded daytime, then Santa Ponsa is for you.
Although the resort can get busy and rowdy with party-makers and music during the peak months, this resort is equally balanced in favour of quiet romantic walks and lounging on the beach. If you’re young and looking for fun, Santa Ponsa is a great place to get the both of best worlds. Alongside the buzzing bars there’s also smaller restaurants perfect for some one-on-one time, and great walking routes to Palma Nova and Magaluf means there’s plenty of opportunities to spread your wings and visit the other resorts. Do your research into the right hotel, and Santa Ponsa will make an excellent romantic getaway. We recommended visiting in September if you’re traveling as a couple, as the season has begun to wind down, but if you visit at the start you’ll still catch the fiesta! (It climaxes with a fantastic firework display, which we think is pretty romantic.)
Visit the Cruz del Descrubimiento, which is memorial placed to commemorate the landing of the Catalan army to reconquer the island from the Arabs during the Reconquest period of the Iberian Peninsula. It’s a quiet spot and provides some nice views of the surrounding area. The iconic welcoming beaconing of Santa Ponsa, the Molino de Santa Ponsa, a large windmill that’s far, far from the action and business of the nearby resort town, so come here for a moment of peace and quiet and a nice view of the resort. It’s a relic of the Balearic Island’s agricultural past, and the farmers nearby still till the fields. The nearby capital of Mallorca, Palma, is a historical hotspot, boasting a rich history and lots of sights.
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