Travel Guide to Pollensa in Majorca
Pollensa ( Pollenca ) is a stylish resort, just one hour and a half from the capital Palma.
Located on the northern tip of the Balearic Island of Mallorca, around a large horseshoe shape bay, it is sheltered by blue waters and the stunning Tramuntana Mountains.
Blessed with magnificent scenery, beautiful white beaches and a friendly atmosphere, Pollensa is the perfect recipe for a great holiday.
The resort offers superb beaches, yachting, relaxed cafes, pubs, restaurants, nightlife, shops and breathtaking surroundings.
An ideal destination for those looking for fun whilst being able to enjoy a more laid back holiday if preferred.
5 interesting facts about Pollensa
- Pollensa is a breath of fresh air compared to the busy resorts on the island with a more laid back atmosphere.
- There is a multitude of luxury yachts moored in the bay of Pollensa which bobble alongside colourful fishing boats and is an artist's dream.
- 5km inland from Puerto Pollensa is Pollensa itself, a Roman town which gave the area its name
- The biggest natural feature of the area is the imposing range of mountains Sierra de Tramuntana which surrounds and shields the town.
- Puerto Pollensa is the furthest resort from the island’s airport at Palma, another great reason for having a hire car.
Top things to do in Pollensa
- Enjoy bathing in the shallow warm waters of the bay.
- Have breakfast in one of the relaxed cafeterias in the old town.
- Walk across the Roman Bridge ( Pont Roma ).
- Explore the old town centre starting at the Placa Major.
- Visit the charming 18th-century Mare de Deu dels Angels church.
- Explore the Convent and Cloister of Sant Domingo and Museum
- Visit the renowned Dionis Benassar Museum.
- Walk up to the Santuari de la Mare de Deu del Puig, a hilltop monastery.
- Stroll around the marina at the Port de Pollensa.
- Enjoy a day at the Ca'n Vidalet Vineyard.
- Walk up the 365 Calvar steps.
- Hike around the stunning Cape of Formentor.
- Enjoy snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Cala Barques.
The Port of Pollensa faces two photogenic headlands, jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea, with a beautiful bay, secretive coves and rocky outcrops.
Water sports, boat trips and cycling are in great demand as well as wind and kite surfing right from the beach.
In the past Pollensa has welcomed such illustrious people as Winston Churchill and Peter Ustinov; it is also a land that inspired Agatha Christie.
The town’s promenade and port area provides an extensive seaside walkway alongside amazing beaches – some of the best in the country.
The area enjoys plenty of sunshine and not much rainfall throughout the year, being neither too hot nor too cold – just perfect.
The warm shallow waters of the bay have made it especially attractive for families with small children as the whole family can bath and have plenty of fun in safe, warm waters. There are a number of smaller beaches in the area, all have good quality sand.
A walk through the harbour offers a beautiful view over the sea, town and surrounding countryside, then head off to the main street where you will find all kinds of souvenir shops, leather goods, clothes, shoes and accessories as well a number of low-cost supermarkets.
The old Roman historic town of Pollensa is located some 5km inland from the port and is certainly worth a visit with many of the narrow streets making it ideal for exploring and, much of the town dates back to the 18th Century.
Check out the magnificent views from the small church - Ermita de Nostra Senyora del Puig, a rambling monastery which occupies a beautiful spot on top of Mount Puig de Maria.
Local Festivals & Fiestas
The towns main festival is held at the beginning of August in honour of the Patroness Saint of Pollensa - Mare de Deu dels Angels.
Pollensa music festival is well worth visiting and held in July and August. This festival was created in 1962 by famous British violinist Philip Newman.
For wine lovers, the annual Wine Festival held at the picturesque Convent de Santo Domingo during springtime.
Another popular festival held at the Santo Domingo convent s the annual Arts and Crafts Fair held mid-November.
Eating out in Pollensa
For foodies be prepared to eat well; the cosy, rustic Mediterranean-style cooking is sure to tempt your senses. And for dessert, why not try some ensaimadas and the traditional almond cake.
Located in the heart of Pollensa La Fonda offers a good selection of soups, meats, fish and desserts. Popular dishes here include Padron style small green peppers, lobster rice and razor clams on the griddle. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday
This is a popular restaurant serving delicious seafood and Mediterranean style cooking. There is a warm welcoming atmosphere without being too stuffy with smart casual dining. Popular dishes include the monkfish, seafood and rice.
This highly rated restaurant is located on the square on Calle D’Atoni Maura.
Nearby by places to visit
A village located 436m above sea level, Valldemossa is one of the most scenic places you can ever visit, and words cannot describe the views. Culture lovers will recognise the name as it was the home of composer Chopin and George Sand, his lover, during the 1800s.
If you want to see another beautiful village in the Mallorcan mountains then head on up to Fornalutx. The winding narrow streets and tiny shops give the impression you are hundreds of miles away from civilisation, not just a short drive from some of the best resorts on the Med.
This peninsula which just right out into the Med offers some of the best photographic opportunities on the island. Most of the postcards showing shots of Mallorca were taken from this point which is also a haven for a vast array of beautiful and very colourful birds.
Tours & Excursions
Recommended accommodation in Pollensa
The Hotel Illa d'Or is a stylish 4 star hotel located right on the beach at Formentor bay. First class facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, jacuzzi, sauna, fitness centre and rooftop terrace. Elegant rooms overlooking the bay ensure for an unforgettable stay. Reviewer Rating: 9.1
The 3 starred Puerto Azul Suite Hotel is located in central Puerto de Pollensa just a few minutes walk to the beach. The hotel boasts 148 rooms, modern accommodation plus an outdoor pool, bike rental, rooftop terrace and kids club. Buffet breakfast and dinner is served every day in the restaurant. There is also a wide selection of cafés and restaurants can de found close by. Reviewer Rating: 8.9
If self catering is your thing then try the popular Llevant Pollenca Apartments. The fully equipped apartments are located a couple minutes walk to Pollensa beach. There are a large number local restaurants, cafes and shops close by. The stunning Cap de Formentor is an easy car ride away. Reviewer Rating: 8.7