Known as the jewel of the north, the region around Pollenca and Puerto Pollenca is idyllic. Majestic mountains, pretty, secluded coves, dramatic cliffs and soft white-sand beaches make for a picture-perfect scene. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see why celebrities, artists and writers have sought solace and inspiration here.
The historic former fishing village of Pollenca and the Port of Pollenca, with its stylish marina, is a joy to explore and while away the hours in. There’s fantastic beaches, golf, tennis, horse-riding, water-sports and a plethora of scenic walks to enjoy. There really is something for everyone. And, with a number of chic apartments, family-friendly hotels, luxurious villas and rustic fincas to choose from you’re sure to find a holiday haven to make your time in Pollenca a holiday to remember forever.
A trip to Pollenca is like stepping back in time. Medieval winding lanes lined with attractive stone houses lead on to Placa Major – the quaint main square where you can marvel at the 18th century Nostra Senyora Del Angels church with its remarkable rose window, or relax in one of the many bars and restaurants. For a pleasurable shopping experience there’s plenty of boutique shops selling locally hand-crafted goods, ceramics and jewellery and a lovely market on Sundays. It is here you can truly appreciate an authentic Mallorcan town.
For marvellous sea-views and a relaxed take on Mallorcan island life, head on over to Puerto Pollenca. Featuring an oyster-shaped bay framed by a stretch of glorious white sand and the imposing Tramuntana mountains as a backdrop, this small town benefits from an amazing location. Follow the shoreline to the popular Pinewalk area, taking in the many bars and restaurants along the way or lose yourself amongst the inviting boutiques where you can pick up leather goods and locally crafted souvenirs. Market day is Wednesday. Finally, head on over to the elegant marina and marvel at the array of smart leisure boats and yachts. You can still see some traditional 'llaüts' used by the Mallorcans for catching fish.
Whether it’s an authentic Mallorcan villa nestling in the countryside, a beautifully restored farmhouse or a modern sea-front apartment, Pollenca is sure to have something for your ideal Mallorcan holiday and Sun-hat villas are on hand to help in any way they can. Many of the properties have preserved their rustic charm but benefit from the modern comforts you’d expect in a stylish property. While some enjoy acres of land bearing fruit, olive and pine trees, others have pools, and there’s even a delightful property at the foot of the mountains with a mini football pitch – perfect for families.
Apart from stunning properties for the whole family to luxuriate in, Puerto Pollenca has two beaches. Just south of the Marina, Pollenca Beach itself is an expanse of golden sand offering watersports of every kind and sun loungers for pure relaxation. Then there’s Albercutx, which is great for children, thanks to its shallow water and natural shade. For more sea-faring fun, you can also hire a sailboat from the marina. Or, take a stroll around the lovely beaches and coves at Cala San Vicente. A traditional little fishing village, this is probably one of the least touristy places on the island. With three glorious sandy beaches and fantastic rocky coves – perfect for snorkelling – it’s a real retreat.
Cycling is a popular activity for all of the family here and local shops organise excursions around the countryside and Tramantuna mountains. Otherwise there’s mini-golf and an indoor play area - Fantasy World, which the younger children will adore although it caters for kids of all ages.
The annual Pollensa Music Festival is very popular with the whole family, but the one to watch is definitely the celebrated mock battle between the Moorish pirates and the Pollencan Christians, which takes place on 2nd August every year. This traditional Mallorcan experience is quite a spectacle and finishes with an impressive firework display.
Not to be missed
Cavalri - a long, steep and beautiful stone stairway graced by ancient cypress trees, which ascend the Puig de Calvari, and of course, the quaint old town of Pollenca itself for a purely authentic Mallorcan experience.