Have a peaceful holiday in Puerto Pollensa
The beaches of Puerto Pollensa give yet more reasons to recommend holidays here. The main Pollensa Beach consists of fine white sand that leads into glittering crystalline waters. Plus, the quiet, secluded coves of Cala San Vincente are mere kilometres away.
As the authentic Spanish old town of Pollensa is also just 6km inland, you actually get two holidays in one when you visit Puerto Pollensa. The old town offers another new holiday experience, with its narrow cobbled streets and medieval churches that give it a natural Mediterranean charm seemingly untouched by tourism. Stroll along the famous Pine Walk with its upmarket restaurants and grand villas and you’ll realise that Puerto Pollensa offers you holidays with real class.
“Do the walk from Cala san Vincente to Puerto Pollensa - stunning scenery!”
Breathtaking sights and intriguing museums
Holidays in Puerto Pollensa have quite rightly developed a reputation for being rather peaceful, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do! First up, let’s start with the obvious – how can we ignore the huge Tramuntana Mountain range which dominates the skyline for miles around Puerto Pollensa? This UNESCO World Heritage site’s highest peak is 1,445m, which is the highest in all of the Balearic Islands. If you’re having your holidays in Puerto Pollensa, you really must visit the mountains to take in the splendour of these spectacular formations for yourself. And don’t worry if a hike into the mountains sounds daunting, there are walks for all ages and abilities. You can even hire a mountain bike to tour the area quicker.
But while it’s impossible to forget about the Serra de Tramuntana, perhaps Puerto Pollensa’s best kept secret is that there are actually two interesting little museums nearby as well. Just 6km east, at the nearby inland town of Pollensa, the Pollensa Municipal Museum brings together paintings of the area alongside archaeological artefacts found in Pollensa and the works of Atilio Boveri, a Spanish artist who stayed in Majorca from 1912-1915. You may want to plan your visit to match the weekly market held in Pollensa. It’s very popular because it offers a range of hand crafted souvenirs and fresh produce all for surprisingly cheap prices.
If you’re more interested in playing a little sport during your holidays in Puerto Pollensa, perhaps you’ll prefer taking a trip to Golf Pollensa. This 9-hole course is just 4km from Pollensa, and 10km from Puerto Pollensa. It’s worth having a quick round of golf here, if just to take in the incredible backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains as you tee off. The bay of Pollensa is also popular for watersports, as its horseshoe shape has a long headland that helps keep the water calm.
As we mentioned in our Activities section, if you’re looking for cultural pursuits during your holidays in Puerto Pollensa, you’d be best off heading inland to the nearby town of Pollensa. This charming Majorcan village has still retained much of its authentic Spanish character and it consists of narrow cobbled streets and old 17th century houses.
Once you’ve visited the two interesting museums here, you could set off to see the 365 steps that lead to the tiny Calvari Chapel. This church is the site of a dramatic festival every year on Good Friday, and on reaching the top of the steps you’ll be rewarded with wonderful views of the cypress-lined steps and the old town lying beneath.
Treat yourself at Puerto Pollensa’s luxurious restaurants
In keeping with the classy surroundings of the bay of Puerto Pollensa, there are several upmarket seafood restaurants which line the Pine Walk on the waterfront. As you’d expect, the fish here is incredibly fresh, with many meals on the menu made up of local catches from the same day. There are also some sleek, modern restaurants complete with stylish decor and contemporary dishes.
But if you’re looking for an authentically Spanish eating experience, you’ll also find Puerto Pollensa is the perfect place. There’s a huge variety of restaurants that serve Majorcan delicacies such as roast pork, fish soup with rice and tumbet (Majorcan-style ratatouille) for the vegetarians amongst you!
It’s not difficult to find international cuisine during holidays in Puerto Pollensa either. The numerous charms of the dramatic pine-covered mountains and calm coastline have inspired lots of different tourists to have their holidays in Puerto Pollensa. Some liked it so much they decided to stay, and now we have restaurants as diverse as Italian and Mexican all within this beautiful beachside town.
“Go to Puerto Pollenca, on the quiet north-east of Mallorca: great restaurants and beaches.”
A wide arc of golden sand
Something that’s instantly noticeable about the beaches in Puerto Pollensa is that they’re incredibly long and narrow. The two main beaches along this stretch of coastline add up to over 6km of soft white sand! Pollensa Beach is the main beach in Puerto Pollensa, and it’s a good one. Laze on its cream-coloured cotton-soft shores and gaze at the pine-covered mountains of Tramuntana in the distance.
Just north of the marina, the second beach within the bay of Puerto Pollensa, named Albercutx (or sometimes Voramar) lies close to the pretty Pine Walk. The northern tip of the headland here branches far into the water, keeping the seas calm throughout the day. As a result, this beach is a top choice for children, as the weaker waves are much safer here.
If you fancy a change of scenery during your holidays in Puerto Pollensa, the golden coves of Cala San Vicente are just 5km away. Some of the beaches here are truly enchanting, largely because of their isolated and peaceful nature. For example, Cala Carbo is surrounded by rocky terrain that leads to shallow turquoise waters, whilst Cala Molins has rustic thatched parasols and steep headlands that seemingly rise from the seas.
British pubs and classy bars
Holidays in Puerto Pollensa take a laid back approach to nightlife, but there’s still plenty here to satisfy all types of tourists. There are a number of pubs located along the coastline that will make you feel right at home. Many of them are owned by British people who will be ready to give you a warm welcome and an ice cold glass of your favourite tipple! You’ll also come across Irish-themed pubs and music bars with live performers throughout the summer months.
Perhaps you’d like to have a sophisticated evening out instead? Simply take a pleasant stroll along the famous Pine Walk in Puerto Pollensa. This peaceful walkway (suitably lined with pine trees) is dotted with classy cocktail bars and authentically rustic restaurants. After dinner why not walk off your meal by admiring the grand private villas that stand impressively along the walk.