Puerto Pollensa lies on the beautiful bay of Pollensa in the very north of Mallorca some 66km from Palma. It is protected in the north by the stunning Formentor peninsula and in the south by a similar rocky formation leading to Cap des Pinar. With its sandy beach, beautiful scenery and fine tourist infrastructure it has long been a popular destination especially amongst British holidaymakers.
The resort of Puerto Pollensa is only 8km from neighbouring Alcudia to the south. It is a compact resort with mainly low rise buildings and a good selection of bars and restaurants to suit the majority of visitors. Naturally there are British and Irish pubs around though not too many and there are plenty Mallorcan run eateries as well as a few Asian options.
Arriving from Alcudia you’ll have the fine beach to your right as you approach the main reort which begins around the Pollensa Park Hotel. Notice the fine, long cycle path which runs from Puerto Pollensa to Alcudia. This particular part of the island is very popular with cyclists who swarm here in large numbers during the winter months to make the most of the mild weather and stunning scenery.
The first section of the resort consists of a stretch of small shops and bars whilst apartment accommodation tends to be mainly located behind the front line. For good Mallorcan food and daily fish specials look out for La Goleta and Simbad which is next door. The lamb fry-up is well worth a try (frito mallorquin) as is their soup like fish and rice dish called ‘arroz brut’. For a special evening meal try Restaurante Los Zarzales (Carrer de Jafuda Cresques) which also specialises in Mallorcan dishes. Alternatively, how about a chicken madras at the Kashir Indian restaurant in the church square.
Once you arrive at the port at the centre of the resort the frontline becomes pedestrianised with no traffic in sight. A good selection of nice cafés and restaurants lie on this stretch including El Casinet which is excellent for fresh pasta and pizzas as well as for grilled meats. The Puerto Pollensa tourist information office stands here in front of the port entrance.
Heading to the most northerly section of the resort there’s a lovely walk along the Voramar promenade past some delightful old residential homes until you arrive at the highly recommended Hotel Illa d’Or where you can stop for lunch overlooking the whole bay.
For a little more exertion take the 3km walk through the Boquer Valley hills to Cala Boquer. This is a popular route with birdwatchers and leads to a nice little beach where you can go for a swim.
Recommended Hotels in Puerto de Pollensa
The Hotel Illa d’Or is located at the end of the promenade with wonderful views over the bay and is still within easy walking distance of the commercial area. Probably the best known hotel in Puerto Pollensa is the ever popular Pollensa Park Hotel which keeps families returning year after year. It lies just 50 metres from the beach with great seaward views and is a pleasant stroll away from the main part of town. Located in the heart of the resort, just 100m from the beach is the Puerto Azul Suite Hotel.
Mature couples will no doubt enjoy the exquisite Son Sant Jordi Hotel which is actually in the town of Pollensa just a few kilometres inland. It has just 8 bedrooms which are individually decorated in a rustic style together with a lovely, peaceful garden with many fruit trees and a small pool. A perfect choice for those looking for a country hotel which is still not far from the beach.
The town of Pollensa is well worth a visit. It lies 6km inland from the resort area and is a fully functioning Mallorcan town. Be sure to remember where you parked the car as all the small streets with identical looking town houses soon start to look the same!
The main church square has a few terrace cafés where you can get a coffee or light lunch. Alternatively head for one of the traditional Mallorcan restaurants nearby which serve superb lamb dishes as well as other local meat options including goat, suckling pig and rabbit.
The Calvari Square is another option where you’ll find a couple of bars and a pizzeria at the very bottom of the 365 steps which lead up to the small church at the top. There’s also a small Roman bridge on the outskirts of town.
There’s a Sunday market where the locals get together to trade their produce.
Excursions From Puerto Pollensa
Other excursions you should certainly do from Puerto Pollensa are to Cap de Formentor which is one of the most beautiful drives you’ll ever do and to Cala San Vicente which is a group of coves surrounding the clear waters beneath the imposing Cavall Bernat.
Things to Do in Pollensa
Many people visit Pollensa as part of an activity holiday. The mountains above Pollensa which become the Serra de Tramuntana as they stretch down the north west coast of the island provide fabulous opportunities for walkers and birdwatchers. Golfers head for the beautiful Alcanada club just west of Alcudia whilst cyclist swarm here in their thousands during the winter months to tour this area of great beauty on the many bicycle friendly routes.