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This mini guide to Puerto Pollensa in the North East of Mallorca will take you through the key points you need to know if you’re considering booking a holiday in this resort.
Puerto Pollensa has a charm like no other on the island with a history of tourism that spans over 100 years. Lying really close to where the Traumuntana Mountains meet the sea, Puerto Pollensa is a picture postcard resort.
If you like your holiday relaxed and family-orientated, then Puerto Pollensa is for you. It avoids the loud and brash bars which are popular in other resorts and offers a more relaxed way to holiday in Mallorca.
In fact, crime author Agatha Christie was a visitor here and her presence helped inspire her short story Problems at Pollensa Bay.
Add to its hall of fame, the BBC drama series “The Night Manager” which was filmed at the Fortaleza on the North side of Pollensa Bay.
Indeed, over the years Puerto Pollensa has attracted celebrities from stage and screen who have happily holidayed here.
Here’s a mini guide to what you can expect when you holiday in Puerto Pollensa.
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PUERTO POLLENSA BEACHES
The main beach in the resort – Playa Puerto Pollensa – is over a kilometre of golden sands, which are lapped by the clear, child-friendly shallow waters of the Mediterranean Sea. But the absolute highlight here are amazing mountain views.
Of course, you can rent sun loungers here in high season and the beach has services you would find in the other resorts such as toilets, lifeguards and a medical point.
Parking anywhere near the beach during the summer is often problematic in Mallorca, but a long road runs behind the beach in Puerto Pollensa, with the town and residential areas lying behind which makes parking a little easier than other resorts.
But this isn’t the only beach to the found in the resort. Keep walking into Puerto Pollensa to find little sandy beaches just off The Pine Walk.
PUERTO POLLENSA HOTELS
Puerto Pollensa sets itself apart from other resorts with its historical hotels – Check out the Hotel Miramar, the Hotel Es Pins, and of course the glorious and grand Illa D’Or.
What I most love about Puerto Pollensa is how many of the seafront hotels are so integrated into the very fabric of Puerto Pollensa with their swimming pools located across the promenade from the walkway, and on the water’s edge.
These hotel swimming pools in Puerto Pollensa have to be the most beautiful on the island. Imagine sunbathing surrounded by mountain and sea views and then cooling off in the pool with a cocktail in your hand. For many visitors, this defines paradise.
As well as other boutique hotels there are also smaller properties and private apartment rentals dominating the holiday market here in Puerto Pollensa so you won’t struggle finding a place to stay.
THINGS TO DO IN PUERTO POLLENSA
The Pine Walk
The main “activity” for here in Puerto Pollensa is taking a stroll along the famed Pine Walk. You will find visitors either walking in the morning to watch the sun come up, or enjoying a stroll to walk off their evening meal.
The trees provide natural shade, and of course, if temperatures are high, you can just lower yourself into the water for a cooling dip.
Puerto Pollensa Market
Puerto Pollensa Market takes place every Wednesday from around 9am to approximately 1:30pm.
This is a great place to pick up locally grown fruit and veg, as well as handicrafts. You can also pick up a bargain here; from portable air conditioning (a fan!) to a new summer hat.
Head on down to the Port itself where you can buy tickets for tours and excursions along the coast.
These are a great way to explore the coastline and are a must to really get the most out of your holiday.
You can either rent a boat, book a ticket on an excursion or organise a private charter.
Organised tours will take you along the coast to Formentor beach, or you can book catamaran sunset sailing excursions or snorkelling adventures to the blue caves as well as various family and kids tours.
I can recommend a fantastic tour here which includes a bus tour to Formentor up into the hills towards Formentor beach, taking with a stop to take in the views of Es Colomer Mirador (lookout) on the way. Followed by a swim at the turquoise waters of Formentor beach, returning to Puerto Pollensa by boat.
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Don’t forget too that there is a helpful Tourist Information Office right beside the Port if you need any further help planning your trip.
The huge horseshoe bay of Puerto Pollensa is popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers, particularly out of peak season.
Most head to the stretch of coastline on the MA-2220 road which lies between Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia. There are various kite and windsurf schools here if you wish to rent equipment or book a lesson.
Cycling is a hugely popular activity in and around Puerto Pollensa with the mountains providing a challenging route for serious bikers.
For the less serious cyclists, there is a wonderful bike path which links Puerto Pollensa with Alcudia Old Town. And of course, there are many bicycle rental shops in the port.
PUERTO POLLENSA BARS AND RESTAURANTS
It’s not just the hotels that have the seaside location to drink and relax. Check out the Cappuccino restaurant and also check out Capri too, which are both right on the water’s edge.
Restaurants and cafes run right along the front line of the resort, but Puerto Pollensa is home to so many more. You will often find fantastic value and culinary excellence by exploring the back streets.
Puerto Pollensa is home to some of the best food on the island. In fact, you can visit a Michelin restaurant – Terrae which you can see here.
I will be heading out to Puerto Pollensa when the season starts to make a more detailed guide of where to eat, so don’t forget to subscribe to Mallorca Under the Sun on Youtube to make sure you don’t miss it.
PUERTO POLLENSA IS A GREAT LOCATION
A stay in Puerto Pollensa means you are conveniently located for some great days out and sightseeing.
Cap de Formentor
Cap de Formentor is an uphill hike or a short drive away where you can enjoy the most stunning jaw-dropping views right along the coast from the Es Colomer Mirador (lookout). This is a great viewing point and photo opportunity, and a great place to get right into the mountains.
If you’re renting a car you can continue along to Formentor beach. Or pick up the bus directly from the port.
Pollensa town is just a short bus or drive away and is rich in history. Walk up the El Calvari steps (there are 365 steps in total – one for every day of the year) to the Calvario Chapel which offers amazing views across Pollensa down to the Port.
Directly opposite you can also see the Puig de Maria. This is an easy family hike and if cooler temperatures allow, definitely a walk worth making. You can see my Youtube video here about it.
The Romans also had a presence in Pollensa and you can discover this piece of history exploring the town to find the Roman Bridge.
ALCUDIA OLD TOWN AND BEACHES
Get a taste of historical Mallorca and visit Alcudia Old Town and Alcudia Port and resort which is just a few kilometres along the coast. All are easily accessible by a local TIB bus.
To get to both Pollensa and Alcudia Old town, you can take the 302 or 322 TIB bus.
To see more about what it’s like on holiday in Alcudia, check out this article here.