The enchanting resort of Puerto Pollensa lies on the rugged coastline of Northern Majorca. Evoking a distinctly A-list vibe, the long horseshoe shaped stretches of sun-baked sand, lapped gently by shallow turquoise water, contrast beautifully against a backdrop of dramatic pine-covered mountain peaks.
Puerto Pollensa is unlike many of the top tourist destinations in Majorca, for the simple fact that it has retained its rustic Mediterranean charm. A pine-tree lined promenade skirts the edge of the beach overlooking the lavish marina, where quaint fishing boats belonging to the locals bob side by side with luxury yachts and catamarans. The cobbled streets are strewn with pavement cafes and bars, and the region is said to boast some of the islands top eateries.
There is a real emphasis on seclusion and relaxation in Puerto Pollensa, the resort being somewhat of a haven for couples and families looking to simply get away from it all. The stunning duo of beaches (Pollensa & Albercutx) amass to a staggering 3km of soft, practically white sand and are definitely one of the main reasons tourists return here year after year.
The general pace of everyday life in Puerto Pollensa is relatively slow compared with some of Majorca’s more southerly resorts. The daylight hours are whiled away leisurely on the beach, sunbathing and building sandcastles with the kids. Of course, if you get itchy feet in the Spanish heat, there are plenty of water sports to try your hand at! Windsurfing and kayaking are particular popular because of the calm, sheltered nature of the bay and you can even take classes on the beach!
Just a 5 minute drive from the resort centre lies Pollensa Village, the original fishing village from which the tourist resort grew out of. Away from the high-rise whitewashed hotels, the village has real old-fashioned charm. A market takes place here every Wednesday, selling everything from fresh produce to beautiful hand-crafted souvenirs. So why not potter down and see if you can grab yourself a bargain!
One of the most popular tourist excursions is the boast trip out to Cap de Formentor. Puerto Pollensa is the last of the main tourist resorts in the northern region of Majorca, so around the rugged headland lies miles of uninhabited coastal peninsulas which harbour some gorgeous secluded beaches. The draw of Cap de Formentor specifically is the stunning scenery, the towering cliffs plunge dramatically into the sea and make for a fantastic picture! So get your cameras at the ready and go explore!
If you decide to go self-catering on your Puerto Pollensa holiday, you will be spoilt for choice by the impressive array of cafes and restaurants in the resort. With cuisine ranging from authentic Mallorquin, to Chinese, to good old fish and chips, you can find something to suit every taste!
Traditional Mallorcan cuisine is very similar to that on the Spanish mainland, with just a few exceptions. Where the balance between meat and fish in Spanish cooking is fairly stable, in Majorca, seafood goes with everything! However, it is sometimes the simplest things that taste best. As an appetiser or sharing starter, try some pane alioli, warm crusty ciabatta bread cut into thin slices and served with a delicious, slightly salted, garlic mayonnaise and olives.
Almost anywhere you visit in Majorca, Sangria is generally the tipple of choice. Made with red wine and assorted spirits, mixed with fruit which then soak in the alcohol, it can be potent stuff! After a meal however, it is customary to receive a shot of liqueur “on the house”. This can vary between something like a cognac, to a locally produced spirit like Palo, which is made with sweet caramel and bitter chinchona bark.