Quieter than its neighbouring resorts of Palma Nova and Magaluf, the friendly resort of Santa Ponsa on the southwest coast of Majorca is a popular choice among families and couples looking for a relaxing getaway, but with easy access to all the amenities provided by the larger resorts.
The major draw in Santa Ponsa is the beach. The sheltered main beach ‘Santa Ponsa Platja’ is a blue flag award winner, with calm turquoise water and a wide sweep of golden sand, bordered by pine trees filled with the birdsong of the local Parakeets. Further around the bay however is the secluded ‘Little Beach’, a favourite for families with small children because of its warm shallow water, perfect even for the littlest water babies!
Santa Ponsa boasts a great variety of bars and restaurants offering a wide choice of world culinary delights and family-friendly entertainment after dark. Pub quizzes, karaoke and live music can be found in a lot of the bars, however if you do like things a bit livelier, the Carrer Ramon de Montcada strip is Santa Ponsa’s answer to the madness of Magaluf.
Also known as the ‘Irish Quarter’, this small stretch of disco bars and nightclubs located on the south side of the bay, away from the main hotels, comes alive as the clock strikes midnight. Dance until the early hours to the best international dance music or hop in a taxi and head to Magaluf to keep the party going until dawn!
On a holiday to Santa Ponsa, there is an endless amount of things to do to keep yourself entertained. The beach is the focal point of this small resort, with golden sand perfect for a spot of sun worshipping and crystal clear water, ideal for snorkelling, as well as pedalos and other water activities on offer, you could easily spend all of your days here.
The nightlife in Santa Ponsa is centred around the Carrer Ramon de Montcada strip, packed full of Irish pubs, disco bars and night clubs guaranteed to keep you dancing til the early hours! If you fancy venturing outside of the resort however, lively Magaluf lies only 10 minutes away by taxi with an even wider selection of bars, clubs and attractions.
Home to the famous Pirates Adventure dinner show and both of Majorca’s waterparks, Aqualand and the Western Waterpark, Magaluf has something to offer the whole family, and in Santa Ponsa, you are ideally located to enjoy the best of both resorts.
A fairly new attraction for Santa Ponsa is the Cool Divers Bond Safari centre. Featuring the latest underwater technology, this is a diving experience like no other. Book yourself a day excursion at the centre, where you will then be taken to the stunning neighbouring resort of Port d’Andratx to discover the beauty of the underwater world, driving your own submergible scooter!
The range of restaurants in Santa Ponsa is incomparable. Indian, Chinese, British, Fast Food, Italian, Spanish, Mexican, American Texmex… there is something on offer to satisfy even the fussiest holidaymakers tastes!
For a taste of the traditional, try one of the local bar and grills for some authentic Spanish Tapas or Paella. Fresh seafood and meats like pork are particular popular in Majorca, forming the staple ingredient in a lot of Majorcan cooking.
Also popular in its sister islands, sweet twisted pastries called ensaimadas, baked with almonds and glazed in sugar are a traditional breakfast food in Majorca. With a number of local supermarkets and little bakeries offering these treats in Santa Ponsa, there is no excuse not to try one!
The majority of bars in tourist resorts import beers from all over the world to keep their patrons happy. Santa Ponsa has a large Irish contingency so Guinness is a popular fixture around the resort, as are the local beers such as San Miguel.Locally produced liqueurs like Tunel and Schnappes are traditionally served over ice as digestifs after meals. Majorcan Palo, packed with herbs and natural goodness is meant to have anti-malaria properties.