With long idyllic beaches, a laid-back marina and a scenic promenade setting, holidays to Puerto Pollensa are the ideal opportunity to experience Majorca in stunning surroundings. Located on the northeastern coast of Majorca, Puerto Pollensa serves up a big slice of relaxed island life. This small tourist friendly town is set in a bay shaped like an oyster, with the dramatic backdrop of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains soaring up from the landscape. Puerto Pollensa offers scenic beaches, charming quaint houses and a pretty cobbled promenade. Puerto Pollensa boasts two great beaches: Pollensa Beach and Albercutx Beach. Pollensa Beach has a kilometre long stretch of golden sands and wide selection of water sports, as well as great beach amenities including sun loungers and parasols. Albercutx Beach has a bustling two kilometre long expanse of sand that’s very family oriented, with plenty of natural shade and shallow, clean waters that are ideal for paddling. The town itself is also strikingly beautiful, with a tree lined walkway that runs along the coast. Opting for Puerto Pollensa for your 2018 holidays puts you within easy reach of a number nearby attractions, such as Cap de Formentor, just a 30-minute bus ride away. Whether you’re looking for the best destination for a romantic couples holiday or are planning the ultimate summer family getaway, Puerto Pollensa is a great choice for an unforgettable Spain holiday.
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The main attractions in Puerto Pollensa include the idyllic beaches that line the coast here – neat stretches of soft sands with shallow waters that are perfect for family days at the beach. The beach at Puerto Pollensa is a beautiful Blue Flag awarded beach set in a horseshoe shaped bay with the striking backdrop of the Tramuntana mountains. One of the most scenic settings on Majorca, the beaches here stretch for nearly 1.5 kilometres, so you’ll have plenty of space to set up your sun lounger and parasol.
Wine and Dine
As with much of Spain, one of Puerto Pollensa’s main draws is its sociable culture and vibrant gastronomic scene. The Spanish are known for taking their food seriously, dedicating a sizeable part of each day to dining and drinking. Puerto Pollensa has a great range of restaurants, cafés and bars, serving everything from diner style menus, which are great for a quick bite to eat, all the way through to gourmet cuisine. The food here is always fresh and seasonal, so you’re guaranteed to be enjoying dishes at their best. As part of the Balearic Islands, you can always find delicious fresh seafood dishes here. If you’re looking to really indulge your taste buds, opt for succulent lobster, salty sardines and tangy, tart squid. If you’re got a picky eater or two in the family, don’t fret, as Puerto Pollensa also has its fair share of international chain restaurants and cuisines from around the world including British, Indian and Chinese.
Puerto Pollensa is one of the most family friendly resorts in Majorca, with thousands of families heading here from across the globe every summer. There’s a wide range of family oriented activities and things to do here, ranging from the relaxed and laid-back, to thrilling and active. The main thing to bear in mind about Puerto Pollensa is that there is a great variety of activities here for all types of family, so you’re sure to have a good time with your little ones. For starters, by opting for a Puerto Pollensa holiday you’re just a short journey from the Bay of Pollensa, a horseshoe shaped natural bay that reaches across the entire length of the resort. There’s an abundance of activities here for families including swimming, beach combing, surfing, paddleboarding and jet skiing. If you have very young children, the Pine Walk is the best place to get plenty of shade for toddlers, as well as a range of restaurants and small cafés so that you can keep topped up between sessions playing with the kids on the sand. Puerto Pollensa’s central square is brimming with restaurants and cafés, as well as a kids’ playground, and is a popular spot with families visiting Puerto Pollensa.
Action and Adventure
When you first arrive in Puerto Pollensa you’ll be awestruck by the sheer beauty of the stunning backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains. The bay of Pollensa is a perfect place for practising all kinds of water sports, including wind surfing, sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving. The sunny weather and pleasant climate provide the perfect setting for exercising outdoors, so you can simply get up and head out for a morning jog along the beach or enjoy a bracing evening stroll whenever you feel like it. More experienced sailors can rent a yacht to explore the coastline at their own pace, stopping to enjoy particularly scenic spots or enjoy a picnic on the sea. If you’re looking for a day out with a sense of adventure but want to give your legs a rest, book a spot on a boat tour.
The main beach at Puerto Pollensa is famously beautiful, with secluded outcrops of rocks and sand that extends all the way up to the mountains. There’s also a picturesque promenade and shaded, leafy areas which are ideal for relaxing with a book or keeping your little ones cool in the sun. With cool, clear waters and soft sands, the beach has won a Blue Flag award for its cleanliness and great facilities. There’s close to 1.5 kilometres of beach and great facilities including sun loungers and parasols to keep you safe in the sun, too. If you’re looking for a more private place to sunbathe, try taking a stroll along the Pine Walk to d’Albercuix beach.
Puerto Pollensa is best suited to holidaymakers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of many of the other superstar Majorcan holiday resorts. If you don’t like loud music and sweaty crowds, you’ll love Puerto Pollensa’s chilled and cosy nightlife scene. There are no big clubs here but there is a good selection of pubs and bars, and a pleasant, sociable atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. Puerto Pollensa is never packed, so you won’t have to queue to get into the pubs or clubs, and in the evening you’ll have a real sense of exclusivity. Holidaymakers and locals alike congregate around the main square and by the Pine Walk, where many of the town’s bars are situated. The main square has a pleasant quiet buzz of activity with terraces that hum with sociable conversation and great pubs like Ohara’s Australian. There’s only one karaoke bar in town, called Nostalgia, and a little disco at the other side of the square which is great for dancing the night away, Chiva’s. Lohans is one of the few nightlife venues that stays open late in Puerto Pollensa and is the main hub for younger holidaymakers in the area. If you’d like to experience at least one wild night out on your Puerto Pollensa holiday, head to Magaluf, one of Spain’s main party destinations.
Puerto Pollensa is great used as a base for couples looking to enjoy romantic activities, and places to visit in and around the vibrant capital, Palma. Palma has a striking cathedral, busy street markets and a variety of captivating architecture to enjoy, making it the perfect place for a day away from the beaches. If you’re looking for somewhere closer by, take a trip from Puerto Pollensa to the Old Town area of Alcudia to explore the Roman ruins, historic city walls and authentic narrow streets. The Inca Market is the largest outdoor market in all of Majorca, a great place to browse the multitude of stands hawking everything from locally produced cheeses, to fresh fruit and high-quality leather goods, as well as clothing and sandals. This is the place for shopaholics to have a go at bartering for some great bargains and souvenirs to take back to family and friends at home. Another romantic outing for couples in Majorca can be found at close by Alcudia, where you can book a tour by Majorca Uncooked to travel the island’s towns sampling the local cuisines and wines.
Puerto Pollensa offers more than just stunning beaches, with a rich culture and heritage that continues to enchant visitors from across the world. This north Majorcan resort is so captivating it even inspired the iconic author Agatha Christie to write a novel. Once a traditional fishing port, the town has evolved over the decades to become a family friendly resort that retains a good deal of its authentic character and heritage. During the Spanish Civil War, the town’s lighthouse acted as a military base at the request of General Franco. When it comes to cultural attractions, you can venture on the Boquer Valley Walk to enjoy some of the region’s most amazing views, including black vultures and Eleonora’s falcons, which are rare across Europe. If you take a journey to Cap d’Formentor, you’ll travel past a spectacular clifftop vantage point at the historic watchtower, which rewards the energetic walk with unrivalled views of the bay.