Mallorca has long lured visitors to enjoy the sun, sea and sangria vibe.
With its Mediterranean climate and pleasant year-round weather, the small island has loads to offer. The capital, Palma is vibrant with plenty of cultural activities and none more than two hours’ drive from anywhere on the island.
With a 340-mile coastline and over 200 beaches, there’s plenty of choice for your seaside holiday. One of our favourite places is Pollensa – it’s family friendly, great for groups and couples too. We’re not alone… apparently cycling legend Bradley Wiggins and family often have holidays here…
Beaches in Pollensa
One of the best beaches is right in the port of Pollensa. Relax on the sandy beach and take a dip in waters so blue they match the clear azure sky. Take your pick of restaurants close by, there’s loads to choose from and plenty of shops to browse.
If you fancy getting away from it all head to Fomentor beach near Pollensa. You’ll find golden sands, clear waters and spectacular views from the old lighthouse next to the beach and a laid-back vibe at this rather hidden, mini paradise. There are a couple of small café’s at the top of the hill leading down to the beach which is lined with pine trees – it’s very local and very relaxed.
Restaurants in Pollensa
There’s plenty of choice for eating out in the town from tapas bars to traditional Spanish restaurants and posh eateries. In the former 1950’s cinema, you’ll find Fogoneu, a friendly and cosy restaurant which in cooler weather has a rather grand fireplace. Off the main drag and in a quiet back street, it’s a favourite with locals who love its fresh, seasonal menu with some classic Mallorcan specials. The tasting menu is highly recommended and some nights they have live music (check their Facebook page for details).
For people watching, Q11 is perfect. In the middle of Pollensa’s main square sit on the terrace and watch the hustle and bustle of the market. Fresh local fish features high on the menu which is varied (great vegetarian and vegan options too). Dishes here are a feast for the senses. See their website for details and to make a reservation online
What to see and do in Pollensa
Climb the 365 steps from the old town of Pollensa to reach a tiny 18th century chapel. The steps, known as the El Calvari, are said to signify the days of the year and were built by the Knights Templar. Some pilgrims do it on their knees but take your time and take a rest on the way up and enjoy the breath-taking views. At the top there is a small chapel plus a café offering refreshments, delicious cakes, pastries and ice creams to fuel your journey back down. At the bottom of the steps there are some quaint little shops offering handmade goods and souvenirs plus more places to sit, eat and watch others make the climb.
Enjoy the stunning décor and artwork of the interior of Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles Church. It might not look much from the outside but it’s absolutely worth a look inside.
Culture vultures may enjoy Museo Dionis Bennassar, the former 17th century home, now museum, of Pollensian painter, Dionis Bennasar (1904-1967(. A range of oil paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures, plus tools and furnishings bring the museum to life.
Float your boat
If you’re looking for something a bit more active to do, take a boat tour round the island discovering caves and secluded bays. You can do a half or full day, shared or private trip which includes food and drink plus guided tour. Take your camera – the views are simply sublime.
Shop ‘til you drop
Don’t miss the Sunday morning market in the very pretty town square. Perfect for your fresh veg, fish, meat, spices and oils, cheeses and wine. There are also craft stalls – perfect for souvenir hunting. there are plenty of places to choose from to take a break and enjoy a drink or two soaking in the atmosphere. Small boutique clothes and jewellery shops are always open ready to tempt you in with their wares.
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