Pollensa Old Town
At the eastern end of the Serra de Tramuntana and tucked between two hills, each topped by a sacred site, Pollensa is the perfect Mallorcan town. Large enough to avoid being twee but small enough to wander round in a morning, it has none of the feel of other towns which have succumbed under the sheer weight of tourism.
Foreigners have long been attracted here, but Pollensa has learned to accept and adapt to tourism without losing its soul. Cafe life is still the rule; if you want to join in, come on a Sunday morning when the Placa Major is filled with market stalls and the locals congregate after church to relax in the Cafe Espanyol.
The Pollensa Area
Originally a fishing village Pollensa retains the time old tradition of the evening paseo or stroll. On warm evenings families and couples wander up and down the marina and sit in one of the many pavement cafes and watch the world go by.
This resort has everything – wonderful scenery, beautiful sandy beaches and a laid-back friendly atmosphere. The sheltered horseshoe shaped bay is set against the stunning backdrop of the Tramuntana mountain range. It remains a huge favourite with families and couples who return time and time again.
Church square is the main square in the resort of Pollensa. The square is a fantastic place to meet at night and have a drink in one of the lively bars before you head of and have dinner in one of the restaurants in the resort.
The square is also the place where the weekly market is held.
The Marina at Pollensa
A holiday in Pollensa is not complete without a walk around the marina. Depending on how fast you walk a leisurely stroll around the marina takes around 20 – 50 minutes and there is a cafe and restaurant (Stay Restaurant) if you feel like a refreshment at the end of it.
The Pine Walk
The pine walk is the pedestrian walkway that starts from the Vora Mar supermarket and continues along to the Illa D’or hotel and beyond. The walkway got it name due to all the wonderful pine trees that shade the beach along the whole length of it.
It really is a magical place with lots of lovely restaurants and bars dotted along it. A trip to Pollensa is not complete without at least one visit there.
Behind the pine walk is the Carretera Formentor road which leads to the military base that houses the super scooper sea planes that are used to fight fire in the mountains.
Follow the Formentor road on past the military base and you will eventually reach the beautiful secluded Formentor.The mountain journey is one that is well worth going on and the views on the way there are spectacular (it is worth stopping at the lighthouse as well if you have a hire car).
For those without a car there is a very good public bus to Formentor which leaves frequently from the bus terminus at the marina.
There is also a well-stocked supermarket on route Erioski en route to airport on the right.
Where to eat in Pollensa
You will find a good selection of cafes & restuarants on the main square, including the popular Italian Restaurant Il Giardino and if you pop just around the corner you’ll come across Cantonet, which also serves Italian cuisine – home made pastas and very good meat & fish dishes. A few doors down from here is La Font del Gall which is run by a Scottish family and offers contemporary Mediterranean dishes in a traditional atmosphere.
A (very) tiny restaurant found just before the Calvari steps is Manzanas y Peras which has received rave reviews for its well priced tapas. Well presented modern French-International cuisine is served in Latitude N; Clivia also serves very good quality Mediterranean cuisine.
Over in Port de Pollenca, there are a number of restaurants worth searching out. Ca’n Josep is highly regarded for its Spanish cuisine and lovely terrace overlooking the sea. La Llonja, right in the harbour specialises in fish and Mallorcan cuisine. O’ Lume is also a popular choice and has a lovely courtyard for dining.
To the south of Pollenca is the 3|65 Restaurant in the Son Brull Hotel. Son Brull is a very cool authentic spa hotel with a winery and vineyard right next to golf course entrance. This is the place to bring a date if you want to impress – beautiful romantic setting and glorious food.
La Boca restaurant is an authentic Argentinian style restaurante, steakhouse and lounge, perfectly located on the junction into the main port.
There are also a number of excellent fish restaurants, including Stay Restaurant, located in the port itself and the restaurant receives rave reviews year after year and serves a classy menu, and La Lonja is also highly recommended and is situated next to the yacht club in the port.
There are also a wide range of other restuarants down narrow the narrow streets of the old town.
There are a number of superb beaches in the local area including Illa d’Or beach, with a superb hotel great location for sun-down drinks. Formentor beach is a stunning location, situation next to hotel Cala San Vincente, there is a beach shop, toilets and self-service cafe, however this can get busy.
The main beach in port has various water sports. Alcudia beach also has a number of different water sports activities including jet ski. Puro beach near Palma also has a funky chic pool resturant with music day and night and is situation close to Estepona beach.
Going to the market in Pollensa is one of the highlights of the week. The simple pleasures of life can be enjoyable and good fun — and this is a great example. The market takes place in the heat of The Square, every Wednesday morning from around 10am until 12 noon. They offer household goods, fruit, vegetables, cheese, meats, flowers and craft goods. Buy yourself one of the traditional Mallorquín shopping baskets and go shopping the Mallorquín way.
Things for Kids to do
Puerta Pollensa is an ideal location for young families There are a number of restaurants and cafes in the local area that cater for children, including a Mexican restaurant in Puerta Pollensa square and Little Italy on Pine Walk serving a selection of pizzas.
The beaches offer a range of water sports activities, some suitable for children. The beaches are perfect for children, as they all shelve gently into the normally calm sea.
The main square is pedestrianised and the pavements and pine walk are wide and suitable for families.
The Golf Club
There is also a superb golf club perfectly integrated into the beautiful local environment. The course offers panoramic views over the Tramuntana mountains, olive groves, the bays of Pollensa and Alcudia and s’Albufereta reserve.
The greens are maintained in perfect condition and there are two lakes and much indigenous vegetation, above all olive and pine trees.
They offer a host of additional activities and amenities at Golf Club Pollensa, including a driving range with putting green and pitching area, a golf school with golf professional and special golf classes, club rental, trolleys and car rental, a golf shop and a superb bar and restaurant.
We have arranged a 15 % discount at golf club, ask for Richard and mention the villa owner – Mike Noblett to get your discount!
Listed are a few local telephone numbers which are useful to keep a note of when visiting.
Taxi Rank (Pto Pollensa) – 971 866 213
Tourist Office (Pto Pollensa) – 971 865 467
Tourist Office (Pollensa) – 971 535 077
British Consul – 971 712 445
Fire Brigade – 085
Police – 092
Ambulance – 061
For any emergency you can dial 112 and you will be connected to an English speaking operator who will connect you to the appropriate emergency service.