Port de Pollença, Mallorca, Destination Guide
Port de Pollença is located at the foot of the beautiful and dramatic Serra de Tramuntana mountains and rests in a tranquil horseshoe-shaped bay between the two headlands, Cap de Formentor and Alcanada.
With both beach and mountains within walking distance, Port de Pollença is of course a magnet for sports enthusiasts and active holidaymakers who flock here to challenge themselves while taking in the magnificent scenery and the many vantage points.
Things to do in Port de Pollença
In Pollença, there’s almost nothing you can’t do. The area is versatile, the cultural heritage is rich and the location and infrastructure makes it easy to reach other interesting places in no time. What this means, is that when you’re looking for things to do in Pollença you can choose from a very wide selection of activities such as physical activities, sightseeing, shopping and much more.
SPEND A DAY AT THE BEACH
The bay of Pollença offers several kilometers of wonderful beach for you to enjoy. There is a range of fun activities by the beaches that you can do with or without prior experience, such as trying the paddle boards, surfing, jet skis or simply relax under the Mediterranean sun with a good book or podcast.
SPEND A DAY AT SEA
The coastal line surrounding the northern part of Tramuntana including Pollença, Cala Sant Vicenç and Cap de Formentor offers some of the most dramatic and unspoiled landscapes of the island. Sail between all the coves nestled between these massive rocky formations, go for a swim in the lagoons with crystal clear water and enjoy a lunch onboard while you admire the unique surroundings.
GOLFING IN BEAUTIFUL SETTINGS
Pollença is home to a nice 9-hole golf course situated in the green valley with the mountains rising around it. If you want more, make the short drive to nearby Alcúdia and find the Alcanada golf course, a beautiful 18-hole course overlooking the bay of Port d’Alcúdia and the iconic Alcanada lighthouse island.
EXPLORE THE MEDITERRANEAN NATURE
If you want to get close to the unspoiled Mediterranean nature and wild life of Mallorca, but haven’t brought your hiking gear, you can visit the hill of Santueri (holy hill) in the northern part of Pollença. Here, you can walk in the scenic nature while enjoying the peace and quietness ruling the nature. There is also a possibility to meet some of the inhabitants of the area, such as hedgehogs, rabbits and various bird species.
WALK TO THE OLD LOOKOUT, TALAIA D’ALBERCUTX
If you are up for walking or hiking in the beautiful nature, you’re in luck when visiting the area of Pollença. On the mountain sides, you will find the old medieval watchtower of Albercutx from where you can enjoy a refreshment while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the bay of Pollença and Formentor.
VISIT THE WORLD FAMOUS LLUC MONASTERY
Lluc is one of the biggest biggest monasteries and religious institutions in Europe. It was founded back in the 16th century and has become famous for its choir school for boys. Today, Lluc still has its choir school, but has been extended to also include girls. Every Sunday morning at the 11 o’clock mass, you can experience a concert performed by the children of the choir school, a beautiful sound of pure innocents. But the choir is not the only reason to visit Lluc, there’s also the huge ethnological museum exhibiting life on the island back from Roman occupation, there’s the monastery itself, which is amazing and overwhelming itself, and, then there is the church and the holy Madonna that is the entire reason for the establishment of Lluc. This is a great attraction for the entire family, do not miss it!
CLIMB THE CALVARY STAIRS
One the main attractions in Pollença, is the stairway built into the mountain slope leading to the summit. At the top of the calvary stairs, you will find the calvary chapel that is used for special occasions and religious ceremonies. However, most people would probably agree that is is the amazing views from the top that makes this climb so special and well worth the struggle. The stairway has about 400 steps, and when you reach the top you will be blessed with a feeling of accomplishment together with the breathtaking panoramic views of the entire valley.
VISIT THE PARISH CHURCH AND MAIN SQUARE
In the heart of Pollença’s old town, you will find the massive parish church situated in the main square. The church was first built by the Knights Templar after the Catalan conquest of Mallorca in 1229. Then, in the 15th century the church was expanded and the watchtower was added as part of an extensive network of towers around the island that could warn against enemies approaching. Inside, you will find some beautiful treasures and art works worth seeing. If you do not want to go inside, stay outside and admire this amazing construction from one of the many bars and restaurants in the square.
SANTUARI DE PUIG DE MARIA
If you just can’t get enough of walking/hiking, climb to the summit of the Maria mountain found in the Pollença valley. At the top, you can rest at the old convent of Maria while enjoying the breathtaking views of the bays of Pollença and Alcúdia, as well as the Tramuntana mountains to your west. The sanctuary was built back in the 14th century, as it was commonly believed that the higher you went, the better you would be protected from the plague.
(PONT ROMA) ROMAN BRIDGE
One of the most well-preserved remains of Roman presence on the island, is the Pont Roma (Roman bridge) situated in the western part of Pollença. The Roman army led by Quintus Caecilius Metellus, took over Mallorca in 123 BC after fighting in the Punic Wars for more than a hundred years. They established the capital of Pollen-tia (Alcúdia), and this bridge was an important part of the infrastructure leading to the city.
VISIT THE MARTÍ VICENC MUSEUM
Martí Vicenç was a famous artist and weaver from the local area of Pollença, whose innovative thinking and approach made his production of Mallorcan clothes and accessories renown all over Spain. At the museum, you can enjoy the many works of his, explore his workshop, his tools and machinery, as well as other interesting collections made by the artist and his wife.
VISIT THE GALLERY OF DIONÍS BENNÀSSAR
The house and gallery of local painter, Dionís Bennàssar is open to the public thanks to the foundation of same name. Dionís Bennàssar was known for his beautiful paintings of the Mallorcan nature that occupied him more than anything else. Here in his house, you can explore the life of this local artist, see his workshop and enjoy the many splendid works.
ERMITA DE VICTORIA
On the opposite side of the Pollença bay, another peninsula stretches from Mallorca’s north coast, namely the Alcanada peninsula. Up here, you’ll find the old hermitage of Victoria, a sacred place that has now been transformed to a hostel and cafeteria. From the old hermitage, you can enjoy the magical views of the bay of Pollença and see to the bay of Formentor.
ROMAN CAPITAL POL-LENTIA
123 BC the Roman army conquered Mallorca after fighting in the Punic Wars for more than a century. They established the first capital of the island where Alcúdia is now located, the city was known as Pol-lentia. Years of excavation works has resulted in this great attraction that is open to the public. You can easily spend at least an hour walking around in the ruins exploring life of the legendary Romans; the amphitheater, the burial sites, the forum, the residential zones and what else was part of this great city.
What are the best places to stay in Port de Pollenca?
You will find a wide range of hotels in Port de Pollença that have unique views of the bay. The quality of the hotels is overall good, in addition to a nice wide selection.
In addition to hotels, Port de Pollença also has a good selection of holiday apartments, with beautiful views of the sea and mountains, with a central location.
Hotel Illa d’Or ****
Hotel Illa d’Or is one of Mallorca’s most iconic beach hotels, set in beautiful natural surroundings in Port de Pollença. The hotel, which opened its doors in 1929, has a unique and long history behind it, which has created memories and inspiration for couples and artists who through the ages have helped in making the hotel something very special.
Hotel Hoposa Daina ****
Hotel Hoposa Daina is an all new and chic apartment hotel situated in the heart of Port de Pollenca, close to beach and bars.
La Goleta Hotel de Mar – Adults Only ****
Just like a schooner, this romantic boutique hotel has a maritime and Mediterranean feel; authentic and welcoming. Situated on the seafront of Port de Pollenca, the beach hotel is an ode to lovers of the sea.
Aparthotel Duva & Spa ****
Situated just 850 meters from the beaches of Port de Pollenca, Aparthotel Duva & Spa offers a relaxing experience in stunning surroundings. Make good use of all the different areas and services. Soak up the sun on the large terraces. Refresh yourself with a swim in one of the pools, and then grab a drink at the bars or a bite to eat at the excellent restaurants.
Port de Pollença weekly market
Every Wednesday morning, from around 8 a.m, the weekly market in Port de Pollença opens its stalls. This is a wonderful way of stimulating all senses, and perhaps haggle a scoop on some leather good or clothes.
Festes de Sant Pere (celebration of Saint Peter)
Former patron saint of Port de Pollença, Saint Peter, is celebrated in the days around June 29th with a series of cultural activities and happenings. The celebration occurred for the first time back in the early 20th century when the urban development of Port de Pollença started to take shape.
During these days, you can look forward to exhibitions, concerts by traditional Mallorcan bagpipes and dances.
When: The days leading up to June 29th
Where: Port de Pollença
Festes de la Mare de Deú del Carme (celebration of the Virgin of Mount Carmel)
Present day patron saint of fishermen, Virgin of Mount Carmel, is celebrated on July 16th. On this day you can enjoy a wide range of cultural events, such as traditional dances, concerts and speeches. Moreover, there are boat trips in the bay of Pollença.
When: 16th of July
Where: Port de Pollença
Beaches in Port de Pollença
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Platja del Port de Pollença / Platja de Levante
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Popular taxi fares
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Public bus connections
Line 340 – Palma – Port de Pollença Timetables and stops for 340 here
- Inca (Llevant)
- Inca (Hospital)
- Inca (Institut)
- sa Pobla
- Cala de Sant Vicenç
- el Vilar
- Port de Pollença
Line 345 – Port de Pollença – Pollença Timetables and stops for 345 here
- Port de Pollença
- el Vilar
- Cala de Sant Vicenç
Line 352 – Ca’n Picafort – Port de Pollença Timetables and stops for 352 here
- Can Picafort
- Can Picafort (Son Bauló)
- Platja de Muro (Càmping)
- Platja de Muro
- Platja d’Alcúdia
- Port d’Alcúdia
- Port de Pollença (Club del Sol)
- Port de Pollença
You will find a selection of souvenir shops, mini-supermarkets, shoe stores and clothing stores in Port de Pollença. The neighboring town of Alcúdia has a lot more in this regard, but if you want a real shopping trip, spend a day in the capital Palma de Mallorca.
The Tramuntana region
Tramuntana is both the name of the UNESCO protected mountain range that runs from south to north, as well as the name of the group of municipalities located in or close to these mountains.
When talking about Tramuntana in context of the mountain range, it is referred to as “Serra de Tramuntana”, and when talking about the region, it is referred to simply as “Tramuntana”.
The largest municipalities of the Tramuntana region, are Calviá and Andratx in the south and Pollenca in the north. The mountain range actually has its roots south of Malagá in Andalusiá.
The Serra de Tramuntana covers a surface of more than 30,000 hectares of landscape in Mallorca. The two main factors that make these mountains so unique, are the dry stone constructions and the hydraulic watering systems evidencing early day farming techniques. In almost any local area of the Tramuntana you travel, you will discover some of these very unique features which contributes to the picturesque settings.
Cala Sant Vicenç
Camp de Mar
Port de Sóller