Tourists have been coming to Puerto Pollensa since the 1920′s, and the hotels on the sea front still retain an old fashioned air, having been built long before the concrete boom of the 1960′s developments. During the summer months the town attracts mainly British families looking for something more than the hussle and bussle of the popular south coast resorts. However, once the families have left from October onwards, the resort then becomes very popular with middle aged couples who are able to take advantage of extended stays, escaping from the cold British winters.
The bay of Pollensa is home to a multitude of luxury yachts, as well as a mixture of colourful local fishing boats which sadly in recent years are now in the minority. There are a number of small natural beaches in the area, as well as the recently extended artificial one, all offering the usual selection of facilities and water sports. Although, the warm shallow waters of the bay do make it especially popular with families with small children.
Beyond the beach and the activities programme provided at many of the larger hotels in the area, the actual resort itself really has little in the way of family type attractions. You won’t find water parks or karting tracks here, and is therefore perhaps more suited for those seeking a quiet relaxing break. Although, if the prospect of doing nothing for two weeks isn’t that appealing, there is a waterpark, karting track and three mini-golf courses, less than 10 minutes away at the Hidropark in nearby Alcudia.
Puerto De Pollensa is situated near the north eat tip of the island at Cape Formentor (38 mls NE of Palma and airport. 3¾ mls NE of Pollensa. 5¼ mls NW of old town of Alcudia). This resort is facing South across the wide Bay of Pollensa, on broad coastal plain backed by mountains.
Puerto Pollensa is a firm favourite with more mature visitors, although all ages will appreciate finer points of scenery, good beaches and agreeable ambience. Ideal family resort; on the quiet side but not without nightlife.
Accommodation is a near-equal mix of apartments and hotels, most of which fall into mid-market, 3-star range. Many have distinctive character of their own, so breadth of choice is quite wide. Some apartments and hotels situated along main road and pedestrianised section of promenade.
While Puerto Pollensa may not be a shopping Mecca as such, it is very adequately supplied with shops and boutiques catering to the tourist trade. It is the local markets, mainly, that delight shoppers in Mallorca, and one of the liveliest and biggest takes place every Sunday in the church square in the Pollensa old town.
Puerto Pollensa is renowned for hosting some of the best fish restaurants on Mallorca. While this is undoubtedly so, there is also a wide selection of restaurants catering to all tastes, from the best of British to pizza, Chinese, the local tapas and even a Kashmiri restaurant.
Puerto Pollensa offers all the usual watersports enjoyed by holidaymakers, with facilities and equipment available from various operators at the marina and along the beach. Glass bottom boat trips are available from the port.
There are also opportunities for hiking along walking trails in the surrounding hills and scenic mountains. Sightseeing in the port itself and the neighbouring old town, particularly on foot, is an interesting option.
Pollensa (Old Town) : Situated in the hills, towards the north east of Mallorca, Pollensa is a peaceful old town that has been largely unaffected by tourism. The town was established a few miles inland to protect against any sudden pirate attacks; its harbour, Puerto Pollensa, was left as an unprotected outpost.
Alcudia (Old Town) : The ancient town of Alcudia, not to be confused with the modern resort two miles (3km) to its south, has a fascinating and turbulent history. The Phoenicians and Greeks settled here and the Romans made it their capital in the 2nd century BC.
Arta : The ancient hilltop town of Arta close to the east coast of Mallorca has been occupied for about 3,000 years, and today welcomes visitors to the remains of its Bronze Age settlement at Ses Paisses, just outside the town in a grove of olive, carob and holm oak trees.
Lluc : About 20 miles (32km) beyond Soller, after a precipitous drive through the Serra de Tramuntana in the north of the island, is the remote mountain village of Lluc, in a valley that has been an important place of pilgrimage since the 13th century.