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Majorca's hidden gem

Head for Puerto Pollenca for a sophisticated and laid back independent holiday

The enchanting Puerto Pollensa (aka Port de Pollenca) is located in the less crowded north west of the largest of the Balearic islands.

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About the resort,

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. No wonder it remains a favourite with single travellers and couples who return time and time again.

Originally a fishing village, Puerto Pollensa retains the time old tradition of the evening paseo or stroll. On warm, balmy evenings, tourists and locals alike wander up and down between the marina where the yachts are moored, past the pavement cafes and restaurants and along the celebrated Pine Walk as far as the elegant Illa D'Or hotel.

The municipal district and holiday resort of Puerto Pollensa lies on the north west coast of the island, approximately 58km, and a 1.1/2 hour drive from the capital Palma and the Son Sant Joan International airport.
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Getting there

Despite being one of the furthest resorts from the airport, getting to Puerto Pollensa from Palma, isn't really a problem. Car hire is cheap and the roads to the north are well sign posted

For the growing numbers of visitors who are now opting for a taxi transfer, there are always plenty of taxis available from the ranks outside of the arrivals hall, although on occasions you should be prepared to queue, and in theory at least, they should all operate on a fixed price basis, typically charging around 70 euro for the journey to Puerto Pollensa, however experience has shown that this "fixed price" may vary slightly depending upon the number of suitcases, the time of day or night of the journey, and of course the number of passengers carried. Another transfer option is the Resort Hopper bus where you can book seats for about 22 Euros

Most of the tourist developments that have gone on over the last 40 years have tended to be centred around the port area, and undoubtedly it will here in Puerto Pollensa where your accommodation will be situated. The old Roman town of Pollensa can still be found 5km inland from the port, and it is certainly worth a visit with many of the narrow streets dating back to the 18th Century.

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 swimmers
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Things to do

During the summer months, there is always a good selection of shops, bars and pavement cafes to choose from, although towards the end of October a number of these do close until around Easter time the following year, when the visitors begin to return to the island. The resort also boasts several high class fish restaurants, which are claimed to be the best on the island.

Without a doubt the main feature of the resort is the dramatic Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range that surrounds and shelters the town. For the more active, there are numerous walks into these hills from where the views back over the bay are stunning. A word of warning though, before you venture into the mountains be sure to take a local guide book with you which documents the walks, and tells you everything you need to know.

For the more active there is a waterpark, karting track and three mini-golf courses, less than 10 minutes away at the Hidropark in nearby Alcudia.

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Great day out

Access to the rest of the island is straightforward with a good local bus service and even coach tours from the town to popular Majorcan resorts and destinations. A must is the old Soller train journey from Palma to Soller!! on the west coast

The Soller Train is used by over a million people every year. The journey takes around an hour and goes across Mallorca plain and the mountains by 13 tunnels to Soller, giving you the chance to fully appreciate the real beauty of Majorca.

Basically made of wood, the ‘Soller train’ dates back to 1912 and since then has been connecting small villages with the main capital of the island. The train station at Palma de Mallorca can be found just next to the Plaza de España, right in the centre, in the corner of the Eusebio Estada street with the main Avenidas, at one block from the central bus station.

Manufactured in England by the "The Falcon Engine & Car Works Ltd., Loughborough", the train is mainly made of wood and looks somewhat similar to those you see on the western films, it works by electricity.

Once in Soller the journey continues by local tram to Puerto Soller. This small tram, also working by electricity goes from the Soller centre and along the sea until the end of the Port (Puerto) of Soller which is like a mini Puerto Pollensa
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Eat Drink and be Merry

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.

Outside of the school holidays the resort becomes very popular with middle aged couples and independent travellers attracted by the laid back air of the place

Evening entertainment here is mainly hotel and restaurant/bar based with the ever popular Pine Walk (promenade) hosting many of the upmarket restaurants, although the resort does have one very well established disco called Chivas which first opened it doors 1969, but don't expect to find loud music and non stop karaoke bars. If that is what you are looking for, then Puerto Pollensa is not for you.
Evenings on the Pine Walk and the similarly popular central square are magical with real Mediterranean atmosphere. The typical Puerto Pollensa evening can start with a stroll around the marina (and making a list of the impossibly expensive yachts moored there, ready for your Lottery win!!), followed by a drink in one of the many beach side bars, then a meal in one of the numerous restaurants, all finished off with cake and coffee (plus the obligatory nightcap) at one of the café bars

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FACT FILE

Puerto Pollensa

Inhabitants 17260
Level above sea 0 meters
Nearest airport Palma de Mallorca
Distance to airport 58 km
Distance to beach 0 meters
Max. temperature 35 C
Min. temperature 12 C

The resort of Puerto Pollensa lies 58km north east of Palma in Mallorca, and is one of the furthest resorts from the airport, as a consequence transfer time may be a lengthy two hours from the time you leave the airport grounds.

The wonderful scenery, beautiful sandy beaches and a laid-back friendly atmosphere, make Puerto Pollensa a favourite destination for many.

About town
There is a good selection of shops, bars and pavement cafes to choose from, and a couple of years ago now a Burger King opened on the sea front.

In complete contrast, the resort also boasts several high class fish restaurants, which are claimed to be the best on the island.

The resort has little in the way of family type attractions. You wont find water parks or karting tracks here, and is perhaps more suited for those seeking a quiet relaxing break.

Places to visit
The original Roman town of Pollensa can still be found 5km inland from the port (Puerto) and is certainly worth a visit whilst you are there.

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.

Beaches
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. The warm shallow waters of the bay make it especially popular for families with small children.

Natural surroundings
Without doubt the main feature of the resort is the dramatic Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range that surrounds and shelters the town. For the more
active, there are numerous walks into these hills from where the views back over the bay are stunning.

A word of warning though, before you venture into the mountains be sure to take a local guide book with you which documents the walks, and tells you everything you need to know.

Cuisine
Traditional food is being rediscovered in the Balearics which varies from island to island, but reflects the cuisine of Catalonia with its combination of sweet and savoury.

Pork is a main ingredient and Langosta a la parrilla partners spiny lobster with the local home made mayonnaise.

Do try an ensaimada (a spiral shaped yeast bun) with your morning coffee.

Climate
Puerto Pollensa enjoys a typical Mediterranean weather, with mild winters and hot summers. During the months of July and August, the weather is hot and beautifully sunny, boasting around 11 hours of sun daily.

During the winter, the weather can get chilly, but is generally you can enjoy fine, mild weather on most days.

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