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Prices range from £409 to £1989, and departure dates months are June 2013, August 2013, October 2013. Prices are updated frequently from data supplied by the tour operators and are subject to change and availability - confirm with the tour operator before you book. Last updated: 12:11 22/May/2013.
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Puerto Pollensa In a Nutshell
Puerto Pollensa, known as Port de Pollenca in Spanish, is a popular and relaxed family beach resort on the north coast of Majorca.
Majorca (Mallorca in Spanish) is the largest of the Spanish Balearic islands and has attracted British holiday makers for many years. Puerto Pollensa is one of the prettiest areas of the island and maintains a quieter, more traditional Majorcan feel, but with enough amenities to make your holiday complete.
Especially suited to older couples and families, Puerto Pollensa is nestled in the Bay of Pollenca with the Seea de Tramuntana mountains as a dramatic backdrop.
The time in Puerto Pollensa is one hour ahead of the UK and the curency is the Euro. The official languages are Catalan and Spanish, with many speaking Mallorquin too. In tourist areas such as Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa, many locals also speak English. UK nationals do not need a visa to visit Puerto Pollensa.
Getting To Puerto Pollensa
The main airport on Majorca is at Palma, 65kms away from the Puerto Pollensa area. The airport (IATA code PMI) is offically called Son Sant Joan airport Palma de Mallorca and is the busiest airport in Spain during the summer months.
Although the airport only has one terminal, there are four separate halls and many scheduled, low cost and charter flights arrive daily from all London and many regional airports in the UK. The flight time from the London area is around one hour 45minutes, two hours from Manchester and up to two and a half hours from airports further north.
Most people holidaying in Majorca arrive on package holidays where onward transportation to your accommodation and back is provided. A coach transfer from Palma airport to Puerto Pollensa with a tour operator can take anything from and hour and a half to three hours.
Getting from the airport to Puerto Pollensa by public bus means changing in Palma itself, so will take around an hour and a half. The quickest way is by hire car, which should take you less than an hour. A taxi into Palma centre is around 15 minutes’ taxi ride and will cost around 15€. From here there are trains to various parts of the island.
Once in resort, the area is easy to explore on foot, with buses and organised sightseeing tours to explore the area further afield if you wish.
Your Holiday To Puerto Pollensa
Puerto Pollensa was originally a small fishing village around the harbour. Much of this Majorcan charm remains and the harbour is still a focal point for tourists and locals alike.
In fact, nothing can beat a gentle stroll along the harbour walls at sunset, followed by a tasty meal and bottle of wine in one of the many harbour restaurants. During the day time you can take a boat trip to Cabo Formentor or just watch the comings and goings of the boats from a quayside cafe.
The harbour and beach areas both offer excellent walking and if you’re feeling active you can also cycle along the promenades. Bicycle hire is offered all over the resort, with many hotels also hiring them to guests. ProCycleHire is a cycle hire shop in the town we used during our visit in 2008. They’re friendly, British run, & rent all kinds of bikes.
Of course, who could forget the beaches themselves? The long, wide, sandy beaches are the main attraction of the Puerto Pollensa area, with many suitable for families with young children.
Many of the beaches also offer watersports, including many superb diving sites, for which the area is not well known for and so remain a somewhat hidden gem for scuba and snorkelling fans.
The island also boasts not less than 18 different 18-hole golf courses and many have large clubhouses offer entertainment during the evenings.
If you’re feeling adventurous and can be prised away from your sun lounger, you could travel the five kilometres inland to visit Pollensa (or Pollenca in Spanish). With its origins in the 13th century, the pretty hillside market town offers a labyrinth of steep cobbled streets to explore.
Many of the buildings date back to the 17th and 18th Centuries and the town has become a favourite of local artists and artisans.
A ‘must do’ is a walk up the 365 steps which take you to the Calvary chapel, affording panoramic views back down to Pollensa town – just make sure you don’t attempt it in the midday sun.
The main square in Pollensa is where also the action is. Every Wednesday there is a market, with stalls packed into the square and spreading out in the side streets. A real mix of locals and tourists in the main summer months, the market offers everything from food and textiles to souvenirs.
Puerto Pollensa: Staying There
Puerto Pollensa is now divided into several areas : Pine Walk, Boquer, Central, Siller, Pinaret, Llenaire and Gomar. Many of the luxury hotels and private villas are situated around the Pine Walk area, including five star deluxe hotels.
The areas of Pinaret, Llenaire and Gomar are more residential areas that have recently been developed to include smaller hotels and many self catering apartments. Families will particularly like this area as the sandy beach offers a gentle slope into the sea.
Those looking for a private villa with a pool will find there are lots of options hidden in the hillsides between Puerto Pollensa and Pollensa, six kilometres inland.
All in all, there is a wide choice of accommodation in Puerto Pollensa, with something to suit every budget and the area is particularly known for the number of self-catering apartments, many of which overlook the sea around the Bay of Pollensa.
Puerto Pollensa has all the usual souvenir and gift shops, but if you’re looking for something a little bit more arts and craftsy, head to Pollensa.
Better still, head to the town on a Wednesday as it is market day and makes for a fascinating morning out as you wander around the stalls, many selling souvenirs in the summer months.
Puerto Pollensa Food & Eating Mini-Guide
Puerto Pollensa boasts lots and lots of restaurants, bars and cafes. Whether you want to splash out and eat in one of the luxury hotel restaurants, or prefer a more local establishment near the harbour, you will be spoilt for choice.
Fresh fish is popular and plentiful. Keep an eye out for traditional Majorcan dishes such as Ensaimada – a pastry with pork lard that is usually eaten for breakfast and Subrassada, a locally made pork sausage with paprika. A popular local dessert is Gato – a cake made from almonds and served with almond cream.
As for drinks, there is of course Sangria, a mix of wine, fruits and brandy. There is also an excellent range of locally produced wines at reasonable prices.
When To Visit Puerto Pollensa
The climate at Puerto Pollensa and across the whole of Majorca is typically Mediterranean. Summers are long, with hot and dry weather, whilst winters are mild too, making it a popular year-round destination.
The busiest periods are during the school holidays throughout July and August, when the number of tourists arriving increases dramatically. Even those looking for a February half term break are often pleasantly surprised by the mild weather which has a hint of spring in the air already.
Puerto Pollensa Is Good For ...
- Families wanting safe sandy beaches
- Couples looking for peace and quiet, but with enough to keep your amused for a week or two
- A short flight time sunshine holiday destination
- A pleasant year round holiday choice
Puerto Pollensa Isn't Great For ...
- Those who don’t like long onward transfers – it’s nearly three hours from Palma airport to Puerto Pollensa
- Those who want to party and dance all night
- Holidaymakers seeking non-stop sports, sightseeing and action
Puerto Pollensa makes for a refreshingly tranquil year round sunshine destination, which has plenty to offer the holidaymaker, whilst retaining a more traditional Majorcan feel and all just a two hour flight away from the UK.