Idyllic without being provincial, popular without being crowded and beautiful without question, Port de Pollenca is your chance to visit the Balearic Islands far away from the noisy tourist crowds, the parties and the glamour. Just a sleepy fishing village where you can come with your family for a relaxing vacation
There’s an unwritten rule that whenever mountains meet sea, the resulting landscape is always very beautiful. Nowhere is this truer than for the small town of Port de Pollenca on Majorca, the biggest of the Balearic Islands, sitting at the foot of the Tramuntana mountain range in a peaceful bay.
At the very northern tip of Majorca, the small fishing village Port de Pollenca is known for its peaceful atmosphere and for the sandy beaches bordered by the seawalk. In the evening tourists and locals can be found wondering on their paseo or stroll, a tradition kept for decades.
Travel & Arrival
The island of Majorca is serviced by the airport bearing the name "Palma-San Juan", one of the busiest in Europe during the summer season, despite the small size of the island. Spain’s third biggest airport is located almost 70 km to the southwest of Port de Pollenca and is serviced by all major European airlines, but is a favorite destination for British and German enthusiasts.
By land, there is a way of getting to Pollenca via the biggest city on the island, ")%}. Most visitors coming in find it easy to make a stop here first and then drive to other locations on the island. If that is the case with you, then follow the Ma-13 road to the northeast and then get off on the MA-2220 to reach Pollenca.
For those who enjoy water travel, ferries arrive in Palma de Mallorca, but also in Port d’Alcudia, which is much closer to the city, just a few kilometers down the coast. You’ll find Pollenca as a destination port when travelling with your crew from Barcelona.
Avant & Apres Sail
While being renowned for its quiet, family- friendly atmosphere, you might find that there aren’t that many things to do while in Port de Pollenca. However, there is a bustling cultural life here, thanks to the high numbers of painters that have been making trips here in search of inspiration. devotees can visit the Museum of Pollenca, Casa Museu Dionis Bennassar and the Museu Marti Visenç.
Historical points of interest might also be found in churches in Pollenca and the Roman bridge built in 123 BC that leads into the town itself. Apart from these, a art lover can visit any of the numerous galleries that display paintings and hold regular exhibitions.
True to its name as a tourist town, Pollenca has over 100 restaurants and cafes that offer everything from Chinese to Swiss dishes. But as always, the hungry visitor will want to sample some of the local delicacies and for this he should try the Pa amb Oli (basically bread with oil, a reminiscent Roman tradition), Coca (the local equivalent of pizza), Tumbet (ratatouille with potatoes) and the delicious Lechona (roasted suckling pig).
Though in the local shops you’ll find everything the modern sailor needs to fulfill his needs, you’re invited to taste one of the types of wine served in the local bodegas, as the region is famous for growing vines and producing organic wines for export.
Events & Actions
To the usual sunbathing and water sports that are common to every resort, Port de Pollenca has some other interesting activities on land. Bird watching, though not so popular nowadays, still thrives here, and goes hand in hand with biking and hiking in the countryside of Majorca.
The old town of Pollenca is rooted in tradition, and that’s why, throughout the year, there are numerous religious events, saints’ days, carnivals and fiestas. You’re bound to catch one no matter when your party arrives here.
What are some of the popular sailing routes starting from Puerto Pollensa?Puerto Pollensa serves as an excellent starting point to explore the Balearic Sea. You can set sail towards the Menorca island to the east, Ibiza to the south, or explore the northern coastline of Majorca with destinations like Alcudia and Cape Formentor known for its stunning cliffs and lighthouse.
What amenities are available at the Puerto Pollensa marina?Puerto Pollensa marina offers a range of facilities including water and electricity supply, fuel station, showers and toilets, laundry, Wi-Fi and waste disposal services. There are also plenty of restaurants and shops nearby.
When is the best season to sail in the north of Majorca?The prime sailing season in Puerto Pollensa runs from April to October. However, the months of May, June, September and October offer pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and a better sailing experience.
What are some of the must-see sights near Puerto Pollensa?Key attractions include the old town of Pollensa, the stunning Cap de Formentor and its lighthouse, the Albufereta Nature Reserve, and the beautiful beach of Formentor. If you are willing to venture a bit farther, Alcudia and its ancient Roman ruins are worth a visit.
What are some local dishes that I should try?Local gastronomic delights include "Sobrasada", a type of sausage, and "Tumbet", a dish made of layers of sliced potatoes, aubergines and red bell peppers cooked in tomato sauce. Also, try "Ensaimada", a local sweet pastry.
What non-sailing activities can be enjoyed?Apart from sailing, you can enjoy cycling, hiking, golfing and bird-watching in the area. The town of Pollensa also offers a vibrant night-life with many bars and clubs.
What marine life can I expect to see?While sailing in the waters around Puerto Pollensa, you might encounter various marine species including dolphins, different types of fish, and sea birds. Snorkelling and diving activities in these waters can provide a closer look at the underwater biodiversity.