Puerto Pollensa is a wonderfully trendy place to go on holiday, and especially so for romantic breaks. No longer the tatty package holiday destination of our teens, the town has shaken itself from the 90's hangover and cleaned up its act. Not to say Puerto Pollensa has got boring, no, but it has found its style, and its style is cosmopolitan, romantic and old-world chic. Your inequivocal destination, romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa in a small and friendly boutique hotel.
Slightly off track from the main highways and removed from the heady resorts and party crowds in the south of the island, the north of Mallorca is increasingly popular and Puerto Pollensa, its most northerly town, attracts an eclectic crowd. Depending on where you stay and what time of year you visit, your romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa promise to be an unforgetable experience.
Get it right and you will find all the style and charm missing elsewhere.
There are two simple rules to ensure your romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa feel intimate and luxurious; add glamour to your holiday by staying at a small intimate boutique hotel in Puerto Pollensa and avoid the school holidays. Romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa become far more romantic and exclusive when the crowds go home.
Visit Puerto Pollensa at the start or end of the season and you will discover an entirely unexpected place. Spring and autumn are not only more romantic, but the weather remains luxuriously hot way beyond its seasonal calling, sunbathingly hot by April, and warm enough for swimming as late as October. So, avoid the crowds and the families with children and take romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa slightly out of season. Puerto Pollensa is a romantic haven of calm and tranquility. The beaches now empty are at their absolute best, warm sunny days from as early as March and often right into November, you can swim and sunbathe on golden sand, drive in traffic free roads and eat outdoors without having to wait.
Just one road back from the spectacular Bay of Pollensa, in the once fishing village of Puerto Pollensa is our small boutique hotel. This is where you want to spend your romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa. The island’s 120 km long mountain range, the Serra de Tramuntana, ripples along its northern shoulder, a protective backdrop against harsh northern winds and keeps its climate temperate. Beyond the lighthouse, Formentor is home to the area’s most exclusive homes, its exquisitively romantic mile long sandy beach and protected natural reserve.
Well, for a start, Puerto Pollensa is full of beautiful, romantic places; golden beaches, tiny coves, mountains, villages perched on rocky edges. It has huge open blue skies even in the middle of winter and it has wonderfully romantic places to stay. Romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa wouldn't be quite so romantic without the town's growing number of delightful boutique hotels.
It may be a backlash, or that the island is beginning to attract a very different kind of visitor, probably both, but the truth is that boutique hotels are popping up in the most exclusive parts of the island and we are delighted to be a part of it, offering discerning and romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa.
And then there is Palma, Mallorca’s capital, the Balearic Island’s administrative centre and a trendy and sophisticated modern city in its own right, perfect for a day trip and cultural visits during your romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa. A 45 minute drive from Puerto Pollensa will land you in town where parking is simple, in the vast underground lots beneath Plaza España or beside the Cathedral.
Romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa are about spending time together and there is nothing quite like wandering around a new city, getting lost and discovering new places.
For romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa, and days out in Palma, head to Portixol along the sea for trendy beach side cafes overlooking Palma Bay, or the market area of Santa Catalina, with its international set and up and coming designer homes. For romantic breaks with dinner and a taste of Palma nightlife, explore the old quarter above the Cathedral, the barrio de la Calatrava, where restaurants and bars abound.
You needn’t stay in Puerto Pollensa either. Romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa can quite easily encompass a Balearic tour. The two other main islands, Ibiza and Menorca, are certainly worth visiting and can be reached by local ferry in a matter of hours. Alternatively, a half hour flight will land you there.
With Puerto Pollensa as your base, enjoy the beauty and variety of all the Balearic Islands. What could be more suited to romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa than a bit of island hoping.
Ibiza, known for its wild beach parties and clubbing scene is certainly happening, but also surprisingly unspoilt, a Goa-like mix of rustic hippy, luxury Zen and pumping techno. If time permits, hop over to the much smaller island of Formentera, to the south of Ibiza, a romantic idyll in its own right. Only accessed by local ferry boat, Formentera is where the upmarket Ibicencos go to spend their summer holidays.
Romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa can easily encompass a weekend boat charter from the Bay of Pollensa over to Menorca. Menorca is remote and lush. Once British-run, it produces its own version of the Gin & Tonic, called pomada, made with local Xoriger gin and lemonade, cricket is played on its green hills and local beef is the best in the Balearics. If you get the chance to charter a boat, Menorca’s coastline is divine, with large safe natural bays.
Explore the island's interior, sample local cuisine and discover the Other Mallorca. Romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa in Mallorca's bucolic scenery.
Mostly ignored by the sun, sea and sand tourism which makes up most of Puerto Pollensa's visitors in the high season, and now frequented by a growing cycling community, Puerto Pollensa's interior is a large, fertile plain known locally as Es Pla and home to the island’s two main wine regions; Pla i Llevant and Binnissalem. See our blog on romantic wine tours in Mallorca.
A wine tasting tour is not a bad start to a romantic escape in Puerto Pollensa and the island's wines, red, white, rosé and cavas are definitely worth tasting. And the experience is too; walking through the gnarled old vineyards in a stunning landscape at the edge of the Tramuntana hills, sampling local wines at source in ancient stone halls, eating delicious traditional Mediterranean cuisine served with their finest brews... and then the heady drive home, by taxi perhaps.
Organised wine tours will take you to various vineyards and lay on lavish wine tasting and gourmet dinners in the ancient wine estates, but you can also design your own, by contacting a few of the local wineries and arranging a visit.
And at end of the day, after swimming in crystaline waters or wandering down ancient cobbled streets, romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa require a romantic dinner out. Puerto Pollensa is home to some of the island’s most exquisite restaurants. Aside from the beach cafes and cocktail bars along the coast, these are authentic Mallorcan bistros, converted farmhouses and country homes in the foothills of the Tramuntana and highly rated restaurants on the marina, in the main square of Puerto Pollensa.
Romantic breaks in Puerto Pollensa may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think Puerto Pollensa, but given the exclusive location, the sheer beauty of the landscape and the sea, the tranquility out of season and the wonderful places to stay, maybe it's time to re think Puerto Pollensa.