Everyone knows someone who has been to Puerto Pollensa.
Loved by cyclists, birders and the yachting crowd, families with kids, OAPs and newlyweds, Puerto Pollensa will WOW you with its silky Bay, relaxed summery pace and meddley of bars, cafes, restaurants, watersports, shops, music, art and holiday climate.
There are outdoorsy types who come for the mountains and water sports pros, for the sea. Millions visit every summer to basque in the sunshine on white sandy beaches and sip cocktails at sundown along the front. Whether you're into extreme canyoning or wine tasting, scouring the markets of being pampered at the spa, there is something for everyone here, in this magical enclave in the north of Mallorca.
We are putting a list together with all the best spots to go for everything and anything, from food & drink, sports, beaches, shopping, health & beauty, to events and local fiestas, stuff for kids, for adults, for lovers and friends, everywhere we think you need to know about in this little haven of beauty and calm and few of the weirder places too.
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The Mallorca food scene is better than ever, with exciting new offerings popping up every year. Sometimes it's hard to keep up. Even in a small once-was-a-fishing village like Puerto Pollensa, there are places you will have never heard of, and others you may have steered clear of, hidden down lanes or slightly out of town. We want to show you how to go local for the best gastro experiences in the port.
Because if there are three things locals love doing, it's eating, drinking and spending their days outdoors.
All the best spots to eat and drink in Puerto Pollensa, from cycling cafes to vegan restaurants, where to go for family meals, places off the beaten track, amazing locations and specialist dining as well as brunch bars, ice cream parlours, wine tasting and tapas routes in town and along the seafront.
And if you are feeling adventurous, we have added a few rare finds out of town, fun for a day trip in in the mountains or along the coast.
PART I : Puerto Pollensa Holiday Guide - Cafes, Restaurants, Bars and the Best Places to Eat & Drink in PP
Breakfast in the sunshine, brunch by the beach, light lunches, tapas routes and dining out on the Bay of Pollensa...
Port de Pollensa's best cafes: smart, trendy, family and cycling-friendly coffee shops and our favourite places to sip a morning coffee or a chilled afternoon beer....
Shots, cocktails, G&Ts and other drinks to keep you cool in the hottest Summer months. Here is our hotel cocktail menu, with a few tips on how to mix your own at home.
Mallorca may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of culinary excellence, but an auspicious combination of Mediterranean tradition and exquisite natural ingredients...
From weird and wonderful to downright wacky, Puerto Pollensa is host to a year round array of fiestas, festivals and fairs. These are often an odd mix of religious and pagan, with traditional festivities and agricultural fairs marking the seasons and harvests, others commemorating the lives of saints and historical events and sometimes, just a good excuse to have a beach party. There are wonderful winter events too, but less interesting if you're not going to be around. We'll start with the main Summer fiestas and cultural events in the port and in neighbouring Pollensa old town.
PART II : Puerto Pollensa Holiday Guide - Events, markets, fiestas, fairs and festivals over the summer
For an exciting weekend of wine tasting in a great setting, surrounded by wine buffs and some of the island's top wine makers, visit the Pollensa Wine Fair in the Cloisters of Santo Domingo...
There are two days a year when the Port de Pollensa drops the holiday destination job and goes back to being the small fishing village it once was to celebrate its traditions in full. One is the winter festival of Sant Antoni and the other one is the summer Festes del Verge del Carme.
Do you want to get married in Mallorca and celebrate your wedding with friends and family on a beautiful isla?
The Pollensa Classical Music Festival is one of the most important events in the summer calendar and a wonderful opportunity for lovers of fine music...
Traditions, culture, music and wine on the Island - The best spring events in Mallorca for 2019 - Check out upcoming fairs, festivals and spring events and immerse yourself in an eventful and largely undiscovered side of this enchanting island...
Known the world over and drawn by its Mediterranean climate and cuisine, and its dreamlike golden beaches, the largest of the Balearic Islands is the prefered holiday destination for over 12 million people a year who flood the island's coasts during the peak summer season.
Mallorca however, isn't all about sun, sangria and sandy beaches. There is a well guarded, secret side, to the largest of the Balearic Islands; with 23% of the island protected as natural parks and wildlife sanctuaries, two fully fledged mountain ranges with peaks in the 1000m range, and the largest: The Serra de Tramuntana, this is a natural paradise for walkers, hikers and adventurers, perfect for trekking and all kinds of mountain sports.
It's paradoxical that in Mallorca, this golden Mediterranean holiday spot, you can find so much rural and virgin landscape. But it is largely thanks to the sun and beach holiday tourism that these natural areas have been ignored, and thus, conserved so beautifully.
PART III : Puerto Pollensa Holiday Guide - Cycling, birding, hiking and outdoor adventures in the Tramuntana Mountains
Mallorca cycling holidays, cycling tours on the island, the best climbs, sport and cycling events, sport hotels, bike hire, cycle shops, clubs, accommodation alternatives, top cycle routes, accidents and insurance, competitions and sportives, finding the right cycling base...
Don your mountain boots and switch season and you will discover a surprisingly different side to the island of Mallorca, rare and often forgotten: inhospitable in areas, fabulously wild and beautiful and an excellent hiking destination for lovers of the great outdoors.
A list of the most accessible and easy walks in the Pollensa area, practically all of which start at the hotel, a few you will need a car for...
A rare combination of natural parks, wild mountain, natural wetlands and marshes offer the perfect environment for an extraordinary range and variety of different bird species and make Mallorca the fortunate stop off point for migratory birds...
You can see the twin peaks of Alaro from the Palma motorway, way before you reach the town, and up there on the outcrop on the right, sits the mountain fortress known as the Castell d'Alaro.
8 awe-inspiring, soulful and largely painless hikes in Mallorca's Unesco protected Serra de Tramuntana Mountains.