Puerto Pollensa Majorca Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain

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Puerto Pollensa is a low key, family friendly resort in the north of Majorca, 90 minutes from Palma airport.

It sits at the northern tip of the hills of the Serra de Tramuntana, a former fishing village that boomed with the arrival of mass tourism in the 1960s, but which has retained some degree of charm. It is a popular home town for expatriates, who enjoy its less than brash atmosphere and the array of eating options.

The heart of Puerto Pollensa is the narrow beach that stretches for three kilometres around the Bay of Pollensa. This is a large, shallow bay with some of the best sand on Majorca and it makes a relaxing base for family beach holidays. If you're after a bit more space, head towards the southern end, where much of the sand has been imported specially. Sailing and windsurfing in the bay are particularly popular, but you can try water skiing if you're desperate to make some noise.

If you can't face spending all day, every day on the beach, there are lots of bicycle rental outlets in Puerto Pollensa. The area around the bay is flat and easily explored, or you can venture up into the mountains to work up more of a sweat. Golf and birdwatching are also popular locally, with wildlife especially prevalent on the nearby Formentor peninsula.

A promenade runs alongside the beach, part of which (the Passeig Anglada Camarasa) has been pedestrianised to create a fine strolling area. You will not find much in the way of atmospheric alleyways and historic churches to tempt you in Puerto Pollensa; for history you will have to travel five kilometres inland to the town of Pollensa, which was established in Roman times.

The port was popular with artists before the tourist boom and many of the hotels in town predate the 1960s. The oldest is the Hotel Miramar which opened in 1912 and still accommodates guests with old world grace.

For a small town Puerto Pollensa has an impressive array or restaurants, including pizzerias and a Burger King, but the emphasis is understandably on fish. Ivy Garden and Boude Mar are two of the better fish eateries.

Post prandial party action is not one of the town's strong points. Chivas is the main disco, and it opened in 1969.