Originally a fishing village, Puerto Pollensa lies on the north west coast of the island, in a sheltered horseshoe shaped bay and set against the stunning backdrop of the Tramuntana mountain range.
The sedate resort has retained much of its traditional feel whilst continuing to attract tourists in their droves, and this marriage of old and new is illustrated by the picturesque marina which is populated by both traditional fishing boats and luxury yachts. In terms of natural attractions, Puerto Pollensa boasts wonderful scenery, beautiful sandy beaches and a laid-back friendly atmosphere.
Puerto Pollensa is approximately 58km from the capital Palma and the Son Sant Joan International airport. Palma is one of the busiest European airports with several operators from all over the continent providing flights there.
With over 20 million people a year passing through it, Palma’s airport is suitably well equipped with transfer options. Buses to Puerto Pollensa can be picked up in Palma city centre, which can be reached by bus from the airport. Taxis are also readily available, and you can also book private cars in advance.
An alternative way of reaching Mallorca is by ferry, with services running from a number of ports on the Spanish mainland, including Valencia and Barcelona.
Like the rest of Mallorca, Puerto Pollensa enjoys an ideal climate for holidaymakers, with mild weather all year round and the heat only becoming occasionally excessive during the peak months of July and August. Winters remain sunny with infrequent rain, though the evenings can become cold.
During the summer months Puerto Pollensa attracts mainly British families looking for something more than the hustle and bustle of the other popular south coast resorts. However, once the families have left from October onwards, the resort then becomes very popular with middle aged couples looking to escape the cold British winters.
The jewel in Puerto Pollensa’s crown is the dramatic Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range that surrounds and shelters the town. For active visitors, there are several walking trails into these hills which offer stunning views back over the bay. If you do want to get out of the resort and into the mountains, you may want to consider hiring a bicycle from Maria's Bicycles in Puerto Pollensa.
Back in the heart of the resort, one of the most popular ways to see Puerto Pollensa is by strolling along the Pine Walk, a pedestrian promenade lined with palms and pine trees that runs almost the length of the resort. Another scenic area is the bay of Pollensa, which houses an array of luxury yachts, as well as local fishing boats.
There are a number of small natural beaches in the area, as well as an artificial one, all offering a god selection of facilities and water sports. The warm, shallow waters of the bay make Puerto Pollensa beaches popular with families with small children.
Beyond the beach, Puerto Pollensa has little in the way of family attractions, though there is a waterpark, karting track and three mini-golf courses, all a quick taxi ride away at the Hidropark in nearby Alcudia.
Less family-friendly, but worth a visit for culturally-minded visitors, is the Pollensa Municipal Museum, housed in an old Dominican convent built between the 15 and 16th centuries. There's a large collection of paintings of the area on display, along with archaeological finds, plus a Buddhist mandala.
Evening entertainment in Puerto Pollensa is mainly hotel based, although the resort does have one reputable disco called Chivas which opened in 1969. For a trip inland, the old Roman town of Pollensa is 5km away, and certainly worth a visit, with many of its quaint, narrow streets dating back to the 18th Century.
Also in January, Pollensa celebrates the Fiesta of Sant Sebastia. The main parade through the town includes the traditional dance of "Els Cavallets", where two small children dance wearing paper mache horses.
The biggest event of the region's fiesta calendar commemorates the battle by the local population of Pollenca against 1500 Moors. This fiesta can be traced back to the middle of the 19th Century, and almost the whole of the town gets involved.
Founded in 1962, the annual Pollensa Music Festival is an important part of the town's cultural calendar. A number of classical music concerts take place with renowned orchestras from around the world performing.