Santa Ponsa has come a long way from its origins as a small fishing village to become one of the most popular resorts on Mallorca’s south west coast. The attractive, sandy beach of Platja de Santa Ponsa is set in a picturesque bay in the very heart of the resort and is arguably the town’s centrepiece attraction.
In contrast to the nearby resorts of Palma Nova and Magaluf to the east which are known as veritable British colonies, Santa Ponsa has developed a very strong Celtic theme and has become very popular with both Irish and Scottish visitors. In response to this market, a large number of Irish and Scottish-themed bars and restaurants exist in the town.
Santa Ponsa is only twelve miles west of Palma and the Son Sant Joan International airport. Mallorca is one of Europe's most popular destinations and there are flights from many European cities to Palma de Mallorca airport, with several of the discount airlines offering daily flights.
There are flights from the nearby islands of Menorca and Ibiza, but these are double the price of ferries, and save only about an hour. You can also catch a ferry to Palma from several points on the Spanish coast, including Barcelona and Valencia, as well as the island of Ibiza.
From Palma airport there are frequent public buses running down to central Palma, and the offices of the car rental agencies can also be found here. From the centre of Palma you can catch connecting buses to Santa Ponsa and all other resorts on the island.
The holiday season in Santa Ponsa begins at the end of April and lasts until late October. The best time to visit if you like the beach is from June until September, but be warned that the crowds intensify during these months.
If you are into tourism that doesn’t involve sun-worshipping then you can enjoy Santa Ponsa at any time, as the weather remains mild and ideal for out-door activities all year long.
The main beach in Santa Ponsa is reasonably large, and has even been extended with imported sand to accommodate the increasing number of visitors to the resort. Even so, in high season it can still become very busy.
If you wish to escape the crowds, there is a smaller secondary beach set in its own sheltered cove about 15 minutes walk away. Both beaches have good facilities, including a variety of water sports equipment available for hire.
Santa Ponsa has a wide selection of cafes, bars and restaurants. For a meal overlooking the bay, try Serendipity, which has an open terrace. Above this restaurant is Jaime's Café, which is a nice spot overlooking the beach. Nearby is the Club Nautic Santa Ponsa, which is home to some fabulous yachts.
For more active entertainment, Santa Ponsa Golf Course on the outskirts of town is one of the island's finest and has played host to the Mallorcan Open.
Another popular attraction near to Santa Ponsa is the huge water park, Aqualand, said to be the largest in Europe. The park caters for all ages, with a variety of rides and slides, some of which are not for the faint hearted. Near Aqualand there is also a go-karting track.
If you fancy a trip to Mallorca’s bustling capital of Palma, there are local buses which take you on the short journey. Once a walled Moorish city, Palma boasts wonderful architecture including a magnificent gothic cathedral.
Nightlife in Santa Ponsa is fairly lively, with numerous bars and restaurants providing live music and karaoke. The large number of British and Irish tourists who come to the resort has led to a proliferation of themed pubs, providing these visitors with a ‘home from home’ experience. For more raucous nocturnal activities, the famous Magaluf ‘Strip’ is a short taxi ride away.