Puig de Maria
The start of the walk up to the top of Puig de Maria is on the road from Ca'n Mateu to Pollença, just past the rooster roundabout - it's best to go early in the morning. Don't forget your camera, wear sensible shoes and take water to drink although there is a bar at the top. The views over the north coast are outstanding.
The Battle of the Moors and the Christians
Pollença is famous for its simulated Battle of the Moors and the Christians which takes place on 01-02 August. The whole town takes part in the celebrations.
Walk into town over the Roman bridge, make your way up the 365 steps to the Calvary church from Monte-sion, before sitting down to relax with a drink and/or dinner in the main square and people watch. Just down the road is a children's park/playground.
Sunday Market in Pollença
Visit Pollença market on a Sunday morning - a colourful, bustling event where you can buy locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables as well as souvenirs and presents. Have a look inside the church which is quite impressive.
Pollença Classical Music Festival
The Pollença Classical Music Festival is held in July and August, featuring various well-known bands, quartets and soloists - a great variety of programmes to choose from.
Formentor, famous for the exclusive hotel, has a sandy and rocky beach good for snorkelling. Drive over the hill from Port de Pollença - about half an hour, stopping at the viewpoint on the way for the magnificent straight drops down to the sea and the rock Es Colomer. You can also go by ferry boat - about 20 minutes. The lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula is also worth the ride although the road is quite narrow in places.
Follow the mountain road to Lluc Monastery, visit the museum and the chapel, where you may be fortunate to hear the Blauets Choir sing. Don't miss the small botanic garden at the back of the monastery which takes about 15 minutes to stroll round, or the rock formation in the shape of a camel.
Visit Palma - go by train
If you'd like to visit the capital, Palma, and are not keen on driving, then take the train from Sa Pobla. Palma is an excellent shopping centre and has many interesting historical buildings, museums and art galleries to visit.
Or, take a train to Sóller!
Take the old-fashioned train ride through the mountains from Palma (or Bunyola) to Sóller, including the tram to the Port of Sóller through the orange groves and back. Then just sit in the church square in Sóller and watch the world go by enjoying a drink.
Scenic drive to the north-east
Going further afield, drive in an easterly direction through the resorts of Port d'Alcúdia and Ca'n Picafort towards Artà where basket making is one of the local trades. Then take a country lane to the hermitage of Betlem where the views overlook Colònia de Sant Pere in the Bay of Alcúdia. Back to Artà and if you are interested in prehistoric building then visit the Poblat de Ses Paisses before carrying on to Capdepera to see the castle.
Go out in a boat
Boat trips from the local coves and ports can make a lovely day or half day out from Port de Pollença or Port d'Alcúdia going to Formentor or round the headlands.
Drive over the Tramuntana mountain roads taking in the spectacular scenery, stopping at the various viewpoints including the two lake/reservoirs, and passing through several world-renowned towns like Deià and Valldemossa, home to famous writers, painters and musicians. Look out for the wild mountain goats on the way.
There are several vineyards in Mallorca where you can visit and try the wine -Vinyes Mortitx is on the road to Pollença-Lluc road at KM 10,9; Bodegues Macià Batle is at the entrance to Santa Maria on the main road towards Consell; and in Binissalem is the better-known Bodega José L. Ferrer. No visits during the grape harvest in September although the wine festival in Binissalem is worth joining in.
If you would like to do a bit of snorkelling in clear, deep water, go towards Alcúdia, then go to Mal Pas on the road towards the headland of La Victoria. Beside a fish restaurant serving lobster (choose your own), there is an excellent area off the rocks for snorkelling.
Ornithologists will know about the birdwatching area at the Albufera and Albufereta where you can see several different species of wading birds, amongst others.
Visit La Granja
A visit to La Granja in Esporles is well worthwhile. La Granja is a large historical mansion with gardens, fountains, ancient trees and plants, wild and domestic animals. here you can also see a demonstration of ancient handicrafts, tools and machinery and taste the Mallorcan specialities such as jams, cheese, fig cake, sobrassada and moscatel.
Waterparks and Marineland
There are several waterparks in Mallorca - the nearest is in Port d'Alcúdia and in the south at S'Arenal and Magalluf. Marineland, at Costa den Blanes, has wonderful dophin, sea lion show and parrot shows and the exotic Mallorca Aquarium is at Playa de Palma.
Caves of Campanet
The Caves of Campanet, discovered by a shepherd about 100 years ago are not too far away and worth a visit if you like to see the fascinating stalagmite and stalactite formations. These caves are not too commercialised and visits are on the hour. For Mallorca's most impressive caves, then go to Portocristo on the east coast and visit the Caves of Drach.
The Alfàbia Gardens
If you enjoy gardens, these Moorish gardens, right at the entrance to the Sóller tunnel, are a must. They are cool on a hot day, with lots of water and wonderful trees and exotic plants to admire. A small bar serves fresh orange and lemon juice.
Golf courses in Mallorca
Mallorca has a great variety of golf courses. Ca'n Mateu is not far from the 9-hole course at Pollença, with views over the Bay of Pollença, while the 18-hole Aucanada Golf, overlooking the Bay of Alcúdia, is only 25 kms away.
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