Puig de Maria
Just past the rooster roundabout on the road from Pollença to Palma on the left, is the start of the walk up to the top of Puig de Maria. It's best to go first thing in the morning wearing sensible shoes. Don't forget your camera and a bottle of water although there is a bar at the top. The views over the north coast are outstanding.
Sunday Market in Pollença
The market in Pollença on Sunday morning is a colourful, bustling event where you can buy your locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as souvenirs and presents. Have a look inside the church while you are there as it is quite impressive.
Spend an evening walking around the town of Pollença, making the effort to climb the 365 steps up to the Calvary church and browsing in the curious little shops, before sitting down to relax with a drink and dinner in one of the many popular restaurants in the pedestrianised squares. There is a children's park and playground nearby.
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.
Head for the beach
At the Port of Pollença the beach is spacious, has all amenities, parking along the seafront and if it gets hot there is a little playground in a small wood for some respite from the sun.
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.
Visit the vineyard, Bodegues Ca'n Vidalet, at the end of the lane, go straight across and down the lane on the other side of the road to try a truly local wine.
Follow the mountain road from Pollença to the monastery at Lluc and see the chapel, you may be fortunate enough to hear the Blauets Choir. Visit the museum, and don't miss a small botanic garden at the back of the monastery which takes about 15 minutes to stroll around, or the rock formation in the shape of a camel.
Visit Palma - go by train!
If you'd like to visit the capital city, 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 to visit.
Or, take a train to Sóller!
Take the old-fashioned train ride through the mountains from Palma (or Bunyola) to Sóller and back, including the tram to the Port de Sóller through the orange groves. Sit in the square in Sóller, enjoying a drink and watch the world go by.
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 around the headlands.
Drive over the Tramuntana mountain roads taking in the spectacular scenery, stopping at the various viewpoints including two lakes/reservoirs, and passing through several world-renowned towns like Deià and Valldemossa, home to famous painters, writers and musicians. Look out for the wild mountain goats on the way.
If you would like to do a bit of snorkelling in clear, deep waters, 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, and wild and domestic animals where 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.
Get a soaking!
Mallorca's waterparks provide a fun day out for all the family; the nearest to Pollença is at Port d'Alcúdia where there is also a mini-golf course!
A scenic drive will take you to Formentor Lighthouse - the road is quite narrow in places. At the top of the hill out of Port de Pollença, it is worth stopping at the viewpoint to see El Colomer rock and although the beach at Formentor is not very large, it has clear shallow water ideal for children and adults alike, with some good waters for snorkelling. Go early, with a picnic.
Caves of Campanet
The Caves of Campanet, discovered by a shepherd about 100 years ago, are not too far away and worth a visit to see the fascinating formation of stalagmites and stalactites. These caves are not too commercialised and visits are on the hour. For Mallorca's most impressive caves, travel over to the east coast and visit the Caves of Drach.
Old Alcúdia and market days
Sunday or Tuesday market in Old Alcúdia is interesting and has a plentiful supply of locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables, then just stroll round the pedestrianised old Roman town where caper plants are growing out of the main massive thick stone walls surrounding the town.
In an easterly direction
Going further afield, drive 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.
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