Explore the old town of Pollença
Stroll around the old town of Pollença. It's definitely worth 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.
Formentor beach and lighthouse
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. 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.
Cala San Vicente
This delightful spot has 4 sandy cove beaches where the waters are crystal clear and ideal for snorkelling. There are a good selection of beachside bars and restaurants where a cooling drink or a delightful meal of fresh fish can be enjoyed while overlooking the beach.
Old Roman town of Alcúdia
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. The local council offer a free guided tour around the historical centre of Alcúdia old town on Wednesdays and Fridays during the summer months.
Beach at Port de Pollença
At Port de Pollença the beach is spacious, has all amenities, parking along the seafront, and if it gets too hot there is a little playground in a small wood for a respite from the sun.
Lluc is not just a monastery
Take the mountain road from Pollença to the Monastery at Lluc. Visit the museum and the chapel - you may be fortunate enough to hear the Blauets Choir singing. Make your way to the huge cross behind the monastery for the fabulous views out to sea.
Play a round of golf!
Mallorca has a great variety of golf courses and the closest to Puerto Pollença is the 9-hole course at Pollença. Alcanada has an 18-hole course with beautiful views overlooking the Bay of Alcúdia.
Go to the market.
Pollença market on Sunday morning is a colourful bustling event where you can buy your locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a few souvenirs and presents. Have a look inside the church which is very impressive.
Snorkelling at Mal Pas
If you would like to do some snorkelling in clear, deep water, go towards Alcúdia, turn off towards the La Victoria headland until you reach Mal Pas. Beside a fish restaurant serving lobster (choose your own), there is an excellent area off the rocks for snorkelling.
Scenic drive in the north east
Heading in an easterly direction, drive through the resorts of Playa de Muro and Ca'n Picafort, and then towards Artà where one of the local trades is basket making. Find 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 Païsses before carrying on to Capdepera to see the castle.
The only water park in the north of Mallorca
is Hidropark in Alcúdia. Open 1st May to 30th October. www.hidroparkalcudia.com.
Visit Palma Aquarium
Discover the marine world’s best kept secrets by embarking on a wonderful adventure through this marine park featuring more than 8000 animals of 700 different species and more than 5 million litres of salt water. You will also be able to enjoy a wide variety of activities which combine education and fun, suitable for all ages. Open daily. Check website for actual opening hours: Palmaaquarium.com or phone: (00 34) 902 702 902.
Portocristo and the Caves of Drach or Hams
The Caves of Drach are certainly spectacular and therein you will find one of the largest underground lakes in Europe. Visits are on the hour every hour from 09.00 – 17.00 hours. The Caves of Hams are also very interesting.
Tramuntana mountain road to Deià
Drive over the Tramuntana mountain roads via Inca, Lluc and Sóller, taking in the spectacular scenery, stopping at the various viewpoints including the two lakes/reservoirs, and passing through several world-renowned towns of Fornalutx, Deià and Valldemossa, home to famous writers, painters and musicians.
Visit Palma – 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.
Soller houses the Balearic Museum of Natural Scienes offering exhibitions related to Mallorca’s zoology, geology and botany, as well as a botanic garden. And just through the tunnel, on the road to Palma, are the Alfabia Gardens which are worth a visit.
Glassworks and Museum
There are 3 glassworks in Mallorca open to the public: Menestralia at Exit 35 on the Ma-13 near Campanet; Gordiola, established in 1719, is near Algaida on the Ma-15 near Exit 20 on the Manacor-Palma road; Lafiore is on the Palma-Valldemossa road. You can watch craftsmen working, see the kilns, museum and shop.
Caves of Campanet
The beautiful Caves of Campanet, found by a shepherd about 100 years ago, are not too far away and worth a visit to see the fascinating stalagmite and stalactite formations. These caves are not too commercialised and visits are on the hour. For the most impressive caves, go to Portocristo on the east coast and visit the Caves of Drach which houses one of the largest underground lakes in Europe.
Market days in Sineu and Inca
If you like bustling markets lining the streets, then Inca market on Thursday is the busiest you will find on the island. However, Sineu market on Wednesday is unusual as it still sells livestock such as goats, sheep, rabbits and ducks. The fresh fruit and vegetable market is up the hill in a smaller square at the front of the church.
Sóller and its Port by train
The old-fashioned train ride through the mountains from Palma (or Bunyola) to Sóller and back, including the tram to the Port of Sóller through the orange groves and back, and just sitting in the church square in Sóller enjoying a drink and watching the world go by.
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