Sunday market in Pollença
Market 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. It's worth having a look inside the impressive church while you are there.
Alcúdia Old Town and Palma
Alcúdia old town is a beautiful walled town (which you can walk along) with lovely alleys and small squares for a coffee and tapas stop. The nearby Roman remains are fascinating. Palma is a lovely city and the train ride in from Sa Pobla is cheap and easy. Don't miss the cathedral, the medieval street layouts are great for a wander and a walk along the bay shore is a must.
Bunyola to Sóller Railway
If you don't want the challenge of the hairpin bends on the road to Sóller, pick up the Palma - Sóller Railway at Bunyola Station. This saves the full drive back into Palma and there was plenty of free roadside parking around Bunyola station (in June). The ticket office opens 15 minutes before the train is due and your journey still gives you the experience of the tunnels and panoramic views through the mountains.
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.
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.
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.
Lluc has more than a monastery
Follow the mountain road from Pollença to the monastery at Lluc and visit the chapel where you may be fortunate enough to hear the Blauets Choir. There is also a 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.
Sóller and its port by old-fashioned railway
Enjoy the old-fashioned train ride through the mountains and tunnels from Palma (or Bunyola) to Sóller, and don't miss the tram to Port de Sóller through the orange groves and back, then just sit in the church square in Sóller enjoying a drink and a local pastry while watching the world go by.
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.
Paella on the beach
Spend a day at the beach between Ca'n Picafort and the area east of Alcúdia, at Ses Casetes des Capellans, where you can enjoy a tasty paella or seafood dishes at one of the beach restaurants while enjoying the sea and sun on a long and sandy beach.
Visit the capital - 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.
Boat Trips in the Bays of Pollença or Alcúdia
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.
Valldemossa and Deià
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.
Mallorca's water parks, Marineland and Aquarium
Mallorca's waterparks provide a fun day out for all the family; the nearest to Baldregat is at Port d'Alcúdia where there is also a mini-golf course! The others are in the south of the island at El Arenal and Magalluf. At Costa den Blanes there is Marineland which has dolphin, sea lion and parrots shows and an Aquarium at Ca'n Pastilla.
Herb Fair in Selva
An interesting Herb fair is held in Selva in June where, apart from the herbs on display, there are other stalls selling local produce such as olive oil and honey. There is also a display of local dancing and an old myrtle water distillery.
Ornithologists will know about the birdwatching area at the Albufera and Albufereta, where you can see several different species of wading birds, amongst others.
Going further afield.....
.... 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.
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.
Explore the old town of Pollença
Spend time walking around the town of Pollença making the effort to climb the 365 steps 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.
Local beaches and snorkelling
At the Port de Pollença the beach is spacious, and has all amenities, with parking along the seafront. There are two smaller beaches at Cala Sant Vicenç and the sandy and rocky beaches at Formentor are lovely for snorkelling too.
An historic manor house
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. Here you can see a demonstration of ancient handicrafts, tools and machinery and taste the Mallorcan specialities such as jams, cheese, fig cake, sobrassada and moscatel.
Battle of the Moors and Christians
Pollença is famous for its simulated Battle of the Moors and the Christians which takes place on the 1st and 2nd of August. The whole town takes part in the celebrations.
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