Sunday morning market in Pollença
Stroll to the squares in Pollença for the Sunday morning market - a colourful, bustling event where you can buy locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables in Plaça Mayor as well as souvenirs and presents in the surrounding streets. Peek inside the impressive church in the square while there.
Formentor beach and lighthouse
Formentor 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.
Puig de Maria Walk
The start for the walk to the top of Puig de Maria is on the road towards Palma, a short way from the rooster roundabout on the left - 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.
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 (connecting bus from Pollença). 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 or icecream.
Pollença is a lovely town to stroll around. The pedestrianised squares with bars and restaurants where you can sit outside, create a very relaxing atmosphere where children run around safely. The walk to the top of the 365 steps to the Calvary church from Monte-sion, is well worth the effort.
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.
Follow the mountain road to Lluc Monastery, visit the museum and the chapel, where you may be fortunate to hear the Blauets Choir sing. Behind the monastery, there is a walk which takes you to a large cross and fantastic sea views. There is also a 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.
Snorkelling at Mal Pas
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.
Waterparks, Marineland and Aquarium
Mallorca's waterparks provide a fun day out for all the family; the nearest to Pollença, at Port d'Alcúdia, also has a mini-golf course! The others are in the south of the island at El Arenal and Magalluf. Marineland at Costa den Blanes, has spectacular dolphin, sea lion and parrots shows; the very interesting Aquarium is at Ca'n Pastilla.
Simulated Battle of the Moors and 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.
Caves at 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.
A day out over the mountain range
Drive over the Tramuntana mountain roads taking in the spectacular scenery, past the two lakes/reservoirs and stopping in Fornalutx for lunch maybe, or Sóller, before continuing through the world-renowned towns, Deià and Valldemossa, home to famous writers, painters and musicians.
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.
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.
Alcúdia and market day
The old Roman town of Alcúdia, now mainly pedestrianised, is steeped in history and well worth a visit. If you miss the market in Pollença, in Alcúdia it is held on Tuesday morning where you can find a plentiful supply of locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables. You can also walk along part of the massive thick stone walls surrounding the town.
Vineyards and local wine
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.
Golf and Tennis
While the 9-hole golf course at Pollença is only a short drive away, the tennis courts at the Pollença Municipal Sports ground are within walking distance of Ca'n Torres.
Cala Sant Vicenç and Port de Pollença are two lovely beaches in the north of the island which can be reached by car in just a few minutes. There is the possibility of sailing, surfing and kayaking at these beaches.
Pollença Music Festival
The Pollença Classical Music Festival is held at the Cloisters in July and August, featuring various well-known bands, quartets and soloists - a great variety of programmes to choose from.
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