Sunday market in Pollença
The market on Sunday morning in Pollença is a colourful, bustling event where you can buy locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a few souvenirs and presents. Have a look inside the impressive church while you are there.
Spend time walking around the town of Pollença making the effort to climb the 365 steps to the Calvary church, then looking in the quaint shops, before sitting down to relax with a drink and dinner in one of the pedestrianised squares.
The beach at Port de Pollença is spacious and has all amenities with parking along the seafront. Cala Sant Vicenç has 2 small beaches and the Formentor beach, although further away, is worth spending the day at, taking a picnic with you.
The old castle ruins at Alaró
Make your way to the top of Castell d'Alaró (take water to drink for the last part of the journey which has to be done on foot). The views from the top are breathtakingly beautiful! On the way down enjoy a meal at the Restaurant Es Verger where they serve tasty roast lamb done in a traditional Mallorcan oven.
Sóller and its port by old-fashioned train
Enjoy a ride on the old-fashioned train through the mountains and tunnels from Palma (or Bunyola) to Sóller. Don't miss the tram to the Port de Sóller through the orange groves and back. Sit in the church square in Sóller, enjoy a drink and local pastry while watching the world go by.
Round the Bay of Pollença by 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 around the headlands.
Puig de Maria Walk
The start of the walk uphill to Puig de Maria (puig=hillock, pronounced pooch) is just before the "rooster" roundabout on the right of the main road in Pollença direction Port de Pollença. It's best to go first thing in the morning, wearing sensible shoes and don't forget your camera. Take a bottle of water with you although there is a bar at the top. See if you can spot your villa from the top.
Valldemossa and Deià
Drive over the Tramuntana mountain roads taking in the spectacular scenery, stopping at the various viewpoints including the two lakes/reservoirs and passing through several world-renowned towns such as Deià and Valldemossa, home to famous writers, painters and musicians.
Taste a locally-made wine at the vineyard itself
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.
Mallorca in the olden days!
Visit one of the most representative manors of Mallorca's plains, Els Calderers de Sant Joan, where you will be able to imagine farming as it was 200 years ago and sample some home-made local products. Or, in the opposite direction at Esporles, is La Granja a large historical mansion with gardens, fountains, ancient trees and plants with wild and domestic animals. Also on view - a demonstration of ancient handicrafts, tools and machinery. Taste Mallorcan specialities such as jams, cheese, fig cake, sobrassada and moscatel.
Caves at Campanet and Porto Cristo
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 these magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations. These caves are not too commercialised and visits are on the hour. Mallorca's most impressive caves, the Caves of Drach, are found on the east coast.
Nearby golf courses
Mallorca has a great variety of golf courses and the closest to Marina de na Jero is at Pollença itself - a 9-hole course, just 1.5kms from the villa. Aucanada has a beautiful 18-hole course overlooking the Bay of Alcúdia.
Shopping and cultural visit to Palma
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.
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.
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. At Costa den Blanes there is Marineland which has dolphin, sea lion and parrots shows, and an Aquarium at Playa de Palma.
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.
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 here you will find an excellent place off the rocks for snorkelling. In this area, there are a couple of small sandy beaches, and some rocky coves.
Beautiful 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 which has several recommended restaurants and where caper plants are growing out of the main massive thick stone walls surrounding the town.
Nature Park at Santa Eugènia
The Nature Park for children at Santa Eugènia is a small zoo with birds and animals where they also help to conserve fauna in danger of extinction as well as attending to wounded creatures.
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.
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