Palma, an interesting and beautiful capital city
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, museums and art galleries to visit. There is an open top tourist bus that takes you to the most emblematic sites.
Sunday morning 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.
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. A little further afield is the renowned beach of Formentor where it is best to go early morning or late afternoon.
Visit a local vineyard
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 - sample home-made local products. Or, in Esporles, La Granja is 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.
The Mallorcan coastline from the sea is quite impressive - enjoy one of the boat trips from Port de Pollença or Port d'Alcúdia to make a lovely day or half day out seeing the coastline from the sea and visiting Formentor or just cruising around the headlands.
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 the fascinating stalactite and stalagmite formations. These caves are not too commercialised - visits on the hour. Mallorca's most impressive caves, the Caves of Drach, are found on the east coast at Portocristo as well as the Caves of Hams and Artà.
Snorkelling at Mal Pas
If you would like to do a bit of snorkelling in clear, deep waters, go towards Alcúdia, then to Mal Pas on the road towards the headland of La Victoria where you will find a couple of small beaches and an area off the rocks where snorkelling is a must.
Early morning walk to the top
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 impressive.
Waterparks, Marineland and Aquarium
The nearest waterpark to Pollença is Hidropark 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 excellent Aquarium at Ca'n Pastilla.
Tram and train ride in old style
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.
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.
Scenic drive to Formentor 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, stop at the viewpoint to see the dramatic vertical drops to the sea and El Colomer rock. The beach at Formentor is not very large and has clear, shallow water ideal for adults and children alike and suitable for snorkelling. Go early and take a picnic.
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.
Fornalutx, Deià and Valldemossa
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. Fornalutx is one of the prettiest towns in Mallorca.
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.
A birdwatchers' paradise!
Ornithologists will know about the birdwatching area at the nearby Albufera and Albufereta where you can see several different species of wading birds, amongst others, especially in the migratory seasons.
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.
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.
Last but not least, 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 browing 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.
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