The renowned Sóller train and tram
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.
Puig de Maria walk
The start of the walk uphill to Puig de Maria (puig=hillock) is just before the rooster roundabout on the right of the main road towards 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 Finca Josepet from the top.
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.
Sunday morning 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 souvenirs and presents. Have a look inside the impressive church while you are there.
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.
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.
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.
Battle of the Moors and Christians
Pollença is famous for its simulated Battle of the Moors and the Christians which takes place 01-02 August. The whole town takes part in the celebrations.
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. There are several small coves in this area recommended by snorkelling enthusiasts.
The old ruined Castle at Alaró
Make your way to the top of Castell d'Alaró - take water to drink as the last part of the journey 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.
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.
Palma de Mallorca
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.
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.
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.
Water parks, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Golf courses in Mallorca
Mallorca has a great variety of golf courses. Finca Josepet is close to the 9-hole course at Pollença, with views over the Bay of Pollença, while the 18-hole Aucanada Golf, overlooking the Bay of Alcúdia, is only 25 kms from the villa.
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