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.
Explore the old town of Pollença
Spend time walking around the town of Pollença, browsing in the quaint little shops and making the effort to climb the 365 steps up to Calvary church before sitting down for a drink and dinner in one of the pedestrianised squares.
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 outstanding.
Battle of the Moors and the 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.
The beach at Port de Pollença is spacious and has all amenities with parking along the seafront. Cala Sant Vicenç has two small beaches and the Formentor beach, although further away, is worth spending the day at.
Old Roman town of Alcúdia
Tuesday market in Alcúdia town 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 massive thick stone walls surrounding the town.
Snorkelling at Mal Pas
If you would like to do a bit of snorkelling in clear, deep waters, go towards Alcúdia, turn off to Mal Pas on the road towards the headland of La Victòria. Beside a fish restaurant serving lobster (choose your own), there is an excellent area off the rocks for snorkelling.
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.
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.
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 historic buildings, museums and art galleries to visit. There is also an open-top tourist bus that takes you to the most emblematic sites.
Ornithologists will know about the birdwatching area at the Albufera and Albufereta, where you can see several different species of wading birds, amongst others.
Take a train and a tram!
Take the old-fashioned train ride through the mountains and tunnels from Palma (or Bunyola) to Sóller and don't miss the tram to the Port de Sóller through the orange groves and back. Just sit in the church square in Sóller, enjoy a drink and local pastry, relax and watch the world go by.
Waterparks and Mini-Golf
Fun time out especially for children are the waterparks in Mallorca - nearest to Pollença is in Port d'Alcúdia, where they also can enjoy mini-golf.
Formentor Lighthouse and beach
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 but has clear shallow water ideal for children and adults alike with some good areas for snorkelling. Go early, with a picnic.
Caves of 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, go to Portocristo on the east coast and visit the Caves of Drach.
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.
Experience one of the greatest aquariums in the world, discover the secrets of the underwater world from the shallow coral reefs to the mysterious deep blue, be surprised by the richness of the Mediterranean, the dazzling coral reefs and colourful fish that make this subacuatic oasis so spectacular. Discover a world stalked by sharks and rays and follow the misty river paths while reaching out to the water falls as you explore the exotic jungle.
Golf and Tennis
The 9-hole golf course at Pollença and the tennis courts at the Pollença Municipal Sports (Polideportivo) are only a short drive away.
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.
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.
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