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Explore Pollenca and Port de Pollenca, Spain
Pollenca (Pollensa) is one of the most popular towns on Mallorca but it retains its unchanged and unspoilt air. It sits slightly inland of its harbour - a popular strategem in the days of pirates to try and escape attack. The port, which lies about 6km from Pollenca, is one of the most beautiful on Majorca and has a deep, protected harbour. There are attractive sandy beaches and the port area is now a thriving resort with hotels, appartments and shops.
The old town of Pollenca, inland of the Port of Pollenca, is centred around the Plaça Mayor, home to a number of bars where the locals meet, and to the church of Nostra Senyora dels Angels. Many of the houses in Pollenca are 17 and 18th century and are built in a lovely ochre coloured stone. Streets are mostly narrow and winding. Pollensa inspired Agatha Christie to write the short story "Problem at Pollensa Bay".
If you get a chance go to a music evening in the Santo Domingo Cloister.
The highlight of Pollenca is the Via Crucis or Way of the Cross which is a long stone stairway lined with cypress trees and which leads to a chapel on the top of El Calvari hill. There are 365 steps in all (though you can drive if you prefer). From here there are magnificent views over the town and the sea.
If you are lucky enough to be in Pollenca for Good Friday there is a very moving procession where a wooden figure of Christ is carried down the Way of the Cross and into town. The hundreds of people in the procession are dressed in cloaks and completely silent. The only sound is a slow beating drum.
Market day is Saturday morning and this is a particularly colourful time to visit Pollenca.
Pollenca also has a lovely little Roman bridge across a small stream.
Port of Pollenca
The Port of Pollenca, called Puerto Pollensa, has become a popular destination due to its lovely sandy, horseshoe-shaped bay with its backdrop of mountains from the Tramuntana Mountain Range.
Running along the edge of the beach is a lovely promenade shaded by pine trees. On an evening locals and holiday makers can be found making use of it for an evening promenade. It is possible to walk from the marina and harbour, past the shops and cafés and along into the shadiest part of the path.
Places to visit Nearby
Formentor, the northern-most part of Majorca is a fairly short but scenic car drive. Next to Formentor Bay is the world famous Hotel Barcelo Formentor which has seen many rich and famous visitors.
The nearby resort of Cala San Vicente has some particularly nice beaches including the Cala de Molins.
There are a selection of boat trips you can do from the Port of Pollenca and these give you an excellent view of the rocky coastline in this area.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Balearic Islands guide.