Pollenca is without any doubt, one of the most beautiful parts of Mallorca. It is believed that this is where tourism on the island first began. This was the preferred destination for painters and artists at the beginning of the century. The landscape here is so diverse; steep mountains meet lonely shores with deep, blue waters. The green of the pine trees contrasts with the grey of the limestone rocks. Pollenca sits in the north eastern corner of the island, close to Formentor and Alcudia. Just east of the town lies its port 'Port de Pollenca' or 'Porto Pollensa'.
Pollenca is a typical Mallorcan town and is a maze of narrow, winding streets. Each has a character of its own and all are worthy of exploration.
There is a huge community of foreign residents in Pollenca which, coupled with the multi-national tourist trade, gives Pollenca a very cosmopolitan character.
Yet, in the heart of the old town you will find quiet spots, untouched by tourism. In the centre you will find a flight of 365 steps that lead to the Calvario at the top, (pictured right). Most visitors attempt the climb. At the base of the steps is a delightful square with cafes and restaurants. You'll need to rest here when you come back down.
Pollenca is the proud owner of a Roman bridge (pictured right), that spans a small stream. The nearby square features a fountain dated 1827 and adorned with the image of a cockerel, the symbol of the town. If you enter Pollenca from the main Lluc to Pollenca road you will see the bridge on your left as you head for the town centre.
Pollensa has a wealth of historical buildings to seek out, including the Gothic church of Sant Jordi which was at one time a hospice and a refuge in times of pirate raids. There is a restored temple at the foot of the Calvario steps, now used as the Council offices.
Shopping in Pollensa
Market day is Wednesday
The port owes its fame due to the fact that it is one of the most beautiful on the island and also one of the deepest and most closed. The bay has sandy beaches and shallow turquoise waters which makes it popular with families. There is a first class infrastructure of hotels and apartments and the entertainment is constant. The port is connected to Pollensa by buses that run within an hour of each other starting at 7.15am, the last bus being around 9.30pm. Please check the times with the tourist office. The fisherman's wharf has recently been pedestrianised with sweeping wooden walkways and is an attraction in itself.
In the port you will find a wide array of restaurants to choose from, offering every manner of gourmet delights. Make sure you try some of the local specialities.
Sunday is market day and all manner of local goods can be found. The clothes and touristy stalls are to be found in the large square near the police station, the craft stalls spread down the side streets.
On a walk around the town you will discover several churches, gardens and monuments.
Fiestas in Pollenca
When it comes to celebrations, Pollensa has more than its fair share. The trade fair is in the 2nd week of November, massive bonires are lit all over town on January 16th for the Eve of St.Anthony and the following day, a huge pine tree is dragged through the town and erected in front of the church. Youths then compete to climb it. In February is the annual carnival and in July the patron saint is honoured with parades, concerts and constant dancing.
Tourist information offices in Pollensa
Puerto Pollensa - Tel 971 865 467 firstname.lastname@example.org
C/Santa domingo, 17 - Tel 971 535 077 email@example.com
Placa Sant Vicenc - Tel 971 533 264 oitcsv'ajpollenca.net
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