Puerto Pollensa is one of the Balearic Islands’ most beautiful coastal towns
It’s located in the north of Mallorca, at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana, the island’s main mountain range, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011 in recognition of its natural value.
El Moll, as we locals call our town, developed out of a fishing village; that’s why we have the sea in our veins. The lighthouse was erected in the early 20th century, and tourism took off in the area during the sixties; we were already here then.
Many great figures from the art world found on these shores the inspiration they needed to bring to life some of their best-known works.
Painters such as Anglada Camarassa and Atilio Boveri, writers such as Rubén Darío, Agatha Christie, Mario Vargas Llosa and Miquel Costa i Llobera are shining examples of how Puerto Pollensa has inspired artists and travellers from around the world.
Puerto Pollensa is 6 kilometres from Pollensa town, the municipality’s nervecentre. Pollensa town is an hour’s drive from Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands, and its airport, one of Spain’s biggest.
Lovers of nature and culture will find in Puerto Pollensa a multitude of things to do during their holidays in Mallorca. Here are our “top picks” for you when you come and stay at our boutique hotel in Puerto Pollensa:
Cape Formentor is the most northerly point of the island of Mallorca: it marks the end of the Tramuntana Range and closes off Pollensa Bay. At its foot lies one of the island’s most sensational beaches: Formentor Beach, a long sweep of fine white sand lapped by limpid waters and surrounded by a verdant pine wood, which in many places comes up to the shore line, in an inspirational meeting of mountains and sea. From Puerto Pollensa, just five minutes’ walk from La Goleta - Hotel de Mar, boats ply back and forth to Formentor Beach.
Serra de Tramuntana mountain range
The island of Mallorca is much, much more than sun and sand. Along Mallorca’s north-western coastline is the Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range 90 kilometres long that runs between Sa Dragonera and Cape Formentor. The Tramuntana mountain range, a World Heritage Site, is a treasure-house for lovers of nature and outdoor pursuits, especially cycling and backpacking, since the mountains are full of trails suitable for cycling or walking all year round.
The “Albufera de Alcudia” wetland
The “Albufera de Alcudia”, the Balearic Islands’ biggest wetland, is a few minutes’ drive from our hotel in Puerto Pollensa. Cut off from the sea by a sandbank, this wetland, also known as “Albufera de Mallorca”, stretches over 1,500 hectares of land. Its ecosystem includes over 200 species of birds, and it’s a listed “Special Protection for Birds” site. There are five birdwatching hides. It’s open for birdwatching all year round, although the times vary seasonally (call 971 89 22 50 for information).
Cycle-touring trails: There are many different factors that make Mallorca one of the greatest cycling havens of Europe, convincing them year after year thousands of cyclists from around the world to explore the island on two wheels.
Many and varied are the factors that make Mallorca one of Europe’s foremost “cyclist’s heavens”, attracting thousands of cyclists from all over the world back to the island year after year. An extensive network of quiet “B” roads lends itself to a multitude of cycling trails for all levels of ability that traverse the island from end to end – along the coast, in the mountains and through the island’s central plain. This, and Mallorca’s moderate climate for a large part of the year, have made the island a favourite training-ground for the best-known professional teams on the cycling circuit. Our hotel for cyclists in Mallorca is conveniently situated and well-equipped to provide cyclists with the best service.