Pollensa has been described as “the perfect Mallorca town” and, although popular, it hasn’t buckled under the strain of tourism and retains buckets of historic charm. Cafe culture is king here, best enjoyed at the Place Major on a Sunday morning, when markets stalls cover the area and locals relax over a coffee after church.
The town is peppered with attractive historic buildings including a former Jesuit convent that is used today as the local town hall. There are a handful of interesting museums here too, such as the Pollensa Municipal Museum and the Monograph Museum of Pollensa.
A few kilometres away on the coast lies Puerto de Pollensa, an attractive town set on a horse-shoe shaped bay, with a large marina, a lovely stretch of beach and a the famous ‘Pine Walk’ - a pine and palm-tree lined promenade that follows the water’s edge. A yearly classical music festival is held here too, over July and August.
The nearby Pollensa Golf Course is considered one of the island’s best, and players can enjoy panoramic views over the Tramuntana Mountains whilst making their way through the nine holes. The course’s design embraces the natural beauty of it surroundings, with fragrant pine and olive trees complementing a varied and challenging game.
As well as golf and nearby beaches, the area offers some attractive hiking routes. A popular walk follows the trail to the top of Puig de Maria, where you’ll find a historic sandstone 18th-century monastery and a chapel, which dates back to 1348. There’s a small restaurant here too, which serves simple, Mallorcan cuisine over breakfast, lunch and dinner.