The Old Town of Pollensa lies between the hills of El Calvari and Puig de Pollensa. This historic town marks the northern end of the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains.
Pollensa is one of the most memorable places in Majorca. Which is because of the spectacular landscape around it, where the land and sea meet at the end of the mighty mountain range. It is also, however, due to its architecture, festivals, culture and unmistakable local atmosphere. Visitors to this very charming and picturesque town enjoy narrow medieval streets, Baroque churches, Gothic chapels and even a Roman bridge. Climb the 365 stone steps to the chapel atop El Calvari and you’ll be rewarded with splendid views of the northernmost tip of the island. Survive the longer journey to the 18th century hermitage on top of Puig de Maria and you can stay the night. Take the short trip to the coast and the delights of the quiet, sheltered resort of Puerto Pollensa await.
The epicenter of Pollensa holidays is the cafe-lined plaza, the perfect venue for morning coffee. From there, scratch the surface of Pollensa’s chic atmosphere by touring its smart galleries – they’re a clue to its roots as an artists’ hangout. Climb the 300-plus steps to the chapel. Or wander the knotted streets, ducking into inviting restaurants and admiring the town’s Roman Bridge.
Pollensa plays a leading role in the island’s cultural life. It is the site of an annual classical music festival, which takes place throughout the summer, attracting international talent of a high quality. Another event that attracts flocks of tourists and inhabitants alike is the ‘Davallament’, a religious demonstration that takes place on Good Friday when a portrayal of Christ’s body is carried down the 365 steps of El Cavario, which lead down from the town’s main church. Christ’s body is carried down in front of a huge crowd that stands silent while drums beat the death march – it is a haunting scene.
There are many markets across Majorca. However the market in the old town of Pollensa is one worth visiting. It is on every Sunday and is only a 20 minute public bus ride from Puerto Pollensa. The market sells virtually every type of produce the island has to offer – from fresh fruit and vegetables to flowers and clothes. At the centre of this charming town is the Plaza Major. With its cafes and restaurants, the square is the soul of the town, especially on Sunday mornings where you can sit and absorb the atmosphere as locals buy their weekly groceries. This is a great place to come and chill out. Try the local olives the cafés serve which are flavored with pickles and taste delicious.
Holidays in Pollensa offers an excellent base for exploring the northern part of Majorca, with plenty of opportunities for climbing, sightseeing and hill walking.Get ready to be a part of this town!