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Travelling to Puerto de Pollensa

If you are looking to stay in a low-key resort in Majorca (Mallorca in Spanish), then booking a hotel in Puerto de Pollensa is an excellent option.

Situated in the far north of Mallorca, and gracing the northern cusp of the Badia de Pollensa, Puerto de Pollensa offers entrancing views of the jagged rock formations and coastline of the Cap de Formentor.

It’s true that things here are still primarily geared up for tourism, but it’s a quieter and more family-friendly resort than others further south. There are hardly any of the huge hotels of mass tourism, and it’s still not too hard to imagine the place as the sleepy fishing village it once was.

It was Agatha Christie who helped to popularise Puerto de Pollensa as a destination. While staying at the Hotel Illa d’Or she crafted a short story that was subsequently published called “Problem at Pollensa Bay”.

These days it’s usually no problems at Pollensa Bay. The marina, café-lined promenade and long arc of sand make this an appealing base for families and water sports enthusiasts alike. It’s the long beach at Puerto de Pollensa that provides the main attraction, and you certainly will never be short of space on this beach. Yet the town has other features that offer a refreshing break from the sun, sand and sea.

Not least of these is the pine walk. This path takes you around a sheltered part of the larger Badia de Pollensa. It’s a delightful coastal amble. You’ll be well shaded as you stroll past interesting features such as the bronze bust of the artist Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa. The walk is not only lined by pine trees but also by sheltered seafood restaurants. Ideal for a romantic sunset stroll.

Choosing your hotel in Puerto de Pollensa

The hotel that Agatha Christie stayed in is among the many luxury hotels available in Puerto de Pollensa. There are many 4 and 5 star hotels here, all superbly equipped and with excellent facilities. Swimming pools come as standard, but you’ll also find some spa hotels where a range of relaxing treatments are also available.

Families are well catered for. There are a number of family-friendly hotels offering playgrounds outside and games rooms inside. Albercutx beach, which graces the southern part of the town, is most suited to children, so you may wish to look for a hotel near this. This long stretch of golden sand is shaded by pine trees, and the way the sand slopes gently into the water creates a shallow sea that’s perfect for novice swimmers and little paddlers. Sun loungers and parasols are available for hire, and the pine walk runs right along the beach, edged with a good haul of fish restaurants.

As well as hotels, there are villas and apartments available if you are looking for a little extra space or considering cooking up a feast with some of that produce from the local market.

Things to do from your hotel in Puerto de Pollensa

For relaxing strolls or cycle rides you are spoilt for choice. You can head north from the harbour along the sea wall, hit the promenade in the south or take the pine walk around the bay.

The main square hosts some excellent cafés, bars and restaurants, and every Wednesday the market spills out from the square into the side streets. You’ll find souvenirs, crafts, produce, textiles and clothing to browse here.

As the sun sets the action moves from the beach to the square. Graced by a sand-coloured medieval church, the outdoor cafés, bars and restaurants are lit atmospherically as couples dine under the stars and families let off the last energy of the day running over the flagstones. Several of the square’s bars put on live music shows for the weekend.

From the port you can take a glass-bottomed boat to see squid, cuttlefish and barracuda swimming in the wonderfully clear waters. The boat can drop you at Formentor beach, a beautiful stretch of white sand studded with pine trees. This is among Mallorca’s best beaches, so should you decide to stay on here, you can catch the bus back to Puerto de Pollensa later.

Further afield the majestic Mediterranean scenery of the Cap de Formentor beckons. It’s still possible to find many quiet, small bays along this stretch of the coast.

The scenic Boquer Valley spreads out northeast of the town, and contains the ruins of the pre-Roman city of Bocchoris, one of the oldest settlements on the island.

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