Tuesday, November 19, 2019

POLLENÇA | Travel Diary

A little over three weeks ago i was lucky enough to be invited to spend four days in Mallorca in order to learn more about Pollença which is an ancient town of attractive narrow streets and an impressive main square, lined with cafés, restaurants and bars, and is just a few kilometers  from Port de Pollença  .Even though a 2.30 hour flight from Vienna is super close than a lot of other places somehow i never managed to visit the island which has so much more to offer than you would expect. 

It’s a fact that these days some people have flexible enough jobs and lifestyle to pick when to take their vacation and since Europe offers a lot of destinations where you can not only enjoy the warm weather and less crowded places you will also find better deals compared to peak season. Of course it varies by destination and while many travelleres will aim for France, Italy or Greece other places the little island Mallorca is definitely a spot you should definitely put on your list if you want to leave your soul to rest for a little while. Of course, it may have suffered from its bad booze reputation over the last 2 decades but after checking out to Pollença to the fullest i was more than surprised to find the perfect holiday option during off-season.

In order to get the most out of 4 days the lovely people from Pidelaluna created an extensive program that provided a wonderful range of spots, restaurants and activities. So here are some facts & recommendations i collected during our little trip.

HOTELS - where to stay in Pollença:

For the first night we stayed at the Mon Boutique Hotel located right on Placa Major. Right upon arrival we were greeted with a glass of chilled cava. The hotel’s design is tasteful and calming whereever you are in the hotel. Unfortunately we forgot to check out the roof terrace which invites you to relax after walks. During our visit in Pollença, we also stopped by at the Son Sant Jordi Hotel which is a pretty townhouse set on a charming square in the ancient town of Pollença. It’s a super relaxed, friendly place that has an elegant rustic atmosphere. In between we also spend one night at a rentable Villa of Rentals Pollença which is an agency that provides different kind of villas suitable for families or a larger group of people. We were accommodated in a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa where we not only enjoyed our little free time at the pool but also a wonderful dinner served by a private chef who showed us some typical dishes like Frito marinero (prawns with potatoes and vegetables), (Merluza a la mallorquinaor (hake with spinach) and Lengua con alcaparras (tongue with capers.)

SIGHTSEEING – things to to in Pollenç

-  Guided city tour through the old town with a local  in order to learn more about the culture of the town and to check out the small shops which offer traditional and regional products made in Pollença. Starting from ceramics (highly recommend checking out ABco Pottery Studio at Carrer Sant Domingo nº35) art pieces, clothes, jewellery etc. 

-  El Calvari not only offers an amazing view over Pollença, but it is also one of the town's most iconic locations thanks to its impressive stairway. It consists of 365 steps, one for each day of the year, and is flanked by cypress trees and fourteen three-metre-high crosses.

-  Mercadillo de Pollença is a wonderful place to spend a sunday which is open from 8 am til 1.30 pm at the Placa Mayor where you will find more than 300 stalls selling fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, meat, cheese etc. 

-    Cala Sant Vicens located at the foot of the ridge you can admire the four bays of Cala Barques, Cala Clara, Cala Molins and Cala Carb, all lapped by crystal-clear waters. It is one of the three urban areas in the municipality of Pollença and stands out for ist beaches and is perfect for snorkelling but also suitable for swimming as well. Although it might be a little bit too cold during off-season you can still enjoy the sun and enjoy a wonderful lunch at the surrounding restaurants. 

-  Boat Tour with Thalassa Philosophy is a must. If your are in the north of Mallorca don’t miss the opportunity to go out on the water. We were lucky enough to spend our saturday morning on on a super traditional malloquin boat called Thalassa which was a fantasic experience of its own since we also mangaged to see a dolphin before we got back to the habour. What an experience!

-  Puerto Pollença offers a wonderful view over the sea but also good facilities, beaches, and excellent opportunities for water sports. I can highly recommend strolling along the enchanting Pine Walk for superb views of the bay, knowing that Agatha Christie did just the same in the 1930’s, gaining inspiration for her story ‘Problems at Pollensa Bay’.

-  Cap de Formentor is located in the Pollença municipality on the northernmost tip of the island of Mallorca. It is a narrow 20-kilometre-long peninsula which the Majorcans affectionately call the ‘meeting point of the winds’. In a manner of speaking, the pilgrimage point at Cap de Formentor is its lighthouse, a white 22-meter-high tower which can be accessed after a 15-kilometer winding road. But it’s not the only attraction. You can also watch the sunset from the splendid clifftop vantage point of the old watchtower. I would say it’s a must when you manage the twisty drive up. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted, but once there you’ll be rewarded with a beautfil view of the bay.

RESTAURANTS – where to eat in Pollença 

-    Lunch at Hotel Miramar on Saturday we decided to eat lunch at Miramar which is is one of the many promenade restaurants along the pine walk located right at the waterfront. This traditional hotel offers the perfect combination of good food and people watching. 

-    Dinner at La Fonda Pollença is located on a side street off the main square. We had a wonderful selection of authentic Mallorquin Tapas followed by a good choice of meat and excellent wine.

-   Lunch at Cala Barques – super lovely setting looking over the beach & bay for lunch. The sea food paella was definitely a highlight paired with an excellent dry white spanish wine.

-    Dinner at Carbo Cuna al Calio is a fantastic warm and inviting restaurant in Pollença definitely worth discovering especially when your are into meat!  All dishes are very well balanced, nicely decorated and well cooked. 

* in collaboration with Pollença Tourism & Enjoy Pollença 
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