Must-Dos in Pollensa

Must visit in Pollensa

Northern Mallorca

Pollensa has it all white sandy beaches, hidden coves, mountains, culture, food experiences and it’s own lighthouse. Once you arrive in Pollensa you actually don’t need to leave the municipality it has everything to fill a couple of weeks of holiday. Here is the top 5 to visit when stepping foot in the magic land of Pollensa.


1. Walk up the Calvari Steps

An absolute must-do in Pollensa is climbing the steps that lead from Calvari square up to Calvário Chapel. Be warned, there are 365 steps, one for each day of the year, but the view from the top is magnificent. Often you are welcomed by live guitar music by a local musician. Make sure to spot that the 12 houses on either side of the steps represent a month of the year. Like our gorgeous Casa Agosto, The house of August, the month where we celebrate summer.

2. Sunday Market

Each Sunday,  Pollensa is busy and vibrant as the weekly market is on. A perfect place to see the abundance of local veggie’s and fruits Mallorca has to offer. A good inspiration for your next family lunch. Also, here you should try and buy local delicacies like goat cheese, Jamon Serrano and raw honey all produced in local Fincas from the island. For us, this is the best place on the island to shop unique and authentic souvenirs, as local artists from all over the island offer their handmade authentic ceramics, clothes, jewellery, herbal soaps, olive oils and many more. The highlight of the market day is breakfast at Placa Mayor, Pollensa’s main square. Grab a chair and order a “Cafe Con Leche” (white coffee) with a freshly baked croissant or the local pastry ensemaïda, a sweet bread served plain or filled with luxuriant creams or chocolate and watch many people go by.


3. Puig de Maria

Popular with visitors and locals you can’t miss the hike up to the monastery atop the Puig de Maria. An easy short walk with stunning panoramic views of the Pollensa valley for all levels and great with kids (min age 4 or with a carrier for younger children). A single path leads you over 2km, approximately 50 minutes to the top. Once you are at the top take your time to absorb the calm and quiet of the natural surrounding. Discover the ruins of the monastery, Santuario del Puig de Maria, the carob trees with their heavy branches and the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range that forms the stunning backdrop of Pollensa Old Town. Are you able to spot the Calvari Steps and it’s church crowning Pollensa Old Town?

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4. Sunrise at Cala San Vincent

Mallorca is a well-known beach paradise and luckily Pollensa is crowned by three beautiful spots: Playa del Formentor, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Sant Vincent. 

Tucked away between the Tramuntana mountains, Cala Sant Vincent is a small fishing village with four coves, azure blue water and surrounded by 300m high rocky cliffs. The biggest cove, Cala Barques, has soft white sand, a lifeguard and sun loungers. Cala Molins is the most popular beach for sunbathing. Along the beach, there is a small restaurant to enjoy your lunch with a sea view. Here, you can rent a kayak to explore this spectacular coastline from the sea and paddle through hidden caves. 

The furthest beach is Cala Carbo, just 2-minute walk from the centre of the village. The beach does not have sand, only rocks and is, therefore, one of the least visited. Though as the water is crystal clear, it’s worthwhile to snorkel in this cove or as a starting point for your paddleboard adventure. 

Many of our guests staying in the luxury villas in La font, for example, La font 53, mention the morning swims in Cala Sant Vincent as the highlight of their holiday, as the sunrise at this part of the island is truly breathtaking.


5. Cap de Formentor, the lighthouse 

Drive to the most extreme northern point of Mallorca along a route with extraordinary natural beauty. Dramatic scenery, lookout points with stunning sea views, various beaches and crystal clear water that is the route to Cap Formentor, the lighthouse, a must-visit when you are in Pollensa. On your way stop at Playa Formentor. A beautiful spot, with a backdrop of pine forest and views to the mountains. Continue the journey along this idyllic route. Follow the windy road that climbs steeply up and down the mountain to arrive at the lighthouse where you have an extensive view of the sea and on a clear day you can see the neighbouring island Menorca. 

The driving back and forth takes a bit over an hour, though we recommend to make it into a day trip stopping at the various extraordinary beaches and lookout points and beaches this natural reserve has to offer. 

Leigh’s favourite way to visit this spectacular spot of Mallorca is by bike. This ride packs some of the best bits of Mallorcan cycling into 50km and 500m of climbing. Click here for the route and more information if you are into cycling. 

Also, the peninsula of Formentor offers a wide range of wooded trails with breathtaking lookout points. In this article, the owner of the Townhouse Sion shares her favourite combination of a hike through the woodlands and over the Formentor Mountains and finishing with relaxation at her all-time favourite beach Playa de Formentor for a well-deserved beer and a paddle. 

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