Pollenca & Port de Pollenca, Majorca Island
If you fancy an hour's stroll through some pleasant countryside it's possible to walk from Puerto Pollensa over to Cala San Vicente for a drink and/or meal by the sea. You can then either retrace your steps or get a taxi or bus (check times) back. There is abit of uphill and the walking is rough in parts so no flip flops but trainers OK.
Directions: from bus station in Puerto Pollensa walk out on the Pollensa road and turn right just before the petrol station. Cross the bypass onto Carrer de las Roses. Ignore RH turns off and continue to a wooden sign on right to 'Col de Siller'. Follow this to track junction where you take the RH track with a dead end sign (pic 1). Follow this up a set of gates which is chained almost closed. Ignore the 'No entry' sign which applies only to cars and go through (pic 2). Follow path up over the col until it becomes a dirt track. Follow this up to a tarmac area where take the RH track with a wooden sign to 'Cala Carbo'. Follow this down into Cla San Vicente.
Haveing just returned from Porto Pollenca , refreshed and well chilled out, i,m missing the place already , If you want a real superb place to stay , dont look any further than the mirramar hotel, it realy is superb ,fantastic food , excellent staff , the service is second to non,It has a sun terrace right outside the front door for resident use only , very private , with the beach ajoining, so sun bathe, then a cool dip in the med ,is what your looking for , go for it, it is a fantastic hotel, What we especially liked was the fact it was our age group in their mid forties, with a chilled out feeling, no young kids screaming around , and what children were there were superbly behaved, and the staff were impecable.Very freindly and effeciant ,nothing ,was any bother to them. Porto Pollenca has a superb atmosphere in the evenings lots of restaurants of every description you could wish for, all very clean thorough, and freindly.The Pine walk is a must do, in the evening , for most of the shops are open till late, and there is lots of little stalls selling all types of goods , with many artists doing portraits, ect. It is a fantastic place to chill out.
One of our most favourite places in Majorca is the resort of Puerto Pollensa, situated at the north-eastern end of the island. Located a few miles from the Roman town of Pollensa, Puerto Pollensa is one of the prettiest places on the island and has a magnificent backdrop of mountains surrounding and sheltering the town. Puerto Pollensa was originally a fishing village, and there is a large marina where you can stroll and admire the many luxury yachts. Puerto Pollensa is a great place for a holiday - wonderful scenery, dramatic mountains, beautiful beaches, and plenty of restaurants to choose from. A favourite place for evening walks is the Pine Walk which skirts the bay and offers beautiful views, you will see a variety of live singers, painters, or sand sculptors at work.
Porto pollensa is a very laid back town. Plenty of places to eat and drink. Like Alcudia the marina is very delightful. The beach in Porto Pollensa is bigger than Alcudia. Plenty of places to stock up on the drinks as well and pay a lot less than we do here in the UK.
The small chapel of Calvari in Pollensa has become one of the major tourist draws on the Island.
The 365 steps up to Calvari are no doubt symbolic in some way, although I made it 412 steps from the upper town square.
The tall elongated pine trees and the distant hills, together with the view back over Pollensa and a hazy sunset make the short walk a photographers dream.
On the way up you will find many pottery and gift shops lining the way. I was reminded of Jesus' actions in the court of the Gentiles in Jerusalem - but I think taking a baseball bat to the pottery shops on the way up would not have gone down too well with the local policeforce.
Port de Pollenca would be a very good choice of resort to spend your holiday or just visit for a day. It is situated in the north of the island very near to Alcudia but is a much quieter place and suitable for families with children.
Pollenca lies around 6 km west of Port de Pollenca and is much more quiet than it´s vibrant port.
Drinving into the centro is an adventure itself, cause the streets here are really narrow!!! Sometimes it seems that you are stocked, but there will be a corner somewhere....
You won´t meet so many tourists in here, fortunately.
One of the main sights of Pollenca are the 365 stairs up to the Cavari Mountain. Up there is a little chapel which is the end of a ceremonial procession on Good Friday.
Beneath these stairs there is a lovely placa with many street cafes, so you don´t have to walk up to enjoy the place. I only made the first 50 stairs or so....
The port of Pollenca has been one of the first tourist resorts of the island, even Agatha Christie spend her holidays here.
These days the nice seaside town suffers from the traffic to Cap de Formentor. All cars and coaches have to pass the city.
There are a lot of restaurants and hotels on the seaside promenade...and the sandy beach here would be inviting if the traffic wasn´t disturbing.
The wide bay of Pollenca doesn´t have sandy beaches, it´s a very narrow, stoney and windy beach. There is a surf school right next to the road to Alcúdia.
Pollenca seemed to be a very peaceful and relaxing sort of resort but did have lots of amenities if you wished to take advantage of them such as restaurants and bars etc.