A Dream Vacation in Pollensa
When looking for vacation escapes Pollensa, Spain may not immediately come to mind. That’s unfortunate, as this charming and historic town has many of the amenities offered by larger resort communities, most of which is easily accessible to visitors.
Located in the north eastern corner on the island of Majorca, Pollensa sits on a large protected bay, with the stunning Tramuntana Mountains serving as a backdrop. The town was first founded in 4th century A.D. by Roman occupiers. One of their bridges remains intact and can be viewed in the northern part of town.
Pollensa is a great place for family and group vacations. Calm beaches, playgrounds and special accommodations. Exclusive Mallorca villas became an interesting option in the whole island because it offers more space and privacy than most hotels. There are also a number of apartments located in the city, usually more affordable than luxury villas.
Pollensa later served as a refuge from pirate attacks, and its sheltered bay helped establish a thriving fishing industry. Around the turn of the century, Majorca began attracting the interest of vacationing foreigners, and Pollensa is believed to have been the island’s first resort community. Visitors were drawn to the area’s warm but pleasant weather, swimming and boating opportunities, dramatic ocean and mountain scenery, and rich history. In addition to the bridge, and Roman ruins in the surrounding area, Pollensa retains many of its narrow streets and distinctive architecture of the medieval era.
Today, in addition to its famous pine forests, large, beautiful beaches, and historic buildings, Pollensa offers attractions for all types of tourists. Its historic fisherman’s wharf has been transformed with local timber into the famous “Pine Walk” which allows easy access to the many shops in its marina area.
Visitors wanting to walk off a delicious local meal can climb the 365 steps of Pollencia’s Calvario in the center of the town, where Christ’s walk up Mt. Calvary is reenacted annually on Good Friday, just as locals have been doing it for hundreds of years. For those who visit earlier in the season, Pollensa hosts an annual trade fair in November. On January 16, bonfires are lit throughout the town for the Eve of St. Anthony, Pollensa’s patron saint. The following day, a pine tree is dragged through the town, and erected at its center, for a tree climbing contest. A carnival is also held every February, as are a number of parades and other events in July to honor St Anthony.
While many of these attractions and events are easily accessible by foot, Pollensa also has a public bus service that runs from 7 A.M.- 9 P.M. daily. Private car and taxi services are easily attainable here, as are tour bus services.