The pretty town Pollença is hidden between two hills, topped with sacred sites. The small town can be explored on one morning, but still it does not get boring as there is a lot to see and do. It does not feel like many of the other Majorcan towns, as it is not yet worn down by mass tourism and preserves an authentic, yet chic and cosmopolitan charm.
There have been earlier settlements around Pollença, but the town as you see it now has been formed by the Moorish. Under the Moorish, the town began to prosper and gained in wealth. However, the Black Death (1348) and poor harvests made an end to the triumphal moments and it became just another typical medieval village. In the end of the 19th century many artists arrived at the town, starting with the famous Catalan poet Michael Costa Llobera. He was followed by other painters, musicians and historians, keeping up the artistic tradition in the village until now.
The streets of Pollença are narrow and flooded by yellow-orange sunlight. The ochre-coloured, red-roofed houses add to the typical mediterranean charm. Wander around Pollença’s streets and explore small squares, little shops and the typical medieval townhouses. One of the main churches is the Convent de Sant Domingo, built between 1588 and 1616 with a baroque cloister. It is also home to the Museum of Pollença, which contains prehistoric sculptures and Tibetan sand paintings donated by the Dalai Lama in 1990.
At the edge of town you will find a piece of Pollenças long history: the Roman bridge Pont Roma. Going back to the town hall – an old Jesuit building – will enable you the view up to the Calvari church. Climb up the 365 stairs, lined with cypress trees in order to enjoy an incredible view over the Bay of Pollença. The town center lies around the main square Plaça Major. Here you will find the 18th century church Nostra Senyora del Angels with its famous rose window.
The Cafe life is still a well kept tradition in Pollença. You should not hesitate to sit down in one of the many Cafés and have a nice cup of coffee while observing the busy life around the Plaza. Locals typically visit the Cafe Espanyol on Sundays after church. Why don’t you join them? Afterwards stroll over the Sunday morning market and get stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables for a lazy afternoon at the beach.
The beach at Port de Pollença is only a short drive away. Untroubled by mass tourism, this small port town is mainly visited by British tourists which are seeking a higher standard. It is a quiet and calm beach town, without troublesome and raucous beach goers. The bay is also home to the biggest German-speaking surf and sailing school in the Mediterranean area. The place offers excellent conditions for surfing, water skiing and several other water sports. The broad, sandy beach descends gently into the shallow water, which makes it also a perfect destination for families with small children.
You can take the bus L340 from Palma to Pollença. The same bus also goes to the harbour Port de Pollença.