My family simply love the resorts of Puerto Pollensa and Cala San Vicente and we regard these as the ultimate places in Mallorca for a relaxing beach holiday. We can also offer accommodation choices in the inland villages and the mountains whatever your requirements.
Located one hour travelling time by car, travelling north-east from the capital city of Palma and Palma de Mallorca airport, on the Island of Mallorca are two lovely resorts Puerto Pollensa and Cala San Vicente. They are very different, but just as nice in their own sweet way. If you are considering a 3-generation holiday then look no further…
The resort of Puerto Pollensa (a.k.a. Port de Pollença), with a backdrop of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site, is located on the sweeping Bay of Pollensa with its fine long sandy beach, a marina, interesting town, parade of shops, cafés, and restaurants.
From the marina you can take boat trips to Formentera, a peaceful and tranquil resort the other side of the mountains. For accommodation you can choose to stay in small hotels (there is only one large hotel – CABOT Pollensa Park - in the resort), villas, or apartments. If you like open space then travel a little distance into the countryside and rent a villa with a private pool. By day you can choose to relax at your hotel in your villa or apartment - most have their own pool and gardens - or simply laze on the beach with just a beach towel or hire sun loungers and beach umbrellas for around £15 per day.
For lunch you could buy takeaway sandwiches and drinks, from Sea. Bar. Is for example, and return to the beach or come off the beach for a while to enjoy a meal in one of the many beachside cafés, seafront bars or restaurants. You really are spoilt for choice!
If sightseeing is your thing then either elect to hire a self-drive car (these can be booked via Great Little Escapes in advance) to see more of the island or take a bus to the old town of Alcudia where they have a large open-air market twice a week or travel into the capital city of Palma with its historical quarter, modern department stores, magnificent cathedral and harbour where you can view luxury cruise ships.
In the evening you have an abundant choice of restaurants in the resort itself or a little further out along the bay such as one of favourites Ca’n Josep.
If you prefer a smaller resort then look no further than Cala San Vicente, just twenty minutes away by car from Puerto Pollensa. With its two sandy coves (Cala Barques and Cala Molins) and a backdrop of mountains, Cala San Vicente is a place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. My family visit Cala San Vicente a couple of times during our stay to enjoy the beach or a meal in one of the small cafés. Pepe’s Bar is our favourite where you can enjoy a simple lunch under the shade of umbrellas at a reasonable cost.
The twin-bay resort is made up of half a dozen or so hotels, villas, and apartments with a few local shops to buy supplies. If you are lucky and look towards the mountains you might catch sight of some birds of prey in the area including the rarely seen Black Vulture. Take a walk up the small mountain road close to Pepe’s Bar for spectacular views of the bay. Although not essential, a self-drive car would be useful if you want to get out and about or there is a local bus into the old town of Pollenca.
There's so much to do in Mallorca, and we'd love to share as much as possible with you! From cycling to day trips, there's an activity and pace for everyone. Find out more about these activities below!
Both resorts are popular for cyclists, whether you prefer mountain or road bikes. In Puerto Pollensa, you’ll find a dedicated cycle track running alongside the coastal road. Many cyclists come to this part of the island either as a group or individually to enjoy the scenery or the spectacular mountain rides. In fact Mallorca has become something of a hot spot for cyclists and where many cyclists, both amateur and professional, train for competitions. You will find that many of the local cafés and restaurants welcome cyclists and have places where the bicycles can be safely rested. You’ll also find several cycle shops where you can hire a bicycle or get a repair.
Easily reached from both resorts is the ancient town of Pollensa with its narrow streets and impressive Main Square - Plaça Mayor - lined with cafés, restaurants, and bars and where you can relax with a coffee or beer and watch the world go by.
If you are prepared to climb 365 steps you will be rewarded with a visit to El Calvari where you will find a church from the 18th century and magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. There is a little café at the top where you can purchase a refreshing drink. Pollensa has become a particular haunt for artists, writers, and musicians and the boutique shops are well worth a visit.
Further afield there is an abundance of places to visit.
Travelling west by car enjoy the spectacular mountain journey from Pollenca to the Santuari de Lluc, an ancient monastery in the district of Escorca and dating back to the 13th century. Here you can explore the buildings, enjoy the history of this sanctuary, and visit the delightful gardens. If you’re really lucky you can listen to the beautiful choir.
Just outside of Soller and on the road to Palma is the fabulous Gardens of Alfabia.
Further along the east coast visit the coastal resort of Portocristo are the wonderful Caves of Drach. Do take time to visit these caves as they are quite spectacular as well as the other lesser known Cuevas dels Hams.
Travelling inland you pass through Manacor, Mallorca’s second largest town, famous for its artificial Pearl production.
Continuing South West, you will reach the capital city of Palma with its wide seafront boulevard, large marina, classy restaurants, independent shops down narrow side streets, designer shops, and interesting museums and of course the magnificent Palma Cathedral, but you will need to spend a day here to enjoy everything.
There’s so much more, too numerous to mention, particularly the inland villages with their little churches.