Port de Pollensa is a popular Mallorcan location where travellers can enjoy great weather, sandy beaches, and a great atmosphere.
While it isn’t the liveliest location, it is popular in peak months which helps to create a friendly buzz.
Located in the north of Mallorca, Port de Pollensa is particularly popular among tourists because its strict building regulations have prohibited high-rise developments, allowing the small town to keep its quaint atmosphere.
Keep reading to discover what keeps people returning to this part of Mallorca – we’ve got all the information you need about hotels, beaches, restaurants, and more.
What is Puerto Pollensa Like?
Some may see the 58 km distance between Port de Pollensa and Palma International Airport as a negative; however, it has worked in the favour of this friendly and laid-back town.
Port de Pollensa never expanded like some resorts that accommodate thousands of sun-seekers. Because of this, it has kept a lot of its original charm but is still a great place to enjoy.
Port de Pollensa is a popular holiday destination among British holidaymakers as a beautiful location to enjoy a more peaceful break. It is also home to a number of ex-pats attracted to the warmth.
The town shot to fame thanks to Agatha Christie’s collection of short stories, ‘Problem at Pollensa Bay.’ The book features a number of her most famous characters, including Hercule Poirot.
History & Culture of Puerto Pollensa
Port de Pollensa has an interesting history, with the lighthouse having been used as a military base during the Spanish Civil War.
The site is now home to a more modern military airbase, and seaplanes are regularly seen coming and going. It is not recommended that visitors attempt to visit the lighthouse-turned-airbase, as it is heavily guarded and security doesn’t have patience for tourists.
Another interesting and less militaristic piece of Port de Pollensa’s history lies along the beautiful Pine Walk. Pine Walk is where many homes were built by wealthy families in the early 20th century.
Beaches in Puerto Pollensa
There are many beautiful sandy beaches in and around Port de Pollensa for visitors to explore. This can make it easier to enjoy less crowded beaches, even in peak season.
Port of Pollença
Port of Pollença beach has picture-perfect blue waters and golden sands. You can enjoy great facilities, including sun loungers, and make the most of nearby shops, cafes, and restaurants for a great day out.
Water sports enthusiasts will love the options available at Pollensa beach, making it a great choice for tourists who like to stay active.
Pollensa beach is ideal for enjoying the sun, visiting a beach bar, or taking a dip in the wonderful water.
Anyone who fancies taking a day trip should consider Alcudia, which has a beautiful sandy beach with palm trees, along with great bars, water sports, and a historic walled old town for culture vultures.
Cala Formentor is a stunning semi-circular beach, popular because of its fine sand, clear water, and views across the island of Formentor.
Albercutx Beach is just 6 km from Port de Pollenca and has a range of sandy beaches for visitors to enjoy.
The beaches are accessible by bus or car, with the bonus of free parking – a great option for those interested in car hire options.
This is a more laid-back locale than other nearby beaches – just perfect for relaxing in the sun.
Things to Do in Puerto Pollensa
Most people who visit Port de Pollensa like to take things easy, but there are still things to keep you occupied.
There are a number of excellent hiking routes and walks in and around the small town, including Pine Walk, which offers incredible views across the bay.
The Boquer Valley walk is a more challenging route that ends at a cave. This walk offers an excellent opportunity to see some rare birds, including Eleonora’s Falcons and black vultures.
Another more challenging route is the Ruta de Pedra en Sec, which takes you to the Lluc monastery in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. This hike is ideal for those that want to enjoy amazing views and stunning landscapes, along with a touch of history and culture.
Another popular activity in Port de Pollensa is golf, and the Golf Pollensa nine-hole course is the perfect way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Hotels in Puerto Pollensa
Port de Pollensa is a great holiday destination, and there is a range of hotels for guests to choose from.
Hotel Illa d’Or
The Hotel Illa d’Or in Puerto Pollensa is often regarded as one of the most exclusive options available to travellers.
The Hotel Illa d’Or is where Agatha Christie stayed – she even included it in her works under the name ‘Pino d’Or.’ Guests will love the modern decor and stunning rooms with amazing views of the surrounding areas.
Make the most of Pollensa Bay on the hotel’s boat, the Isabel Maria or relax in the spa with a long list of treatments to choose from.
As well as spa and wellness facilities, guests can also enjoy the Snack Bar, Restaurant 1929, and Sa Terrassa for great dining options.
You can relax poolside in the sun and swim in the indoor heated swimming pool, or make use of the tennis court, gym, or bike facilities. Alternatively, you can enjoy deals with local golf courses facilitated by the hotel.
The Hotel Bahia Pollensa offers an affordable way to enjoy this laid-back, family-friendly resort.
There is a range of apartments for guests to choose from, including three-person studio apartments and premium apartments suitable for four guests. These apartments come with a fully equipped kitchenette, refrigerator, and satellite TV.
The hotel has two pools and a wading pool suitable for toddlers. A children’s play area also boosts the child-friendly credentials of this accommodation.
Self-catering is easy, thanks to the onsite supermarket, and anyone who wants to get out and about will love the bike rental service.
The hotel is just 200 meters from the beach and within easy walking distance from the port’s centre. Should you wish to explore the rest of the island, the nearby bus stop makes it easy for you to hop on and off.
The Hotel Miramar is located on a stunning promenade along a private beach.
Rooms are available with sea views, terraces, and balconies, and quick shuttle bus transfers to and from the airport are affordable (around €17) and extremely convenient.
Guests will love the excellent services on offer. These include a private swimming pool, spa, towel service, sun terrace, and currency exchange.
You will never go hungry at the Hotel Miramar with a buffet breakfast, convenient snack bar, and the marvellous Miramar Sea Lounge.
Visitors will be able to relax by the pool, sunbathe on the terrace, enjoy a range of rejuvenating treatments at the spa or explore a wide range of other tourist activities.
There are many great holiday activities accessible from the Hotel Miramar, including golf, walking, cycling, and scuba diving. Specially curated excursions let you see the best that Mallorca offers.
Restaurants in Puerto Pollensa
Most hotels in Port de Pollensa offer great dining experiences, and visitors can also explore the many great restaurants.
365 Son Brull Restaurant
The 365 Son Brull Restaurant in Puerto Pollença is a wonderful gastronomic experience: it makes the most of local produce as well as other Mallorcan producers.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy true Mallorcan cuisine by sampling the 365 Son Brull’s six- or eight-course tasting menus. The tasting menu also has a vegetarian option.
This is a truly spectacular way to taste the authentic local produce. As well as being a highly-respected restaurant, there is a hotel and spa that makes this a popular choice for guests.
Open all year round and boasting exquisite sea views, Stay Restaurant is a great option that has served Puerto de Pollensa since 1972.
Stay offers great breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus using fresh local produce and seafood. It has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and is popular among visitors and locals.
Daily menus offer a lot of variety, and everyone is catered for – with a special children’s menu keeping kids happy. An excellent vegan menu offers various healthy options and snacks, and a tapas menu is perfect for peckish visitors.
Nightlife in Puerto Pollensa
As a more family-orientated resort, you won’t find wild nightclubs in Puerto Pollensa. However, there is a range of great bars, including the Lemon Bar, La Roca, or, if you want to indulge in a bit of karaoke, Nostalgia.
Tennis fans will want to visit La Batucada, whose owner, Rafa (not Nadal), knows a thing or two about serving.
Events in Puerto Pollensa
The Festes de la Verge del Carme occurs over eight days in mid-July and is dedicated to the patron saint of fishermen and seafarers. The closing night is a must-see as the party moves to the La Gala beach for fireworks and processions.
Saint Peter is celebrated near the end of June with a two-day event comprising concerts, dances and exhibitions.
Shopping in Puerto Pollensa
There are a number of shops worth exploring in Port de Pollensa. Many options near the seafront are aimed at pleasing holidaymakers with souvenirs.
You will also find some great bookshops, boutiques, and even a gemstone specialist, making shopping a fun and interesting experience.
How to get to Puerto Pollensa
Puerto Pollensa is well-serviced by the Mallorcan bus system and the L340 bus connects the Puerto de Pollensa town centre with Palma. The 70-minute journey is worth it to enjoy a day in the capital.
Car hire is also a popular way to enjoy more freedom. If you are driving, there are some free car parking options near Pine Walk, but most of Puerto de Pollensa town centre requires paid tickets for parking.
Taxis are one of the most popular ways to get around, with three taxi ranks keeping things running smoothly.
Hotels often have shuttle bus transfers to and from Palma International Airport, which typically cost €15 to €20.
Surrounding areas of Puerto Pollensa
Puerto Pollensa is set in a privileged location – part of what makes it a favourite destination for many travellers looking for a beautiful, unspoiled locale.
You will also find many great beaches in the surrounding areas. The Cala San Vicente resort is another small village just 10 km away that is worth visiting.