Santa Ponsa is a small beach town in Mallorca, but there is nothing little about what it has to offer.
Think of crystal blue waters, pools, sun loungers and maybe even meeting dolphins! On top of that, you’ll enjoy fine food and cocktails, and shopping beyond your wildest dreams.
Santa Ponsa has this and so much more. So, don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime; whether you’re travelling alone, with little ones, or with friends, this is the perfect sunny destination.
Grab your goggles and sunscreen as we dive into this beautiful Mediterranean hot spot.
What is Santa Ponsa Like?
Santa Ponsa, aka Santa Ponça, is situated in southwest Mallorca. The holiday resort sits in a stunning cove, giving it a secluded feel.
There is a gorgeous mountain along the back with a beautiful coastline with views you could only dream of.
The town’s large Santa Ponsa beach and promenade are bustling with tourists and locals who want to enjoy the sea breeze and white sand.
Plus, the marina offers boat owners and cruise enthusiasts a place to park off and enjoy the wonderful Santa Ponsa bay.
History & Culture of Santa Ponsa
Jaume I got to Santa Ponsa in 1229 before beginning his adventures throughout Mallorca. The cove where it all began is now the home of the Santa Ponsa marina, where you might notice a large stone cross to commemorate this historical event.
A large festival is held annually to celebrate this historic discovery, but more on that a bit later.
The culture in Santa Ponsa is a mixture of laidback island life with a heavy British influence. This stems from the millions of British tourists visiting the area because many choose to relocate to Mallorca.
Santa Ponsa Mallorca has beautiful lush green areas that date back hundreds of years. Luckily these areas are now protected and are there to be enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.
Beaches in Santa Ponsa
The main beach of Santa Ponsa is a stunning stretch of sand framed by trees and situated in a pretty cove with a modest slope.
Despite being close to the town, Playa Santa Ponsa can become somewhat crowded. Since the water is so tranquil, families travelling with young children frequently visit this sandy beach.
You may take a boat excursion from the main beach or Santa Ponsa Marina to discover Mallorca’s stunning southwest coast.
The water is shallow enough to snorkel and take in beautiful sea life and the ocean floor.
The beach holds a Blue Flag status, meaning lifeguards are available. You can also access bathrooms, showers, sun lounger rentals, and umbrellas.
Just behind the beach, the promenade awaits, with fabulous restaurants, bars, shops, and activities. So your beach day doesn’t need to end when lifeguards leave; you can soak up more sun with a fun walk along the promenade.
There is a little beach, called Pellicer Beach, between the big beach and the Marina. It is 35 meters long and lacks the Playa Santa Ponsa’s facilities, but is still ideal if you want to get away from the frenetic town.
Things to Do in Santa Ponsa
There is a lot to enjoy on your visit to Santa Ponsa Majorca; let’s get into it.
Golfing: If you’re into golf, you’re in for a real treat. Santa Ponsa is home to Golf Santa Ponsa, which has hosted the PGA European Tour six times with 18 holes and over six kilometres of green course to enjoy.
Hire a yacht: Santa Ponsa offers many yacht excursions. You can spend hours watching dolphins and turtles in the cove – or even live at sea for a while!
Take a boat trip: If you’re looking for a good time, then Santa Ponsa boat trips from the marina should be your first stop. You can enjoy glass-bottomed boats, scuba diving excursions, and trips to other parts of Mallorca.
Watersports: There are many water sports at Santa Ponsa beach, including jet-skiing. There are also paddle boats, waterbikes, kayaks and paddle boards.
Theme park: Jungle Parc is an outdoor adventure facility for ages. Visitors can navigate swinging ropes, bridges, and enjoy experience in the trees. If you’re a thrill seeker, don’t miss this! There are also zip lines to take you from zero to 100 within seconds.
Diving: If a look at the island isn’t enough and swimming on the stunning beach doesn’t get the heart pumping, why not learn to scuba dive? ZOEA Scuba Diving Centre has it all, whether you’re starting or a seasoned pro. Depending on your skills, you might be able to enjoy the gorgeous reefs or some sunken ships just off the coast.
Hotels in Santa Ponsa
There are a lot of options when it comes to finding accommodation in Santa Ponsa. Some are part of an all-inclusive package holiday, while others are exclusive.
Depending on what you’re after, you could be lucky enough to stay on the oceanfront, making getting to the beach easy and hassle-free.
Some popular accommodations in the area include:
- Santa Ponsa Pins.
- Iberostar Selection Jardín del Sol Suites – Adults Only.
- Sentido Fido Punta del Mar Hotel & Spa – Adults Only.
- Playas del Rey.
- Pure Salt Port Adriano – Adults Only.
Restaurants in Santa Ponsa
The town centre has many eateries, cafes, and pubs for hungry tourists. The menus include traditional Spanish, Mallorquin, Indian, Chinese, and British food.
Several dining options are available close to Santa Ponsa beach, including:
- Fat Sams Bar & Grill
- Restaurante Las Olas
- El Balcón de María
- 7 Fuegos
- Restaurante Grill Manolo’s
- Scott’s Family Restaurant
Since the restaurants are near the marina, we recommend trying the local seafood. It is something you won’t regret.
But if you’re more into British cuisine, then you’re in luck with many restaurants catering to the massive British tourism market in the area.
Mallorca is famous for its unique take on classic cocktails, something Santa Ponsa has taken on full steam ahead. So, why not enjoy a fun drink while lounging by the pool?
Nightlife in Santa Ponsa
If you’re looking for a party in Santa Ponsa, check out the beach bars and clubs on Ramon de Moncada Street.
Two party places that are a must once the sun goes down, and the wine is flowing is McTavishes and Manhattan’s are a must. So, get on your dancing shoes and enjoy yourself!
Don’t worry; the sun loungers and refreshments are waiting tomorrow morning down at the beach.
Events in Santa Ponsa
The most significant event in the resort town is the Festes del Rei en Jaume, an exciting annual event to celebrate the conquest of King Jaume I in 1229.
If you’re in Santa Ponsa at the start of September, this is a must-see for locals and visitors, with the mock battle re-enactment of the Christians and Moors stirring up a lot of crowd fun.
Additionally, the medieval market and pop-up bars bring everyone together to enjoy live music and some locally made products that you won’t find anywhere else.
Shopping in Santa Ponsa
You’ll find some fabulous small boutiques in the town, perfect for grabbing a gift for those back home.
There are also convenience stores dotted around if you need any everyday items. So, don’t panic if you run out of sunscreen!
But the most fun shopping experience will be at the Saturday market, which has a massive array of street vendors on Avenida Riu Sill.
How to get to Santa Ponsa
There are a few ways to get to Santa Ponsa Bay; if you’re coming from the airport, a hire car might be the most convenient, with only a 30-minute trip.
But many travellers choose to go by bus, which takes an hour and a half but means there’s no chance of getting lost on the many roundabouts along the way.
Surrounding areas of Santa Ponsa
Santa Ponsa is quite a central location, with nearby attractions all around.
It’s only a 12-minute drive to the party town of Magaluf. But luckily, there is also a bus that takes around 30 minutes, so there is no need to stress if you’re planning on having a sundowner.
There are two towns on each side of Santa Ponsa, Son Ferrer and Costa de la Calma, but there are more residential areas.
Port Adriano offers terrific shopping experiences and is only 3.8km away.
There is also fun for the whole family at Palma Nova, around 13km away, with three golf courses, each with 18 holes, at Golf Fantasia.