A Guide to Visiting Puerto Pollensa in 2024

Nestled on the northern shores of Mallorca, Puerto Pollensa is a popular holiday destination that blends the authenticity and charm of a traditional fishing village with the sophistication of a contemporary resort.

Whether you’ve been to the island before or it’s your first time, there’s so much to see and do. Here are some of the things you shouldn’t miss on your next trip.  

What accommodation is available in Puerto Pollensa?

Finding the best accommodation in Puerto Pollensa can transform a good holiday into a great one. But as a popular tourist destination that welcomes over 3.7 million visitors each year, choosing your accommodation can be overwhelming.  

There are two standout choices that cater to different tastes and preferences: the Puerto Azul Suite Hotel and Pollensa Park and Spa.

Puerto Azul Suite Hotel is renowned for its contemporary design and family-friendly atmosphere. It offers spacious suite accommodations, making it ideal for families or groups seeking comfort and style. The hotel’s large lagoon-style pool is a highlight, providing a perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. Its location is a major draw too as it’s close to the beach and the resort centre, so you’ll have easy access to an array of attractions​​.

Pollensa Park and Spa is ideal for those looking for a rejuvenating wellness retreat. As well as a spa and tennis courts, the hotel boasts impressive cycling facilities for biking enthusiasts keen to explore the scenic routes around the area.

Add into the mix its proximity to the beach and the option of an all-inclusive stay and it’s easy to see why it’s the top choice year after year!  

If you’re on a tight budget during times of high inflation, the good news is that there are plenty of cheaper options (like Airbnb) run by locals where you can still experience all the highlights.

What should I do while I’m in Puerto Pollensa?

If you’re looking for a day trip, visiting Formentor Beach is a must. Accessible by boat, once you arrive on this beach you’ll be met with crystal-clear waters and breathtaking views.

Not far from the tranquillity of Puerto Pollensa is Alcudia Old Town with its charming, cobbled alleyways and ancient Roman ruins. For stunning views across the city and coastline, take a stroll along the town walls. This area, with its vibrant market days and charming eateries, mirrors the cultural richness that characterises the wider region.

For those who yearn for a taste of quaint village life, Cala San Vicente is a small resort town in northeastern Mallorca. This petite resort village, with its trio of beaches and authentic restaurants, encapsulates the quiet charm that many seek in Puerto Pollensa​​.

What activities can I do in Puerto Pollensa?

Puerto Pollensa is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous souls.

Hiking trails like the Boquer Valley walk offer breathtaking views and the opportunity to explore the area’s natural beauty. Cyclists can explore the legendary route over to Cap Formentor, famous for its hairpin turns and dramatic scenery. For those looking to take to the waters, you can’t get much better than chartering a boat and diving into the clear Mediterranean waters for a spot of snorkelling.

What is the food like in Puerto Pollensa?

There are plenty of opportunities to sample authentic cuisine in Puerto Pollensa. At the heart of the dining experience is the abundance of fresh, local produce that defines traditional Mallorcan cuisine. From succulent seafood dishes like “paella marinera” to hearty meats and fresh vegetables, the local fare is simply delightful.

How do I get to Puerto Pollensa?

The first step to getting to Puerto Pollensa is flying into Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), the main gateway to the island. The airport is well-connected so it’s relatively easy to find a direct flight from the UK to Palma on a major or low-cost airline.

Once you’ve landed in Palma, there are some different ways you can get to Puerto Pollensa:

  • By bus: If you like the thrill of getting public transport in a new country, there’s a bus service that connects the airport with Puerto Pollensa. Depending on the time and day, you might need to change in Palma or Inca, which might be difficult with heavy bags. If you’re not in a rush and can manage your luggage, the bus is the most economical option… albeit not the fastest or most direct!
  • By car: Renting a car from the airport gives you the flexibility to travel at your own pace and explore the island freely. The drive to Puerto Pollensa takes around 45 minutes to an hour (depending on traffic!) and offers scenic views along the way.
  • By private transfer: For those looking for a direct route without the hassle of public transportation or driving, your best bet is a private transfer from Palma Airport. This is the most convenient option and it can be extremely cost-effective for groups of friends or families.

Where’s best for shopping in Puerto Pollensa?

Puerto Pollensa isn’t dominated by large chain stores. Instead, it has a range of small boutiques, artisan workshops and open-air markets selling goods that reflect the local culture. You can expect to find everything from traditional Mallorcan hand-made goods to contemporary accessories and local produce.  This variety makes it a treasure trove for both casual shoppers and souvenir hunters.

One of the highlights of Puerto Pollensa’s shopping scene is the weekly market held every Wednesday in the main square. This vibrant marketplace becomes a bustling hub of activity where locals and visitors can browse through stalls laden with fresh fruits, vegetables, local cheeses, olives, and other delicacies. Alongside the edible goods, the market has a wide selection of handcrafted goods, including leather products, jewellery, ceramics, and the traditional Mallorcan fabric known as tela de lenguas.

Final thoughts…

Puerto Pollensa is an unmissable destination on Mallorca’s northern coast. Whether it’s your inaugural trip or a return journey, every activity, meal, and shopping excursion becomes part of a larger tapestry of memorable experiences. When will you book your trip?

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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