Majorca resorts towards the west offer a quieter pace (although watch the parking in resorts like Santa Ponca, which is a bit of a nightmare!) West Majorca has got other ideas on what a Majorca holiday is all about. You're in prime Majorca trekking and rocky dramatic coastline territory here. There's opportunities to swim though off this rocky shore, with the odd little cove especially around the Deia coastline.
One of the key and growing resorts to the west of Majorca is Santa Ponca. It's more of a Majorca villa and self-catering hotspot, but there are hotels as well and it's becoming increasingly popular with families holidaying in Majorca.
Santa Ponca Beach is located at the bottom of the bay of the same name. King James I's troops landed here when the conquest of Majorca began under Arab dominion. A stone cross was erected in 1929 to mark the occasion! (it's been rebuilt since then as was struck by lightening). Santa Ponca beach is extremely pleasant and has achieved a Blue Flag qualification from the European Union, signifying it's quality. You can reach this beach from Palma along the motorway until it ends. Afterwards follow the dual carriageway until you arrive at the Santa Ponca windmill roundabout, you circle it and continue along the King James I Avenue to the Santa Ponca Square. A piece of advice - walk along the left bank and past the Calo d'en Pellicer until you arrive at the commemorative Disembarkment Cross. This beach is well equipped with 1125 hammocks, 525 sun umbrellas, 30 pedal boats, 10 surfboards and 5 motorboats for rent. Other sports like waterskiing are available, and use of the showers on the beach is free. There's a first aid unit, Lifeguard tower and lifeboat. There is even a board indicating the quality of the water, as well as WCs and buoys. There is good disabled access, with walkways to facilitate access to chairs. Plenty of wastepaper bins, plus a Bar or restaurant service, all with easy accessability and parking. Top marks this beach!
Peguera has a especial microclimate, which makes this area one of the most frequented by visitors in winter. Its dense pine groves and beaches take on a special beauty at different times of day and in different seasons. The area also offers a wide range of shops, most of them situated in the promenade which crosses Peguera, known as El Bulevar. On the edge of Peguera lies Cala Fornells, a tranquil refuge of typical Mediterranean beauty, dotted with two small coves that create a unique, very Mediterranean atmosphere.
The landing of King James is rather celebrated in these 'ere parts. Must have been pretty horrific at the time. The festivity commemorates the landing of the Catalan troops, under the command of King James, on 9th September 1229. Around this date in September lots of events take place, of which the most emblematic is the representation of the actual landing and the battle between the Christians and the Sarracens on Santa Ponca beach. There's a lot of these reinacted battles usually with Christians involved across the Mediterranean.
TIO Santa Ponca, Puig de Galatzo, s/n, 07180 - Calvia, Tel 34971 691712.TIO Peguera, Sebel.Li, 5, 07160 - Calvia, Tel: 34 971 687083. TIO Illetes, Ctra. Andratx, 33, 07183 - Calvia, Tel: 34 971 505444.
TIO Magaluf, Av.Magaluf, 22, 07182 - Calvia, Tel: 34 971 131126. TIO Palmanova, Passeig de la Mar, 13, 07181 - Calvia, Tel: 34 971 682365.
TIO Cartuja de Valldemossa, 07170 - Valldemosa, Tel: 34 971 612106.
TIO Soller, Pca de Sa Constitucio, 1, 07100 - Soller, Tel 34 971 630200. TIO Port de Soller, Canonge Oliver, 10, 07180 - Soller, Tel: 34 971 633042.