Pollenca at the Northern tip of Mallorca's Tramuntana mountains is a special location indeed. It's the perfect base from which to explore not just Lluc Monastery, but also Port de Pollenca, the S'Albufera wetlands, the Formentor Peninsula and the northern Majorca beaches around the Bay of Alcudia. Pollenca has rather a few spectacular churches, 3 in all including Nostra Senyora dels Angels, Nostra Senyora del Roser and the 16th century baroque Convent de sant Domingo which doubles up as the Pollenca Museum.
Pollenca's main square is a hive of activity, great people watching base, with ample cafes and bars. Watch out for the Roman stone bridge at the Northern edge of the town, which runs across the Torrent de Sant Jordi and was built about AD120. The name Pollenca originates from the Roman Pollentia, and Pollenca has remained pretty untouched by tourist crowds. In recent years it's become somewhat of a Majorca specialist shopping mecca. There's a rather lively Sunday market here.
A key attraction in Pollenca is the Via Crucis, a walk which leads to the Calvari Chapel on top of the hills. Inside the chapel is a Gothic statue of Christ. You've a bit of a climb to reach it, 365 steps in total, passing various Stations of the Cross. Every Good Friday, if you fancy catching something rather special, they carry the statue of Christ down to the parish church in torchlight procession.
The Museau Municipal at the Convent de Santo Domingo has an interesting collection of Gothic sacred art, various archaeological finds from the area and a collection of paintings, with a nod to folklore. Head for the central square Placa Major after your hard climb for a selection of cafes and bars.
Every year in July and August Pollenca has a lively festival with a mixture of classical concerts. They have some pretty top notch artists performing in this festival. Past festivals have included performances by the London Symphony Orchestra and in 2004 guest artists included Dame Felicity Lott the soprano, and Boris Berezovsky on the piano. Advanced booking is highly recommended as this is a most popular festival in Mallorca. Check the web link to the right for details.
Looking for Mallorca birdwatching? Head for the Ternelles valley, a very popular walking area for birdwatchers. Take the four and a half mile hike from Pollenca to Castell del Rei. Tourist information Pollenca can help with the details, as can Club Pollenca which offers advice and information on walking in the area.
The ruin of Castell del Rei is a very popular walk, and offers great views and dates back to Moorish times and the 11th century.
Club Pollenca, La Placa 10 - 07460 Pollenca Mallorca, Spain. Tel: 971532108 - 629626216.
Museu de Pollenca, Convento Santo Domingo, C/Guillem Cifre de Colonya s/n, Tel: 971 53 1166. Open from 10.30am to 1.30pm, 5.30pm to midnight from Tuesdays to Sundays. Admission is 1.50 euros, but it's free after 7.20pm.
Casa Museu Dionis Bennassar, C/Roca 14, Tel: 971 53 09 97, open from 11am-1pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Admission 2 euros. Dionis Bennassar (1904-1967) is a renowned painter from Pollenca, and most of his work displayed here is oil on canvas.
Galeria Maior, Placa Major 4, Tel: 971 53 00 95, open 10.30am-1.30pm, 5.30pm to 8pm Tuesday - Saturday. 11am-1pm Sundays. Admission free.
Museu Marti Vicenc, C/Calvari 10, Tel: 971 53 28 67, open 10am-1.30pm, 3.30pm -7pm Tuesdays to Saturdays. 10am-1.30pm Sundays. Admission is free. The museum holds a superb permanent exhibition of Marti Vicenc's work, including sculptures, paintings and textiles. Well worth a look!
Pollenca Tourist Information, C/ Guillem Cifre de Colonya, s/n, Tel.:+34 971 53 50 77. Winter: Mon-Fri 08:00 to 15:00 Sat 09:00 to 13:00. Summer: Mon-Fri 08:00 to 16:00 Sat 9:00 to 13:00. Open all year.
Port de Pollenca is now an extremely popular seaside Majorca resort for family holidays in Majorca. With it's curved bay, and many hotels and villas it's a bustling place to say the least. Good sandy beaches you're certainly not short of. In Port de Pollenca Bay the two popular beaches are Albercutx which runs from the Marina north in front of the Pine Walk, occasionally referred to as Voramar beach. The wide sandy beach south of the Marina is Pollensa beach.
Port de Pollenca is much flatter than resorts like Magaluf, and less in your face. Families love the beaches, the pedestrianised promenade, and the superior range of restaurants, bars and cafes. There's a good international mix of food available. There's lots of activities going on in the resort including scuba diving, golf of course,