If you want to enjoy a truly Mallorcan way of life, then head to the sleepy town of Pollença. Cafe culture and siestas reign supreme here, so sit back, relax, and savor a Palo (a liqueur only made on Mallorca) at one our Pollença holiday rentals.
Settled by the Romans in 123 BC, Pollença became a true town during the Moorish invasion. Irrigation systems helped the land thrive until the Black Death wreaked havoc in the 14th century. Medieval remnants from this time abound, making it one of the most charming towns on Mallorca. A Pollença holiday rental is the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful city.
Character and charm go hand in hand in Pollença. You'll find narrow lanes winding around picturesque squares. The main square, Plaça Major, is home to Nostra Senyora dels Àngels, a church built in the 18th century that is known for its gorgeous rose window.
The Convent de Sant Domingo, built over the course of 30 years in the 16th century, boasts a baroque cloister with four porticos and the Museum of Pollença. The latter features ancient sculptures shaped like bulls and a Tibetan sand painting donated by the Dalai Lama. You can admire the work of Atilio Boveri as well as the lush Joan March Gardens, honoring a local hero. The Dionis Bennassar Museum highlights the works of the local artist.
The Roman Bridge shouldn't be missed as it's one of the few remaining pieces of Roman architecture on the island. Lighthouses are often seen as American phenomenons but the Formentor Lighthouse helped Mallorcan seafarers at night in the 19th century.
Hikers and bikers will love the area since it's in the scenic and challenging Tramuntana Mountains. Trails such as Cala Boquer, Coves Blanques, and Camí vell de Lluc take you through scenic passes and pine-laden hills. Bird watchers from all over Europe head here to catch a glimpse of more than 240 different bird species.
You won't find sandy beaches here but you will find lovely inlets with blue water and places to swim and reflect on life. Cala Barques, Cala Clara, Cala Molins, and Cala Carbó are perfect for scuba divers or snorkelers who want to explore prehistoric caves as well as sunken ships. Promenades abound in the Port of Pollença, at which there is a sandy beach for family fun.
Mallorca is small, so traversing its hills and valleys shouldn't take too long. Palma de Mallorca and its busy nightlife is only 37 miles away on the south side of the island. The medieval city of Alcúdia lies just seven miles to the south and boasts plentiful Roman ruins. Visit the largest contemporary art museum on the island in lovely Andratx. Sóller lies between the mountains and the sea, offering the Natural History Museum as well as a modernist museum with works by Picasso and Miro.
Relaxation and historic sites get top billing in lovely Pollença. Stay at one of our Pollença holiday rentals and see for yourself why it appeals to thousands of tourists a year.
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