MALLORCA is the largest of the Balearic Islands and the most varied. For many years Mallorca was synonymous with mass tourism but in recent years it has become a quality destination offering a wide range of holidays, notably for villas and apartments.
Whilst some areas of the coast in the south and east have been overdeveloped with exuberant resorts, the capital, Palma still retains much of its historical flavour sporting grand mansions and a magnificent Gothic cathedral in its bustling centre. In the north of the island, nestling below the peaks of the majestic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range are the charming historic towns of Pollensa and Old Alcudia, and the family friendly resorts of Cala San Vicente with its stunning location and Puerto Pollensa, fronting its wonderful bay, sparkling waters and long sandy beach.
Mallorca is an island of immense variety with all the ingredients for an unforgettable stay - dramatic mountain scenery, golden beaches, hidden coves, timeless villages and ancient monasteries, an excellent range of sports both on land and on water, plus a distinctive and varied cuisine.
PUERTO POLLENSA is an attractive resort that stretches along a sheltered horseshoe-shaped bay lined with sandy beaches, set against the backdrop of the Boquer mountain range on the north coast of Mallorca. The popular resort has grown up around a scenic fishing port that served the picturesque old Roman town of Pollensa, situated a few miles inland. Far quieter and more laid back than the exuberant resorts of the Bay of Palma, Puerto Pollensa and its near neighbour, the tranquil resort of Cala San Vicente, attracts families and couples.
Cafes, restaurants and tourist shops line the famous Pine Walk promenade along with some elegant hotels, which overlook the wide sandy beach and the bay, dotted with the colourful sails of yachts. Puerto Pollensa is renowned for some of the best fish restaurants on Mallorca and there is also a wide selection of restaurants serving cuisines that cater for all tastes.
Historic POLLENSA, lies in the lee of the Tramuntana Mountains and is a peaceful old town that has been largely unaffected by tourism. Pollensa is one of Mallorca’s most celebrated cultural towns with much of the historic medieval centre remaining intact, particularly around the attractive Plaça Major.
CALA SAN VICENTE, Puerto Pollensa's near neighbour, is a small resort with some excellent restaurants that nestles around four sandy coves in the shadow of the Cavall Bernat.
The nearby FORMENTOR PENINSULA, the bony northern spur of the Tramuntana Mountains is an area of great natural beauty with wooded valleys, plunging cliffs, magnificent seascapes and a wonderful beach, the Playa de Formentor.
OLD ALCUDIA, not to be confused with the modern resort 3 kms to the south, has a fascinating history. Settled by the Phoenicians and Greeks; the Romans made it their capital; destroyed by the Vandals; rebuilt by the Moors, and liberated in the early 1200’s by the Spanish who fortified the city with massive walls. Today within the old city you will find a number of enticing restaurants, bars, shops and art galleries.
Further afield are many other places of interest - LLUC, renowned for its monastery, beautiful DEIA home to many artists, the ancient hilltop town of ARTA; and PALMA itself.
SPORTS enthusiasts are well catered for, with all the usual water sports both at the marina and along the beach, ranging from wind surfing to sailing, snorkelling to scuba diving. Inland there are opportunities for hiking amongst the surrounding hills and scenic mountains, as well as two golf courses, tennis; and opportunities for cycling, walking and horse riding.
GOLF: There are two golf courses close to Vista Monte:
1. Pollensa Golf Course - a very attractive 9 hole course set in attractive countryside on the outskirts of Pollensa. Green fees and equipment hire can be arranged locally. Par is 70 for 18 holes.
2. Club de Golf Alcanada - this Trent Jones designed course is one of the only courses in Mallorca to be located adjacent to the sea just outside the charming old toen of Alcudia about 15 km from Ca'n Noble. 18 hole, par 72. Green fees and equipment hire can be arranged locally.