Holiday apartments in Puerto Pollensa are on Majorca’s elegant and understated northern coast. This part of the island offers an alternative to the noisy resorts on the southern side of Majorca, but still has stunning beaches and a number of excellent golf courses. The scenery here is gorgeous too, with rugged mountains and a coastline made up of soaring cliffs and hidden bays.
Puerto Pollensa apartments are full of little luxuries to make a holiday all the more relaxing. Decor is stylish and up-to-date, and domestic facilities such as air-con, dishwashers and Wi-Fi will help guests feel at home. Villas in Puerto Pollensa are often converted old farmhouses, perfect for larger families. Most offer spacious gardens, and almost all come with a private pool.
-Beaches: Northern Majorca has its fair share of sublime beaches. Puerto Pollensa’s own waterfront is a fine place to start, with a horseshoe bay and a broad expanse of fine sand. There are also impressive views across to the Tramuntana Mountains here. Rentals in Alcudia provide a good alternative, offering a beach with shallow sea making it a favourite for families with younger children.
-Golf: Majorca has to be one of the best destinations in Europe for golfers, and even on the very northern tip of the island there are two courses to choose from. Naturally the views are magnificent; nine-hole Golf Pollensa has mountain and Mediterranean vistas at a course lined by olive groves. Equally close is Alcanada Golf, which has a remarkable coastal location and even has its own lighthouse.
-Walks: For those who want to get out on foot there are plenty of interesting walking routes close by, some more challenging than others. Bird-watchers could journey into the S’Albufereta Natural Reserve, where there’s marshland and woodland creating a habitat for a diversity of birds, among them warblers, terns, egrets, ospreys and herons. A little closer is the walk to the summit of Puig de Pollensa, which overlooks the town, while the Cami Vell del Far is a four-hour trek to the lighthouse at the tip of Cap de Formentor, Majorca’s northernmost point.
-Cuisine: Perfect for a self-catering holiday, nearby Pollensa rentals offer access to a wonderful weekly market on Sundays, and the ideal place to pick up locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Majorca also has a range of delicious regional specialities to try, the most famous of which are ensaïmada, a sweet pastry, and sobrasada, a cured sausage.
-Day trips: The drive to Soller from Puerto Pollensa is very scenic, twisting through the Tramuntana Mountains, with sumptuous views to enjoy along the way. Soller is a handsome old town, with a chic harbour on the coast. Palma is also no more than 45 minutes away by car, and has all the shopping and dining options of a major European city. Wine lovers could also consider stopping in Binissalem, the heart of Majorca’s burgeoning wine industry.
Puerto Pollensa gets lovely weather for a large portion of the year. May through October is almost always warm, with daytime highs rising from about 25°C at the start of the summer to peaks in the low-30s in July and August. The warmth remains until quite late in the year, giving way to storms in autumn and sinking back to highs of 16°C in November. Winters are cooler, but not cold by UK measures. January days still get maximum temperatures in the teens, and clear skies are expected.
The handiest way to get to a Puerto Pollensa villa would be to fly to Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), and then drive up to this resort on the northern tip of the island. Palma Airport, despite handling mostly tourist traffic, is one of Europe’s most active airports, especially in the summer. There’s a wide range of budget airlines with routes to Palma all year round. After arrival the drive is relatively straightforward: it’s a straight trip along the Ma-13, before joining the Ma-2200 at Sa Pobla.