Many artists have found inspiration for their work from the time they spent on holiday in Puerto Pollensa – from British mystery writer Agatha Christie, to Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario, to Argentinian painter Atilio Boveri. Even today, artists visit this seaside town in northern Mallorca to get their creative juices flowing. It's not hard to see why; the town faces the scenic, horseshoe-shaped Bay of Pollensa, and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains provide a majestic backdrop. Staying at Puerto Pollensa villas will let you discover the charms of this town, and here are some of the neighbourhoods where you'll find the best of these delights.
Villa rentals in Pollensa Beach are close to the action
Pollensa Beach, located south of Pollensa Marina, is one of Puerto Pollensa's main beaches. This 6-mile stretch of fine white sand is a water sports haven by day. There you'll find plenty of opportunities to go jet skiing, kite surfing or paragliding. You can also charter a boat to go fishing, snorkelling or watching whales and dolphins. At sunset this place turns into a nightlife hub, with youngish partygoers storming the beach's pubs and clubs. Villa rentals here are ideal if you plan on spending your holiday soaking the sun by day and partying all night.
Chill out in a villa rental in Albercuix Beach
Just north of Pollensa Marina is Albercuix Beach, regarded as the most popular beach in Puerto Pollensa. This 1.5-mile-long beach runs parallel to Pine Walk, the scenic boardwalk that faces the more sheltered portion of Bay of Pollensa. As its name suggests, Pine Walk is lined with elegant pine and coconut trees, as well as a number of quirky shops, cafes and restaurants. The vibe here is more laid back, and this place is where you'll find many of the family-friendly villas in Puerto Pollensa.
Relaxed villa rentals in Formentor Beach
Formentor Beach is located far north of the marina, beyond Albercutx Beach. It's more isolated and, therefore, less crowded than both Pollensa and Albercuix. This is where you'll find the more exclusive and upscale holiday homes in Puerto Pollensa, and many of them are ideal for couples.
Holiday homes near Formentor Lighthouse
Rent a villa near Formentor Beach and you'll be well placed to take a trip to the dramatic Formentor Lighthouse. The lighthouse and the nearby military base are historically significant as they supported the German Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. The Condor Legion was among the military troops responsible for the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica.
Villa rentals in inland Pollensa
Some 4 miles southwest of Puerto Pollensa is the inland town of Pollensa. Settlement in this town dates back to the Bronze Age around 3,000 years ago. The oldest traces of civilisation you're more likely to find still intact there, however, are from the Roman era. Pollensa's town centre has a medieval feel, with a labyrinthine network of narrow, cobblestoned streets. Among the sights you may want to see there are the 13th-century Church of Our Lady of the Angels built by the Knights Templar, the chapel on top of Calvary Hill that you can only reach by climbing 365 steps and the Plaza Major. Pollensa also has its share of modern shops, bars and restaurants. Staying at villa rentals in Pollensa is perfect if you're a history buff.
Historic Alcudia for holiday lettings
If you can't get enough of history in inland Pollensa, you can head for the villa rentals in Alcudia. Alcudia has plenty of sights worth seeing. There's Alcudia Old Town which, like inland Pollensa, dates back to the Bronze Age though its more distinct features were built during the Roman era and Middle Ages. Among these features is a medieval city wall from the 14th century. Near the Old Town are the ruins of an old Roman village named Pollentia, which has, among other things, an intact Roman theatre. Alcudia also has its own marina; the restaurants, shops and pubs nearby make the marina a centre of dining, shopping and nightlife. The town also has beaches and secluded coves where you can sunbathe, swim and snorkel. Alcudia is also adjacent to S'Albufera, a natural park that shelters numerous species of birds and wildlife.