At the eastern end of the Serra de Tramuntana, tucked between two hills, lies the ancient rural town of Pollença (also written Pollenca or Pollensa). An enchanting Mallorcan town packed with ancient blonde stone architecture, Pollenca doesn’t feel like many of the other towns which have surrendered to tourism. Although tourists have long been attracted here, Pollensa has learned to accept and adapt to tourism without losing its soul.
The town’s residents are primarily islanders, making it a popular retreat amongst those looking to escape the more touristy beach resorts in favour of a more cultural Mallorcan experience. Cafe life is the rule here; if you want to join in, we recommend visiting on a Sunday morning when Plaça Major is filled with market stalls and the locals congregate after church to relax in the cafes. There are a few boutique hotels in the town while luxury retreats and large scale villas can be found in the lush countryside and hillsides near the town.
Pollença is a town rich in history, its many points of interest attract visitors from far and wide. Some of the highlights include an ancient Roman bridge or ‘Pont Romà’, the 18th-century Mare de Deu dels Angels church with a famous rose window and the Convent de Sant Domingo. There are also wonderful ancient monasteries dotted around the surrounding countryside.