Things to Do in Port de Pollenca (Puerto Pollensa)
There’s certainly a leisurely, slow-paced way of life in Port de Pollenca, which is one of the many reasons why it is a favourite amongst families, it’s an ideal holiday destination for just kicking back and relaxing on the beach with your favourite book. But for those who can’t sit still on holiday, fear not, the town and the surrounding area has much more to offer than lying hanging around on a sun lounger.
Port de Pollença offers a good range of watersports in the summer months between Easter and October. Pedaloes, kayaking or paddle boarding are great activities for the whole family to get involved in. Thrill seekers might prefer a banana boat ride or a parasailing experience to get their adrenaline rush. You won’t have to travel too far to find these activities, just take a stroll along the main beach south of the harbour and you will spot them lying on the beach. Kitesurfing is an exceptionally popular sport in this part of the island, travel to the southern point of Pollença Bay to catch some waves. It’s worth noting there’s a kitesurfing and stand up paddle school – Mallorca Kiteboarding & SUP, within close proximity to the surf too!
If you’d like to get up close and personal with some of the underwater attractions of Mallorca, scuba diving could be for you. There are two scuba schools near the marina, Actionsport Dive Centre and Scuba Mallorca, both of which offer PADI scuba training.
You can take various boat trips from Port de Pollenca. Some sail around the large bay visiting some of the small coves, whilst others venture a little further travelling round to the famous Cap de Formentor. Hop on board two splendid old-school sailing yachts like Tudor Dawn and Rozamar for a truly unique and intimate experience. This kind of boat trips can be booked for either a half day, a full day or a sunset cruise on a shared or private charter. They usually come complete with snorkelling equipment and other inflatable toys.
It’s possible to charter your own private yacht from Port de Pollença harbour, best for a more exclusive sailing experience around the Mallorcan coastline. Trusted companies like Llamprell-Marine and Blue Water Yachting, give you the chance to explore the many hidden coves along the coastline at your own pace. Whether you want to charter a motor or sailing yacht for a day, week or longer, there will be something here for you to enjoy. Deep sea fishing trips can also be arranged in this area with Fishing in Mallorca.
Hiking provides the perfect opportunity to explore some of the wonderful countryside around Puerto Pollensa in the cooler months. There’s an assortment of hiking routes available for all levels of ability within close range of the port. Hiking through the Tramuntana valleys to Cala Boquer or to neighbouring Cala Sant Vicenç are popular options. Although the 3km hike across the Formentor peninsula through the Boquer valley is especially popular for ornithologists and lovers of wildflowers.
Cycling is very popular here as there is a great variety of terrain that will suit almost every level of cyclist. There’s a designated cycle path to the south of Pollença for a gentle flat route around the bay. Otherwise, head into the mountains for thigh-bursting climbs. You can expect great views either way! If you don’t fancy lugging your bike to the island, then there are plenty of places to rent a bike. Amongst some of the best cycle hire centres in this area are Bike Experience who can deliver the bikes to your doorstep.
There are some outstanding golf courses in Mallorca and two within close proximity to Puerto Pollensa. Golf Pollensa is a 9-hole golf course and possesses two of Mallorca’s longest holes. Its rolling fairways, protected by trees and other obstacles can be categorized as medium level in difficulty. Just up the road in Alcudia, Alcanada Golf Course is one of the best 18-hole golf courses in Mallorca. Designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, it is recognised by a number of well-known golf magazines and golf guides as one of the finest courses in Spain and Europe.
The shops in Puerto Pollensa are mainly tourist gift shops but there are a couple of clothing boutiques and charcuterie dwellings for foodies to enjoy. For artisan crafts and Mallorcan products, it is best to go to nearby Pollença where there is a beautiful ceramics shop two minutes away from the square called Monti-Sion on Carrer Monti-Sion. The market in Puerto Pollensa is on every Wednesday morning and sells fruit, vegetables and souvenirs; we also recommend travelling to the old town of Pollenca for its more traditional Mallorcan market every Sunday.
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Also see: Sports & Activities in Mallorca, Majorca