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Pollensa

Pollensa Holidays

In this beautiful part of northern Majorca, high mountains covered in pine trees surround Pollensa and roll down to the bay, to the beach. The cobbled streets of Pollensa are brimming with history, art and music. Walking around town you can visit the 14th century monastery, pop into art galleries and independent shops or take your time over an evening meal.

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Mixing old with new

For every ancient artefact in Pollensa there is a modern bistro or gallery, making it a wonderful mix of the traditional and cosmopolitan. A perfect example of this is the fact that Pollensa's International Classical Music Festival is held every year in the historic Santo Domingo Cloisters, which provides amazing acoustics.

Throughout the summer you can listen to professional orchestras, choirs and opera singers as well as family concerts. Events in churches and gardens around town often include pageants and processions, and often these events are free and unticketed, ideal for last minute holidays to Majorca.

Placa Major is the square to head for to wander round the contemporary art galleries. Or try The Museum of Pollensa, which is housed in a beautiful 17th century convent. The diverse mix of portraits, sculptures and photography on display here points to Pollensa's importance as an artistic centre since the 1920s.

There are two ancient landmarks from which you can enjoy top views of the town. Climb the Calvari steps - there's one for every day of the year - or head to the oldest monastery in Majorca, perched on Puig de Maria hill, just outside Pollensa.

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The nearest sands

You're not far from a beach as it's only 10-minutes' drive to Puerto Pollensa's long stretch of shore and there are regular buses to drop you off. Here you'll find a sailing centre and a pretty marina. As the bay wraps around you get views of the mountains beyond the yachts bobbing on the sea.

There are some laid-back beachside bars here that are good fun day and night. If you head to the roundabout end of beach you'll be in awe of the professional sandcastle builders producing their works of art.

Two further beaches are less than 20 minutes away so take your pick of lively Albercutz or Formentor. From Puerto Pollensa you can take a glass bottomed boat to Formentor spotting squid and barracuda along the way.

After dark

The chilled out restaurants and bars in Pollensa are mixed with a dash of late night shopping. Just don't drink too much Sangria before you get your euros out! Among the upmarket restaurants on offer is Clivia, named in the Michelin Guide and La Font del Gall, which is an interesting fusion of Mediterranean and Scottish food.

Wine lovers should try Dos Hermanas bar just off the main square, which has an impressive wine list, including some delicious Majorcan tipples. Take your time sipping them while watching sports on the big screen or listening to live music, regularly held on summer evenings.

If you're visiting in April, there's also a wine fair held in the Santo Domingo church, where you can sample delicious local wines. Package holidays to Majorca often contain a meal plan at the hotel, but you can still travel around the island to sample incredible local foods.

Shops and markets

The independent shops in Pollensa sell a fine selection of jewellery, ceramics, leather goods and interior decorations and, when they're closed on Sundays, a trip to the market is in order. Held every Sunday between 8.30am and 1pm, you can pick up clothes, souvenirs and local produce. If you're into crafts, the Pollensa Fair in mid-November could also be your thing.

For shopping on a big scale, take the road south to the town of Inca, which has a vast Thursday morning market that you could spend hours wandering round. For high street shops the obvious choice is the capital Palma, and Majorca's only shopping outlet, Festival Park, is on the road into Palma.

The beautiful North

The S'Albufereta nature reserve is a 10-minute drive away or you might want to get your hiking boots on to take the pleasant walk. When there you can amble along the paths beside reed beds and lakes, spotting greater flamingos and purple herons as you go.

For a more sedentary day, the seaside town of Soller set in the Tramuntana mountains is the starting point for a vintage wooden train through the foothills and orange groves.

Action-packed days

The area isn't without its tourist attractions as nearby Alcudia is home to Hidropark waterpark with lots of slides and splash parks as well as mini golf. There is a bus that will pick you up from Pollensa as part of the online ticket price.

In 40 minutes you can be in the cultured capital Palma with its gothic cathedral, hilltop castle and wide range of shops and eateries. All around the Bay of Palma area there are long beaches with plenty of water sports and beach activities to keep everyone entertained. All Inclusive holidays to Majorca are more than a fancy hotel and lounging in the sun - there's so much to do and see, you'll be desperate to come back.