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Puerto Pollensa

Puerto Pollensa holidays 2016/2017

Puerto Pollensa is one of Majorca's major tourism hotspots. Tucked away in a sheltered bay on the north-eastern tip of the island, the resort offers stunning vistas, superb gastronomy and beautiful beaches that are a winning combination with holidaymakers. The rolling hills of the Tramuntana mountain range are a veritable paradise for hikers and cyclists. Meanwhile, the huge range of activities and still waters of the bay attract family travellers year after year.

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A sea to suit all

Aside from the marina, Puerto Pollensa's picturesque coastline offers seafront activities to suit all travellers. For the active among us, banana boats, jet skis and parasailing are all available for rental along the beach, providing an opportunity to get your daily adrenaline fix.

For a more relaxed pastime, the completely sheltered nature of the horseshoe bay and the resulting calm waters make it an ideal spot for kayaking, renting pedalos or simply letting little ones splash around in the shallow water.

Underneath the waves, the waters are teeming with colourful marine life, which awaits scuba divers and snorkellers. Or, for those whose idea of a successful getaway involves coming back as bronzed as a Greek deity, the twin beaches in town are blessed with golden sands and the fantastic backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains.

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A town that time forgot – and then remembered

Like many of the towns and villages hugging Majorca's golden coasts, Puerto Pollensa was originally a bustling fishing community. Though today the extensive marina is dominated by luxury yachts and pleasure boats, signs of the town's humble beginnings can still be seen in the traditional Majorcan llauts - or fishing boats - scattered amongst the larger vessels.

These antiquated fishing trawlers are generally a mere four or five metres in length and operate solely via wind power – they have become virtually obsolete in a commercial sense, but their enduring presence in the marina provides an insight into the fishery methods of yesteryear.

Meanwhile, just a stone's throw from the town lies the ancient Roman city of Bocchoris. Dating all the way back to 1,400 BC, it is one of the oldest settlements found on the island and still retains many of its original buildings, making it an ideal visiting point for history enthusiasts.

Take a walk

The Tramuntana mountain range is the ideal place for hill walkers to stretch their legs and cyclists to work those leg muscles. A variety of winding foot- and cycle-paths offer endless opportunities to be at one with nature and top up your fitness levels in the process.

Intrepid explorers might wish to undertake the 17-mile round trip to Cap de Formentor, the tip of Majorca's north-eastern peninsula. Those who make the journey, either on foot or by car, will be rewarded with an impressively engineered lighthouse, some interesting caves and a handful of truly spectacular viewpoints.

Or, for those not quite so keen on scaling elevations, the Pine Walk is a hugely popular route around the bay and passes by a still-functional Military Base. It boasts a bronze sculpture depicting a likeness of celebrated artist Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa.

Friends in high places

Besides Camarasa, Puerto Pollensa welcomed a number of other artistic luminaries to its shores, mainly Spanish artists. This influx of creative types has earned the town something of a legacy as an artistic mecca.

In terms of recognisable names, Agatha Christie was inspired by her visit to create the short anthology Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories. Meanwhile, other Brits such as Peter Ustinov and even Winston Churchill took advantage of the town's calming environment to recuperate during their holiday breaks.

A home away from home

If it's good enough for Churchill, it's certainly good enough for many a modern-day Briton. A growing expat community is dominated by retirees and emigrants from the United Kingdom who have swapped the dull and dreary climes of home for Puerto Pollensa's obvious charms.

In response to this, there are now a cluster of excellent culinary options on offer, providing a delightful blend of Mediterranean cuisine infused with a more international aesthetic. Whether it's tapas, stir-fry or a steak and kidney pie you're looking for, you certainly won't go hungry or homesick in Puerto Pollensa.