A hotbed of history
Santa Ponsa enjoys a privileged place amongst the history books of Majorca – and indeed Spain itself – as it was the landing place for King James I of Aragon in 1229. It was the first town taken by the 21-year-old King, wrestling it from the control of the inhabitant Moors who had maintained rule on the island for more than 300 years.
To commemorate James’ valiant and historical act, a large cross was erected at the town’s marina in 1929, while every year a two-week long festival is held in his memory. For those interested in witnessing the traditional re-enactment of the Christians’ battle against the ruling Moors, the beginning of September is the time to visit.
Unlike many of the neighbouring tourist destinations such as Magaluf and Palma Nova, Santa Ponsa remains fairly quiet. Having said that, its 40-year heritage as a tourist resort ensures that there is still an impressive tourist infrastructure in place. This includes an abundant sprinkling of picturesque accommodation options in the shape of villas and apartments, as well as a thriving culinary scene.
As for nightlife, again Santa Ponsa can’t compete with the livelier twins a few miles to its east. However, it has developed something of a Celtic tradition over recent years, drawing Irish and Scottish visitors back to its shores time and time again.
As a result, a number of Celtic-themed bars and restaurants have sprung up, while more traditional nightclubs and live music venues can also be found in abundance. While it might have the party reputation of other Majorcan resorts, Santa Ponsa can certainly hold its own in terms of letting your hair down.
Activities on tap
When it comes to filling the days, Santa Ponsa has a huge amount of activities and entertainment on offer. The local harbour is home to a number of vessels dedicated to tourist boat trips. Great value for money, these trips provide an excellent opportunity to witness some of the south coast’s scenic charm while cooling off in its revitalising waters. Meanwhile, a trip to nearby Port Adriano is quite a spectacle due to the swathe of fancy yachts moored in the marina.
For sports enthusiasts, the many nearby golf courses – including three in Santa Ponsa itself – means that those who are partial to a quick 18 holes will be spoilt for choice. In fact, one of the courses hosts a PGA Tour Event and has its final hole in the shape of the island of Majorca.
Tennis is another popular pastime in the town, with excellent courts available to the public at the Santa Ponsa Tennis Club. Budding equestrians can also take advantages of the stables at the Santa Ponsa Riding Club, available to both children and adults of all ability levels.
Those with a penchant for putting the pedal to the metal can hire all-terrain vehicles and four-wheel drive cars, or there are Segways and bicycles for a more relaxed outing. Meanwhile, the Jungle Parc just outside of town promises plenty of treetop fun for all intrepid visitors.