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Local poet Costa i Llobera masterfully transmitted the beauty and classical resonance of “The Pine Tree of Formentor”, which is still revered at the Literary Conversations held since 1959 at the present-day Hotel Barceló Formentor. In a similar vein, the town’s commitment to the world of culture remains firm to this very day. Tales that are within your reach to listen to, feel, experience or share with whoever you may wish. If you’d like to receive alerts about free activities, concerts or specific shows, or you’d like further information on any of the content on this site, all you have to do is sign up. Start planning your holidays right now!
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Pollença, a place with stories to tell
Picture a place where verdant pine-clad mountains descend to meet an intensely turquoise sea. A town where stunning backdrops, a fascinating past and friendly locals are part of everything you do.
Imagine for a moment the authentic character of a dynamic town, with lively and creative people making Pollença a place with a full of content.
The town, with its old quarter, is the hub of social activities. Outlying resorts round off the destination: the Port, with excellent accommodation and tourist amenities, and Cala Sant Vicenç, with some of the best hotels on the island.
And, of course, the Formentor peninsula. Its famous hotel, its viewing point or its lighthouse have been sources of inspiration for politicians, artists and thinkers alike. Now you can discover them too.
Welcome to Pollença, a place with stories to tell.
How to get to Pollença
The distance from Palma Airport to the town is 60km and the journey should take around 45 minutes.
- Leave the airport and follow signs for Palma on the Ma-19 motorway.
- After just over 4km, turn off at Exit 3 and join the westbound lane of the Ma-20 motorway.
- After 2.6km, on the outskirts of Palma, turn off at Exit 3 and join the Ma-13 following signs for Inca/Port d'Alcúdia.
- After almost 40km, turn off at Exit 40 (signposted Pollença), cross the bridge over the motorway and join the final 10km stretch of road to Pollença.
- At Palma Airport there are taxi stands and coach stops with information about fares and routes.
- A taxi costs around 70 euros, slightly less if leaving from central Palma.
- The website of the local public transport company (TIB) has information about coach routes and timetables:
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Enjoy the crystalline coves and prehistoric caves
Cala Sant Vicenç is the third town in importance in the area of Pollença and worthy of mention due to its tranquility and the beauty of its landscape.
Cala Sant Vicenç is located between the mountains of Coves Blanques and Cavall Bernat. During the first decades of the last century its landscapes captivated many artists both here and abroad: Anglada Camarasa, Tito Cittadini, Roberto Montenegro, Roberto Ramaugé, Joaquim Sorolla, Llorenç Cerdà, Dionís Bennàssar, Pasqual Roch Minué ...
The itinerary begins on Cavall Bernat Avenue from where you can reach the lookout of Cala Barques. On the left here you can see a striking noble residence: the summer house of Can Franch, lords of the estate of Sant Vicenç. It is a local Neo-Gothic style building from the late nineteenth century and was designed by the architect Joaquim Pavia.
From this viewpoint you can see one of the most painted views of the town: the Cavall Bernat mountain. Many renowned artists and amateurs have painted the dramatic shape of the Cavall Bernat.
At the beginning of the sandstone staircase leading to the beach there is a small garden with a monument dedicated to the painter Llorenç Cerdà Bisbal. Going down the steps you will find some traditional houses that were the original fishermen’s cottages, and the Hotel Niu which during the 20's was the first hostel in Cala Sant Vicenç and run by its owner Toni Niu.
Let us return to the main road and taking the first street on the right we reach the Plaça de Sant Vicenç, popularly known as the Pine Square, located in an old sandstone quarry. Just at the bottom of the stairs and among the pines, until the late 70's there was a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Carmen which was built during the first half of the 1940s.
Following Cala Clara Street, where you can see the little cove of the same name, and down Temporal Street you reach the Punta dels Ferrers just around the tip. Halfway along on the left is an unfinished wall to commemorate the attempt to reconstruct the unique Tower of Sant Vicenç, the lookout tower from 1571 which had a canon (now on display in the gardens of Joan March). You can go down to the sea by a path to the place known as the Maressar. From here you can see the clear waters of Sant Vicenç.
Around the corner you reach Cala Molins, and if we turn the corner and follow the road that runs beside the sea we can reach Cala Carbó.
Returning to Cala Molins you can follow the route of Torrent Street, which runs parallel to the stream of Sant Vicenç. If we continue to the Alzinaret estate down Mestre Paco Street we arrive at the new church of Sant Vicenç, opened in 1976. Here stands the statue of Our Lady of the Sea, which comes from the Sant Jordi chapel. Within the same estate at the end of Joaquim Sorolla Street, is what remains of a necropolis known as the Caves of the Alzinaret. This is a set of artificial caves from the end of the Pretalayotic period, considered one of the finest monuments of its kind in the Western Mediterranean. Nowadays there are seven funerary artificial caves of a bigger group. They were built around 1600 b. C. and belong to a culture known in Mallorca as the Pretalaiotic. They are a protected group and can be visited freely.
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