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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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Discover the old town
Pollença, the beautiful area of the Serra de Tramuntana (mountain range), is the northernmost of Mallorca. It comprises the town of Pollença and the towns of Port de Pollença, Cala Sant Vicenç and Formentor.
The sun and the beach are not the only attractions that Pollença can offer to residents and visitors. Pollença has a wide bay with calm waters and long beaches as well as small coves with calm, clear water such as Cala Bóquer, Cala Figuera and Cala Murta. Pollença also has hills like the Puig de Maria, the Calvary, or that of Santuïri or Almadrava, and mountains of considerable height such as the Tomir, Puig Gros de Ternelles or Puig del Ca, between which you can find heavenly places such as Cala San Vicenç and Formentor.
Pollença offers a special attraction in that visitors can explore the village on foot. Here, tradition, history, architecture and culture all combine for those who visit us.
A good place to start the tour is the Convent of Sant Domingo; its construction was begun by the Dominican friars in the sixteenth century and was completed in 1616. Since its restoration it has become one of the representative centres of the cultural activities of Pollença. It is the headquarters of the International Contest of Fine Arts, Music Festival and the Museum of Pollença. The cloister is surrounded by a gallery consisting of arches supported by stone columns with Ionic capitals.
The Pollença Museum has an important collection of contemporary paintings and archaeological pieces. Among the most valuable items, ancient Gothic panels can be seen, a large collection of Mallorcan pots from the XVII century and the Braus de la Punta, pieces of wood from the religious funerals of the VI century AD, among other ethnographic items. As for contemporary art, one can see the winning works from the Fine Arts competitions, as well as a Mandala made during the visit of the Buddhist monks to Pollença in the summer of 1990, when the people of Pollença were visited by the Dalai Lama. In the summer of 1997 the gallery received a new collection with the donation of the work of Argentinean artist Atilio Boveri, an adopted son of Pollença.
Beside the architectural ensemble of the convent of Sant Domingo you will find the Gardens of Joan March, where you can see some of the most representative specimens of trees and shrubs of the island. The buildings in this garden are the Gothic Tower (fifteenth century) and the remains of what was once the home of the Marquis Desbrull. This public space, now a garden, was the orchard of the mansion of the Marquis Desbrull. At the centre of the garden is a sculpture of the Pollença hero, Joan Mas.
Following the cobbled street in front of the Museum entrance and then down Guillem Cifre de Colonya Street you come to the chapel of Roser Vell. This chapel is a Gothic building with a single nave and dates from the early sixteenth century. In this small chapel and adjoining grounds the Dominican priests were established in 1578 and this is where grammar and catechism were taught.
Going down the Roser Vell Street, halfway down we find the Assolellador square, former main entrance of the village. Here we also find the Abeurador of Sant Isidre.
Roser Vell Street runs down to the Joan March gardens - from here and then along Antoni Maura Street you arrive at the town square, without doubt the centre of the town. This square, now surrounded by trees (platanus hispanica), occupies part of what was the cemetery until 1821. Its construction began in 1854 and it has since been restructured several times.
There are many buildings around the square, including the parish of Our Lady of the Angels, which was founded by the Knights Templar in 1248. The present church, built on the first one, is from the year 1790 and it is a Gothic building with Baroque ornamentation. It is dedicated to the town's patron saint, Our Lady of the Angels. The steeple of the church stands on the old defensive tower from the fifteenth century.
The journey can be continued down the cobbled Temple Street where you can see the crest of the Knights Templar on the side wall of the bar Can Moixet. Going round the church and down the Carreró del Vent (wind alley) you reach the Plaça Vella, now the scene of two local popular fiestas: the placing and climbing of the Sant Antoni pine tree (17 January) and the dance of the Cossiers (2 August). If we go down Temple Street we reach the Almoina Square, this small square forms the historic centre and in the middle of the square is the Font del Gall (the fountain of the Rooster). This fountain was the resting point for horses and also the place in which, on Saint James’s day, the palmers did their dance. Today, the Almoina Square is the scene of the festive event par excellence: the simulation of the battle of the Moors and the Christians (2 August).
Following Miquel Costa i Llobera Street you can see the ancestral home of the poet Miquel Costa i Llobera, and near here, on Roca Street, we can find the house of the painter and famous son of Pollença, Dionís Bennàssar .
If we go down Roca Street we come to the chapel of Sant Jordi, a Gothic building with single nave vaults. Today it is used as a parish centre.
Monti-sion Street leads to the magnificent building of Monti-sion, here stone stairs allow access to the square. The temple of Monti-sion is a solid and sumptuous Baroque style building which has a single nave with side chapels. The Pollença Council is situated in the Monti-sion building and the main entrance is in the square, while the entrance to the municipal offices is on the Calvary steps.
The Calvary is a small hill,123 metres high and previously known as the Templars, which can be accessed by a beautiful staircase of 365 steps flanked by cypress trees from Jesus Street, next to the Pollença Council. The top is the perfect place to contemplate the beauty of Pollença. The Calvary chapel, with a Baroque façade, dates from 1795, and is the place where the ancient venerated image of Our Lady of the Cross can be found. On Good Friday the square becomes the scene of the Descent of the Cross, and the procession proceeds down the staircase to the parish.
To go down there are two possible ways: take the same steps or take the Camí de les Creus. On this road you can see fourteen stone three-metre high crosses which were placed in 1878 in order to represent the ordeals of Jesus.
At the foot of the Calvary we find the very picturesque streets of Gruat, Sant Joan, Lleó, Bonavista, Padronada, Salut, Estrella ... If we go down Lleó Street and then down Pont Romà Street we get to the Roman bridge, located above the Sant Jordi stream. This bridge, which consists of two unequal arcs, preserves the original architecture.
It is worth mentioning the medieval well “dels Tiradors”, located on Cecili Metel Street, and the Verger well, located on Verger Street; they are the two oldest surviving public wells, but were remade - the neck and the arch that holds the pulley- in the early-nineteenth century.
Nowadays Pollença continues to enjoy its renown in the cultural and artistic world thanks to the public initiatives as the International Music Festival, Pollença's Museum and to private initiatives as Museum-House Dionís Bennàssar, Martí Vicenç Museum and a great number of Art Galleries.
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