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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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It cannot be visited as it is private property.
Conceived as a defence point against pirates, in the early twentieth century this fortress was converted into a residence for the many artists visiting Pollença.
The Albercutx fortress, which commands the lower right end of Punta de la Avanzada, dates back to the seventeenth century when several structures were built to defend the Bay of Pollença from the multitude of pirate attacks it was enduring.
After the first building was constructed in 1628, a second hexagonal building was added in 1692, the base of which can be seen today. The end of the piracy threat in the late nineteenth century made the fortress redundant, although in the early twentieth century a lighthouse was built on the tip of this small headland.
But the heyday of the Fortaleza de Albercutx was to come in the first third of the twentieth century, when Argentinian painter Roberto Ramaugé, who came to the area with the prominent Catalan Post-impressionist artist Hermenegildo Anglada Camarassa, bought the building and turned it into a luxury residence to house the colony of artists who between the 1920s and early 30s had settled in Pollença, attracted by its natural light and inspiring scenery.
This came to an abrupt end after the start of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), as the fortress was commandeered by the Spanish Air Force, turning part of it into a seaplane base and returning the site to its original military use, a reason why Ramaugé and many other artists decided to leave Mallorca. The property was handed back to Ramagué's heirs in 1984 but then changed hands in 2011, being sold for an amount that has not been revealed but could be around 40 million euros, which would make it one of Spain's most expensive properties.
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