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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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Standing at 380 metres above sea level, this watchtower from the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century was one of the main lookout points to ward off the constant threat of corsairs
The fabulous views from this watchtower, including the Formentor headland, the islet of Colomer, the Bay of Pollença, the Sierra del Cavall Bernat and the rest of the Sierra de Tramuntana, made it an ideal surveillance and coastal defence point to spot pirate boats attempting to come ashore and loot nearby villages.
The Atalaya de Albercutx, located 380 metres above sea level, is part of the system of fortified defence towers that were built on the island between the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century to combat the rise in piracy blighting the Mediterranean and perpetrated by corsairs such as Barbarossa (1). When danger was sensed, smoke signals during the day and torch signals at night were relayed from one tower to another to warn nearby towns, from where armed men would arrive on horseback, and also the city of Palma, where the majority of troops were stationed.
The end of piracy in the nineteenth century meant that most of these watchtowers fell into disuse, although Albercutx did play an important role in the two World Wars and the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), when it was used as a strategic observation point.
(1) Barbarossa: This pirate name was actually used to refer to two Ottoman brothers from the sixteenth century whose attacks under the auspices of the Ottoman Empire on other ships proved a true nightmare for the then Spanish Empire and much of Christian Europe. Barbarossa might well be a mistranslation of the first brother's name, Baba Aruç, who later became governor of Algiers. On his death, the name was inherited by the other brother, Hayreddin. In any case, it seems that both brothers had reddish-coloured beards, so the Italians called them 'Barbarossa'.
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