Sandy shores and seafood dinners
Tucked into Majorca’s sheltered northern tip, Puerto Pollensa is a traditional village with a luxury twist. Its sandy caramel shore sits against the backdrop of blue-grey mountains, with a colourful seafront promenade lined with palm trees and beach bars.
Seafood lovers, head to the marina – it’s got some of the best fish restaurants on the island, as well as a handful of chilled-out wine bars. Look out for local specialities like salted cod, squid and oysters – fresh from the net to your plate.
If you’re up for a change of pace, Puerto Pollensa’s old town (Pollensa) is around a 15-minute drive away, and is home to a cluster of narrow streets, galleries and a café-lined square. It’s the ideal spot for a day of sightseeing, people-watching and climbing the famous Calvario steps for views across Puerto Pollensa.
Flight time from the UK to Majorca is around 2 hours 15 minutes.
Transfer time from Palma airport to Puerto Pollensa is approximately 1 hour.
Majorca starts warming up for summer around April, when the mercury climbs into the 20s and doesn’t stop until around July, which can top 30°C. You’re looking at around 11 hours of sunshine a day in midsummer, with bath-like sea temperatures. Things won’t cool off until October, which still hovers in the low to mid 20s.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.