By vida villas | 7 February 2023 | pollensa
One of Mallorca’s coastal gems, the town of Puerto Pollensa straddles the northeast of the island’s shoreline and is a picturesque location that has long been popular with visitors from far and wide heading on their holidays to this Balearic beauty.
Puerto Pollensa is one of the most popular settlements on the north of the island, alongside its neighbours including Pollensa and Alcudia. From its breathtaking stretches of golden sandy shorelines to its culturally rich and historic attractions, there’s plenty to keep all groups entertained whilst discovering the wealth of opportunities that the town has in store.
But in particular, families who may be considering a holiday to Mallorca would be wise to add Puerto Pollensa to the top of their list, as they may find that there’s more than meets the eye to this charming coastal town.
Alongside its beautiful local beaches, offering plenty of opportunity for watersports and other activities, and its historic centre, Puerto Pollensa offers something for everyone in the family. Including its local nature reserves and green spaces, allowing visitors to connect with the blissful wildlife of north Mallorca, and the town’s vibrant weekly market.
And not to mention that Puerto Pollensa offers some of the best family-friendly villas and properties to suit every family’s size and needs. From rural retreats set amidst the town’s beautiful surrounding countryside, which still remain within easy reach of the Puerto Pollensa town centre, to properties right in on the action within walking distance of its major sights and attractions, there’s every type of property available to make for a memorable family getaway.
This is why, here at Vida Villas, we’ve highlighted all of the best family things to do in Puerto Pollensa for groups planning a holiday here, alongside the best properties to stay in, to give you plenty of options when planning your trip so that you can craft your dream family break in Mallorca.
If there’s one thing that Puerto Pollensa excels in offering its visitors and residents alike, it is its spectacular local beaches and shorelines.
Puerto Pollensa beaches, and their surrounding coastal areas that are located only a short distance from Puerto Pollensa town, offer families the opportunity to soak in the Mediterranean heat and relax on the swathes of golden sands amidst the backdrop of towering mountainous landscapes, making for a truly scenic Mallorcan day out.
You’ll also find a number of these beaches to be perfect for those who like to engage in watersports and adventurous activities on their beach days out, with opportunities for snorkelling and stand-up paddleboarding, amongst other activities, being in abundance.
We’ve highlighted some of our top picks to give you some inspiration if a beach day out is firmly on your agenda when considering family things to do in Puerto Pollensa.
Platja del Port de Pollensa
As Puerto Pollensa’s main beach, Platja del Port de Pollensa, located slightly south of Puerto Pollensa’s harbour, offers the quintessential beach experience. This wide sandy shoreline offers ample space for families to spend their day relaxing and exploring its 1.5km stretch, nestled at the foothills of the spectacular Formentor Mountains for the ultimate view.
The waters towards the shoreline are not too deep, offering plenty of paddling space for young children or adults who simply want to dip their toes in.
There are plenty of food stores and outlets nearby if you need to replenish yourself during your day out, alongside toilet facilities and showers. The beach is also accessible for wheelchair users, with access points reaching its waters.
And, for families feeling more adventurous, there’s also the opportunity to try a range of watersports and activities, including windsurfing, kitesurfing, and paddleboarding.
Platja de Formentor Beach
Immersed in nature, with a backdrop of the Formentor mountain range and an eruption of verdant pine forests and wildlife, Platja de Formentor is a long and narrow sandy stretch of shoreline with bright turquoise waters, located only a short 18-minute drive from Puerto Pollensa.
This beach stretches over a kilometre in length but is much narrower than its aforementioned counterpart. Nearby, you’ll find a popular hotel, a restaurant with a terrace on the beachfront, and loungers for hire. There is parking available too at a cost.
So, if you’re looking for a Puerto Pollensa beach that allows you to connect with Mallorca’s beautiful natural landscapes, this is the one for you.
From Puerto Pollensa town, there are a host of active excursions you can take to immerse yourself in the surrounding landscapes and explore the beautiful wildlife in the local area. We’ve highlighted one of our favourite walks which is one of the most popular family things to do in Puerto Pollensa for an easy and fun day out.
Cala Bóquer Walk
As one of the most well-known hikes from Puerto Pollensa, it feels only right that we recommend the Cala Bóquer walk to those going on their holidays in Puerto Pollensa.
Cala Bóquer is a charming bay that has remained largely untouched, surrounded by boulders and with views of the island of Colomer.
The walk is an easy, and relatively short, route, making it accessible for most families, which takes roughly an hour to reach Cala Bóquer and an hour to get back.
Signs are posted to the Cala Bóquer walk on the outskirts of Puerto Pollensa, 10 minutes away from the town centre beside the roundabout that adjoins Carrer Ramon Vellenilla Lecuna and the Urbanització de Boquer. You’ll venture through a stunning valley with spectacular views of the Tramuntana mountain range before reaching the cove.
For its sheer beauty alone, this is one of the best things to do in Puerto Pollensa for families that we would recommend.
The weekly market is one of the Puerto Pollensa town must-dos if your stay will be over a Wednesday. Taking place on this day of the week between 8 am and 1:30 pm, you’ll find hundreds of stalls dotted around the town selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to textiles and handicrafts, and souvenirs, amongst other things.
For families, it’s one of the best things to do in Puerto Pollensa as it gives you a glimpse into one of the most culturally important and traditional aspects of Mallorcan life that has been a staple of Puerto Pollensa’s weekly goings-on for decades.
The town erupts into a hive of activity, more so than usual, during these hours on a Wednesday, giving you a real insight into Puerto Pollensa’s local community, with residents buying their local groceries and haggling for the best on offer. If you want to experience the market during its peak, make sure to arrive early or towards the start of its opening, as this is when all of the best products will be on offer and you’ll experience the market during its prime.
The market takes place in the Miquel Capplonch Puerto Pollensa town square, making for a vibrant start to any day during your Puerto Pollensa holiday.
Given Puerto Pollensa’s vicinity to the north of Mallorca’s coastline, it places you in the most convenient location to explore one of the most spectacular aspects of the island’s scenery - its coastline.
The area of, and around, Puerto Pollensa is brimming with secluded and romantic coves, glistening bays and inlets, and craggy stretches of towering coastal cliffs. For those who wish to explore the natural beauty of Mallorca’s exceptional coastline, venturing on a boat trip from Puerto Pollensa is one of the best ways to do so.
And, for families, you’ll likely find that all members of your group will be fascinated by Mallorca’s breathtaking coastal-scapes in one way or another, which is exactly why it’s one of our favourite family things to do in Puerto Pollensa. Below, is one of our highest-recommended boat trips that any family should experience if they’re wanting to embark on a coastal adventure.
The Blue Cave
The magical blue cave is an adventure that is accessible only by boat from Puerto Pollensa. Departing from the port of Pollensa, there are multiple boat trips that depart most days of the week and the round trip takes roughly 2-3 hours.
The Blue Cave itself gains its name from the beautiful effect of the light upon the water in the cave, creating a bright blue illumination in its interior, a spectacular phenomenon that will undoubtedly have every member of your family in awe.
Most trips, on your way back to the port, you will have the opportunity to go for a swim or snorkel to experience the beautiful turquoise waters surrounding Puerto Pollensa during a dip for yourself.
For large family groups looking to have ample space and fantastic facilities, the two-storey Villa Nueve, located in the Llenaire area of Puerto Pollensa, is a sure bet for your family holiday.
Sleeping up to 10 guests across 5 bedrooms, Villa Nueve offers its own outdoor pool and sunbathing area, and a private terrace with spectacular views outwards to the Bay of Pollensa and the Tramuntana mountain range, which makes for the perfect location to indulge in an evening sunset with good food and good company.
The property is located only 750 metres away from the beautiful beach and the famed seafront promenade of Puerto Pollensa but offers a secluded and peaceful experience for families to relax aback from the direct activity of the town in their own private space when needed.
If you prefer to walk straight out of your apartment and into the hustle and bustle of a destination on your holidays, then the Bahia Pine Walk Apartment should be one of the accommodations that you prioritise.
Sleeping up to six people across three bedrooms, Bahia Pine Walk offers exceptional views over the Pine Walk, Puerto Pollensa’s most famous promenade, outwards to the Mediterranean sea and the town’s sandy shores. Walk straight out of this apartment and be only several steps away from feeling the sand between your toes, a fantastically central location within easy reach of the beachfront and Puerto Pollensa town.
When it comes to destinations on the island of Mallorca that offer plenty of opportunities and activities for families, Puerto Pollensa is one of the best northern destinations for experiences that will appeal to every member of your group.
From adventure trips to active endeavours, and exploring the nooks and crannies of Puerto Pollensa’s bustling historic centre on market day, this town is one of the best locations in Mallorca to go for a family holiday that will never leave you longing for more.
Planning your next family getaway to Mallorca and considering whether Puerto Pollensa is the right destination for you? We at Vida Villas are on hand to discuss your wants and needs for your holiday here in Mallorca and to help you craft the perfect stay for you.
Our range of Puerto Pollensa properties and villas offer something to suit every family or varying sizes and preferences. From large villas situated in the tranquil countryside with their own outdoor pools and lounge areas, to apartments that lie only a stone’s throw away from Puerto Pollensa’s exquisite beaches for those who prioritise the sun, sea, and sand on their trip, there are plentiful options to choose from.
Contact us to discuss booking your dream Puerto Pollensa family holidays today.