The small town of Pollença in North Mallorca has a rich and colourful history. Following destruction of the settlement by vandals way back in the 5th century, Pollença as we know it was not founded until the 13th century, when King Jaume I introduced the Catalan culture that it currently adopts.
The town’s captivating history is plain to see in the exquisite architecture and surrounding culture, and if visiting the area, there are a number of must-visit places that really capture the essence of this old town.
Dominated by the 18th century Parroquial church, the Plaza Mayor is worth a visit to experience its Sunday fruit and veg market. Here you’ll find stalls selling traditional fare, such as olives, Sobrasada and a variety of Mediterranean vegetables.
If you enjoy arts and crafts, wander through the markets to discover the town’s artistic tradition.
Finca Son Brull
For a piece of history, visit Finca Son Brull, a convent dating back to the 18th century. Once there, treat yourself to a gourmet meal in the top class restaurant, take part in one of their acclaimed cookery classes, or chill out to some of the live Jazz played frequently.
El Calvari Chapel
Climbing the 365 steps to the El Calvari Chapel is a tiring but worthwhile pursuit. Not only does the chapel boast impressive 18th century architecture, but the views over Pollença and Puig on the horizon are stunning.
Another steep climb, the walkway up Via Crucis comprises around 400 steps. At the top stands the 13th century statue of Mare de Deu del Peu de la Creu (Mother of God at the Foot of the Cross), and the views over the surrounding countryside and coastline are incredible.
Puig de Maria & Monastery
Last but by no means least, the ‘Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Puig’ hill is worth embarking on yet another climb to witness the spectacular views of Majorca countryside from the top. The Puig de Maria is home to a stunning 1348 medieval chapel and monastery overlooking the city of Pollenҫa.
If you make it to the top, the restaurant at the peak is the ideal pit-stop for a meal or drinks.
So, if you’re heading to Mallorca this year, be sure to take time out to get to grips with the rich cultural history of this fascinating and picturesque town.
This article was contributed by Aurora Johnson on behalf of Puerto Pollença’s charming Hotel Sis Pins.