We were fortunate enough to kick off our epic 8 week summer road trip through Spain and France in Mallorca! Specifically Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia Mallorca, on the Northwest side of the island. It turns out this is the perfect place for a family to enjoy a summer holiday.
Where the heck is Mallorca?
Mallorca is one of the 3 Balearic islands in Spain, off of the coast of Valencia and Barcelona. You can reach the islands via a ferry from either of those cities, as well as a few ports in France or Italy. Alternatively you may fly, which is the option we chose as you can’t beat the low airfares available!
Things To Do in Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia Mallorca
I know what you are thinking, rumor has it that the Balearic islands are all about parties and eternal spring breaks. You can certainly find those activities in Palma, but once you head to the northwest of the island, you will find it is very peaceful with plenty of holiday activities. Heck, since you are on an island and surrounded by water, you may as well take advantage of the abundance of watersports!
Alcudia Sea Trips Catamaran Day Tour
Talk about fun! This was a huge catamaran, which could easily hold 100+ people. this was a 5 hour tour around Alcudia Mallorca as well as Puerto Pollensa and lunch near Formentor beach. It is loads of fun if you dare sit up front on the nets. There were even families with infants, sitting in the middle section of course. Alcudia Sea Trips offers many different tours from dolphin watching to speed boats, so check them out to find something right for you. Read more about our experience.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) and Yoga too!
SUP yoga is offered as a class or you can just take SUP lessons with Watersports Mallorca. They are actually located along Playa de Muro, which is just east of Alcudia. There are nice white sand beaches and plenty of places to shop or have a bite to eat. If you really want to enjoy yourself and get a good core work out too, this is the activity for you. Anya enjoyed her class and it was full of kids, so a perfect family activity. This may be best for ages 8+. Read more about our experience.
We have watched people kitesurfing often and have always wanted to give it a try. Just so you know, don’t expect to have a 1-2 hour class and be out their flying around with the rest of them. This is more of a week-long lesson, as it is recommended to have at least 9 hours of lessons. You really need to know how to work the kite and control it before you hop on that kiteboard and sail away. There is only one beach on the island where lessons are permitted and you guessed it, it is between Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia! Our friends at EDMKPollensa have a kite club and a kite school as well. They will make sure you are good to go. Read more about our experience.
Learning to windsurf can be so much fun. Watersports Mallorca offers lessons or if you are experienced, you may just rent the equipment and go out on your own. The instructors work with you and along Playa de Muro the beach is shallow for a good distance. This provides you with a big area to cover and perhaps fall, but easily get back on in the shallow waters. Read more about our experience.
Mirador Es Colomer on the Cape Formentor
I promise you will have amazing views, as you are high on the cliffs above the sea. If you don’t like heights, the path is wide so it isn’t too bad. Of course the kids like to test me and lean over the railing to see me react. You will find the mirador (look out point) on Cape Formentor, along your way from Porto de Pollensa to Formentor Beach.
Majorica Pearl Factory
While I wouldn’t recommend you go out of your way to visit the Majorica pearl factory, it is a perfect place for a brief stop on your way to the Drach Caves. They are world-famous for their production of man-made pearls and have been making them since the late 1800’s. They have a little museum and demo area inside to show you the exact process they follow to make the organic pearls.
Drach Caves – Cueves de Drach
Okay the Drach Caves are great for the entire family and we just loved it. We have visited various caves all over the world, but this is the first one where we listened to a live concert in the cave. It is also the first time we rode boat across the lake inside a cave. Both were very unique and memorable. It is best to book your tickets in advance online, to ensure you enter the cave on the day you prefer. They allow limited numbers of people in each hour. It is best to combine your visit to the caves with a walk around the nearby town of Porto Cristo as well.
Some other points of interest nearby, which we did not have time to visit.
- Santuari de Lluc Monastery – The monastery was founded in the 13th century and is nestled in the mountains about 1300 ft above sea level.
- Soller is a quaint small town about halfway between Palma and Alcudia. The valley is famous for its orange groves and terraces of ancient olive trees.
- There are also many self-guided walks around Port de Pollensa as well. This is a beautiful area for walks and hikes.
There are also many organized tours for you to enjoy from being active on walking or biking tour, to enjoying a food or wine tour. There is so much to do and Viator has so many great offers for you. Click here to see their latest Spain Deals!
Places To Stay in Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia Mallorca
Of course we highly recommend renting a villa for a family of 4 or even 20! This is a great way to enjoy all that is around you and save a little money on eating out too. You can find something for every budget and have more space than a hotel room. You may select something inland or sea front, it is all up to you. Check out all of the beautiful villas available from Travelopo Villas. Several are offered in both Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia Mallorca. Read more about our experience with Travelopo Villas.
Places To Eat in Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia Mallorca
- Ice Cream! You can tell we have lived in Spain for a while, because we were so excited to see Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. This is of course wonderful ice cream and located just along the paseo at the Puerto de Pollensa.
- Osteria N15 – This Italian/Grill on the main square of Puerto Pollensa is perfect for lunch or dinner.
- Al Fresco Deli offering Mediterranean cuisine and good value for money.
- Puerto Pollensa has quite a few good cafes along the seafront serving brunch and light, mid-morning snacks, looking out over the Bay of Pollensa.
Getting around Alucdia Mallorca and Puerto Pollensa
Of course a great way to get around the island is by renting a car. There are many options for you to choose from, but we highly recommend reading out 9 Useful Tips For Car Hire In Spain! Alternatively, you can stay in accommodation in town and use the public bus system or book tours. I do know the public bus system is very inexpensive and easy to use.