When I read Nigel Kane’s article on his website recently about their stay in the North of Majorca, I knew we had to interview Nigel to get his top tips for families who are looking to visit Puerto Pollensa for the first time. So read on to find out more and if you have a specific question about the resort join the FB group.
My wife and I are a couple with a difference, an age difference. I have three grown up children all aged 20+ from my first marriage and I now have a 9 month old baby boy with my wife Martha. As well as an age difference we are also from different countries … I’m from Northern Ireland, where we currently live, and Martha is from Germany. Our love of travel sort of brought us together and it’s what we continue to do as much as possible. Our travels normally take us to the US, Croatia or Sweden on road trips or to places like the Lofoten Islands in Arctic Norway which is possibly the most amazing place we have ever been. We actually even got married on a beach in California in 2015!
We do still however enjoy holidays in places such as Majorca, Portugal and Lanzarote even though we generally end up hiring a car to go exploring part of the time at least. I have been to Majorca a number of times over the years and last October, when Martha was in Germany visiting her family, I decided to go on my first solo foreign trip. I spent a few nights exploring the Palma area and then some time exploring the Puerto Pollensa area which I was familiar with from the past. It reminded me how beautiful the area was and that it would also be a great place to visit with our baby the following year.
Where did we stay…
After considerable research we decided that Hiposa Montelin apartments offered a combination of quality, location and facilities at an affordable price. We travelled in mid September for eight nights which kept the overall price down as we avoided peak season. Our apartment had everything we needed and was spacious enough to accommodate a pram, cot and a high chair without feeling cluttered. It was also very quiet so perfect for Jonas and us getting a good nights sleep.
With having to be back in our room quite early to put Jonas to bed it was also nice to have a TV with some of our regular BBC channels etc to see a programme the occasional night whenever we were tired of looking at each other :-D. We were no more than a five minute walk from the beach and about a 15 minute walk at the most from the main square area.
I should also mention that we were facing Villa Concha and were able to use their pool and other facilities. They had really great children’s facilities ranging from a number of pools to an adventure playground which I wanted to go if I’m being honest but I was over the age and weight limit….just! Incidentally we enjoyed perfect weather during our 8 days with very little cloud and temperatures between 25 to 29 degrees C for those of you who want nice weather but not extreme heat.
Top tips for families visiting Puerto Pollensa…
To me PP is perfect for young families. We wanted somewhere with a good beach, not too built up and above all flat as we didn’t want pushing a pram up and down steep hills in the heat! There are no noisy clubs and discos which might keep us awake and there are numerous excellent child friendly restaurants. For those not wishing to rent a car there is a good, reasonably priced bus service to nearby towns and attractions.
If you have older children the water park in Alcudia is easily reached by bus and taxi and PP has a variety of water sports and boat excursions on offer. Puerto Pollensa isn’t a large resort but I would still advise staying somewhere as close as possible to the seafront for easy access to the beach and town facilities. The last thing you want is a long walk in the heat with perhaps tired children or a crying baby!
This was the first time that we were on a beach holiday with our baby son and and he loved it. He could have happily sat playing at the waters edge all day and of course the sea was a lovely temperature. We were only five minutes from our hotel so it made it very easy to spend part of the day at the swimming pool and then pop down to the beach for an hour or two later in the day.
Places to visit near Puerto Pollensa…
Whenever I visit Puerto Pollensa the two places I always make a point of visiting are the town of Pollensa and Formentor beach. Pollensa is a traditional Spanish town with some beautiful old buildings, squares with top quality restaurants for al fresco dining and a weekly Sunday market. Perhaps most famously it has the Calvary Steps … 365 steps to an old church and a viewpoint with incredible views over the town and towards the Mediterranean. I always have to climb it though my children weren’t quite so enthusiastic when I made them climb it on a very hot day a number of years ago. I climbed it again recently and this time I had our 8 month old attached to me in his baby carrier just to make me really work!
There are regular buses from behind the church in PP to Pollensa and it’s only €3 return so check it out and get some exercise! Formentor beach has to be one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve been to and I’ve been to a lot of beautiful beaches! It really is more like a beach in the Caribbean. It’s one drawback however is its popularity as it gets very busy in peak season. It’s a longish beach but not very deep so it can sometimes be a struggle to find a space for your towel. Don’t let it put you off however as it is worth the effort and it has excellent restaurants at it also.
Everything at Formentor costs somewhat more than in PP which helps it retain that feeling of luxury. Two sun beds and a parasol will cost around €30 but you do get your own personal safe included! Cheapest way to get there is by bus from PP … €3.10 return. There is also a boat from PP in peak season for €30 return and lastly you can drive but be warned the road is narrow and very winding with some steep drops. Car parking at the beach is also fairly expensive. If you go by car you can stop off at a viewpoint on the way or even drive on to the tip of Cape Formentor.
Day trips from Puerto Pollensa…
There are a variety of day trip options available from Puerto Pollensa. For a total contrast to easy going Puerto Pollensa why not visit the capital Palma. I spent a day exploring it last year and was surprised by the size of it. The most visited attraction is the Cathedral close to the waterfront and it is certainly an impressive sight. I also enjoyed exploring some of the quieter backstreets and shady squares along with beautiful La Rambla with its tree lined boulevard lined with flower sellers. Do yourself a favour and take bus 340 to Palma rather than driving. It only takes about an hour and is relatively inexpensive.
Our favourite day trip however is to the Soller area on the west coast. It can be done by public transport but is much easier by car. We took the mountain road via Lluc to Soller but if you’re a nervous driver or passenger you might prefer to take the less daunting quicker route via Inca/Bunyola and the toll tunnel (€5.10 each way). Spend some time in the historic small town of Soller before making the short drive to Port de Soller which is a very attractive resort on a horseshoe shaped bay backed by the Tramuntana Mountains. You can also take the vintage tram between Soller and Port de Soller.
If you have time you should also try to fit in a visit to the mountain village of Deia about 20 minutes drive from Soller. It really is a very beautiful place overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It has even become very popular with celebrities so you never know who you might bump into in one of its tempting restaurants.