Pollensa Old Town, Mallorca

Pollensa is situated in the north-east of Mallorca just inland from the bay of Puerto Pollensa. Coordinates: 39°52′38″N 3°0′59″E

The name "Pollença" comes from the name of the Roman settlement of "Pollentia" founded on the site of the current town of Alcudia in the year 123 BC, after the landing of the Consuls V Cecilio Metelo.  In 1550 it suffered a violent attack by Dragut and 1500 Saracene pirates. The local militia lead by the resident Joan Mas, held him off. This fact is commemorated every year on the 2nd of August in a Moor-Christian mock battle. Between the end of the 19th century and the middle of the 20th century Pollença suffered a migration toward South America, whereas in the seventies this was reversed because of the touristic boom and construction replaced the traditional mountain economy. Since the early years of the 20th century Pollensa became a favourite place for painters visiting the island. Names like Miguel Costa Llobera, Ramón Pico, Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquin Mir, Anglada Camarasa, Tito Cittadini, Dionís Bennàssar and many more have contributed their works (literary and pictorial) to make Pollensa a place known within and outside Mallorca.

Currently Pollensa continues to enjoy popularity within the cultural and artistic world through both public initiatives such as the International Music Festival held in the Cloister of Santo Domingo between the months of July and September and the Museum of Pollensa and private initiatives such as the Casa-Museo Dionís Bennàssar, Martí Vicenç Museum and numerous art galleries

Pollensa has a beautiful old town, which retains its personality and local atmosphere. Most of the houses were built in the 17th and 18th centuries and many streets are very narrow and compact, a leftover from the medieval era. The central square or Plaça Major has numerous outdoor cafes. If you visit the main square do not forget to drink coffee in Can Moixet.


Like the rest of the island of Mallorca, Pollensa has a local cuisine rooted in the traditions of the Mediterranean, however it enjoys a wide variety of restaurants, offering both local and international menus.

Typical Mallorcan dishes like sobrassada and butifarrones made with pork meat sausage can be found alongside the very traditional sopes mallorquines (made with Mallorcan brown bread, vegetables and meat).  Other  specialities to look for are pa amb oli, tumbet ( tomato sauce with green and red peppers and eggplants), arrós brut ( rice with different vegetables and meat), coques de trempó (vegetable cake)... Among the seafood dishes we find els molls, cap-roig, denton, llampuga and llobarro. The most popular pastries of the island are  ensaimadas, gató (cake with almonds), robiols and crespells which are traditionally prepared at Easter.

Mallorca also enjoys a great wine tradition and a high quality liqueur called Hierbas is produced in sweet, semi-dry and dry varieties. In Pollensa you can visit the Mortitx and Can Vidalet wineries where you can see how their wine is produced and enjoy tasting a selection of their best products.

The town emblem, the symbol of the cockerel, can be seen in various places around Pollensa

Pollensa Coat of Arms

 The weather in Pollensa – Mallorca throughout the year

Pollensa weather

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