Mallorca in Winter: the other Mallorca is #BetterInWinter

What could be better than some sunny days, warm temperatures and the beach in the Mallorcan Summer time? Enjoying Mallorca in Winter! The island made its name world-wide as a holiday destination but those who know it well are very aware that its best enjoy in the off season…

Mallorca in Winter

This is why the Balearic Islands Government has launched the campaign #BetterInWinter to promote Mallorca tourism on winter. But… What makes the Winter (and not the Autumn) the perfect time of year to visit Mallorca?

In fact, Mallorca in winter is like September in Northern Europe…

Delighting in Mallorca in Winter is especially easy:

Here we explain you why visiting Mallorca in winter is the best decision you can take:

The Winter time in Mallorca is ideal for visiting villages and tourist monuments:

Some of Mallorca’s most famous tourist attractions become filled in Summer but are nice and roomy in winter, allowing for less queuing and hassle due to all the other people there.

Villages such as Valldemossa, Sóller or Deià; historical buildings such as La Seu or Castell de Bellver and natural sights and monuments including Sa Calobra or Formentor will be waiting for you instead of needing to be visited alongside heaps and heaps of tourists… Make the most and visit them in your own time!

 

The Winter time in Mallorca is ideal for discovering traditions and visiting its fairs:

While it’s true that many festivities and late-night events are held in the Summer, it’s during the Winter and Autumn that many of its fairs and typical traditions can be appreciated.

Many towns hold themed fairs and festivals each relating to different towns’ seasonal products, providing the perfect opportunity to buy artisanal goods and taste delicious recipes.

 

The Winter in Mallorca is perfectly suited for outdoor and nature activities.

Spared the fierce heat of the Mediterranean Summer which restricts options leisure and adventure out in the fresh air, Mallorca is ideal in the Winter time for revelling in its nature and its landscapes with optional thrills from an endless range of sports.

In some towns such as Pollença, it’s possible to enjoy hiking trails in its surrounding scenery, roads boasting flat stretches and mountain passes for cycling enthusiasts, bird-watching spots and places suited and prepared for extreme sports such as rock-climbing and canyoning.

“Spectacle of the eight” at La Seu Cathedral

The Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, known as La Seu, is among the most visited landmarks in the city and across the island. But there are three days each year when La Seu is a real must-see. One is on the 24th of December for the Song of the Sybil (Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity) and the other two are the 11th of November and the 2nd of February: when the rose window of Palma’s cathedral aligns closely with the sun to create its light-show called El Espectáculo del Ocho in spanish, l’espectacle del vuit in catalan and the spectacle of the eight in english.

Tips: It is advisable to arrive with enough time ahead of the spectacle of the eight, as many people visit La Seu on these dates each year. The full effect is dependent on the morning sun being out on that day.

The spectacle of the eight: 11th of November and 2nd of February

The 11th day of the 11th month and the 2nd day of the 2nd month, the saint days of La Candelaria and Saint Martin respectively, are the days on which the “spectacle of the eight” takes place, between 8 and 9 o’clock in the morning.

The morning sun’s rays pass through La Seu’s main rose window, casting themselves just below the building’s other rose window, located on its main frontage, at the western end. The effects of the light produce a figure of eight between the two rosettes, hence the name “spectacle of the eight”.

Did you know that La Seu’s “Rosetón Mayor”, at 13 metres in diameter and 1,236 coloured glass panes is the largest found in any Gothic cathedral?

Winter solstice’s lightshow: another sun effect at La Seu

For around 20 days around the winter solstice -22nd od December- another light effect takes place between the rose windows of La Seu: it’s possible to see the sunrise through them.

In this case the phenomenon is only to be appreciated from outside the cathedral –Es Baluard terrace is agreat idea!- and one can see as the main rosette and the lesser rose window at the building’s front entrance, create a kind of kaleidoscope by aligning with one another through the rising sun’s rays of light.

 

Visiting Santa Catalina’s Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca

Visiting La Seu is not just interesting during these light-show phenomena: the cathedral of Mallorca is a masterpiece of 13th century architecture, a place of worship and truly a compulsory visit for lovers of Levantine Gothic art.

Weather in Mallorca: information and advice

While the weather in Mallorca is described as being “always sunny and warm” by our northern European visitors, the fact is that the weather in Mallorca is quite varied depending on the time of the year and one would do well to follow certain pieces of advice to avoid the weather’s unwelcome surprises, since after all, it’s not summertime all year around.

Weather in Mallorca: 4 different seasons

Below we describe you the weather in Mallorca depending on the time of the year you visit it and some advice about it:

Spring: from 21st of March till 21st of June

As throughout the Mediterranean, it’s during Spring that the warm temperatures return to Mallorca: a sunny and pleasant time of year which does vary, however, with spring-rain clouds that can come together quite quickly.

Tip: Include an umbrella or rain-coat when packing your luggage so you’re ready at all times. The Spring in Mallorca is the season for seeing the almond trees blossom and cycling groups in trainingblog6Imagen de @balearick

Summer: from 22nd of June till 22nd of September

The summer is our sunny season with the highest temperatures in Mallorca: clear skies, virtually no rain and an intense heat that is only mitigated by the sea breeze…

Tip: The summer is the best time of year to sun bathe and enjoy the beach but be careful not to get sun-burned and avoid getting dehydrated while doing sport.

Autumn: from 23rd of September till 21st of December

During the autumn in Mallorca one can enjoy pleasantly mild temperatures (which do however drop at night) and mostly sunny weather, although powerful storms may appear.

Tip: Autumn in Mallorca is perfect for activities in nature after it regains its natural green colour. Asparagus, mushrooms, snails and other foods are to be found in the forests and at the fairs that are held in its honour.

Winter: from 22nd of December till 20th of May

The climate’s cold season Mallorca can’t fairly be compared to northern Europe’s winter since our temperatures rarely drop below 5 ºC. On clear days, the sun shines with the same strength as in the summer time!

Tip: If you get catch a week of bad weather in the winter time, consider a visit to the island’s highest mountains in the Serra de Tramuntana, and enjoy some snow in Mallorca. Nobody will believe you!

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Cycling in Mallorca? Pollensa is the ideal place!

Each year thousands of Europeans travel to Mallorca in order to put their passion into action: the sport of cycling. The numbers are increasing year-by-year, among those visiting the island for training reasons, in preparation for competition season, as professionals, or simply to enjoy riding on the island’s roads. But, what is it that attracts so many cycling nuts to the practicing their cycling in Mallorca?

 

Why go cycling in Mallorca?

Mallorca is perfect for European cyclists for 3 reasons:

·A wide range of cycling routes: although the island is relatively small, it features a large number of routes allowing one to easily combine steeper sections with more level stretches.

·Milder temperatures all year around: The Mallorcan climate is among the appealing factors for cyclists from northern Europe, as it is warmer, sunnier and more favourable for training than in their home countries.

·First-rate mountain passes, renowned among cyclists: in the Serra de Tramuntana one finds a series of mountain passes that have become famous among cyclists for their difficulty, technical skill requirement and beauty.

 

Pollença: the ideal holiday destination!

Of all the places in which one can practice cycling in Mallorca, the town of Pollença is a definite highlight in the island’s northern region.

What makes Pollença so special for cyclists?

-It is at the northern end of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.

-It enjoys direct access to the Formentor road.

-It is also connected to the island’s flatter central plains termed Es Plà.

-#CyclingFriendly business range and the original home of passion for cycling in Mallorca.

 

Find perfect villas for practicing cycling in Mallorca:

At JS Properties we recommend a series of villas for accommodation during your cycling getaway to Mallorca, all located near cycling routes and all ready to welcome your entire pelotón of friends and road companions:

Villa Can Segura: holiday rental up to 14 people.

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Can Verga: rental for 14 people just 3 minutes from Pollença.

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Book this villa now and start cycling in Mallorca.

·Villa Putxet: house with jacuzzi & gym up to 14 people.

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Click here and book now this luxury villa in Mallorca. 

 

 

October in Mallorca: wheather and what to do

Once the summer comes to a close, Mallorca eases into a quieter, less heat-ridden time, quite ideal for a stay on the island. The month of October in Mallorca offers many possibilities to those visiting: from relaxing and enjoying its cultural heritage and history, enjoying freedom from long queues and overwhelming tourism, through to exploring nature and the thrill of marvelous adventures.

The weather in autumn: mild temperatures and potential showers

As one would expect during this season, the trees lose their leaves and the countryside returns to its green tones after the long dry summer. In Mallorca the autumn is a season defined by mild temperatures and more varied meteorological conditions. The sun shines most days but the skies can swiftly shift and let out showers, sometimes even unleashing downpour in torrential amounts.

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Furthermore, the difference in temperatures from day to night time can be quite marked, meaning it is advisable to always have a jacket with you for the cold and/or a rain coat for the rain during October in Mallorca.

October in Mallorca: What to do in?

October in Mallorca (and the whole autumn) is perfect to enjoy a huge variety of plans and outdoor activities in Mallorca:

· Hiking & Birdwatching

The drop in temperatures allows for the enjoyment of pleasant hikes and outings around the island: the nature reserves in Mallorca become the perfect place for a walk and you will be able to spot a wide range of migratory and autochthonous birds during the month of October in Mallorca.

· Cycling

During October in Mallorca, the roads become the ideal setting once more, for training on your bicycle and enjoying some of the very best cycling stretches in the world.

· Adventure Travel in Mallorca

In autumn our visitors may also consider an adventure outing in Mallorca: from climbing the mountains of our Serra de Tramuntana to hill-walking down its laden riverbeds… Dare to try some canyoning!

· Relax

As it’s not so crowded, October in Mallorca is the perfect time of the year to relax: explore the island during autumn, delve into its towns and relax yourself!

Relax yourself at one of JS Properties Real Estate holiday rental villa during your holidays in Mallorca!

·Culture & History

Get to know the history and cultural heritage of Mallorca with visits to La Seu, Castell de Bellver, Sa Llotja… And many others among Palma’s monuments and the rest of the island!

Don’t doubt it and book right now your holiday rental villa with JS Properties Real Estate and enjoy your fall outgoing in Mallorca!

Eat in Mallorca: 7 light dishes you should enjoy

Everyone is familiar with Spanish cuisine: its ham, tapas and paella have made it famous around the world, besides counting itself among the healthiest diets in the world. Yet while typical Spanish dishes may be enjoyed in Mallorca, there are traditional foods you can only eat in Mallorca… What light dishes should you eat in Mallorca to enjoy its cuisine like a true Mallorcan?

7 light dishes you should eat in Mallorca:

Here we recommend to you a few typical light dishes you must eat in Mallorca: eat them as a starters, light dinner o for an authentic mallorcan buffet:

Galletes d’oli: These little biscuits are perfect as a snack! Their simple recipe featuring flour, salt and olive oil makes them ideal for eating alongside sobrassada, cheese, sausage and cold meats, or for that matter, any other typical product from Mallorca.

Frito mallorquín: Our “frit de matançes” made with pork or lamb is a typical Mallorcan dish with lean meat, liver, slow-cooked onion and garlic, vegetables (red pepper, fennel…) and fried potatoes.

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In many fisherman towns the traditional frit has been reinvented as “frit mariner”: cooked on the same way but changing the meat by cuttle fish, octopus or fish.

Mallorcan-style snails: Mallorca’s traditional way of eating snails in a rich broth is an especially tasty one. Try it with aioli!

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Tumbet: This dish is usually served as a garnish for meats or fish and is made up of aubergine, courgette and oven-baked sliced potatoes in a clay terrine or greixonera, and covered in tomato sauce. A vegan dish to truly savour, in Mallorca!

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Pa amb oli: Simple and delicious. Some slices of authentic Mallorcan pa moreno with ramallet tomatoes rubbed in with salt and olive oil, all alongside our split olives trencades, goat’s or mahón cheese and cold meats. eat in Mallorca Trampó: You’ll need some bread to wipe up this fresh dish of fine-diced tomato, Italian pepper and onion. It is seasoned with salt and olive oil and is usually served with cheese or sausage: ¡a real must when in Mallorca during summertime! trampo eat in mallorca Coques: Our coca bakes are a typical dish at Mallorcan family celebrations, a salted pastry base covered with trampó, onion or roast peppers – sometimes made with meat, fish or traditional cold meats.

Now that you know what to eat in Mallorca… don’t forget to pair all this typical Mallorcan food with one of the island’s many wines!

12 brief reasons to buy a house in Mallorca:

Do you want to buy a house in Mallorca but aren’t quite sure? Don’t know if it’ll be the right choice? Here we give you 12 brief reasons for which buying a house in Mallorca is the best decision you can take.

Here you can find 12 brief reasons to buy a house in Mallorca:

1. Paradisiacal Beaches
Es Trenc, Formentor, Cala Mesquida… Mallorca is full of dream beaches on which to enjoy a refreshing splash or pleasant evening walk.

2. Outdoor sports
Mallorca is perfect for preacticing a wide range of activities out in the open, thanks to its year-around sunny climate: hill-walking, golf, running, rock climbing, beach volley, tennis…

3. Cycling
Cycling in Mallorca deserves its own separate mention. The island is a destination that welcomes thousands of amateurs and professionals who come to train on its roads, which are teeming with first-rate mountain passes and plains.

4. Climate
Sun and hot temperatures. The Mediterranean climate is perfect for enjoying activities out in the fresh air, and not just in the summer but all year around.

5. Nature
The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, hundreds of unspoilt inlets and crystal-clear waters, dream-like seabeds… Mallorca is famous around the world for its natural beauty and landscapes.

6. The sunsets
If Mallorca’s beaches and cala inlets are dream-like, imagine what spending the evening there must be like. Besides, they can also be enjoyed from miradors within the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.

7. Sea and shore
Mallorca’s waters are ideal for sailing but also for enjoying water sports as scuba, windsurf, snorkel, kytesurf…

8. Palma
The island’s capital is among Mallorca’s great attractions, constituting a perfect union of modernity and history. La Seu, the Bellver Castle… Palma is full of things to do and see.

9. Its towns and villages
Valldemossa, Sóller, Pollença, Sineu… The towns of Mallorca will put a spell on you: their streets radiate authenticity and every corner offers details worth taking a picture.

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10. History
Talaiótic, Roman, Muslim… A great deal of cultures have left their mark on the island and we can now appreciate these through incredible settlements.

11. Cuisine
Mallorcan gastronomy is a blend of traditional Spanish cuisine, Mediterranean dishes and typical recipes from the island and the Balearics… ¡Delicious!

12. Tradition
With the arrival of modern tourism, Mallorcan society experienced accelerated development while its people strived to preserve the traditions that give the island its unique character.

 

If you are not convinced yet to buy a house in Mallorca, here you can read this article with more reasons to buy a house in Mallorca.

If you want to buy a house in Mallorca go into JS Properties catalogue of villas and apartments for sale in Mallorca.

Mallorcan look: your outfit in the island

The endless amount of things we still have to learn from our grandparents! The recipe for perfect croquettes, how to choose a good watermelon, the secret to a happy marriage… There are many lessons to be learned from our elder and one of them is how we should dress to avoid suffocating in Mallorca’s summer heat: the traditional clothing and accessories of the Mediterranean are perfectly suited to the climate and lifestyle. Besides also being a style that never goes out of fashion and that comes back every summer!

5 pieces of clothing for dressing like a true Mallorcan:

  • Capell: You can opt for the traditional one from Mallorca or for hats from other places in the world, such as habanero hats, or even baseball caps but the important part is that you protect your head from the solar radiation.

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                    • Baggy cotton shirt: Let yourself be inspired by Ibiza’s Aldib fashion or by the traditional Mallorcan style roba de llengos, and above all try to always wear wide, airy cotton clothing that breathes well and thereby protects you from the hot temperatures.

 

 

      • Aubarques or sabates de espart: Although the aubarques shoe is from Menorca, a real Mallorquín person will wear them as if they were from his own island, since, just like the sabates d’espart they’re cool, protect your foot in summer and are very comfortable.

 

 

  • Swimsuit/bikini always near and handy: If one thing is really essential when you’re in Mallorca, it’s to always have your bathing suit available to you can enjoy a splash or a dive into mallorcan waters whenever you feel like one.
  • Senalla: It’s the perfect accessory for carrying everything you need! They come in larger and in smaller sizes, with a zipper or without, with long or short handles… And the best of all is, they’re perfect for both men and women.

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If you heed this advice when getting dressed, you’ll not only be cooler and deal with the heat better in the Mallorcan summertime, but you’ll also be wearing a 100% Mediterranean and authentic Mallorcan style that will allow you to practically camouflage with the locals.

Going to Mallorca for holidays explained with Gif

Travelling is an emotional roller coaster: from the previous anxiety till the post vacation depression, and obviously the glory during the holidays, your mood changes constantly. And travelling to Mallorca is not an exception!

Here we explain you all the differents mind state a tourist experiments while being in Mallorca… with gifs!

The 21 mood state every tourist feels in Mallorca:

1.Counting the seconds till you’re on holidays

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Every second is an eternity. You’re still at you job and cannot wait anymore… You want to be in Mallorca right now!

2.When you can finally go to the airport!

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Your holiday has just started! Now you just need to prepare your luggage…

3. Packing the suitcase

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“What do I need in Paradise?” ask yourself. And the you looks like Mary Poppins…

4.Driving to the airport

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You are happy: you’ll enjoy one week in Mallorca!

5.When you arrive at Palma airport:

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You feel like God.

6.When you arrive at your JS Properties holiday rental villa…

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The best decision you ever had…

7.Planning your 1st day of holidays

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You’re very exited. You want to do everything: go to the beach, hiking…

8.When you arrive for the first time into a Mallorcan beach

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You were waiting for this…

9.Flirting on the beach…

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Is better for you to turn on your holidays and enjoy what you have…

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10.After your first day on the beach…

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You’re completly burned… You must use sun cream and others tricks to “survive” Pollença’s weather. Now when someone touch your skin…

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11.When you eat spanish food for the first time…

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IT’S DELICIOUS!

11.When you realize how cheap it’s!

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Food, hanging out… Some things are very cheap in Mallorca. Take advantage of it!

·Find the best restaurants in Puerto Pollensa.

12.Going into an unspoilt cove!

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There’s no words. This is THE beach!

·Find the best coves and the non-touristic beaches in Mallorca northern area.

13.When you make new friends while in Mallorca

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You’re going to be best friends after this days…

14.Going to the beach with your new friends

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You have a lot of fun!

·Discover the best plans to enjoy in Puerto Pollensa while your summer holidays!

15. When your new friends says that’s his last day in Mallorca.

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Now you realize your holidays are close to the end, too.

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16. Going into the souvenir shop…

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That happens to everyone! And then at the airport…

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17.When you realize it’s your last day of holidays in Mallorca…

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And then you decide to do everything you haven’t done till this moment…

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18.During your last day of holidays…

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Even the bravest men can’t stop crying…

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19.At work with a post-vaction depression…

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You know it’s not true…

20.When a workmate says Mallorca is not as much…

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Yes. He/she is a completly asshole.

21. When you realize you can come back to Mallorca!!!

A gif is not enhought to explain what you are feeling right now…

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… it’s orgasmic…

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…you loose the control…

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…Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!…

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… You can celebrate it by yourself!

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Book a holiday rental villa with JS Properties if you too want to enjoy this roller coaster called “holidays in Mallorca”.

Plans in Puerto Pollensa you cannot miss! (II)

Don’t know what to do in Pollença to get even more fun and enjoyment out of your holidays? Here we recommend 5 plans in Puerto Pollensa to enjoy your holidays:

5 plans in Puerto Pollensa you cannot miss during your holidays:

1. Visit Pollensa old town:

Located just 7km from the Port of Pollença lies the town of Pollensa: an ideal place to stop off and see. Its old town centre is a historical quarter filled with cobbled side-streets, monuments, landmarks and famous buildings and places in which to let yourself be soothed by the relaxing atmosphere.

 

2. Enjoy a sunset with seaviews!

Although from the beach of Puerto de Pollensa you can’t see the sun setting on the horizon (hidden by the mountains), one can enjoy the different colours taken on by the sunlight over the bay of Pollensa.

The best way to enjoy these views is from a restaurant terrace, we recommend you try Casa Vila Di Mare.

 

3. Discover an unspoild cave!

The Puerto de Pollensa beach is perfect for enjoying your holidays: it has chiringuito beach bars, sunbeds and kids’ playgrounds. But sometimes it’s best to enjoy the peace and quiet of a virgin cala inlet…

Get your rucksack ready with a picnic, drink, sun cream and a towel, and head towards any of the unspoilt beaches awaiting in the area around the Port of Pollença.

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An excursion to “U Caló” is one of the bes plans in Puerto Pollensa you can enjoy during your holidays!

4. Enjoy festivities!

If anything can make your holidays in Port de Pollença even better it would have to be visiting during its patron-saint summer festivities of Sant Pere and the Mare de Déu del Carme, as well as Pollença’s own festivities, La Patrona.

 

5. Discover the whole island!

When you find yourself without much of a plan (we suggest a few, but there are many more plans in Puerto Pollensa) you might also visit nearby towns and villages such as Alcudia, Muro or Lluc. Or visit the best places on the island.

 

Do you have any other plans in puerto pollensa you would like to recommend to its visitors? Explain it to us at JS properties facebook page!