Puerto Pollensa: The fourth best seaside and beach town in the Mediterranean
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It’s official. Puerto Pollensa has come fourth in a UK survey for being the best seaside and beach town in the Mediterranean.
This must be applauded and due praise heaped on all residents and workers who create the touristic haven it has become. Although 4th can be perceived as somewhat underwhelming – it’s not! We’re talking the WHOLE of the Mediterranean.
True, we beat off some stiff competition from Which? Magazine around Europe. Closer to home Benalmadena and Fuengirola, rated two stars for attractiveness, but just up the road, Estepona received four stars, for its fantastic beach and a village like feel. You can’t help thinking about the Costa del Sol, with its concrete and little charm. Of course, to beat the likes of Valencia and Barcelona would have been miraculous.
The property scene is booming
Never mind about other locations in the Med., thanks to this super ranking, property hunters have been alerted as to the location's investment potential and subsequently interest in our Villas and Apartments with sea views in Puerto Pollensa has risen. Mallorca has been the place to invest in real estate for quite a number of years now, but this survey has given interest in Mallorca's north an additional boost.
The location was ranked on 12 criteria – the town’s beach, seafront or marina, food and drink, accommodation, tourist attractions, attractiveness, shopping, entertainment, peace and quiet, safety and value for money. All worthy criteria and walking around the town it is hard not to feel proud of the innate attractiveness and style of Puerto Pollensa today.
However, I’m still bothered by the 4th position – perhaps because technically there’s no medal – or that it should have been third – or that English tourists voted for it. I then thought better of it. And decided to think of interesting criteria about Pollensa that might just reinforce this superior prize in my head.
Major attractions in Puerto Pollensa and the North
- Ancient Settlement: The region around Puerto Pollensa has a long history of human habitation. Archaeological remains have been found in the area, suggesting settlements dating back to the Bronze Age and Roman times.
- Fishing Village: Puerto Pollenca as a small fishing village, relying on the sea for its livelihood. In the past, the local economy revolved around fishing, agriculture, and some maritime trade. The idyllic fishermen's port where the local traditional Llauts bob peacefully on their moorings must be one of the most charming on the island. The port attracts a lot of visitors who are thrilled to watch the boats leaving.
- The Yacht Club: Complementing the fishermen's area is the international yacht marina, the Real Club Náutico, or Royal Yacht Club, where the international glamour scene is to be found. The club can berth yachts up to 30 metres in length and, needless to say, these gleaming vessels attract a lot of visitors, who like to enjoy an evening amble along the quays before they visit one of the exquisite restaurants in Puerto Pollensa.
- Tourist Development: like many coastal areas in Mallorca, Puerto Pollenca experienced a significant shift toward tourism in the 20th century. As the island became a popular holiday destination, the town’s economy gradually shifted to accommodate the needs of tourists. So maybe it is fitting that the UK voted for this accolade – as they have certainly made it a super popular holiday destination.
- Natural Beauty: Puerto Pollenca beach is known for its natural beauty, with clear turquoise waters and a backdrop of stunning mountain scenery. The glorious beach with its soft sand stretches for a number of kms along the beautiful bay and ends in a cluster of delightful pine trees that offer wonderful shade during the hot summer months.
- The town Pollensa: Is another major attraction of North Mallorca. Only about 7 car minutes up the road from the port, this traditional town embodies everything that visitors would expect of a typical Mallorcan town. Delightful, cobbled streets lined with pretty shops and elegant restaurants, a magnificent parish church set on the rim of the popular market square and an array of famous sights such as the 365 Calvari steps and the ancient monastery are just a few of the attractions this town has to offer. Pollensa is loaded with magnificent houses for sale that have their own history and are becoming increasingly popular with international property buyers. The buoyant housing market both in the town and the port contributes to keeping a vital part of the economy afloat.
You see, there are quite many very good reasons to feel proud of Puerto Pollensa and the town. What really wins a first prize are all the tireless efforts to preserve the charm and character of Puerto Pollensa.
Both port and town have avoided excessive commercial development and have managed to maintain a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. A fact that should truly be applauded and also deserves a special prize.