Puerto Pollensa, in the far north of Majorca, has long inspired writers and artists. Crime novelist Agatha Christie wrote ‘Problem at Pollensa Bay’ here, and a number of the scenic shots for the TV adaptation of John le Carré’s ‘The Night Manager’ were captured in and around the resort. It’s surrounded by some of the island’s most captivating scenery, tucked within a horseshoe-shaped bay and framed by the dramatic backdrop of the Tramuntana mountain range.
In the town itself, mazey cobbled streets are lined with medieval stone houses and inviting tapas bars, while the modern waterfront area is lined with lively bars and sleek yachts. Just to the south is a long, pine-fringed sandy beach, while northeast of Puerto Pollensa lies a wild, sparsely populated peninsula leading up to the Cap de Formentor lighthouse – the island’s northernmost point, and a superb vantage point for views of the rugged, windswept coastline around it.
While Palma is the official capital of Majorca, Puerto Pollensa is the place to go for epic bike rides. Avid cyclists from around the world flock to this corner of the island to take advantage of the many awe-inspiring routes on offer along the coast, in the Tramuntana mountains, and further inland. Even if you only consider yourself a casual cyclist, there’s no shortage of flat, easy-going trails, which will give you a taste of Majorca’s majestic scenery.