Villas in Mallorca
Mallorca, once referred to as the jewel of the Mediterranean, has probably been one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations over the past thirty five years. Within a little over two hours flying time from the UK, Mallorca enjoys an average yearly temperature of 18.7 degrees and almost 3000 hours of sunshine annually. The Island of Mallorca covers and area of 3640 square kilometres, which encompasses white sandy beaches, a coastline of 555km, impressive mountains the highest point being Puig Major at 1432metres, charming hamlets, fishing villages, friendly people and above all a relaxing atmosphere. A place of enjoyment for all age groups. Around 40% of Mallorca’s surface area is protected territory, including the nature reserves of S’Albufera, sa Dragonera and Mondrago, as well as the maritime National Park of Cabrera.
Many ancient civilisations have come to visit Mallorcan therefore the cuisine offers a taste of all the cultures that have shaped its personality. Why not try the typical regional creations such as Tumbet (Mallorcan version of ratatouille), Trempó (Mediterranean salad with tomatos, green peppers and onion) (delicious local version of pizza), Panades (meat and/or vegetable pie), Cocarrois (folded vegetable pie), Frit (fried pork, lamb or seafood with vegetable and herbs), Arròs Brut (rice soup with assorted meats and vegetables), Sopes Mallorquines (casserole with brown bread topped with pork and vegetables), Escudella Fresca (vegetable soup), Fava Parada (lime beans soup), Conill amb Seba (stewed rabbit with onion), Porcella Rostida (roast suckling pig), Braç de Mérostit (roast lamb shoulder) or Escaldums (chicken stew) to name just a few. Not forgetting the host of Mediterranean fish dishes. For meat lovers the popular products are Sobrasada (red spicy sausage) and the tasty Botifarrons (black sausage). The best places to find typical Mallorcan dishes are the restaurants called Cellers. To compliment the food, Mallorca has a deep-rooted winemaking tradition. A growing number of interesting vineyards (Binissalem, Felanitx, Petra, Porreres, Artá and lately Pollensa) produce high quality wines, especially red and rosé. As to local spirits, the two most well known drinks are an aperitif called Palo (black and sweet) and a liqueur known as Herbes (dry, medium or sweet).
For the sporting enthusiast, Mallorca offers an array of open air options. As an island, water activities naturally are high on the list, which include sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and game fishing. Also Mallorca now has a choice of twenty courses with Pollensa Golf being within short drive of many of our villas. Aerial activities from hang gliding and skydiving to flying ultra-lights are also available for the enthusiast. For those who prefer to remain on terra firma, trekking, mountain climbing, hiking, cycling or just plain walking are many of the choices on offer to the Mallorca visitor.
Described as the prettiest town in the north west of Mallorca, Pollensa (sometimes written Pollenca) has been little affected by the major tourist developments nearby and is often used as a base for exploring the region. The labyrinthine of streets – most of them devoid of pavements – are almost the only remaining traces of the medieval town. Most of the houses date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The town square which hosts many bars and restaurants is dominated by the huge Nostra Senyora church originating from the 13th century. Pollensa is recognised as a good town for shops and restaurants and on Sundays there is a food and crafts market. For art lovers, musicians, walkers, food and wine tasters, Pollensa has much to offer.
The Port of Pollensa, or Puerto Pollensa, where many of our villas are
situated, is approximately three miles to the east of Pollensa town with
the Bay of Pollensa stretching for about two miles. With its long sandy
beach, a range of shops and restaurants, which include Chinese, Japanese
and Indian, makes this a comprehensive holiday resort. For the more active
sports enthusiast, scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, yacht charters and
bike rental for cycling enthusiasts are amongst the many activities on offer. Pollensa has
remained a popular choice for many family holidaymakers who return again
and again to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and friendliness of the people.
Many of our villas in Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa include car hire for
Cala San Vicente is a small quiet resort two and a half miles off the road between Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa. With two small beaches, a number of bars and restaurants, this resort is for those looking for the quieter holiday. Walking is a popular pastime with many Cala San Vicente holidaymakers. Regular bus services operate to Pollensa or car hire which is highly recommended may be pre-booked in advance. Many of our villas in Mallorca include car hire for summer 2013.
Alcudia is a pretty resort in the north of the island approximately 12 kilometres from Pollensa with a magnificent stretch of white sand with clear blue sea covering more than 10km. The resort starts in Puerto Alcudia and runs through to Can Picafort and includes the beach area known as Playa de Muro. Alcudia is a historical town with Roman, Byzantine and Moorish influences and has an abundance of restaurants and shops together. Alcudia Old Town, nearby, or as it was originally called Pollentia is well worth a visit as a city founded in or around 123BC. Inside the city and behind its old city walls one can experience quaint narrow streets and various small squares offering an ambience and abundance of side walk cafes, restaurants and boutiques.
Formentor is about half an hours drive from Puerto Pollensa. A steep climbing road takes you to Mallorca’s most northerly point, Cap de Formentor with its superb panoramic views. Preservation of Formentor from large scale tourist development has been a continuing policy over many years which has resulted in flourishing wildlife. Built in 1928 the well known Hotel Formentor has hosted many celebrities and famous people including Winston Churchill, The Duke of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor and Gary Cooper, to name but a few. For our part we feature two unique villas situated within 400 metres of the white sandy beach and crystalline waters but at the same time are very secluded and offer total privacy.