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Pollensa

History

Pollensa was founded in the year 1229 by the Catalonian conqueror King Jaume I, who brought Christianity to the island. The night of the 30th to 31st of May in the year 1550, was a very significant date for the village and all its future generations. On this prophetical night the Moorish troops of the pirate Dragut attacked the village. Joan Mas the leader of the counter-attack organized a skirmish followed by a battle imploring help from the Virgin against the pirates and shouting out Mare de Déu dels Àngels, assistiu-nos que els pirates ja són aqui! The result was the victory of the Christians of Pollensa.

Geography

Pollensa is to be found in the northwest part of Mallorca. It is the most northern point of Mallorca and for this reason is a reference point as the north for all of Mallorca. Where is Pollensa? This is the question that all the Mallorcans ask when they need to know where the north is. Pollensa is a municipality that has all the flavour of the mountainous Mediterranean area. It is to be found at the foot of the Sierra de Tramontana, it has a number of places where the millenary year old rock of the mountains combine with the rounded pebbles of the coast. Pollensa has the charm of the Mediterranean villages that have wisely adapted to modern times. In its narrow and old streets, you can enjoy the best services for the pleasure of residents and foreigners.

Municipality

The municipality of Pollensa has three nucleus of importance: the village of Pollensa, the Port of Pollensa and the Cala of San Vicente.

Outstanding Features

In Pollensa there are four emblematic places: the calvario, the faro (lighthouse) of Formentor, the mirador of Formentor and the Hotel Formentor. The calvario can be found in the urban nucleus, on a small hill on the highest part of the village where there is a small place for praying. Tradition says that the steps to get there are 365, the same as the number of days in the year. The lighthouse is to be found in one of the most northern parts of the Sierra de Tramontana, the views are only comparable to those of a postcard, the same as those from the observing point. The Hotel Formentor is situated in a really heavenly place of the peninsular of Pollensa, and is one of the most exclusive and luxurious of the island.

Economy

Pollensa dedicates a large part of its economic activity to the development of touristic activities from its three population nucleus. It is the Port of Pollensa which is the part of the municipality that receives a larger number of tourists and which has more and most important infrastructures.

It is certainly worth mentioning the production of the wines known as Vinos de Mortitx. These wines are produced on the estate of Mortitx, in the heart of Sierra de Tramontana, in direction towards Lluc. These supreme broths are achieved thanks to the existence of the micro-climate, the only one in all of Mallorca, which permits that the grapes cultivated are the only ones of their kind, the same as the noble wine that is produced.

 

Transport

Pollensa has a good connection with Palma de Mallorca and the rest of the island by motorway, and a passenger coach service thanks to the company TIB (Transport de les Illes Balears).

Sport and Entertainment

Aquatic Activities

The Port of Pollensa has one of the most impressive coastlines of all the north coast of Mallorca. Its Real Nautical Club of Port of Pollensa, with its sailing school, offers an excellent and varied range of services and a complete formation in the sailing of boats for sea lovers of all ages.

Golf Courses

The municipality of Pollensa has excellent installations for playing golf in the club Golf Pollensa.

Leisure and other Activities

Special Events

The festivities of the patron saints of Pollensa, begin on the 26th of July, finishing on the 2nd of August. The programme of activities is very compact, including a group of giants of Mallorca and Catalonia, and many cultural and sports activities for entertainment. All this frantic activity begins the second of August at five o'clock in the morning. After the dance when the band plays the 'Alborada' in the afternoon, the action in the afternoon starts in the square known as the 'Plaza de la Almoina', with the meeting of Juan Mas, the leader of the Christians and Dragut with his deputy, chief of the Ottomans. So at 19.00 hours, after the famous shout of Joan Mas imploring for help to the Virgin, "Mother of God of the Angels, help us the pirates are already here!", the long awaited battle between the Moors and the Christians takes place. On arriving at the church of Sant Jordi, another combat takes place which represents the liberation of women, men and children which the Moors had imprisoned there. The battle continues until they arrive at the old football field, where the last confrontation takes place. After the victory, Juan Mas picks up the corsarian flag of the half-moon and goes towards the parish church with the rest of the Christians, where they sing a 'Tedéum' to give thanks to the Virgin for the victory. The day ends in the Plaza Mayor with an interpretation of 'l'Alborada' and the village hymn Visca Pollença! with a fireworks display.

Impressions

Pollensa is a place full of history. Those born in Pollensa realize this and are proud of being descendants of famous historical people like Joan Mas. Pollensa is a locality where the magic of the sea and mountain are lived to the full. The municipality welcomes and takes in a great cultural life and its residents enjoy participating in it. The tranquillity of all its regions flourishes in all parts of the municipality, giving Pollensa an indescribable value.

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