This northernmost municipality in the Tramuntana mountains stands out for its long coastline and physical geography full of contrasts. Pollença’s landscapes¬–from its valley and plains to its awe-inspiring cliffs in the north¬–came to symbolize Mallorca when they were discovered by poets, musicians and painters during the early decades of the 20th century. Cala de Sant Vicenç cove, Formentor, Castell del Rei castle and Pollença’s Stations of the Cross (Calvari) are just some examples of the places portrayed by painters Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Mir, Joaquín Sorolla, Antoni Gelabert and Hermen Anglada Camarasa. This last painter lived in Pollença until his death, and he and Tito Cittadini headed the Pollença school of painting, represented locally by Dionís Bennàssar. With their fascination for the Tramuntana mountains, these artists offered a new, arresting, exotic vision of these landscapes, changing the course of Mallorcan art and exporting an image of paradise to the world.
El pueblo (M. A. Escanelles)
The town of Pollença
The town’s Baroque parish church (1) stands in the Plaça Major or main square. The surrounding buildings conserve all the original flavour of Pollença’s old quarter, with big houses like Can Llobera, Ca n’Aulí (the headquarters of Club Pollença social club), Ca n’Olesa or Ca n’Aixartell, together with Plaça de l’Almoina square whose Font del gall fountain (2) bears an image of a cockerel, the town’s symbol. In Carrer Costa i Llobera, the street where the celebrated poet of the same name was born, Sant Jordi Oratory can be found (3). Close to Camí de Ternelles is Sant Jordi torrent with its Roman bridge (4). The torrent supplied water to Roman Pollentia and it also drove a series of mills.
Monti-sion Church and Jesuit College are now the town hall building (5). Close by are the steps of El Calvari (6), the Stations of the Cross leading up to a chapel. Sant Domingo Church and Monastery (7) stand in the south of the town, with a charming cloister. On top of Puig de Maria peak (8) a fortified monastery was built in the 14th century. Its lodging house is on the Dry Stone Route.
Puente romano (Vicenç Sastre)
Cala de Sant Vicenç, Cala Bóquer and Port de Pollença quay
Close to the road into the valley is Sant Vicenç fortified estate house (1). Numerous prehistoric sites can be found in the surrounding area, such as Alzinaret caves, (2) which date back to pre-Tayalotic times. By the statue of painter Llorenç Cerdà, which stands close to the sea, you can enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding landscape. Punta de la Torre (3) is a vantage point with views of the coves and rock faces of Cavall Bernat.
From the Port de Pollença ring road (Ma-2210), you can reach Cala Bóquer cove (4). The cove and Port de Pollença quay (5) have both inspired painters and photographers alike. The whole of the Formentor peninsula stands out for its inspiring scenery. At the far end, Formentor’s famous lighthouse rises up into the sky.
Bóquer (Vicenç Sastre)