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With about 8,000 residents, Pollensa, or Pollença, as it is called by the Majorcans, is the largest town in northern Majorca. The town appears to the visitor today as a successful mix of time-honoured tradition that draws on a long history and a lively young fun loving scene. The village with its old stone houses and gardens with colourful bushes and slender cypress, offering the lush vegetation of the Mediterranean, is an enviable location.
The country town in Majorca is located in a fertile valley, the "Huerta de Pollensa," or the "Garden of Pollensa" which opens far out to sea towards Puerto de Pollensa. On the land side are the two-edged and partially wooded mountains, "El Calvario" and "Nostra Senyora del Puig". In modern times, the British first discovered the privileged position of the area and created numerous real estate opportunities here, but now German real estate buyers are increasingly discovering the beauty of the north and buying an apartment or a villa in a desirable location on the surrounding hills. The rather rare "se vende" signs in the windows with properties for sale attest to the attractiveness of real estate and high satisfaction of their residents. The picturesque fishing village of Cap Formentor and Puerto Pollensa offer a spectacular close to nature experience and a colourful harbour bustle.
In the picturesque narrow streets you meet women wearing simple grey-brown Majorcan dresses alongside colourful and airily dressed tourists looking for the mediterranean flair and the historical spirit of past times together. The serene and sometimes the heavy, oppressive course of history in Pollensa was lively and often cruel, like all other major settlements in the Balearics.
Because of the fertile soil, humans settled in prehistoric times. In 121 BC, the Romans conquered the island and founded "Pollentia" (the Mighty) as the capital of Majorca. Under the sway of Rome the largest Balearic Island and the city flourished. In 426 BC the vandals brought "Pollentia" to the ground. The few surviving inhabitants then built a new settlement 5 km inland, the foundation for today's Pollenca. Then in the 10th century came the Berbers from North Africa, who conquered the island and ruled until they in turn were defeated by the Christian knights in 1229. The Knights Templar then took over the rule of Pollensa until they were dissolved in 1312 and the order replaced by the Order of St. John. The residents of Pollensa practiced agriculture and animal husbandry, set forth goods and traded over time.
“Calvari” hill in Pollensa
The people who used to arrive by boat, were greatly feared by the Balearics. Foreigners who come by plane to Majorca today however are welcomed. Happily these peaceful visitors wander the trail of the eventful history of Pollensa. From the Vandals, whose name dubbed the term "vandalism", nothing remains of the bad reputation of German people. The "Pont Romà", the double lancet stone bridge over the "Torrent de Sant Jordi" still displays the Roman power and glory. Where once the heavy footstep of a Roman legionary crossed the river bed, now strolls the loosely stepped tourist. To Arab population is still remembered today through the sophisticated irrigation system with canals and irrigation plants. From the times in which the Templars influenced Pollensa, you can still see the powerful facade of the parish church of "Nostra Senyora dels Angels", whose foundations were laid by the Order.
The hill Puig de Maria in Pollensa
The throwback to the past that is perhaps the most spectacular, colourful and admired by foreigners is the game "Moros i Cristian". Every 2nd of August is the fiesta "Mare de DEU dels Angels" (god of the sea and the angel) sees a fight between "Christians and Arabs" instead. The spectacle is reminiscent of the true story of 3 Mai 1550. That night, as the pirate Dragut and his men raided Pollensa, the cry of "Moros a terra" was echoed. On land and in the watchtowers of Atalaya the fires blazed. With flails, pitchforks, scythes, hammers and hatchets, the Pollenser, led by Joan Mas rushed to the corsairs. The victorious inhabitants, some of which were startled from their sleep, fought in their nightgowns and beat the pirates until they fled, having failed make loot and abduct a single person. For the enemy we now see the spectacle only through the blackened faces of the "Moros", which are on the run. A fun event where the protagonists have at least as much fun as the many onlookers who feast on the specialties for sale.
Guests from all over the world who arrived in Pollensa in the 20th and 21st Century, have certainly enriched the local cultural flavour. In the "Museu de Pollensa", the Impressionist landscapes of the Argentine painter, "Atilio Boveri," can be seen who lived in Pollensa from 1912 - 1915. In the cloister of the former Dominican monastery "San Domingo", the "Festival de Pollensa" is held every year in July and August. In this classical music festival, known artists from all over Europe play. The well-known craftsman and designer Marti Vincente (1926 - 1995), renowned for his textiles, in which he combined the traditional tongue pattern with contemporary design, has an weaving exhibition in the eponymous museum.
With its mixture of honoured tradition and modern innovation, it is no wonder that Pollensa has become a popular resort and second home for amateur painters, musicians, friends and many foreigners. Many artists sell their works in small galleries. Excursions and hikes in the nearby mountains are especially popular because of the fantastic view from "Puig de Santa Maria" with the "Hermit de sa Mare de Du" from the 14th Century, which can be combined with a refreshing dip in the ocean before returning to their villa, a holiday home or apartment.
Porta Mallorquina Real Estate in Pollensa
Porta Mallorquina Real Estate
Vía Pollentia, 41, bajos
07460 Pollensa, Mallorca
Telefon: +34 971 535 140