We get up early to head to the market in Pollenca. We find free parking just outside the village centre, only a 5 minute walk away from the market. By the time we arrive at just after 9am, the market around the Placa Major is already buzzing. The market on the main square is reserved for food stalls selling fresh fruit and veg, bread, cheese and cold meats. The back alleys are the Sunday home of crafts, clothes, leatherware and souvenir stalls.
We have a quick coffee and feel energised enough to climb the 350 stairs to Calvari – a local pilgrimage site. The climb is easy-going thanks to the stairs being rather flat, plus the rewarding 360ish views from the top over the rooftops of Pollenca and towards the Tramuntana and Mediterranean make the little bit of effort very worthwhile.
By the time we get back to the village centre the streets are a lot busier and there is hardly any space to navigate the narrow streets amongst the crowds descending from what feels like hundreds of tour buses. We buy some truly delicious deluxe (because of its price) bread. At roughly 16€ per kg they’re not exactly the bargain of the century, but they taste amazing. We went for the raisin and nut wheat loaf and the tomato loaf, but choosing amongst the 20 odd varieties was by no means easy. They are expensive breads but they will sort us out for lunch over the next few days.
By the time we leave lovely little Polenca, parking has been hard to come by, so it’s definitely advisable and less stressful to get up an hour earlier and enjoy some peace and quiet before all hell, by that I mean tour groups, breaks loose.
Next destination: Cap de Formentor. More beautiful scenery and coastal roads await. The drive up north on this peninsula might be even more stunning than Sa Calobra. It’s difficult to choose between them though. This road has a lot more traffic and even though it is narrow and only wide enough for one car in places, coaches don’t shy away from driving like maniacs around the edgy bends. It’s not long until the inevitable happens and some coach and car play a game of who’s strongest. The result is a long line of cars. Luckily we’re stuck at an amazing viewpoint and use the time wisely for some snaps.
We reach the lighthouse at the most northern tip of the peninsula and wait for a parking space to become available. The views back south are stunning and worth the wait. It’s pretty busy up here, so we don’t spend too much time up here.
On the way back we pass a small viewpoint that overlooks Cala Figuera. There are only three parking spaces so we’re quite lucky to be able to pull in.
Our next stop is Mirador de sa Creuata – an overcrowded tourist destinations that sells overpriced icecreams and tacky souvenirs. There are coaches arriving by the minute now, blocking traffic from both sides because parking is very districted. Views are great 9nce again though.
It’s a pretty hot day, so we drive back south and head to Port de Pollenca for a stroll along the promenade and some ice-cream. Port de Pollenca is a cute resort town that’s been developed to meet the demands of holiday crowds. The small sandy beaches along the promenade are brilliant for holiday makers that don’t have a hired car though and they’re very clean.
Our final stop for the day is Alcudia which is at the other end of Badia de Pollenca where we try some more local beer and wander through the quiet streets.
Our last stop for the day is Cap des Pinar. Again the views towards Cap de Formentor are stunning and it’s hard to leave the beautiful north coast behind.