I have just returned from my summer holiday in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca. It was our first summer holiday since Covid so we decided to have a chilled holiday than an action packed one.
We flew from Leeds Bradford Airport with TUI at 3.15pm. We waited barely anytime to get through check in and security, it took us about an hour so left us with plenty of time to look through Duty Free and get a sandwich for lunch. Unfortunately, the flight was delayed about an hour but that wasn’t much of an issue as we were all buzzing to get there. As we were flying later on in the afternoon we decided to have something to eat on the plane as we weren’t due to get to our hotel until around 9pm in the evening. I do have to say the Ham & Cheese Toastie from TUI really does hit the spot even though it’s pretty basic.
We were lucky enough to get a private transfer from Palma de Mallorca Airport due to us missing the coach transfer from the flight delay – it got us there in half the time when it was supposed to be 1 hour and 30 mins coach journey with all the drop offs. Our hotel was on the beachfront between Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia.
We stayed at the Club Del Sol Resort and Spa in Puerto Pollensa. We’ve stayed at this hotel a few times before and it definitely does not disappoint. We went previously before Covid and they had newly refurbished rooms and they really did look much more modern. The room was big enough with a double bed in a separate room to the sofa bed in the living area/kitchen which was very handy as we were 4 adults. The views of the sea even when walking towards the bus stop at the end of the road was gorgeous. The hotel was just as we remembered with the lobby even having the exact same smell. The hotel staff were so lovely, and the entertainment staff were too. As a family we much prefer to sunbathe and relax than join in with activities that need effort! However, my Mum and Sister did join in with French boules, Petanque and actually won it!
The hotel has 2 main pools as well as a kiddy splash park. Having the option of two pools was very handy as the main pool was much busier as the day went on meaning that we were able to go to the other pool if we had been out in the morning. We were on a self-catering basis, so we didn’t use the buffet restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner however we did go to the Pool Snack Bar several times. The Snack Bar had a good menu with a wide option of foods to choose from however it did close at 4pm so we had to have our tea quite a bit earlier those evenings. But with there being a mini market in the centre of the hotel we were able to get the food we needed for having some meals in the hotel room especially lunch and breakfast. Their sugary donuts were to die for.
Just outside the hotel there was a lovely little bar and restaurant called The Hideaway which is a small family run business. It was amazing, the food was brilliant and so tasty we decided to spend our last night there. They had so many different options including Takeaway and on the last evening they had a lovely singer called Emma who performed many old classics and we had a good sing-along. There was evening entertainment in the hotel on every nigh starting with a kids disco then different music acts, magic shows etc. and even Bingo which unfortunately we didn’t win!
The hotel was very accessible being in between Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa. It was around a 30-minute walk into Pollensa itself which we have done previous times before however we decided to not to walk this time as it was very hot and we wanted to take it easy. There is a bus service that runs every half hour to and from the hotel into Pollensa and the same with Alcudia which is 2 euros per person and can be paid contactless which you tap for however many people are getting on and then tap it again when getting off at the stop which was much easier than having to pay with cash. On the first night we missed the bus to go into Pollensa so we took a taxi and it actually turned out slightly cheaper than the bus. Which we never expected! We had a lovely meal at El Casinet which is an Italian Restaurant serving pizza and pasta.
We spent most of our time chilling by the pool trying to get a suntan however we did do a couple of day trips. We took a day trip to Alcudia old town which is very traditional with cute Spanish streets and Plazas with restaurants and cafes around. Many years ago Alcudia old town was an important Roman fortress. When walking round you can see the turrets and can walk along the top walls that look down onto the rest of Alcudia. We sat at a restaurant to have some baguettes and drinks for our lunch in the shade as it was very hot when we got there. One of the other times we have visited Alcudia we took a trip to the Bull Ring which was quite impressive as it looked exactly like one out of a movie and they had an offer of a free drink if you bought a ticket to go in. So obviously we did!
We took another day trip into Pollensa Old Town to look around the shops and cafes, it was very similar to Alcudia old town however there are the Calvari steps which I intended to count on the way up but I got distracted looking at the houses and sculptures along the way, I know that there are 365 steps all the way to the top. It was a good work out climbing the steps but we needed a few breaks on the way up. It was so worth it when we reached the top, there was a lovely little chapel with a man sat outside playing traditional Spanish music on his guitar. You could see for miles. On a Sunday there is a market with stall selling many different things including fruit, veg and flowers as well as jewellery and many other things.
We also went on the pedalos at the beach in Pollensa! It was so funny as we kept going round in circles, Mum and Dad had to pedal like mad against the current. I jumped in and had a swim in the sea which was lovely, the water was warm.
On a previous trip to Mallorca we visited Palma, most tour operators offer day trips to the city. Palma is the capital city of Mallorca and has amazing architecture. My favourite part was the Cathedral. There is also a guided sightseeing bus which has become a tradition in our family we love a good tour bus or land train!!
We had a fabulous time and I would definitely love to go back……..although I do want to visit lots of new places too!