Pollensa is an ancient settlement at the north of Mallorca which, with Alcudia, was settled by the Romans. An ancient roman bridge still survives at Pollensa. Today the town is a favourite of holiday makers with its picturesque Pine Walk, although much of the expanse of beach was washed away by a storm a few years ago. It's a place about which locals are passionate - they say that the background of mountains makes the bay of Pollensa feel like a large lake.
As with all the old towns of Mallorca, each inland town had an equivalent Port and this often causes confusion. When the island depended on pirating, and itself was subject to pirate raiders, the inland town
provided a safe haven for the families.
Faithful climb the 365 Calvary steps . . . it's a long way up there to the Church
There is a January ceremony when a brave young lad climbs to the top of the tall tree
in celebration of the local hero, Joan Mas, who triumphed over Moslem pirate raiders in the 18th Century. There was a battle in 1550 when the residents of Pollenca triumphed over 1500 Moorish pirate invaders.
At Porto Pollensa a garden celebrates also celebrates the hero.
In later, more peaceful times, the port towns provided cool summer residences near the sea and a base from which to fish.