Whimbrel Sailing Adventure travel blog

Cape Formentor at far north-east tip of Mallorca

Cala de Engossaubas - coffee stop

Puerto de Pollensa from anchorage

Navy seaplane taking off, in amongst the boats in Puerto de Pollensa!

Inland landscape - North Mallorca

Puerto Pollensa, looking south

Puerto Pollensa anchorage - getting busy

Pollensa town - Calvary steps

Cala Vicent and the path we walked between the hills

Cala Vicent with north-east coast cliffs behind

We had an uneventful sail round Cape Formentor to Puerto de Pollenca (Port Pollensa), stopping for an hour in a small, steep-sided bay called Cala de Engossaubas where there was just enough room for us and the two other boats already anchored there (10 nautical miles in 2 hours 30 minutes).

Puerto de Pollensa is a lovely spot – a wide, shallow bay surrounded by low hills, with room for lots of boats to moor. We anchored in amongst the mooring buoys not too far from the main shopping area. We plan to stay here for a few days as there are supposedly good walks and other places of interest to visit.

It turns out the walks here aren’t a patch on those around Puerto de Soller although the walk out on the headland near Cala Sant Vicent was interesting. We got the bus to a nearby nature reserve (mostly marshland) which is one of the most important birdwatching sites in the Balearics. We saw several birds we hadn’t seen before, including a couple of Kentish plovers and a female marsh harrier, but the highlight was an osprey sitting on a post eating a fish, about 100 yards from the hide we were in!

Puerto de Pollensa has lots of restaurants and we had a couple of lovely meals out while we were there. We also went to the Sunday market in Pollensa town which seemed less touristy than a lot of the markets with fruit and veg as well as clothes, bowls and utensils made out of olive wood and an English woman selling genuine Panama hats!

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