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Santa Ponsa

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Santa Ponša is a quiet seaside resort at the edge of a charming bay just over 12 mi west of Palma. The airport is about 19 mi away. Though not very large, the Santa Ponsa beach is still quite popular. It is well-equipped with plastic chairs and thatched parasols, as well as showers, a beach volleyball pitch, and some bars and restaurants. You can also try your hand at several water sports. The beautiful beach, with fine sand and crystal-clear water, benefits from a gorgeous setting in a bay surrounded by tree-covered hills. If you go a little further towards the entrance of the city, you will find El Toro overlooking the new marina of Port Adriano. It is a lovely cove with red cliffs, a bit like the Grand Canyon. The beach at Port Adriano is a charming little cove with ochre cliffs that are reminiscent of the American west. This beautiful natural site is somewhat spoiled by the marina, even it does have a smart design by Philippe Starck. The beach has remained untouched, with no deckchairs, parasols or showers.

To see

The El Toro marina of Port Adriano, designed by Philippe Starck. The peninsula of Portals Vells, located at the far end of the bay of Palma and accessible by small paved roads, is a great place for beautiful walks between the pine forest and the wild cove.

To do

There is so much to see and do here: golfing, Marineland in Portals Nous, Kathmandu House, the casino, the aquapark, karting, surfing and body surfing sessions at the Sol Wave House in Magaluf, and the casino.
In the region of Palma but in the area going towards the mountains of Soller, the Son Amar puts on a lovely dinner show with equestrianism, magic shows and Spanish ballet.

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To think about

The resort of Pansa Ponsa holds its own Oktoberfest but it is not exactly cheap: a single beer costs ú10!

To avoid

Those who prefer tranquillity and authenticity should avoid the urbanised areas of Palma. Its countryside and villages are worth a visit, along with its mountains in the west and its preserved coves with turquoise waters in the east. Buses run regularly between the coastal resorts and Palma, but the best way to discover the island is by car.

To try

You can find many different things to eat in Santa Ponsa: Spanish dishes, of course, but also German specialities, especially in October during Oktoberfest.

To bring back

A wide variety of traditional Majorcan crafts. In addition to the famous, world-renowned pearls of Manacor, glass is still manufactured using traditional techniques, as are the ceramics. You can also buy tapestries, leather bags, wrought iron, copper and olive wood items, and herbal liqueurs.
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