Santa Ponsa Majorca - Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain

In many ways Santa Ponsa is typical of tourist development on Majorca. You're not going to receive a refreshing dose of native culture here; but you do have the Brits-abroad combination of sea, sand, alcohol and something for the kids all within a manageable area.

Santa Ponsa sits to the west of the Bay of Palma, just 20 minutes from the airport. The setting is certainly an attractive one, although the rash of 1980s villas which characterises the resort does not exactly complement the landscape.

Santa Ponsa is actually quieter than neighbouring resorts, but it is still laden with bars, restaurants and live music. This is Majorca's very own Celtic fringe, since the resort is popular with Irish and Scottish tourists, and the bars reflect this. A walk through the streets brings you to the likes of the Dubliner, Caledonian, Glasgow Bar, Celt's Well, Durty Nelly's, Sean's Place, Scottish Corner and Shamrock. If you want to know what is going on in the resort, 'Santa Ponsa Scene' is a free, monthly guide (less frequent during the winter) which will tell you all. For better nightlife options, there are brasher resorts just ten minutes away, and taxis are not too expensive.

Daytime activities in Santa Ponsa focus on the beaches, and you can take part in all manner of water sports. There are eight clay tennis courts at the Tennis Club Santa Ponsa, and a ten-pin bowling rink, plus a local golf course which is one of the best on the island. The beaches are very clean and well looked after but can get crowded at summer weekends, with many families coming over from Palma. There is a secondary beach under 20 minutes' walk from the main one.

It is a simple matter to get out of the resort to explore the island, and for those without a car there are various buses to Palma ; 100 and 108 are quickest.

The resort is also renowned for its September festival. When Jaume I of Aragon and Catalunya came to the island in 1229 to drive out the Moors, he landed at Santa Ponsa. This arrival is celebrated in the festival, which always ends with a mock battle on the beach between the Christians and the Moors.

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