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Pollença from near the top of the Valvari Steps.jpg
Flag of Pollença
Coat of arms of Pollença
Location of Pollença in Mallorca
Location of Pollença in Mallorca
Pollença is located in Majorca
Location in Majorca
Pollença is located in Balearic Islands
Pollença (Balearic Islands)
Pollença is located in Spain
Pollença (Spain)
Coordinates: 39°52′38″N 3°0′59″E / 39.87722°N 3.01639°E / 39.87722; 3.01639
Autonomous communityBalearic Islands
ProvinceBalearic Islands
ComarcaSierra de Tramontana
Judicial districtInca
 • MayorMiquel Àngel March (Junts Avançam; 2015)
 • Total151.65 km2 (58.55 sq mi)
47 m (154 ft)
 • Total16,189
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
The 365 Calvari steps

Pollença (Balearic Catalan: [poˈʎɛnsə]; Spanish: Pollensa) is a town and municipality in the northern part of the island of Majorca, near Cap de Formentor and Alcúdia. It lies inland, about 6 km (4 mi) west of its port, Port de Pollença.


The name "Pollença" comes from the name of the Roman settlement of "Pollentia", the excavated remains of which lie several kilometers away, at the modern municipality of Alcúdia. It was founded by the Catalans[citation needed] in the 13th century some 6 km (4 mi) from the coast in an effort to avoid pirate attacks.

Main sights[edit]

Most houses were built in the 17th and 18th centuries and many streets are very narrow and compact, a legacy from the medieval era. The central square, called Plaça Major, has numerous outdoor cafés and is dominated by a large 13th-century church Esglèsia de Nostra Senyora dels Àngels (Our Lady of the Angels) which was built by the Knights Templar.

One of the town's most distinctive features is the 365-step stairway north of the square; this leads up to a chapel on top of the hill known as Calvary. On Good Friday this is the setting for the most dramatic parade of the year. First, on the road winding up the back of the hill, there is a reenactment of the Stations of the Cross. This is followed by a mock crucifixion on top of the hill after which the figure of Christ is ceremonially removed from the Cross. There is a sombre, torchlit parading of the body of Christ through the town led by hundreds of people in cloaks, masks and pointed hats and done in total silence save for the slow beating of a drum.

The town also has a 19th-century bridge of Romanesque design that crosses a stream to the north of town.

Most visited sights in Pollença town: Plaça Mayor, Plaça Vella, Can Llobera, Convent, Joan March Gardens, Calvari and Roman Bridge.


  • Cala Figuera
  • Cala Murta
  • Cala Formentor
  • Cala Sant Vicenç (Cala Molins, Cala Barques, Cala Clara and Cala Carbó)
  • Cala Boquer
  • Puerto Pollença Beach
  • Llenaire Beach
  • Can Cuarassa Beach


  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.

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