Majorca’s buzzing south-west
Santa Ponsa is a lively town on Majorca’s south-west coast, just a few kilometres from Magaluf and Palma Nova. It’s a good-looking place, with rolling hills to the north overlooking the Bay of Santa Ponsa. And it’s a dab hand at family-friendly fun, thanks to its stellar beaches and nearby attractions like Western Water Park and Marineland.
The main beach is a 500-metre stretch of fine golden sand with safe swimming areas, watersports and horse riding in the evenings. It’s backed by a forest of pine trees and a long prom that’s back-to-back with restaurants and shops. Plus, it’s a 15-minute walk away from Little Beach, a low-key crescent of sand in a little cove.
Santa Ponsa has 2 main drags crammed with places to eat and drink. In the north, there’s Carrer Ramon de Montcada, which is home to the Irish Quarter. It leads to the Square, an open-air plaza with a big stage that hosts comedy and live music every night. To the south is Avinguda Rei Jaume I, the town’s main road, which is crammed with souvenir shops and first-class restaurants.
There’s also a marina, choc-full of spotless white yachts and water’s-edge restaurants. From here you can take a boat trip along the coast, or – if you want to keep your feet on dry land – head for Majorca’s stylish capital, Palma. It’s a 30-minute bus ride away.