3 years ago I wrote a rough guide to north east Mallorca, and it is still one of the most referenced entries on this blog over that period, so after the last 11 days staying in the same resort, it might to be prudent to do an update to this article.  The original post can be found here.

Again we booked through Alpharooms, who kept up the usual standards from my last visit to the island, all arrangements went smoothly including a late booking of the child seat for my 2 year old, the only hitch was the Monarch check in staff not knowing their baggage allowances and forcing an unnecessary re-arrangement of our luggage weights, before being informed by a supervisor that we were in fact under the booked allowances and another repack back from hand to checked baggage ensued.  Thankfully words were had with the member of staff by the said supervisor.  This is turn created a situation where some items which should have been checked in ended up in hand luggage and were picked up by Customs, thankfully they were helpful as they can be in their job.

The car from Atesa was a frugal diesel Citroen C3 with all the toys and although was a tight fit on the trips to and from the airport with all the luggage it performed excellently for the daily task of moving us around the island, averaging 50 miles per gallon over our holiday.

This time we stayed at the Oro Playa at the northern end of Puerto Pollensa about 50 metres from the sea front.  A basic hotel room wise provided all the facilities we needed for our visit, although we did have an issue with ants in the room, something other people we spoke to on the ground floor did not experience.  The hotel provided entertainment at night which my 8 year old loved, and ensured friends were made for the duration of the holiday by her.  This included 5 shows over the period of our stay and a mini disco 6 nights a week (sadly with no variation however) by CoCo the clown.  The staff could not be faulted from the manager to the bar staff (Rio and Andreas did an excellent job with a bunch of 8-10 years olds who would have tested the patience of a saint), down to the maids who brought clean towels daily and offered bi-daily cleaning of your room.  The pool was big enough to cater for adults and kids with a shallow pool for younger members of the family.  The bar opened until 12pm at night and prices were about average vs those paid elsewhere on the island.

We visited a lot of the same places as before on the island.  Notes on Alcudia (Old, Port and Resort), Can Picafort, Pollensa, Lluc and Cala St Vincente from the previous article apply as much today as they did back then.

Several new places were visited included the Rancho Grande attraction to the south of Can Picafort, costing 5 euro for adults and 3 for children for entrance, it is all geared for upselling on site, including photos and horse rides (which are overpriced generally apart from the 40 euro beach ride which lasted for 2 hours plus transport time) and meals.  Included in the price was a wagon ride, which my eldest got to guide the horse on, so the 13 euros we paid to enter wasn’t a total rip off, but left us a little disappointed.

We also visited Arta for its market, a proper town in the centre of the island, it is a nice place to visit for an afternoon with plenty of shops and side streets to explore, the market follows the same street for nearly a kilometre with a few off shoots, so has plenty of choice, but like all markets in Mallorca you will see the same goods over and over again, and the same faces at different market days.

In Pollensa I walked the Cavari Steps to the chapel, all 365 of them, hard on the knees, but the views overlooking the mountains, Cala St Vincente valley and Puerto Pollensa down to Alcudia are worth it, if you return via the windy road access and streets instead you get to see some of the older areas of this town and the traditional side streets you come to a place like this for.

I also popped to Alcanada (past the commercial port at Alcudia), not really a place to visit, but if you want an early morning walk, it has the most fabulous sunrise framed by its lighthouse on an island and the surrounding mountains.  The walk along the front is very pleasant as part of this experience, there are restaurants in the village as well, so this walk could be combined with the evenings meal.

I visited Formentor again, but instead of driving to the pinnacle, I parked up at the viewing point and took the road to road winding up the hill to the right leading to the “silo” you can see from lower levels and further afield.  A steady climb of about 45 minutes lead to 3 abandoned concrete blocks, which seem to be well used now by local youths, and then to the silo on the top of the hill.  The silo isn’t much in itself, but the views are fantastic looking back over the island.

Food wise, not much has changed in Puerto Pollensa, all the restaurants from 3 years ago are still there, Tiberi is not as good as it once was and Dakota was easily the best meal we had all holiday.  Kashmiri still does a good curry, but getting a bit overpriced now and avoid Mollies Cafe as the couple who run it are miserable sods, the place is up for sale, so no surprises there.  For takeaway pizzas, I can firmly recommend Laroc just before the pine walk starts, we ordered there twice and the food was excellent, the eating in looked just as good.

Prices seems to have gone up from about 40 euros a meal to 50-55 euros for the family with drinks since last time.  Beer is between 2.90 and 3.50 a pint with Sangria between 3 and 4.50 a glass, Slightly up on last time on average, but not as much as the food.

Still a place worth visiting, although I feel that a base in Soller to explore the south west corner of the island is needed next time, as there is not a lot left for us to explore in the north east sector of the island now, and a few years break from the area with see us re-visit it refreshed.