- Santa Ponsa
Situated on Majorca's west coast, 12 miles from the capital of Palma, visitors have been routinely flocking to the popular resort of Santa Ponsa for decades, for its lively night scene and animated beach.
For days not spent on the beach, guests can find a fantastic selection of cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as many excursion options. If you're looking to head a little further afield, the neighbouring resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova offer a livelier ambience still.
Santa Ponsa, like the other resorts found in Majorca, enjoys a Mediterranean climate, which means lots of warm sunshine and pleasant temperatures the whole year-round. For that reason, crowds flock to the area during the summer, when average temperatures are in the mid-20s and highs into the low-30s are not uncommon. These peak conditions do come with busier crowds and higher rates, however.
To help avoid the overcrowding, and for temperatures that many would argue are more pleasant, the spring months of March to May appeal greatly. And while the heat is still present in September and October, these months are known for having heavier rainfall, so you might see the odd rainy day.
The biggest festival to be found anywhere in Majorca is held in Santa Ponsa: the Rey en Jaume Fiesta is a 5-day celebration/re-enactment of the battle that took place on the beaches here, way back in 1229, complete with mock battles, a medieval marketplace, concerts, parties and a gigantic fireworks display.
This coastal resort's biggest attraction is undoubtedly it's sandy beach front which was increased to accommodate the huge number of sun worshippers that flock there during the high season. The soft, plush sands of Playa Santa Ponsa has all the amenities you’d expect of a large tourist beach, plus a promenade full of cafes and bars. For those seeking a more serene space in which to unwind, a 15-minute walk will take you to quieter seashores further along the front. Little Beach, which is found near the marina, is one such spot.
The seafood fare found at the marina is second-to-none, delivered as it is straight from the boats each morning. Traditional Spanish dishes can also be enjoyed in Xaloc, which is highly recommended, and No. 8 Bar and Grill is also popular.
The square at the bottom of Carrer Ramon de Montcada is where all of the night-time action takes place. There are shows that take place outside, in the square, or you could head into one of the numerous bars, including Irish bars that are always loud and lively.
For something a bit more sophisticated, Gala combines DJs, high-heels and cocktails, while Diva Bar is, as its name suggests, a great place to get the champagne flowing.
The Rey en Jaume Fiesta, held in September each year, is a fine hark-back to the history of the area. It is in this spot that King James I landed in 1229, and the occasion is commemorated with a mock battle between the Christians and the Moors, as well as a variety of other celebrations that all nearby bars, restaurants and other establishments get fully involved in.
The Western Water Park is just 10-minutes away in a car, and this wild-west themed park houses several waterslides, including the longest ride on the island (Big Hole) and a 3-times daily dive show.
Playa Santa Ponsa has a great selection of water sports that includes windsurfing, water-skiing, kitesurfing, banana boats and pedalo hire. The catamaran trips around the coastline are also hugely popular and include a bout of snorkelling.
There are buses within Santa Ponsa that will take you to Palma and Magaluf. There are also plenty of taxis that are easy to locate and obtain at the main roads. Getting around on foot isn’t too troublesome either, especially if your hotel is located near the coastline.