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The northernmost spurs of Sierra de Tramuntana are the backdrop of the Majorcan town of Pollença. Widely known for its lively port and crystal-clear bay, the town has a medieval historic quarter that sits only a few kilometres away from the Mediterranean sea. This town, under the shade of the mountains of Puig de Pollença and Calvari, has managed to preserve intact its personality, despite being only steps away from the bustle of the beach.

Part of the layout of Pollença is taken up by the slope of Mount Calvari, the site of a hermitage that can be accessed by climbing a stairway with 365 steps. The Way of the Cross held in Good Friday covers this journey lined with centenary crosses more than three metres high. In the parish, the thirteenth-century Gothic image of the Virgin at the Foot of the Cross is venerated. From the miradors in this mountain visitors can enjoy the most impressive views of the urban centre and the outskirts. From here it is possible to reach a fourth-century Roman bridge that crosses the torrent of Sant Jordi.

Another interesting activity will be a visit to the Museum of Pollença, where you will find collections of Gothic art, contemporary art and ceramics, as well as a room devoted to artist Atilio Boveri. Also, they have an attractive "mandala" -a diagram used for Lama meditation- which is a masterpiece of Tibetan art.

The privileged location of Pollença, between the sea and the mountains, makes it possible for visitors to enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities. These include hiking, golf, horse riding (both inland and along the shore) and water sports at the Pollença Bay. This diverse geography is a great influence on the island's cuisine. Majorcan soups, made with meat and vegetables and "tumbet" (a stew made with potatoes, fried peppers, aubergine and tomato sauce) are some of the starters. "Sobrasada" (a kind of pork and paprika spread) and cheese with the label Designation of Origin (the seal of quality and origin given in Spain to exceptional products from specific regions), are served with grilled pork and simple -yet delicious- pieces of bread with olive oil and tomato. Of all desserts, the famous "ensaimada" will definitely delight those with a sweet tooth.

Fuente www.spain.info

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