Santa Ponsa

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Santa Ponsa is a family resort on the South West coast of Majorca, in the municipal district of Calvia, close to Magaluf and Palma Nova.

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The popular resort of Santa Ponsa is located about 26km (approximately 16 miles ) from Palma airport, with a typical transfer time of 20-40 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

Very popular with European holiday makers, Santa Ponsa is a laid back and friendly resort, with beautiful sandy beaches, rocky coves and cliffs, a pine wood and a wealth of hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Santa Ponsa attracts visitors from England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Holland and Scandanavia. This gives the resort a cosmopolitan feel, and means that there is a great range of international cuisine available in Santa Ponsa's restaurants and cafes.

From traditional spanish cuisine and tapas, pizza, kebabs, ice cream, Scottish, Irish, English, Indian and Chinese, to MacDonalds and Burger King, there's every kind of food available in Santa Ponsa.

The resort is especially popular with Irish and Scottish holiday makers, and this is reflected in the many Irish and Scottish bars, cafes and restaurants.

Nightlife in Santa Ponsa is mainly hotel-based but you will find family entertainment and live shows each evening in the "Spanish Square". The main strip on Calle Ramon de Montcada has an array of music bars, clubs, discos and restaurants, and after dark it becomes quite lively. A good place to relax with a cocktail and watch the world go by!

Away from that area you will find a selection of quieter bars and places to eat. Live music can be found at several venues around Santa Ponsa. Perhaps not as full-on as neighbouring Magaluf or Palma Nova, there is still plenty of fun to be had when the sun goes down in Santa Ponsa.

Santa Ponsa has more than it's fair share of "Lookie Lookie" men - they walk from bar to bar selling trinkets, watches, sunglasses etc., often overpriced, but they are generally friendly and you can have fun bartering with them.

There are plenty of shops in Santa Ponsa, selling everything you could ever need on holiday - essential items, beach accessories, clothing, shoes, handbags, leather goods, crafts, jewellery, T-shirts, sportswear, toys, gifts and souvenirs: there are shops running right along the road opposite the main beach, and also on the strip and in the commercial centre.

There are also several supermarkets in Santa Ponsa, with fresh fruit, bread and cakes and plenty of options for self-catering holiday makers. Many stock international brands so there is plenty of choice.

Santa Ponsa is well-served by public transport, with regular (if not strictly to timetable!) buses to Palma via Magaluf and Palma Nova throughout the day. You can also get a bus to MarineLand from Santa Ponsa.

Santa Ponsa's sandy main beach attracts plenty of sun seekers, both holiday makers and locals - it can be a little crowded, particularly a weekends.

There are plenty of sunbeds and parasols for hire on the beach, and there are several public toilets available along the beach - a small fee is required to use these (30c). You can hire all kinds of watersports equipment in the main beach - including water skiing, jet skiing, kite surfing, pedalos, windsurfing and banana-boating. Santa Ponsa is a great base for exploring the Mediterranean sea, with diving, snorkelling and fishing. With it's safe clear water, and gentle tides, Santa Ponsa is a swimmers delight.

The promenade along the main beach is edged with pine trees and has a lovely pine wood at one edge, where you can seek out the shade and watch the cute parakeets that live in the trees there. There is a rocky shoreline and lots of cliff paths around Santa Ponsa, and rocky coves perfect for rockpooling and splashing around with the little ones.

There is a roped-off restricted area for swimmers, where pedalos, jetskis and boats are forbidden, it is recommended that swimmers stay within the restricted area to avoid risk of injury. Lifeguards are in attendance on the beach, and you must follow any instructions they give you. A flag system is in operation in Santa Ponsa, and swimming is forbidden when a red flag is flying. There is a first-aid post near the main beach, close to the tourist information centre.

There is also a second, smaller beach in Santa Ponsa (known as the "little beach"), in a secluded cove, about 15 mins walk from the main beach along Avenida Rey Jaime I. It has few facilities, but is a lovely spot for families, a sandy beach very gently sloping into shallow, calm, clear water. Close to the little beach there is also a nice children's play area.

A little further in the same direction and you will find Santa Ponsa marina, Club Nautico Santa Ponsa. Close to the marina is a superb viewing spot, where you will see the Cruz de la Conquista monument.

You can take boat trips from Santa Ponsa's main beach and marina - these take you around the south west coast and often include some time for diving off and swimming, if you wish to do so.

Points of architectural interest in Santa Ponsa include the Church of Nostra Senyora de l'Esperanca, and Chapel Sa Pedra Sagrada /Chapel of Sacred Stone.

Sporting activities in Santa Ponsa include: tennis, bicycle hire, bungee trampolining, golf, diving, snorkelling, fishing, water-skiing, jet skiing, kite surfing.

Around the resort you will find craft stalls, portrait and caricature artists, hair braiders, musicians and street entertainers.

The weather in Majorca makes it the perfect holiday destination for sun seekers - and Santa Ponsa is no exception with year-round sunshine. The best of the sunny weather is from May to October, with cooler, less predictable weather from November to April.

In the peak summer months of July and August, it can be very hot and humid. Holiday makers to Majorca should take care to protect their skin from the strong sun. Always use sunscreen, even when it is cloudy or hazy, as the sun's rays are strong and you can still burn. Stay safe and enjoy the sun in Santa Ponsa!

“Santa Ponsa's sandy beaches and rocky coves make it a popular resort with European families. With plenty of sunshine, welcoming bars and restaurants and a great atmosphere, Santa Ponsa has something for everyone.”

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