The southwest seaside town of Santa Ponsa is a hugely popular place for a holiday. It has a wonderful sandy beach – Playa de Santa Ponsa, a couple of picturesque coves and a lively promenade. It’s also close to the mountains, which means lots of hiking and cycling opportunities.
Unlike some quieter resorts, Santa Ponsa has a thriving local community which guarantees that shops and markets are open and authentic fiestas are celebrated all year round. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break in the sun or days of adrenaline-fuelled adventure, we’re sure you’ll find something from our list to tempt you.
Santa Ponsa, a popular beachside resort, is the perfect family holiday location with lots to do and see, a number of golf clubs, a marina and plenty of good hotels and restaurants. […] Santa Ponsa
Santa Ponsa is the perfect beach resort for families wanting to relax by the sea while enjoying a lively nightlight along the promenade. […] Top Hotels in Santa Ponsa
1. Relax at the beach
At 1,300 metres long, Playa de Santa Ponsa is one of the longest beaches on the island. It’s a very family-friendly beach thanks to its fine sand and shallow waters. There are all the facilities for a relaxing day at the seaside, including umbrellas, sunbeds, showers, wheelchair access and a beach bar. If you grow tired of sunbathing, snorkeling or sandcastles, there’s also jetskis, kayaks and paddleboards for hire in the area.
Playa Santa Ponsa is a family friendly beach with water sports and onsite restaurants. Lifeguards, changing facilities, parking & wheelchair accessibility.
[…] Playa de Santa Ponsa
2. Enjoy dinner with views
For a meal to remember head to Santa Ponsa’s Nautical Club. The waterfront restaurant 7Fuegos offers diners an idyllic terrace overlooking the harbour. Being Argentine-owned it’s not surprising that the gourmet menu features top quality meat dishes. Another restaurant enjoying a great reputation is Der Österreicher. It’s situated in the quiet residential area of Nova Santa Ponsa. Once you’ve located it, you’ll be able to lose yourself again, this time in the delicious flavours of some sublime international cuisine.
Whether premium steak or fresh fish of the day, local cuisine or Italian classics; there’s something for the whole family at Santa Ponsa. […] Santa Ponsa Restaurants
3. Visit the Puig de Sa Morisca Archaeological Park
For those wanting to be immersed in nature, this pine-filled park is situated twenty minutes south of Santa Ponsa’s main beach. It covers 35 hectares and contains fifteen archaeological sites and nine other architectural elements which are signposted. One of these is the Son Ferrer Tomb. The paths are a little rough and not ideal for those with mobility issues or with very small children. A reward for the climb is wonderful views overlooking the bay.
4. Go Shopping
Along the seaside promenade are a number of shops selling souvenirs and items for the beach. There are also jewellery and clothing boutiques. A small traditional market is held every Saturday from 8.30 until 13.00 along Avinguda de Horts. Stalls sell bread, cakes, herbs, fresh local fruit and vegetables and some clothing.
If you love hunting for a bargain at a flea market, head to Son Bugadelles on a Saturday morning. It’s located 6k north of town. The industrial polygon of Son Bugadelles is also where you’ll find high end interior design and furniture stores.
The nearest shopping centre is Momentum Plaza in Magaluf. If that doesn’t satisfy you, Palma’s high street shops, designer boutiques and department stores surely will. The capital is a half an hour drive away, or 45 minutes on the 102 bus.
5. Attend a traditional festival
If you happen to be visiting Santa Ponsa in September, the chances are you’ll be there to celebrate the fun-filled Fiesta del Rei en Jaume I. Most of the town dresses up either as a Moor or a Christian from the time of the Catalan re-conquest of 1229, and there is a huge reenactment battle on the beach. There are more fiestas throughout the year, including the Andalusian-style religious fiesta of Rocío in June and Sant Jaume in July. For all these fiestas the seaside promenade becomes a bustling focal point full of artisan stalls, food trucks and music.
Festes del Rei en Jaume is a day dedicated to celebrating Jaime I reconquest of Mallorca from the Moors in 1229. Come to Santa Ponça for family fun! […] Festes del Rei en Jaume
6. Have an adventure at Jungle Parc
Discover the island’s only tree circuit adventure in a nine hectare forest 500 metres away from Santa Ponsa’s beach. Visitors will be able to navigate vines, zip wires, ropes and bridges. There are two circuits for adults. The Extremo circuit is ideal for those after a tougher challenge. There is also a Pirate circuit for children aged four and above.
There’s a freshly opened course for children whose idea of is fun rope-climbing and zip-lining through trees. Find out about the four fun courses available. […] Jungle Park
7. Play golf
Santa Ponsa is a popular destination for golfers. There are three courses known simply as 1, 2 and 3. The only one open to the public is Golf Santa Ponsa 1 and is spread over 73 hectares. At 590 metres, its tenth hole is one of the longest in Europe. The wide and reasonably flat course has indigenous trees, bunkers and water hazards. The Balearic Open has been hosted in Santa Ponsa on numerous occasions.
With two 18-hole courses and a 9-hole course, Santa Ponsa is not surprisingly a popular place for golfers to own property. […] Golf Santa Ponsa I, II and III
8. Go Scuba Diving
Crystal clear waters, calm seas and a rich variety of wildlife makes the southwest a wonderful diving location. The marine reserves of the Islas Malgrats, El Toro and Isla Dragonera are all within easy reach. There’s even a sunken 133 metre Balearic frigate lying 400metres from the Malgrats which is a scuba diving fan’s idea of paradise. Whether a beginner wanting to do an introductory course or an experienced diver looking to rent equipment and a boat transfer, you’ll find all you need at one of Santa Ponsa’s diving companies.
9. Have fun at a Waterpark
Western Water Park is located 6km away in Magaluf. It has attractions designed for all the family. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy the thrilling sharp curves of El Latigo; the 30 metre vertical drop of The Beast; and the competitive parallel slides of Crazy Horses. The youngest members will have fun splashing in the Daky Park and a number of other slides with shallow finishes.
Vertiginous drops, sharp curves, splashtastic waterfalls and playful water fountains; Western Water Park has attractions to suit everyone. […] Western Water Park Magaluf
10. Discover Santa Ponsa’s nightlife
Santa Ponsa has its fair share of Irish pubs, cocktail bars and live music venues. In fact it’s so popular with Irish visitors that one of the biggest Saint Patrick parties on the islands takes place here. It can get very lively in the summer months yet is more family-friendly than the notorious Magaluf. In fact you’re after big nightclubs, Magaluf is only a ten minute taxi ride away. In high season the area known as The Square hosts open air shows and live concerts, however the street of Carrer Ramón Montcada is where you’ll find the main buzz.
11. Visit Port Adriano
This designer port, home to numerous superyachts, is located less than 3km from the centre of Sant Ponsa. Enjoy a glass of something cold beside the tranquil marina or dine out at one of the great restaurants on offer. Bruno’s is recommended for Mediterranean cuisine; coast by East for fusion tapas. You will also find a handful of luxury fashion and concept stores within the port. A varied programme of events attracts top international musicians to perform here throughout the year.
Port Adriano: The Philippe Starck designed harbour of 80 sailing and motor yacht moorings, 40 fashion boutiques, chill-out bars and restaurants. Visit now! […] Port Adriano
12. Play Tennis
The Santa Ponsa Tennis Club is located just 100 metres from the beach and has eight clay tennis courts available for hire. They also have an academy which teaches all levels and ages from Monday to Saturday. The club house has a terrace overlooking the courts where non-players can enjoy a refreshing beverage while watching the action.
Enjoy a great game of tennis at Santa Ponsa’s Tennis Club. There are 8 courts for hire and some top instructors. […] Santa Ponsa Tennis Club
13. Watch the sunset at El Chiringuito
This unpretentious beach bar is located on a rocky outcrop north of Santa Ponsa in Costa de la Calma. There are sunbeds and a diving board into the sea which can be used during the day and on the menu are pizzas and pa amb olis. One of the best times to go is in the evening to watch the sunset. Sip a tinto de verano, listen to the waves and enjoy a truly Mediterranean experience.
14. Charter a boat
The sparkling turquoise sea may tempt you to charter a boat. Santa Ponsa is certainly a great place to set off on an ocean adventure. There are plenty of tour operators ready to give you advice on what type of vessel to choose from. Whether you want to hire a no-license-needed motorboat, or have a captain at the helm, it’s up to you and your budget.
15. Kayak to the Malgrats
Take a guided kayak tour to the Malgrats Islands. The half a day excursions can be arranged at Santa Ponsa’s Nautical Club. Your guide will point out the caves and natural pools, and there will be time for swimming. If you prefer to go alone, you can rent out single or double kayaks with backseats for an extra comfortable ride.
Arrange a diving class, hire a kayak, charter a yacht or enjoy a delicious Mediterranean meal at Santa Ponsa’s Nautical Club. […] Santa Ponsa Nautical Club
16. Go Cycling
Choose between a number of routes varying in duration and difficulty. The 68 km journey to Sant Telmo is particularly scenic with views of Dragonera island. The spacious and well-cared for trail from Santa Ponsa to Palmanova acts as a pedestrian route too. It links the town with a number of neighbourhoods in the municipality of Calviá including El Toro, Costa de la Calma, Portals Vells and Son Ferrer.
17. Stroll along the seaside promenade
Treat yourself to a gelato and take a leisurely stroll along the pleasant promenade. A path curves around the northern point of the beach and continues along the coast, leading you past peers and waterfront restaurants. Alternatively, head south along Avinguda del Rei Sant Jaume to the picturesque bay of Caló d’en Pellicer. A further fifteen minute walk will bring you to the viewing point, Mirador Illes Malgrats, where you’ll be able to enjoy striking view of the islets.
18. Go on a Quad Safari
Experience the thrill of riding a quad bike on off-road paths organised by tour operators based in Santa Ponsa. Excursions take riders along winding rocky roads and combine mountain and sea landscapes for terrific views. A swim in the sea at Sant Elm and a brief visit to Port Andratx can also be part of the tour.
Explore Mallorca’s beautiful landscape on a Quad Safari. Exciting mountain roads and relaxed country lanes await you. […] Quad Safari Mallorca
With its beaches, playgrounds, sports facilities and restaurants, Santa Ponsa provides entertainment for all the family. It’s also an excellent starting point for exploring the rest of the island. If you’re thinking about booking a holiday in Santa Ponsa, why not check out our place guide for more information.