Mallorca, Port de Pollenca Bird Watching and Nature Grade: Leisurely
Late April/ early May is a great time to visit Mallorca, with average temperatures of 19C, a daily average of 10 hours of sunshine, Easter over, crowds gone.
The northern Sierra Tramuntana mountains, in North West Mallorca, provide a spectacular backdrop for this relaxed bird watching and nature holiday based in the sleepy resort of Port de Pollenca. The town, once a fishing port, is situated on the sheltered bay of Alcudia and offers beautiful sandy beaches, pine and palm lined pedestrian walkways and plenty of cafes and restaurants.
Mallorca is a wonderful destination for anyone interested in birds. Any Mediterranean island is likely to be good for birds during migration times in spring or autumn when migrants are passing between Europe and Africa and may need to rest en route. However, most Mediterranean islands are relatively dry and unattractive to ducks, terns, gulls, herons, egrets and wading birds whereas Mallorca has the fabulous marsh of Albufera, probably the best wetland site on any Mediterranean island. In addition, Mallorca is home to birds such as Black Vulture, Eleonora’s Falcon, Audouin’s Gull, Moustached Warbler and Marmora’s Warbler which are all very rare or difficult to see in the rest of Europe.
For birdwatchers wishing to visit Mallorca, Port de Pollenca makes the perfect base as it is close to the Albufuera marsh, the mountains in the north of the island and the seacliffs of Formentor. There are also several great birdwatching spots within walking distance of the town, including the Boquer valley which is great for migrants.
During the holiday, we have an optional day out to Palma with free time for sightseeing, shopping or a lazy lunch. There will be plenty of time too, to soak up the sun, sample local foods and wines and just relax in good company. There is also a free day on this holiday when you can either do your own thing or do a half day trip to the spectacular Drach Caves (not included). The caves are some of the largest in Europe and contain a striking underworld full of stalactites and stalagmites. An underground river leads to a huge lake-filled cavern where you can listen to a classical concert played from aboard a boat.
Our hotel is made up of beautiful, spacious apartments where you will have your own suite with a lounge area with fridge, etc. The pool is wonderful and it should be relatively quiet at this time of year. It was a real hit last year.