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Santa Ponsa (Spain)
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Santa Ponsa (Spain)
Advantages: nice beach and good weather
Disadvantages: not enough to do
After speaking to a few people who had visited Santa Ponsa and gone back year after year I felt it was about time I saw for myself what the big deal was about.
Santa Ponsa is located in the south west of Majorca, it is about half an hour away from Palma Mallorca airport. Cheap flights go to Palma Mallorca regularly from the UK and the flight time is around 2 and a half hours. The currency is the euro and although it is a Spanish country, English is widely spoken so you won't need to brush up on your Spanish to go here.
When we arrived in Santa Ponsa in the early morning in the middle of summer we had everything we thought we would need bars, restaurants, a beautiful beach and fantastic weather. After a couple of days we were bored to tears.
There is very little to do during the day, there are more bars than shops, the pedalos were the only activities available on the beach. There was a glass bottom boat which we didn't really fancy and that was where the daytime activities ended.
It was peak season in August when we went but you would think the season was ending and everything was closing down.
There were very few people around during the day, maybe due to the fact that there was nothing going on. Magaluf and Palma Nova were not too far on a bus for something more lively but due to the fact that one of the people with us hadn't been too well we wanted to stay near the apartments as much as possible in case they needed a rest.
Halfway through the week we decided to book a shopping excursion to Palma market just to get out of the place for a couple of hours. The market wasn't very good but there were a lot of decent shops we found around Palma.
Food and drink
We were in self catering apartments and there was a small supermarket which sold fruit and drinks but you couldn't buy anything to cook for breakfast if you wanted to,we normally wouldn't but after a couple of awful breakfasts we thought it may be a safer option.
We did find two lovely restaurants for evening meals, one had a beautiful view and was located on the edge of the water, this was called Dionis but got very busy and we had to wait quite a while for food.
The other we didn't visit until the last night was The Duke of York which served really nice food. Decent roasts and a good value set menu. If we had visited earlier we would have gone their every night.
A lot of bars were empty until midnight when the crowds seem to come out and stay out until the following morning, we often were round the pool watching everyone going home at 8 or 9 in the morning. A lot of drinks offers were available in the bars but there wasn't much entertainment. The best place for entertainment was the square where there was childrens entertainment from around 6pm til 8. We didn't really want to see Disney characters running around the place but by the time the other entertainment would start at about 9pm it would be very busy with families so you had to get there early. There is a different act on each night, when we were there we saw the chinese acrobats one night and a Westlife tribute band another. These were both very entertaining and the square was the best place for families.
The only other family entertainment seemed to be in the hotels, but a lot of self catering apartments had no entertainment at all. Some of the hotels have kids clubs so it is worth checking things like this out before booking as I would advise any families travelling ti make sure there is entertainment and things to do within the hotel complex.
We saw a lot of youngsters getting thrown into the back of police vans nearly every single night, another young lad was being put into the back of an ambulance unconscious in handcuffs and we were harassed by people trying to sell sunglasses and the usual tat, who just wouldn't leave unless a police van was driving past and then they'd run a mile.
The beach is one of the cleanest I have seen and the water is clean and crystal clear, the weather is good in the summer and if you just want to lie around the beach or pool all day there is not much wrong with the place. I enjoy a bit of a wander around though, something to look at and something to do.
I think Santa Ponsa is a place for young people looking to drink all night and sleep all day, there is not enough to see or do during the day without having to travel or pay quite a bit for excursions. It wasn't my idea of fun and it isn't somewhere I would want to go back again.
Summary: Nice place in Majorca just not enough to do during the day