Found in the south west of Mallorca, Santa Ponsa sits in a niche in the rocky coastline. It’s comparatively close to the airport only a 30 minute drive, 33km/20miles. Palma city center is virtually the same journey time just a little closer to Santa Ponsa.
Santa Ponsa has a very large sandy beach, lots of amenities for tourists and has become very popular with families. During the summer season it’s a very lively place and has a nightlife to match with many bars and clubs open.
Santa Ponsa has a lot of history for Mallorcans but it doesn’t reflect very much in the town itself. The resort hasn’t got the heart of an old town center to bring an ancient atmosphere. However most visitors don’t come here for a historic vibe and in fairness it’s easy to visit nearby Palma city for culture.
What Santa Ponsa is today has arisen from an old fishing village to become a relatively modern resort made up of apartments and lots and lots of private villas. What is lacking in historic culture is made up for with its classy elements, i.e. a world class golf complex and a unique marina which moors many luxury yachts. There is also a deeper harbor for larger yachts, Port Adriano, located on the east side of Santa Ponsa by El Toro.
Santa Ponsa has a main beach which is set back in a very large cove and has a lot of sand being 100m wide in places and has a shore length or around 600m. There is also a smaller cove near to the middle of the resort and another beach between Santa Ponsa and El Toro to the east.
The beach has been awarded a Blue Flag and has the usual facilities of sunbeds, beach activities and watersports including SCUBA diving. The beach has a spacious promenade which allows for easy access to the sand and to bars and cafes.
For those wanting a break from the beach there are a variety of holiday shops to enjoy such as gift, craft, souvenir and cloths shops by the promenade as well as local produce and ceramics.
There are three golf courses at Santa Ponsa, although courses two and three are for members only and the third is only a nine-hole course. Courses one and two are European PGA tour courses. There is a driving range available and golf clubs, trollies and buggies to hire.
Santa Ponsa golf course one is a Par 72 at 6,543m in length and is one of Mallorca’s most important courses.
This is a physical adventure park for the fit. Jungle Parc is situated in 9 hectares of forest by Santa Ponsa. There are differing levels of difficulty and visitors will have to get hands on to get over the course of ropes and bridges amid the tree tops. Participants will have to move through the trees by propelling themselves one way or another and enjoying many platforms and zip wires.
There are courses for children 4 years old and upwards and for adults. The Jungle Parc is located only 500m up from the beach in Santa Ponsa. This is a must for fitness fanatics!
There are a variety of boat trips from Santa Ponsa from speed boat rides to pleasure cruises. The boat trips depart from the beach at Santa Ponsa and the port. For information and tickets look out for the adverts by the sea front and the port.
For those looking to play a bit of tennis with friends or improve their game or even enter tournaments there is the Santa Ponsa Tennis Club, this is located just a few hundred meters inland from the main beach past the football pitches.
Santa Ponsa club offers horse riding and has high quality facilities accommodating children and adults of all levels.
The nearest water park is in Magaluf which is about a 15-minute drive or taxi away.
There are a large number of water slides for all levels and various pools and an extra area for small children. There is also a spectacular diving show by professional divers.
During the summer, from May to September, the water park is open every day. It is priced at around €18.50 for children and €26 for adults. There is the possibility of family passes.
Santa Ponsa doesn’t have a market but the nearby inland town of Andratx has one every Wednesday from approximately 8am to 1pm. This is a 17-minute car journey or a little longer on the bus which you can get from Santa Ponsa. Visitors can expect to see a traditional Mallorcan market with local produce on offer.