One of the symbols of the town of Pollença is the Calvario mountain, a former Templar enclave. Its staircase of 365 steps, ends at the Calvary oratory of the eighteenth century. Nowadays, a series of sculptures by the Mallorcan artist Joan Bennassar appear along the Calvario de Pollença staircase.
With a network of narrow streets and medieval air, surrounding the parish church of Nuestra Señora del Angels, Templars, Jesuits and Dominicans have left their mark on buildings that are also emblematic of this town. For example, the old convent of Santo Domingo (17th century), which houses the Museum of Pollença and its cloister where the annual Pollença Music Festival is held.
Walking through its streets, will take you to its history, its traditions and if you want, to know its folklore. The giants of Pollença, Toni and Maria Angels, representatives of craftsmanship and culture, will lead you through ancestral traditions.
On the outskirts of the village, in the valley of Ternelles, is the enigmatic Castell del Rei (King's Castle). It is one of the three rock castles in Mallorca. On the top of a mountain at 492 metres above sea level, it has been part of the history of Mallorca: In Roman times it was already used as a fortification. Later, the Muslims used it to protect themselves from the invasion of James I, King of the Crown of Aragon, during the conquest of Mallorca in 1229. Later, in the middle of the 14th century, it became the last stronghold of those loyal to King James III of Majorca after its annexation by Peter the Ceremonious to the Crown of Aragon.
Note: Our thanks to the Town Hall of Pollença for the cession of this interesting photo of the Castell del Rei taken by Hans Monheim.