La Gola, in the centre of Puerto Pollensa, is an ornithological tourist centre with a permanent exhibition and information boards detailing the birds to be seen there and is open to the general public from February to November. In the centre there are free information maps detailing all the bird reserves of Mallorca and the Balearics as well as the recent sightings.
Puerto Pollensa is without doubt the best place in Mallorca to base yourself for a birdwatching holiday with the Boquer Valley, Cap de Formentor and the famous Albufera all being a short distance away. Twenty years ago before the major tourist boom it was regarded as the mecca for birdwatching in the Mediterranean. Today you can see Ospreys fishing at both La Gola but also on the sea front as well as the rare Audouins Gull feeding on the beach and the Booted Eagle can be seen gliding over the town. A short walk from the many hotels at the northern end of the town is the Boquer Valley famous for both bird watching and hiking. It is a great site during migration with falls of species such as Pied Flycatchers, Redstarts and Wood Warblers but also the odd Golden Oriole. The resident birds in the Boquer are mountain species such as Booted Eagle, Eleonoras and Peregrine Falcons, Ravens, Blue Rock Thrush, Cirl Bunting, Balearic and Sardinian Warblers. The S’Albufereta, in the Bay of Pollença, attracts more than 300 species and in addition to migratory birds ‘calling in’ during their spring and autumn journeys and northern European birds wintering at the reserve, you’ll see residents like Purple Gallinule, Moustached Warbler, Great and Little Egrets, Cettis Warblers, Stonechats, Corn Buntings and nesting Kentish Plovers.
The reserve covers some 150 hectares and has been given special environmental protection, not surprising when you consider that you can also see around 350 different botanical species there.
You also have just south of Alcudia the Albufera, the largest wetland reserve in western Europe which has numerous bird hides, visitors and an education centre. This reserve when staying in Puerto Pollensa is easily reached by public transport the regular buses taking twenty minutes and costing less than two euros. Another benefit of staying in the port is you are within distance of the Tramuntana mountains and a five minute journey takes you to the old town of Pollença where you can enjoy the local culture and sample the fantastic cuisine in its many cafes and restaurants. When exploring the town you may catch sight of the spectacular Black Vulture high in the sky above.