The Roman bridge of Pollensa

December 16, 2018
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As we have already mentioned, Pollensa is one of the privileged corners of this, already in itself, magic island. Its perfect combination of sea and mountain make it one of the best places where we can rent a villa in Majorca. In addition, during our holiday in Majorca, as we want to imbue ourselves with a bit of history, we can not fail to recommend the visit of this stone bridge.

 

Is this Roman bridge really Roman?

The origin of this bridge is still by today a mystery. This Roman bridge was renamed thus from the nineteenth century, formerly it was known as Cubelles Bridge. Moreover, for further complication, there is no record of its existence before the 14th century. Its structure, formed by two arches of different size, does not offer conclusive clues about its origin, since it underwent a deep remodeling during the Middle Ages because of the strong floods of the torrent.

 

The theories

There are two main theories explaining the origin of this bridge.

The first is that it really is a bridge built by the Romans. So we would be facing one of the few remaining vestiges of his presence on the island. The landing of the Romans in Majorca would pursue the goal of keeping piracy in line and for this they raised two urban nuclei: Palmeria and Pollentia - the first in the current Palma de Mallorca and the second in the current Alcudia.

But, since Pollensa did not occupy its current location until the 13th century, it is difficult to explain a location of the bridge so far from the urban nucleus. This is the main reason for the existence of a second theory that dates the bridge in the Middle Ages, during the time when the town was dominated by the Knights Templar.

It is really of Roman origin or not,  it is worth to visit it from our holiday home in Majorca.

 

How to get there

The bridge is located in the torrent of Sant Jordi, about 700 meters from the center of Pollensa, so you can perfectly arrive giving a relaxed walk. By the way we can take advantage to visit the Calvari, which is in the same direction, and, after climbing its 365 steps, enjoy one of the best views that we can contemplate during our holidays in Majorca. For those who prefer it, you can also easily reach by car.

 

What about a little bit of history between beach and rest?

 

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