Situated in the hills towards the northeast of Mallorca, Pollensa is a peaceful old town that has been largely unaffected by tourism. It was established a few miles inland to protect against sudden pirate attacks. Today the port has grown into a popular family resort. Some of Pollensa's medieval centre remains around the Plaça Major, including the church of Nostra Senyora dels Àngels. The church is fairly austere, the sheer stone façade pierced only by a large rose window. But the interior is highly decorative. Other than the church, the main square houses a cluster of bars and cafés, and on Sunday mornings, a busy market. Just north of the square is the Via Crucis, a long stone stairway bordered by ancient cypress trees. At the top, in a small chapel, is a much-revered statue of Mare de Déu del Peu de la Creu. On Good Friday, a figure of Jesus is slowly carried down the steps by torchlight in the Davallament. Perched on a hill just south of Pollensa is a rambling 18th-century monastery, a peaceful and serene spot to take in wonderful views of the surrounding area. The monastery is an hour's walk from town.