Cala San Vicente, where there was a prisoner camp after the Civil War. | Teresa Ayuga


Human remains found in Cala San Vicente could well be those of Republican prisoners. Pollensa town hall, local police and the Council of Majorca's heritage department have been investigating what could prove to be the first confirmation of a communal grave in the municipality.

The remains are in the garden of a property close to the Coves Blanques road, which was built after the Civil War by Republican prisoners. Previous remains found in Cala San Vicente are much older - from the eleventh century and prehistoric times.

Pollensa police have been looking into the case since July. A retired building worker decided to break his silence regarding discoveries at the property. These were apparently made a few years ago, and the worker was asked to keep quiet about them. No longer able to carry this burden of silence, the matter came to the attention of the mayor, Miquel Àngel March, the local historian Pere Salas and then to the police and Guardia Civil.

A second witness subsequently came forward and confirmed what the building worker had said. Mayor March says that the matter is at present in the hands of the Council of Majorca, which has been in contact with the property's owner. The heritage department wants to check what's there. If it is not allowed to, then the issue would be referred to the courts.

There were three prisoner camps in Pollensa, one of which was in Cala San Vicente between 1940 and 1942. Prisoners at this camp worked on the road to Coves Blanques. A second camp was that of Albercuix and the third was in Puerto Pollensa. Between 1937 and 1939 prisoners built the coast road that connects Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa.