Porto Colom, on the eastern coast of Mallorca, Spain, is developed around an old fishing village and still maintains a great deal of charm and atmosphere. It is a fantastic option for a family holiday, with many facilities and a couple of fairly quiet beaches. Book your Porto Colom transfers with hoppa from Palma de Mallorca Airport and you will save time, energy and a few extra pounds to spend on your holiday.
Centred around the old harbour the resort is compact and interesting, with a pleasant blend of traditional Mallorcan and modern aspects. There are plenty of shops to cater for everyone, restaurants which offer the best of local produce and some enticing bars and cafés to while away time at the harbourside. Nearby is the Blue Flag beach of Cala Marcal, with golden sands which slope gently into the blue sea, making it a perfect beach for swimming and snorkelling, and ideal for the kids. There is also a diving school in Porto Colom, and boat trips are very popular.
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Porto Colom is a fishing village that once acted as the port for Felanitx. It was named after Christopher Columbus, who some claim was born here. It is located in a natural harbour and is known for its warmly-welcoming, intimate feel. It is home to various pastel-coloured houses and has played a big role in the wine industry in the past. It has now moved on from its life as a port, having become a tranquil but popular tourist resort.
It's wise to hire a car to get around the island if you’re staying at Porto Colom so you don’t need to rely on public transport and can easily visit popular destinations like the peaceful village of Santanyi, or the Mondrago Natural Park. Cala Marcal is the main beach in the area. It offers powdery sands and shallow waters that help make it ideal for families with children. The beaches of S’Arenal Grand and S’Arenal Petit are also popular local attractions.
Porto Colom, or Portocolom, plays host to a fruit and vegetable market each Tuesday and Saturday, with nearby Felanitx also being noted for its weekly Sunday market. Food lovers may wish to head to Porto Colom during the last weekend of June when fifteen local restaurants come together as part of an annual festival. Other big events include April’s TriStar Majorca triathlon, and June’s Rockin’ Matxin Festival. The area has a wide range of restaurants to offer and is an ideal place to stay if you wish to enjoy sumptuous local produce.
Solitude seekers: If wilder spots like Palma Nova and Magaluf aren’t for you, Porto Colom could be the ideal antidote. Its tranquil nature makes it ideal for those seeing a laidback base for exploring the rest of the island from.
Culinary connoisseurs: There are many quality restaurants offering seafood, fresh fish, Mediterranean and international dishes in the area. Whether you’re on a tight budget or have more to spend, Porto Colom can cater for you.
Waters ports fans: Porto Colom is a perfect base for lovers of scuba-diving, snorkelling, paddle-boarding, and kayaking. The Majorca Diving School can help you make the most of the local coastline.
Currency: EUR: Euro
Language: Catalan and Spanish, English widely spoken
Approximate flight time from the UK: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Time zone: GMT +0/ +1
Felanitx is a small town located a short drive away from Porto Colom. It is famous for its Sunday market and is located in Majorca’s second major wine-producing area of Pla and Llevant. It sits in an epic rural setting and is located near to Castle Santueri and Sanctuary Sant Salvador, which both offer epic views across the island and out to sea. The town is synonymous with its green pearls or capers, which can be purchased at the local market on Sunday morning, as can locally-made pottery items. The covered Sa Placa market, noted for its food and flowers, is open between Tuesday and Sunday. Sant Miquel church is another major landmark, and its vineyards are great places to spend an hour or two. Felanitx is also home to an 18-hole golf course, and can cater for walkers and cyclists brilliantly due to its epic routes.
Address: Felanitx, Majorca, Spain
Sa Coma is a relatively new resort town that can be reached from Porto Colom within around half an hour. It is home to a traffic-free promenade and various places to eat, drink, and shop. It is smaller and quieter than the nearby resorts of Porto Cristo and Cala Millor, and is home to a 1km long Blue Flag beach, which offers family-friendly shallow waters. Other attractions for the kids include a mini-golf course and a go-karting track. You can get around the area via the mini-train.
Address: Sa Coma, Majorca, Spain
Manacor is another one of the region’s biggest draws. It is the second city in Majorca and is famous for pearl manufacturing as well as the role it has played, and continues to play, in the wine, pottery, and furniture industries. It is the capital of the Llevant region. The wider area is home to a range of caves, and many historic windmills can be seen from the road into Manacor. It is the birthplace and home of tennis star Rafael Nadal. Like many Majorcan towns and cities, it plays host to various festivals each year, including January’s Sant Antoni fiesta. If you’re looking for an educational day out, you’ll be well catered for with attractions like the Manacor History Museum and the Torre de ses Puntes tower.
Address: Manacor, Majorca, Spain
Caves of Drach
The world-famous Caves of Drach can be reached in just over 20 minutes via car from Porto Colom. They are amongst Majorca’s most high-profile tourist attractions and were formed when water from the Mediterranean Sea eroded the land over millions of years. These dark, cool, limestone caves welcome hundreds of people each day, with expert guides explaining the fascinating formations to visitors in depth. The tour concludes with a concert and light show on Lake Martel, the largest underground lake in Europe. The caves have been described as the “eighth wonder of the world”.
Address: Ctra. les Coves, s/n, 07680 Porto Cristo, Illes Balears, Spain
Opening times: 1 November to 13 March: tours at 10:45am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm.
14 March to 31 October: tours at 10:00am, 11:00 am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm and 5:00pm.
Prices: €14.50 adults, €7.50 children aged 3-12, children under two go free.
Cala Romantica is also known as S’Estany d’en Mas. It is one of a trio of gorgeous beaches located on this part of the coast. All three beaches are known for their clear blue waters and powdery sands. The beach is ideal for couples in particular, and is also a favourite amongst water sports fans.
Address: Cala Romantica, Majorca, Spain
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