Set in a beautiful harbour on the east coast of Mallorca, Porto Cristo is a resort which is perfectly suited to families and those who prefer the relaxed side of Spain to the bright lights. You can be sure to begin your holiday in the right frame of mind by booking your Porto Cristo transfers with hoppa.
Porto Cristo still maintains a small fishing fleet which sails out of its harbour, and the harbour is also home to some magnificent leisure craft. There is a small, pleasant beach, and plenty of shops, restaurants and cafés where you can try some delicious Spanish cuisine. A popular way to spend a day is to take a glass bottomed boat tour along the rocky coastline, and Porto Cristo is also home to the fascinating Dragon Caves which should be on everyone's must see list. Part of the caves is the underground Lake Martel where classical music performances take place and for families an aquarium and a safari park nearby offer a great day out for the kids. In the evenings Porto Cristo is quiet, but there are lovely places to enjoy local tapas and a drink by the marina.
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Porto Cristo is a traditional beach resort located on the east coast of Majorca. It is an intimate, family-friendly resort offering a welcoming beach of powdery sands and clear blue waters. The resort was formerly a fishing town that took its name, which translates as “Port of Christ”, from the time of the Christian Invasion when a crucifix was washed up on the beach. The resort was once the port for Manacor.
The resort doesn’t offer a wealth of facilities but is an ideal match for those looking for a quiet, serene, and friendly place to stay in Majorca. Nonetheless, there are a number of places to eat and drink whilst taking in the gorgeous coastal views. The resort is also located near to the famous Caves of Drach, and a safari park and aquarium can both be reached from it. Many visitors choose to explore the local coastline via boat, and there are many companies offering glass bottom boat trips in the area.
Other popular activities for those staying in Porto Cristo include heading to the city of Manacor, which is famous for pearl manufacturing. The area is also home to a fascinating house built by architect Jorn Utzon. Tours of this building are available to the public. The harbour at Porto Cristo still plays host to traditional fishing boats, as well as a new marina. Quality efforts have been made to prevent the resort from losing its character, and the area is also known for its low crime rate.
- Currency: EUR: Euro
Language: Catalan and Spanish
Approximate flight time from the UK: 2 hours
Time zone: GMT +0/ +1
Families: Porto Cristo is ideal for families seeking a simple yet charming place to base themselves. There are many family-friendly attractions in the surrounding areas, such as the aquarium and safari park.
Beach lovers: Beach fans are catered for wonderfully by the various stretches of sea and sand found in the region. Leading coastal destinations found nearby include Cala Romantica, Cala Millor, and Cala Bona.
Food fans: If you’re interested in dining at a series of diverse restaurants, Porto Cristo won’t disappoint. There are many eateries offering traditional local dishes as well as cuisine from around the world.
The Caves of Drach
The Caves of Drach sit proudly amongst the biggest attractions in Majorca. They are located in Manacor, and were formed after water from the Mediterranean Sea was forced through the entrance. The site is home to the underground Martel Lake as well as the Cave of the French, the Black Cave, the Cave of Luis Salvador, and the White Cave. The attraction has been called the “eighth wonder of the world”, and visitors are even treated to a classical music concert and light show at Martel Lake before their experience comes to an end.
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.
The Safari Zoo is another big draw for families. It is a wildlife and leisure park open throughout the year. The site is home to more than 600 animals, a number of playgrounds, and a restaurant. The 3km park plays host to giraffes, monkeys, zebras, reptiles, and young elephants. If you don’t have a car, you can travel around the park via a special safari train. It’s wise to arrive early so you don’t have to miss out on the spectacle of the animals feeding.
Address: Carretera Porto Cristo-Son Servera, km5 Porto Cristo | 07680
Opening times: Summer: 9:30am-6:30pm, Monday-Sunday. Winter: 10am-4pm, Monday-Sunday.
Prices: Adults €19, children €12. Group prices also available.
Can Lis is the former home of Danish Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon, who moved to Majorca after leaving Australia. Tours of the building can be arranged, and the house offers great views as it is located on a cliff facing the sea. The house has been described as one of the most important and innovative buildings of the 21st century. You can arrange a visit by getting in touch with the Utzon Foundation.
Address: Carrer de Sa Mitja Lluna 77 07691 Portopetro
Manacor is Majorca’s second city and is known for its pearl manufacturing industry and festivals. It is the commercial centre of the region and also associated with the pottery, wine, and furniture industries. The birthplace of tennis player Rafael Nadal, it plays host to a fruit and vegetables market which is held every morning except Sunday. The Sant Antoni fiesta takes place here each January. The city is home to quaint narrow streets and a famous church. Other historic attractions include the Torre de ses Puntes tower, which plays host to various art and photography exhibitions. Further big draws include the gothic Manacor History Musuem.
Address: Manacor, Majorca, Spain
The coastal town of Cala Ratjada is home to a popular harbour and offers views of Menorca’s old capital of Ciutadella on clear days. Leading attractions in the area include the Capdepera lighthouse, as well as several idyllic beaches and coves. The area may be extremely quiet during the winter months but it does become incredibly lively when the climate is at its best. During the summer months, Cala Ratjada can cater for water sports fans wonderfully. The white sands and clear blue waters offered by the area draw in natives from all across the island. The main beach is called Son Moll and is 150 metres long. The area is also renowned for the quality of its seafood restaurants. Golf lovers can head to nearby Capdepera, though there are also courses at Canyamel, Son Servera and Pula.
Address: Cala Ratjada, Majorca, Spain
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