As the most exclusive marina on the south coast of Majorca, Portals Nous is a popular destination with international jetsetters. Luckily, you won’t need a luxury yacht to enjoy it yourself. Majorca is a laidback, friendly destination that provides an air of exclusivity. From its beaches to its fine dining and lush hotels, a Portals Nous holiday in 2017 is an experience like no other.
Situated just 10 kilometres south of the stylish, historic island capital of Palma, Portals Nous manages to retain a sense of unique identity. It is a must-see destination, even if for a whistle stop tour, and it offers the opportunity to explore Majorca’s mountains as well as secluded bays.
There is plenty to keep visitors entertained in the resort itself, including one of Spain’s finest golf courses, luxury restaurants and shops around the Puerto Portals marina, along with some gorgeous beaches offering relaxed sunbathing. With so much to see and do, why not make a holiday in Portals Nous your destination of choice in 2017?
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 25m
When to go
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Portals Nous is one of the places to be seen in Majorca. The village boasts some of the best shopping and dining experiences anywhere in the Balearics, including unmissable Michelin-starred restaurants.
Palma is also well worth visiting for its streets of culture and architecture. The old town, with its narrow alleys and beautiful buildings, offers wonderful shops to please its international clientele. Coupled with a rich cultural scene that features historic attractions, festivals and modern art collections, Palma is a great day trip or night out for anyone on a holiday in Portals Nous.
The Tour de France-winning exploits of the cyclists for Team Sky are honed in training camps in Majorca, making the island an international hub of cycling. Professionals and keen amateurs alike regularly enjoy the challenging mountain climbs, beautiful coastal roads, and the island’s relative lack of traffic. You can sign up for serious touring and training camps, or just rent a bike and head off to explore – a fantastic way to enjoy the best of Portals Nous’ scenery.
Wine and Dine
The cuisine of Majorca and the recipes developed around Portals Nous make great use of the local produce. Almonds, olives, tomatoes, and walnuts are all grown locally, and add to the food fare of Portals Nous.
Holidaymakers will fall in love with ensaimada for breakfast. The spiral shaped bun is covered with icing, and it is the perfect accompaniment to a fresh coffee. Ensaimada are so popular that many travellers take them home with them. Lunches and dinners are decorated with a variety of delicious dishes. Portals Nous is home to great seafood restaurants serving up freshly caught fish. You will easily find some of the best paella you have ever tasted during your holiday in Portals Nous. If seafood isn't your cup of tea, try the sobrassada, an out of this world sausage eaten all over the Balearic Islands.
Majorca produces some exquisite wines from grapes grown only on the island. The wines served in the restaurants of Portal Nous have a distinct taste and texture, so the wine lovers among you are sure to fall in love with the rich tastes of the island.
Of course, Portals Nous has great beaches packed with fun for the whole family. Visitors can take part in all of the exciting watersports that are available at the beach. Jet ski, windsurf and scuba dive in the blue waters of the Balearic Sea.
If the kids need a beach break and waterpark fun is needed, then families can go to Marineland to ride the slippery slides. There are also shows with dolphins and sea lions for the kids to get excited about.
Portals Nous lies very close to the Majorcan capital of Palma. The city is the culture capital and holidaymakers can find museums, cathedrals and the impressive Bellver Castle. If the culture and architecture become too much, families can soak up the surf at the local Palma beaches after indulging in culture.
Families that want to explore the island can head inland to Petra. The village lies in the centre of Majorca and is known as a Property of Cultural Interest. The village is home to churches, museums and festivals that shouldn't be missed for any culture vulture family.
Action and Adventure
Portals Nous holidays are all about relaxing on the beach. But there is plenty of action and adventure for guests to discover during their stay at the chic resort. The Serra de Tramuntana mountains are perfect for anyone looking to hike, walk or mountain bike during their holiday. The mountains are the backbone of the island, and visitors can explore the lakes and forests located in the mountains.
Bellver Castle is a must-see attraction and visitors can day trip to the beautiful city of Palma to explore it. The castle sits on top of a hill that looks down upon the city and the sea. It is a truly magical spot to hike up to and discover.
For more outdoor hiking and cycling fun, holidaymakers should descend on Cap de Formentor. Located on the eastern side of the island, the cap is known as the "meeting point of the winds". Take a dip in the sea or climb the jagged peaks on a trip to the Cap.
Life's a Beach
Portals Nous' only beach, Oratori, is located next to the Puerto Portals marina and benefits from the same sheltered harbour that keeps the waters serene. It boasts a Blue Flag rating and glorious golden sands. The beach is a popular spot during the summer months and many of the locals and visitors to Portals Nous descend on its sands.
There are plenty of fashionable bars and restaurants, including one of the best Balearic beach bars in the area; so you will never be stuck for dining options. If you are lucky, you may even spot one of the many celebrity guests who flock to their Majorca villas every year.
Portals Nous has good access to the rest of Majorca’s south coast. To the west, Palma offers stylish beach bars and harbour-side restaurants. To the east, Palmanova is a large well-developed resort, with impressive beaches, including Playa Porto Nova.
At the end of the peninsula is Magaluf, one of Europe’s biggest party resorts. Magaluf is home to several stunning beaches with excellent watersport's facilities. For some wilder beaches, continue down the coast to Cala Portals Vells, a very natural, picturesque beach.
The chic waterside resort is home to a great nightlife that visitors can indulge in during their Portals Nous holidays. The area has great bars with live DJs playing a variety music to dance to while sipping drinks. The resort's bars and nightclubs stay open late, giving you the chance to see the sun come up before heading back to your hotel. Three of the most popular nighttime hotspots are Ritzi, Wellies and Karma, which give holidaymakers the chance to indulge in the late night fun of Portals Nous.
Portals Nous is one of the swankiest resorts on the entire island of Majorca, which means the venues available to you are top-notch. Michelin star restaurants that overlook the marina and sexy nightclubs with classy cocktails are all at your disposal on a holiday in Portal Nous.
Thanks to the resorts location, it isn't difficult to get to one of the other cities and resorts of Majorca. The amount of variety will add plenty of spice to your island adventure holiday.
Couples love the chic, exclusive feel of a holiday in Portals Nous. The resort offers holidaymakers the chance to relax and get away from the noise of the busier holiday villages on Majorca. During the day, couples can take a romantic catamaran cruise through the Balearic Sea. While on a cruise, couples can watch for dolphins as they swim next to the vessel. Back on land, visitors can head to the cultured city of Palma to experience the beautiful architecture. If couples want a louder night out, they can certainly find it in Magaluf or another of the nearby "party" resorts.
For couples looking to get dressed up, the ritzy bars and clubs of Portals Nous are perfect. From beach bars serving cocktails to nightclubs blasting loud dance music until the break of dawn, couples can experience a unique night out. But once the day breaks, couples can head back to the beach for a day of soaking up the sun. If you need help recovering from the night before, couples can get a massage together, and enjoy having the stresses of life blissfully eased away.
Palma is the centre of culture in Majorca, and it is the place travellers should seek out to learn about the island's past, present and future. Museums, art galleries and beautiful landmarks dot the capital, and its streets are full of great cafes to sit and relax in.
Majorca hosts a number of festivals and fiestas throughout the year, and a holiday in Portals Nous gives visitors the opportunity to experience these festivals whenever they book a holiday. Some festivals like the Festes del Rei en Jaume, are traditional, and have been celebrated for decades – if not centuries. However, some festivals are more contemporary, like the Olive Oil Fair in Caimari. Regardless of new or old, Majorca has many great festivals to attend during a holiday in Portals Nous. From Carnival to a celebration of the local patron saints, there is always something to celebrate.
With so much to see and do in Portals Nous, why not make it your holiday destination in 2017?