Porto Colom is truly one of the prettiest resorts in all Majorca. A tumble of pretty pastel-coloured houses spilling down to a large, sheltered harbour filled with fishing boats and yachts. There are some gorgeous sandy beaches nearby, as well as some charming coves. You’ll find plenty of delightful country towns to explore, many with colourful weekly markets, as well as attractions such as the famous cave complexes of Cuevas del Drach and Cuevas del Ham. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, and, if you want some a wider variety of nightlife, you could head to Cala d’Or, just 10 minutes away by car.
Porto Colom’s beautiful harbour, tucked between two rugged headlands, is a delight to stroll around. It is backed by traditional houses painted in ice-cream colours that adorn many a postcard! You can stroll to pretty Cala Marçal, a small sandy beach set in a picturesque bay, or explore the miniature coves that dot this stunning stretch of coastline. There are some fine hikes in the area, as well as delightful country towns, and you could also visit the celebrated cave complexes of Cuevas del Drach and Cuevas del Ham. If you fancy a day out, the gorgeous island capital of Palma is only an hour’s drive away.
Wine and Dine
There are scores of places to eat and drink in Porto Colom, from simple cafés to elegant restaurants, which serve a range of cuisines to suit all tastes and budgets. Many of the restaurants near the harbour specialise in freshly caught seafood – you could try grouper, John Dory, octopus or squid, or go for a classic seafood paella. Other local treats include tumbet, a vegetable dish made with potatoes, aubergines and red peppers, and arròs brut, a soupy rice dish made with pork, mushroom and seasonal vegetables which is a speciality of the island. Lots of places serve classic Spanish tapas, from thick potato omelettes (tortilla) to croquetas (fried, breaded croquettes with a variety of fillings such as cod or ham).
Families will love the relaxed, peaceful atmosphere in Porto Colom, which offers a host of attractions for kids of all ages. Of course, the beaches are the biggest draw: the Cala Marçal is particularly good for younger children, with its sheltered bay and calm waters. There are also pedaloes for rent if your kids fancy bobbing about on the water. Older kids can head to the water sports centre on the s’Arenal beach to try some sailing or paddle boarding, and this rugged coastline is fantastic for snorkelling and diving. Kids might enjoy a visit to the caves of Drach and Ham, which are hung with marvellous stalactites and stalagmites.
Action and Adventure
The sheltered bay of Porto Colom offers a host of water sports, including sailing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. The area is also fantastic for snorkelling and scuba diving, and there is a diving centre that rents out equipment, runs courses and offers diving excursions to some of the best local sites. The island of Mallorca is a well known hiking destination, with a superb network of well-marked walking and mountain-biking trails. The Mondragó nature reserve, very close to Porto Colom, offers some of the best walks in the area. If you want a bigger adrenaline rush, you could head to Alcudia, about 45 minutes’ drive away, which is one of the main centres for paragliding on the island.
Life's a Beach
Cala Marçal is the main beach in Porto Colom, an arc of golden sand with impossibly blue waters. It’s very sheltered, making it a great option for families, and has plenty of bars and cafés for rent, as well as pedaloes for the kids. South of Cala Marçal is the Cala Nau, another picturesque bay, with thatched parasols and sunbeds and a beach bar. You could also head to s’Arenal Gran and s’Arenal Petit, two more of the beaches situated on this gorgeous bay, which are located on the route to the lighthouse. There are lots of enticing little coves to discover on this stretch of coastline: these include the Cala Sa Nau, which is shaded by Mediterranean pines, and the Cala Brafí, another beautifully unspoilt little bay.
Porto Colom is a relaxed and tranquil resort, and the nightlife is largely restricted to laid-back bars and cafés. However, many local establishments put on special events in summer, such as live music. You can sit out on a beachfront terrace and soak up the views as you sip an ice-cold beer or a glass of local wine, or drift from square to square and people-watch. If you’re looking for more in the way of bars and clubs, then head to Cala d’Or, which is just a 10-minute drive away. Cala Millor, about 30 minutes away, has one of the liveliest nightlife scenes on Majorca.
The picturesque harbour, beautiful beaches, stunning coastline and relaxed vibe make Porto Colom an ideal destination for a romantic holiday in the sunshine. Whether you simply want to bask on an idyllic beach, or take walks around the beautiful coastline, Porto Colom invites romance and relaxation. There are lots of water sports available, if you fancy some paddle boarding or kayaking, and perhaps you could take a romantic lunch cruise in a traditional sailing boat (departures from the harbour). You could potter around the market at Felanitx, go for a wonderful seafood dinner overlooking the picturesque harbour, then spend the evening, toes in the sand and drink in hand, watching the sun set.
The nearby town of Felanitx is charming and historic, and is full of beautifully preserved monuments, including the enormous 16th-century church of San Miguel. The most striking of the town’s historic buildings is the 13th-century castle that enjoys a majestic setting on a hilltop overlooking the town. Next to it is the 14th-century monastery of San Salvador, and you can enjoy amazing views from the viewing point at the top of the hill. Most of the island’s museums and art galleries are concentrated in Palma, the island capital, which also preserves a beautiful historic quarter.