Don't be fooled into thinking that every holiday resort in Majorca has been spoilt by tourism, because holidays to Porto Cristo are guaranteed to give you a true sense of the Spanish lifestyle. The tourism infrastructure is well-established in this part of the island, however, its atmosphere is more laid-back than nearby resorts, such as Cala Millor. A popular family resort with a sublime location on the island's eastern coast, Porto Cristo is fairly small in size, allowing you to discover a lot of the landscape during your stay.
The name is derived from 'The Port of Christ' and much like other areas of Majorca, Porto Cristo boasts a favourable year-round climate. Since it’s positioned just 8.6 miles from Manacor, a 2018 holiday to Porto Cristo will give you a chance to visit the agricultural town, where the famous Caves of Drach are located. Whether you plan on visiting the authentic fishing village with a partner, the family, or as a group, you can anticipate a blissful experience in this Balearic jewel.
While some attractions are located in Porto Cristo, others are only accessible by driving or boat. Examples of the things you can do when spending time in the relaxed fishing village include shopping, boat rental, and hikes to lookout points like Torre Serral dels Falcons. Set off on a day trip to the small bay of Cala Millor to swim in the shimmering waters at Cala Morlanda beach. This nearby resort is the proud destination for the International Regatta.
A day spent at the Caves of Drach in nearby Manacor will be unforgettable. The name translates to ‘Dragon Caves’ and the attraction is made up of four caves, which were discovered in the 1300s. Alternatively, make a splash by jumping off a cliff, participating in swimming pool activities at your hotel, or snorkelling around the harbour.
Wine and Dine
The local cuisine of Majorca is usually prepared with freshly caught fish or locally sourced meats. Vegetarians won't be left feeling hungry, what with plenty of restaurants serving traditional meat-free dishes. Frito Mallorquín is a good example of a satisfying meat-free dish. A concoction of olive oil, garlic, chilli, peas, peppers, potatoes and artichokes, this specialty dish will go down very nicely with a glass of wine.
Satisfy hunger cravings by ordering Pa amb Oli or a plate of paella at fine dining establishments, like Tr3nta-1, Roland Restaurant, Quince Restaurante & Cantina. These are just a few recommended restaurants to consider when on holiday in Porto Cristo.
Perhaps a better option if you want to pair your food and drink properly is Soma Restaurant & Wine Bar, where the diverse menu features Spanish, European and gluten-free options. Feast on a steak here and wash it down with some Majorcan red wine, like Gran Verán.
Not a day will go by without something fun happening if you’re booking a holiday to Porto Cristo with the family. Many of the facilities at Porto Cristo hotels are catered to families with children, as well as large groups of all ages. Porto Cristo Aquarium is positioned conveniently near the Caves of Drach, so why not come face-to-face with vibrant marine life?
Families tend to cluster at the weekly market every Sunday. Book your holiday to Porto Cristo during July and you can witness exhibitions and live entertainment at the Festa del Carmen. Tucking into seafood on the waterfront and uncovering ‘secret’ restaurants in Sa Sal are two other reasons to visit this part of Majorca with the relatives.
Action and Adventure
Ever heard of a dragon buggy before? It’s basically a four-wheel drive, or all-terrain vehicle. Hiring one of these for the day and belting up for an off-road tour will expose you to parts of Porto Cristo that you may not have known existed otherwise.
A four-wheel drive will make it easy to embark on an adventure to caverns, caves and untouched countryside. Jumaica Tropical Park is a theme park that will be worth visiting during your action-packed holiday in Porto Cristo. Stroll near the banana plantation and greet the animals here.
Rope swings, canyoning courses, climbing and coasteering are just a few examples of the ways in which you can enhance your experience in Majorca. Many adventure tours can be organised for team-building purposes, charitable events or special occasions, such as stag and hen parties.
Life's a Beach
Before Cala Millor experienced a boom in tourism, Porto Cristo was the place to go for beach lovers. It’s somewhat of a blessing in disguise that its neighbour has claimed the limelight, since it relieves Porto Cristo of becoming too tourist-focused. The ocean is turquoise and crystal clear, so don't forget to pack your swimsuit and snorkel gear when sunbathing on the eastern coastline.
A few other beaches can be found in Cala Bona and Cala Millor. If you lack the time to visit them all during your holiday to Porto Cristo, cram a lot of coastal sightseeing into one day by booking a glass-bottomed boat cruise.
Porto Cristo cannot necessarily be described as a party paradise, but it does lure a diverse crowd with its subtle nightlife scene. Watch as the bartenders impress with their cocktail-making skills inside one of the area's sophisticated restaurants, like Quince Restaurant & Cantina, Sa Sal Restaurant, and Bou Restaurant.
If you plan on knocking back a few more drinks once these local establishments close their doors, hop in a taxi to Cala Millor and dance until the early hours at La Havana Nightclub. Stay and listen to music from the best DJs until 6am if you wish, or set off to a different venue. Lolly Pop Nightclub is also based in Cala Millor.
Located 22 kilometres away in the resort of Cala Ratjada, is Disco Bolero Nightclub and Angels Music Bar Nightclub.
A Porto Cristo holiday is definitely worth booking with your partner if you’re hoping to soak up Majorca's stunning scenery. Wine tours, fine dining and luxurious hotels make the resort idyllic for couples. Stroll along the neatly carved trails at S’albufera Natural Park or cycle along the beachfront promenade. Cycling or hiking with your partner is a good way to get some exercise and really take in the surroundings.
Should you be planning to get down on one knee and propose to your partner, take them to a peaceful section of Porto Cristo beach and present them with an authentic pearl ring. Numerous jewellery stores are scattered around the main promenade, as well as souvenir shops and markets.
Did you know that the culture of Spain is actually one of the oldest cultures in the world? The Spaniards will not let go of their treasured traditions lightly, and so you can expect to see a lot of Spanish customs and etiquette when you’re on holiday in Porto Cristo. Shake hands upon meeting with a Spaniard if you’re a man or introduce yourself with a kiss on both cheeks if you’re a woman.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the Spanish culture is to visit Porto Cristo during a major holiday, such as Easter and Hispanic Day. When festivities of this kind are held, you can listen to traditional Spanish guitar and watch the Flamenco dance being performed in front of excited crowds.