Porto Petro holidays 2019
If you're looking for sun, sand, rest and relaxation then the tranquil fishing village of Porto Petro is the holiday destination for you. Boasting a population of just five hundred, this small village on the island of Majorca is perfect for a holiday away just soaking up the sun on one of the idyllic beaches nearby and enjoying the Spanish cuisine and culture.
Porto Petro is situated around a beautiful cove and natural harbour. Down by the marina, there are many independent gift shops and exquisite restaurants. Nearby in the towns of Santanyi and Felantix, there are local markets held on Wednesday and Sunday; a great opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture and pick up a few souvenirs. For those who like to relax during the day but enjoy a more fast-paced evening then the nearby resort of Cala d'Or is the place to go dancing the night away with a cocktail in hand.
One of the main attractions near Porto Petro is the Parc Natural de Mondrago. Made up of forests, farmland and beaches, it was given national park status as a way of preserving the natural beauty of Mallorca. The site is routed by footpaths and there is also the opportunity to cycle through the park but don't cycle too fast as you may miss seeing the wildlife, in particular, the endangered tortoises.
An hour's drive away from Porto Petro is the capital city of Palma. Palma is seeping with culture and history and a wonderful city to explore. Between visiting cathedrals adorned with intricate historical mosaics and old fortresses, there is plenty to keep visitors busy. In particular, the Bellver castle is unmissable as the round, Gothic castle is the first of its kind in Europe. It once served as the residence for the King of Majorca too. After a full day of sightseeing, there is no better way to enjoy the warm evening sun than to enjoy several plates of tapas and listen to the live music playing in the streets. Palma's nightlife will have you dancing 'til the sun comes up.
Porto Petro is a sleepy fishing village, so expect some classic Balearics cuisine along intimate streets. There are tapas and a range of international cuisine available, too, including Irish pubs, French restaurants and Veg-friendly options. There are cheap restaurants, middle-of-the-range restaurants and gourmet eats, too.
Porto Petro, although it doesn't have a beach, is the perfect spot for a calm family holiday. As a quiet spot with access to the busier resorts of Cala d'Or and Cala Mondrago, you can set up in a hotel in Porto Petro then get out and explore the local area. Cala d'Or is a tourist-focused resort with everything a family might need, including a range of facilities, a beach and local activities and tours. Boat trips around the local coves, taking in Cala Llonga, the biggest, are a popular pastime.
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Boat trips are big in this part of Majorca. There a range of trips and tours along the coastline that leave from the inlet that Porto Petro rests on. Alternatively, take a wander round Mondrago National Park, which covers a huge 2,000 acres of wetland and protected forest areas. There are carefully designated paths through the park.
Being a quiet, intimate resort Porto Petro does not have its own beach yet there are numerous beaches close by within walking distance. The first being the S'amarador beach which is an award-winning beach that makes up part of the Mondrago National Park. The beach itself is a beautiful stretch of white sand and crystal clear water perfect for swimming in.The beach also features an excellent beach bar so holidaymakers can stay hydrated whilst topping up their tan.
The second beach close to Porto Petro is Cala Mondrago beach. Protected from development, this is a picturesque beach and the perfect spot to lay down your towel and admire the coastline and all its rocky coves.
Head to Cala d'Or, just over a mile north of Porto Petro. Here you'll find clubs and bars and restaurants open into the early hours. Porto Petro is a much quieter resort. You might find the odd Irish pub or sleepy Mediterranean cafe serving small, cold beers, but there's nothing too bustling about this resort. Ideal for families or couples looking for some romantic peace-and-quiet, Porto Petro isn't for the party-seekers.
Porto Petro is ideal for a laid-back couples holiday. A sleepy waterfront with traditional restaurants, comfortable accommodation and access to the beautiful Parc Natural de Mondrago make this not only a romantic resort but a year-round destination. It doesn't matter whether you're after the beach or a hike through some natural splendour, Porto Petro and its surrounding region is a top pick for a getaway.
Porto Petro has retained much of its traditional fishing village vibe. On the other hand, Cala d'Or has not. For a balance between old and new, Porto Petro is a great spot. For example, you could head to nearby Felanitx (under 10 miles away) for the impressive Santuari de Sant Salvador.