Porto Cristo, a quiet relaxed and authentic village, with ancient sights and chic bars set around a working marina, an ideal spot for family fun on the beach.
Set on Majorca's east coast, Porto Cristo is a good 65km (around 40 miles) away from Palma airport, and transfer from airport to resort can take up to 90 minutes, depending on traffic.
The town is a typical small Mallorcan fishing village, set around a natural harbour. Today you can still see working fishing boats in the harbour, alongside speedboats and yachts. Porto Cristo is quiet and does not have many activities, so is best for relaxed holidays, and is great for families.
The resort is quite hilly, with a lot of steps, and may not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems, or wheelchair/ pushchair users. There is a lovely beach, Cala Mandia, and several smaller coves dotted around the area.
Nightlife is pretty quiet and laid back, with a few bars and restaurants offering a reasonable range of cuisine, mainly focussed around the harbour area. Travel north a little to Cala Millor for a livelier scene with more bars and discos.
There's a handful of hotels and apartment complexes, however this resort has not been over-developed and things are pretty low-key. Shops and supermarkets provide all the essentials you may need for self-catering holidays, and there are plenty places to buy local crafts and souvenirs as well as clothing, beachwear and accessories.
Porto Cristo has an important place in Majorca's rich heritage and has numerous legends associated with it, included many suggestions on how the town earned its name (The Port of Christ). This was an important settlement for Christians in the 13th century. The area is the site of many archaelogical finds, including a prehistoric burial site, a Roman basilica and remnants of a Roman port.
From Porto Cristo, it's not too far to visit the Caves of Drach and also the Manacor Pearl factory, and the resorts of Cala Millor and Calas de Mallorca are within driving distance to the north and south respectively.
“For peaceful, laid back getaways, Porto Cristo has everything you need: lovely beach, working marina, and plenty of bars and restaurants, yet it remains small, unspoilt and charming.”