Situated on the southern half of Majorca's east coast, Porto Colom is the principal coastal town of the municipal district of Felanitx. This charming resort, which has its origins as a fishing village, is sometimes claimed to be the birthplace of the explorer Christopher Columbus - whether it's true or not, it's certainly proved to be a popular destination for families doing some exploring of their own!
Porto Colom is home to a beautiful Blue Flag beach, with many more in the surrounding area and some fantastic diving spots to discover. The town also has some great nightlife, while the nearby town of Felanitx has superb Gothic architecture and is known for its fine wines and brandies - so there's something to keep everybody happy in Porto Colom.
Many tourists take a direct flight to Majorca's main airport at Palma and get on a shuttle bus to Porto Colom from there, which takes around an hour. Porto Colom itself is quite compact and easy to get around on foot. While public transport is a bit more limited than on other parts of Majorca, there is a regular bus service to Palma de Mallorca and Faleanitx. If you want to explore more of Majorca - and there is plenty to see! - it may be worth hiring a car while you are there.
Cala Marcal, the main beach of Porto Colom, is just a few minutes' walk from the town centre and is one of the best in the area. It achieves Blue Flag status year after year, with white-gold sands and deep turquoise waters that are shallow enough for families with children. On the road to the lighthouse of Es Far there's the beach of S'Arenal Gran, a sheltered stretch of sand with calm waters.
A little further out, the unspoilt beach of Cala Sa Nau is well worth the journey: small in size and surrounded by a pine grove, it's a great place to relax on a sunny day, although it can get quite busy in the summer months!
While Porto Colom is a charming little fishing town, there isn't a great deal to see there - for sightseeing you're best off heading to the nearby town of Felanitx. The mediaeval monastery of Sant Salvador is one of the best-known attractions in the municipality - dating back to 1348, it stands on a high hill overlooking Felanitx, with some spectacular views over southwest Majorca. Visitors can also see a seven-metre statue of Christ at the summit. Felanitx is also home to the Castillo de Santueri, a hillside fortress built on the ruins of a Moorish fortification, which itself was probably founded on a Roman military camp.
Not far from Porto Colom are the Coves del Drach near Porto Cristo, which translates as "Dragon Caves" - and you can certainly imagine a mythical beast making its lair down here amid the stalagmites and underground lake! The tour of these spectacular caves ends with a short classical performance by four musicians on a boat.
While in Majorca, take the time to visit the island's "capital" Palma de Mallorca - with a seaside cathedral and magnificent Old City, there are plenty of sights to see here.
It may be a small town, but there are plenty of places to eat in Porto Colom, many specialising in the delicious seafood caught locally. Sa Llotja is one of the best-regarded in town, and not only offers a great selection of fresh fish and shellfish but also beautiful views over the harbour while you eat. Celler Sa Sinia is another excellent eatery, with some of the best paella you're likely to find in the area and all at reasonable prices. If you're looking for breakfast or brunch, head to Cafeteria Vistasol for an unforgettable morning meal.
Nightlife in Porto Colom will be perfect for some, but perhaps a bit too low-key for others - it's laid-back and mostly centred around long evenings in bars and cafes on the waterfront. Those who like to party just need to head south to nearby Cala d'Or for a great selection of bars and clubs, such as dance and Latin-focused Cotton Club, Disco Alfa and Farrahs Planet Ibiza. Alternatively, take a trip to experience the buzzing nightlife of Palma de Mallorca - from the elegant Costa Galana to the crazy Abraxas, there's something for everybody to enjoy here.
Porto Colom has some good shops around the harbour area where you can pick up holiday essentials like sun cream, beach towels and groceries, and souvenir shops can be found near the beach at Cala Marcal. For more options, head on up to Felanitx, where you can pick up all kinds of local produce and handicrafts at the markets. Felanitx is particularly famous for its wine and brandy, so these make great souvenirs for people back home! If you'd rather go fashion shopping, it's best to head to Palma de Mallorca, where you'll find all sort of boutiques and craft shops.
Porto Colom is a little less family-focused than other resorts in Majorca, but there's still a good selection of attractions children can enjoy. Glass-bottomed boat trips provide a great way for kids to get a view of the ocean floor without getting wet, while Jumaica Tropical Park in Porto Cristo makes for a fantastic day out - 25 sq km of tropical gardens and landscapes, filled with all kinds of wild animals and vegetation. Older children can try their hand at diving with one of the providers based in Porto Colom.
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