Portals Nous is much more than soft golden sand, a swanky marina, hidden coves and luxury residences. The area is considered one of the many jewels in the crown of Mallorca, and it’s easy to understand why.
If you’re heading to Portals Nous, prepare for the holiday of your dreams with our comprehensive guide to everything to see, what to do, where to eat and much more.
What is Portals Nous Like?
With its views over the southwest coast, Portals Nous is a popular holiday destination for many. In particular, those who want international restaurants with high-end and casual dining, designer boutiques, bars, shops, beaches and a fun, lively atmosphere.
As a haven for the rich, Portals Nous isn’t always the cheapest option for a Mallorcan holiday, but is still popular. It’s certainly worth a visit – if you can afford it!
History & Culture of Portals Nous
Portals Nous became prominent in the 1930s when an influx of well-heeled second homeowners saw the beauty of the landscape and decided to construct villas and luxury homes in the area.
Today, it’s considered one of the most sought-after locations on the island. Overlooking the town is Costa d’en Blanes, a neighbourhood of Mallorcan villas – home to the rich and famous, with unparalleled views of the southwest coast.
The community in Portals Nous is close-knit, and locals welcome tourists and visitors.
Beaches in Portals Nous
There are a few beaches in and around Portals Nous, so you can lay back and relax next to gentle swells of the Mediterranean Sea.
What could be better?
Cala Bendinat is a small eastern-facing cove with calm water and plenty of afternoon shade. It’s perfect for those who want a bit of sun, but not too much. The beach is surrounded by rocks and is just a stone’s throw away from Calvia.
L’Oratori beach is one of the most popular beaches in Portals Nous, referred to by locals as ‘Portals Nous beach.’ Bejellewed with golden sand, this beach sits beside the stunning marina. It’s quiet, calming and easily accessible.
If you want something a little unusual and out of the way, Cala Oli could be the perfect beach option for you. Only accessible by barging or kayaking, this area is quiet and serene. At only 20 meters long, it isn’t the biggest beach, but it doesn’t get crowded, so you’ll have more than enough space to sit back and relax.
Things to Do in Portals Nous
The place to be in Portals Nous is undoubtedly the Puerto Portals marina. Filled with expensive yachts, the marina is a hub of activity. Visitors can choose from fancy restaurants, boutiques, and high-end jewellers to a selection of yachting businesses.
Puerto Portals makes the perfect base to spend a relaxed afternoon taking in the views and people-watching from any one of the fine eateries. A casual walk along the port’s quay makes for a beautiful break from the excited hum of the busier surrounding area.
It is also a place where you can rub shoulders with the owners of the world-class vessels moored at the marina, as well as locals and fellow tourists. At the end of the quay is a small beach with a quaint lighthouse which makes a beautiful Instagram-worthy photo.
Hotels in Portals Nous
As the town is a popular spot with tourists, there’s a wide range of hotels to take your pick from. So, whether you want to live it up in 5-star luxury or fancy something slightly cheaper yet still packed with charm, there’s something for everyone.
If luxury is your preferred way to relax, there’s the luxury 5-star Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous. There’s also the Portals Hills Boutique Hotel; a glamourous destination set in the hills with views of the bay behind.
Restaurants in Portals Nous
Portals Nous certainly isn’t short on culinary delights from across the world. With everything from Japanese, Indian, Italian, and, of course, Spanish, the town is the perfect restaurant hot spot.
If Mediterranean cuisine tickles your fancy, Casa Paco is a large, spacious eatery with excellent prices. It’s open from lunchtime until late in the evening. Chemli’s Bar and Restaurant serves authentic, high-quality Italian fare, including their delicious (and moreish!) stone-baked pizzas – a huge hit at lunch and suppertime.
Nightlife in Portals Nous
Portals Nous is a haven for nightlife lovers. If getting glammed up and sipping cocktails is your idea of a night well spent (and who could blame you?), the night scene at the marina is an absolute must. Plus, you know it’s good when even the locals enjoy a drink there.
At Puerto Portals marina, the Cappuccino Grand Cafe is a beautiful place to sip coffee and relax with friends during the morning. By night, however, the cafe takes on a different persona. It transforms into a sublime nightspot, complete with a host of drinks choices and a heady buzz of music.
Events in Portals Nous
Whichever time of the year you choose to visit Portals Nous, there’s always something to see and do. Here are four of the best events that occur throughout the year in the relaxed-vibe town.
The Oris Classic Rally
This classic mooring event takes place in March and is considered by many to be one of the top dates in the motor rally circuit. Puerto Portals marina is the main hub of activity throughout the rally, where motor rally fans can see the cars up close and personal.
Throughout the summer months, the town opens up as a market with dozens of stalls selling a series of delights. There is everything from hand-crafted jewellery to seasonal foods and even artisan cocktails, which are certainly not to be missed.
If you are bringing the little ones to Portals Nous, there’s plenty for them to do at Sunset Market, too, including child-friendly activities and games.
Puerto Portals Sailing Week
Halfway through September each year, the town is the setting for one of the biggest – and best – circuits for TP52 monohulls. Every year, some 12 boats from across the world battle it out in a tense race comprising ten rounds. A huge celebratory party is held throughout the celebrations, where live music is played.
The Puerto Portals Christmas market is the highlight of the winter calendar in Portal Nous. Young couples, families and older people all flock the market to sample festive drinks, such as mulled wine, and browse through the stalls. There’s something for everyone – great Christmas gifts, sweets and clothing.
Shopping in Portals Nous
Portals Nous has your retail therapy needs covered if shopping is your thing. On top of designer outlets and independent boutiques, there’s also a good choice of high-street names to get your fashion fix.
Close by there’s a gift shop known as eStudio 3. Here, you can spoil your loved ones back home (it proves very popular with visitors to the area) with a plethora of presents.
And, if you’re an avid reader, a trip to Portals Nous is not complete without a trip to The Universal Bookshop. The store has a huge range of local and international books, including fiction and non-fiction. There’s even lots of knitting and sewing accessories to be had!
How to get to Portals Nous
If you are flying to the country, Portals Nous is just a quick 25-minute drive from the nearest airport. This means you get more time to get the know this truly impressive and immersive town.
If you are relying on public transport, the service in and around Portals Nous is regular and efficient. The bus regularly runs through the town. The TIB bus lines to Palma travel through Portals Nous alongside other popular hotspots for tourists.
Surrounding areas of Portals Nous
If a day near the water sounds like your idea of whiling away the afternoon, there’s a bay called Cala Portals Nous where you can relax and soak up some rays.
Port Adriano is another luxury port a few miles northwest. Like Portals Nous, it has a relaxed atmosphere and hosts many varied events throughout the year.
The island’s capital, Palma de Mallorca, is only a 10-minute drive away or a short jaunt by bus. Here, you can take a walk through the stunning gardens and visit Bellver Castle Forest, Museum or visit the ancient Arab Baths.