Are you dying for a break? Dreaming of blue skies and white sand beaches? If so, a holiday in the quaint Spanish fishing village of Porto Cristo is just what you need.
With its combination of ancient stone architecture and modern villas, Porto Cristo is the ideal resort for the whole family. But, before you pack your swimsuits, take a look at our holiday guide below to find out more about this beautiful part of the Balearic Islands.
What Is Porto Cristo Like?
Porto Cristo is a traditional Mallorcan fishing village situated in a natural harbour. As well as the amazing yachts and speedboats moored there, you can also see the working fisherman in their fishing boats.
If you’re looking for a holiday spot that’s buzzing and full of life, Porto Christo isn’t for you. This is a quiet village with a very calm, laid-back vibe, so if a relaxing escape from everyday life is what you want, Porto Cristo is the place to be.
There are basic amenities in Porto Cristo, like supermarkets, but the nearby town of Manacor has all the facilities you’ll need during your holiday. Close to the resort you can also find Cala Mandia, a stunning beach, and a collection of smaller coves.
History & Culture Of Porto Cristo
Many archaeological discoveries have been made in the surrounding areas of Porto Cristo, such as the burial sites of Son Moro and Sa Gruta. In the town, you’ll find a Roman Basilica on Avinguda de Joan Amer, as well as the remains of a Roman port dwelling behind the natural harbour.
It was here that the remnants of a Roman-era ship were discovered! Porto Cristo comes from “The Port of Christ.” This little fishing village was so named because of a boat that was found on the shore during the Christian invasion. It contained a crucifix!
Previously used as a port for Manacor, this little village was the only Mallorcan place that was in the middle of the Spanish Civil War. It was also briefly captured in 1936 by the Republican forces.
A few decades ago, more tourists started to visit the town but it’s managed to keep a lot of its original beauty and charm.
Beaches In Porto Cristo
Although Porto Cristo’s main beach is quite small, it’s beautiful. You can hire pedaloes and sun loungers but be warned – the beach can get very busy during the summer.
But don’t worry if you’re too late to grab a space; there are plenty of sandy beaches on the eastern coast of Mallorca to enjoy. We recommend checking out the beautiful beaches of Cala Mendia, Cala Romantica, and Cala Anguila.
Things to Do In Porto Cristo
The location of Porto Cristo makes it an excellent getaway location for everyone. From families to holidaymakers wanting a relaxing break in the sun, everyone will get something out of Porto Cristo. Despite its small size, there are lots of activities to make it an exciting trip.
Boat trips are a fantastic way of exploring the east coastline. From Porto Cristo, you can catch a boat cruise to the surrounding areas like Cala Millor, Cala de Mallorca, Cala Bona, and Canyamel. These coves boast crystal-clear waters and breath taking cliffs, so don’t forget the camera!
Speaking of boats, don’t forget to look out for the working fisherman in their fishing boats around the harbour!
Visit ancient ruins
Mallorca’s east coast isn’t very commercially developed, allowing tourists to see remnants of man’s early occupation of Porto Cristo, while in Avinguda de Joan Amer you can explore a Roman basilica.
Look out for an original Roman port behind the harbour where Roman ship remains were found!
If you’re an animal lover, you’ll be pleased to know that Porto Cristo has some incredible wildlife in their Safari Zoo. Expect to see tigers, giraffes, lions, monkeys, and many other fascinating species – from a safe distance, of course.
Visit Cala Millor
If you want the sun, sea, and unbeatable atmosphere of Ibiza (without the hangovers), head up the coast to the town of Cala Millor. This relaxed resort has an impressive beach, laid-back family eateries, and rocky caves.
Hotels In Porto Cristo
As well as rich history and stunning beaches, there are plenty of Porto Cristo hotels to choose from. If you’re on a couple’s break, the TNH Felip Adults Only Hotel offers everything you need for a relaxing holiday. You’ll find a spa, a la carte restaurants, an indoor and outdoor pool, and easy access to the beach.
If you’re looking for something a bit more charming, the Hotel Rural Son Mas is set inside a 17th-century mansion just outside Porto Cristo. This stylish hotel has beautiful countryside views as well as an indoor spa, yoga classes, a hydromassage tub, and a swimming pool.
On a family holiday? The Insotel Cala Mandia Resort is well known for its all-inclusive family-friendly packages. With a beauty centre, sunbathing terrace, four outdoor swimming pools, and cafes and bars, you’ll never get bored during your holiday! There’s also a children’s water park suitable for kids of all ages; not to mention the fact that this hotel is less than half a mile from the beach!
Restaurants In Porto Cristo
You’ll find a broad range of nice restaurants in Porto Cristo, serving everything from local dishes made from regional ingredients to international fare. Your hardest decision will be choosing where to eat each night! Take a look at the different cuisines on offer in the town:
If you’re looking for a homely Mallorcan atmosphere, be sure to check out Sa Sal restaurant. Inside you’ll find a dining room equipped with a wood-burning stove and wooden beams – the perfect setting for a winter’s evening.
If you’re visiting the town in summer, Sa Sal’s courtyard makes for an ideal al fresco dining area. Here, you can enjoy carefully created seasonal menus that use only the finest local ingredients.
However, if you’re looking for restaurants with sea views, take a look at Sa Pedra which looks out over the marina. The relaxed atmosphere and fresh fish mean you’re sure to have a wonderful night out.
Looking for a casual lunch spot? Then La Magrana Cafe is where you should head to. With local and authentic dishes, this is a great little cafe for breakfast or lunch. That said, the choice of tapas also makes it perfect for an evening meal, with a terrace for al fresco dining.
If you fancy some delicious international cuisine, Roland Restaurant is a perfect setting. This bistro-style restaurant features a contemporary design and smartly organised tables. It’s a street restaurant with a quaint terrace that’s ideal for summer evening dining.
Another option for international food is Quince Restaurant and Cantina. This chic restaurant has a terrace that overlooks the harbour, providing stunning views for dinner. The restaurant provides various cuisines from local to international. Expect ceviche, pasta, seafood, and gyozas.
Nightlife In Porto Cristo
If you’re looking for a holiday destination with bustling nightlife, you may find Porto Cristo disappointing. The evenings are low-key and all about good food and drink.
But, if you choose Porto Cristo as your base and want some more exciting evenings, you could take a short taxi ride to Cala Millor.
Events In Porto Cristo
As well as the many villages and towns in Port Cristo, the island also hosts lots of festivals and events each year. One event to mark on your calendar is the Festes del Carme which takes place in July. You can enjoy markets, family entertainment, concerts, and the fireworks display that brings the festival to an end.
Another festival to look out for is the Sant Antoni festival. On January 16th, there’s a tradition that the locals take part in. They set up bonfires and cook blood sausages known as botifarrons whilst singing and taking part in devil dancing.
The following day, a parade can be seen going through the streets with a blessing of the animals by a local priest.
Shopping In Porto Cristo
Because it’s a sleepy village, Porto Cristo isn’t brimming with shopping opportunities. But, there is the odd convenience store that stocks holiday essentials. On the island, Sunday is a market day too so be sure to check it out and score some local produce.
If you’d like a spot of indulgent retail therapy, Manacor is easily accessible by public transport. It boasts several malls housing luxury retail shops so everyone can get their shopping fix.
How To Get To Porto Cristo
By public transport
If you’re using public transport, the easiest way to get to the island is via the A42. This is a direct bus that goes from the airport to Porto Cristo multiple times a day and only takes around 60 minutes.
If you’re travelling by car, Porto Cristo is only around 60 minutes away from the airport. Simply follow the Ma-19 to Palma and take exit six onto Ma-30 to Inca. Then you’ll need to get onto the Ma-15 to Manacor and take the Ma-4020 to Porto Cristo.
Surrounding Areas Of Porto Cristo
If you want to venture outside Porto Cristo, there’s plenty to see! Calas de Mallorca and Cala Millor resorts are just a short driving distance away. Here you can enjoy the amazing entertainment scene, still close to the beach.
Don’t forget to check out the famous Caves of Drach too. These iconic caves house Lake Martel, the largest subterranean lake in the world, which is quite a sight to behold!