About Porto Cristo
Porto Cristo is a natural harbor and charming little fishing town in the eastern region of Mallorca. If you are looking for a safe, relaxed, family-friendly destination with a wide choice of activities, take a look at this abcMallorca guide for everything you need to know.
History and Culture of Porto Cristo
Once a fairly busy port servicing the nearby town of Manacor, Porto Cristo is now a tranquil holiday resort. The town was named during the Christian re-occupation of the island in 1260 AD and means ‘Port of Christ’. Legend tells of a boat which was found washed-up on the beach which contained a crucifix. There is also a story of an ox which was found wandering in the town bearing a symbol of Christ which refused to move along. Locals obviously saw this as a sign and so named the town Porto Cristo.
Porto Cristo was also the only town in Mallorca to have engaged in the Spanish Civil War when it was captured by the republicans in 1936.
Today Porto Cristo still retains the charm of its historic origins with ancient stone houses, sparkling white villas and the flotilla of boats in the harbor. The recent addition of a new marina also makes Porto Cristo suitable for modern boat-owners.
Shopping in Porto Cristo
You will find everything you need for a holiday here. The major town of Manacor is just 12 kilometres away and provides extensive shopping facilities. Manacor is particularly well-known as the centre of the pearl industry in Mallorca.
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A list of the daily markets taking place all over the island of Mallorca selling lots of interesting local produce and great souvenirs to take home. […] Markets in Mallorca
Major Attractions in Porto Cristo
Wandering the town you may come across a delightful mermaid statue in Calle des San Jorge or the ancient Torre des Falcons, a watch tower which dates from 1577 and stands above a hidden cave. There is also an old church in Plaza Del Carme named ‘Mare de Deu del Carme’ after the patron saint of sea farers.
There are many attractions close to Porto Cristo including the famous cave systems of ‘Coves del Drach’ which means ‘the dragon caves’ and ‘Coves del Hams’ which means ‘the fish-hook caves’ and refers to the shape of the natural rock formations.
Mallorca’s caves are evidence of a change in sea levels that took place thousands of years ago; their curious beauty a source of wonder and fascination. […] Caves in Mallorca
Things to do in Porto Cristo
Once you have strolled around the quiet streets and sampled the local cuisine you could simply relax on the beach and enjoy the beautiful rugged coastline. Porto Cristo is not a party destination which makes it popular for families and couples in search of rest and relaxation.
For the more adventurous there is much to see and do. The Coves del Drach is very popular and offers regular tours which include a live concert set on an underground lake. The many natural cave formations in this area also make it popular with cavers and scuba divers. The area is also ideal for hiking, biking and horse riding as well as snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and cruises. There are also day trips to the many nearby national parks.
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The nearest Golf Resort is approximately 12 kilometres away and there are several others within easy distance.
Pula Golf has several times hosted the PGA European Tour’s Mallorca Classic and is one of the most demanding courses on the island of Mallorca. There’s a small rural hotel at the heart of the course. […] Pula Golf
Close to Mallorca’s southeast resort of Cala d’Or and the attractive fishing port of Portocolom, this 18-hole course offers spectacular views of the coastline. It’s not a difficult course, but first-time players here will encounter some surprises. […] Vall d’Or Golf
‘Cala Varques’ is an unspoilt cove just south of the town and is well worth a visit for nature lovers.
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Restaurants in Porto Cristo
Porto Cristo has an excellent choice of restaurants, particularly during the summer season.
A choice of traditional Mallorcan house or a romantic patio for alfresco dining, Sa Sal is a memorable experience offering creative Mediterranean dishes. Highly recommended! […] Sa Sal Restaurant in Porto Cristo
One of the best restaurants on the east coast and while not offering sea views the excellent food more than compensates…. Roland Schulte can certainly be classed as one of the top chefs on Mallorca. […] Roland Restaurant Porto Cristo
Views over Porto Cristo’s harbour are offered from this former old house, where tasty regional and international dishes are accompanied by friendly service. […] Quince: A waterside eatery in Porto Cristo
Hotels in Porto Cristo
As a resort which caters well for visitors you will find accommodation to suit most budgets. For those in search of a more luxury lifestyle, The Hotel Son Mas offers this in extensive rural surroundings.
This luxurious hotel offers junior suites for all guests as well as featuring a spa that offers a range of facilities, and is superbly located close to Porto Cristo and Porto Colom. Book now! […] Son Mas Hotel Porto Cristo
Luxuriate in heady natural surroundings and the fine modern interior of Ses Cases de Fetget. This renowned hotel near Son Servera in Mallorca’s north east is among the island’s best. […] Ses Cases de Fetget
Events in Porto Cristo
Porto Cristo celebrates typical Spanish and Mallorcan fiestas including ‘The Three Kings’ and ‘Sant Antoni’ in January and the ‘Fiesta del Carmen’ in July which celebrates the town’s fishing heritage. You will also find various food festivals taking place during the summer months which showcase local produce and products.
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Living in Porto Cristo
Like much of Mallorca, Porto Cristo attracts an international community. Although the town is very quiet in winter, its proximity to the major town of Manacor makes it viable for year-round living.
Although Porto Cristo is not inexpensive by Spanish standards, home-hunters will find prices more affordable than more popular areas such as Palma and the south west. There is a wide range of properties to choose from including investment properties for less than 100,000 euros and rural homes from around 500,000 to over 4 million euros.
Most of the homes available in the area are modern apartments, penthouses and villas. For something in good order you can expect to pay anything from 250,000 to 2.5 million euros.
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Surrounding areas to Porto Cristo
Porto Cristo is well placed to explore the neighboring coastal towns of Sa Coma and Cala Romantica and the inland village of Sa Marinetta. For a lively night out the bustling resort of Cala Millor is within easy distance. Slightly further afield is Son Severa, renowned for its natural beauty and the major town of Manacor is within 12 kilometres.
With its blue flag beach, the east Mallorcan resort of Cala Millor is the perfect place for a family holiday; find out more with this abcMallorca guide. […] Cala Millor
The town of Son Servera is the gateway to some interesting places in the northeast and the coastal resorts of Cala Millor and Cala Bona. […] Son Servera
The second largest town located on the north-eastern corner of Mallorca, Manacor is considered to be an industrial town offering lots of local shops, restaurants and bars. […] Manacor
We hope you have enjoyed this abcMallorca guide about the beautiful Mallorcan town of Porto Cristo and our insider tips to get the best experience of Mallorca.