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Porto Colom

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

A multitude of isolated coves, some of which are hard to reach, can be found between Colonia Sant Jordi and Cala Mesquida. The port of Porto Colom is located on Majorca's south-east coast. Cala Marsal, the most famous cove, is just 900m from this traditional fishing port. This pretty and fairly large inlet is equipped with plastic deckchairs, showers and impeccably arranged straw parasols. With its bars, restaurants and boutiques, you'll have everything you need for a laid-back day at the beach. There are even pedalos for hire! Also, there is a lifeguard on duty and the danger level is indicated by a flag. The sand on the beach is fine and the water turquoise.

To see

The beautiful beach of Cala Marsa.

To do

The Starfish, a glass-bottomed boat, connects Cala Figuera to the traditional fishing village of Porto Collom by going through Mandrago Cala, Cala Barca, Porto Petro, Cala Egos and Cala d'Or, which is a resort with many bars, restaurants and shops. We recommend that you take the little train (for a fee) which travels between the beaches all day long. In the area, the beaches are small inlets. It isn't always easy to find a spot to lay out your towel since the space is limited and there are lots of people. Despite everything, these are very pretty little coves with crystal-clear water and fine sand.

pros

  • +  An unspoilt coast and preserved nature.

cons

  • -  The location a bit far from Palma and the airport.

To think about

In winter, the resorts run at a slower pace. This is great if you just want some peace and quiet, but for a bit of entertainment we recommend you stay in Palma's old town during this period. On the other hand, the south-eastern coast is quite lively and entertaining during the summer all while maintaining its authenticity in a preserved natural setting, unlike the urbanised area of Palma.

To avoid

Although the Cala Mandrago is superb, you should try to avoid going during peak season (from May to early September) as you will have to park miles away and there's no room to lay out your towel. This spoils the usually charming surroundings.

To try

In Porto Colom, you will find many small restaurants serving fish and seafood specialities.

To bring back

A wide variety of traditional Majorcan crafts. In addition to the famous, world-renowned pearls of Manacor, glass is still manufactured using traditional techniques, as are the ceramics. You can also buy tapestries, leather bags, wrought iron, copper and olive wood items, and herbal liqueurs.
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