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Porto Petro

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. Porto Petro is 2.5 miles away from the large resort of Cala d'Or, which is located on Majorca's south-east coast. On Majorca's east coast you will find large resorts mirroring Porto Cristo, Cala d'Or, Cala Domingos and Cala Ratjada. However, it does also has a few beautiful untouched coves for those in search of tranquillity. The most famous cove is Cala Mondrago, even though it has fallen victim to its own success and is often too crowded. Fortunately, there are other less well-known but equally beautiful ones, like the Cala Barca. A small path under the pines will take you to a small and utterly peaceful cove. There is no equipment here (no deckchairs, parasols or water sports), but the setting is superb and well-preserved. Also, even though there are no lifeguards, this cute little cove is not dangerous since there is no current or waves. However, it is advisable to wear sandals due to the rocks in the water. There is an ŕ la carte restaurant on the beach with a chill out/lounge atmosphere and live music on some nights.

To see

The beautiful coves of Cala Es Pou, Cala Mandrago, Cala Barca and Cala Ego.

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. Several golf clubs line the coast in the region.

pros

  • +  An unspoilt coast and preserved nature.
  • +  First class hotels
  • +  The fragrant pine forests overlooking the beautiful coves.
  • +  The Cala Mondrago Nature Park.

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

Porte Petro is a posh area with a marina and luxury hotels, so it isn't really surprising that there are so many fine dining restaurants.

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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