Porto Cristo, Majorca, Spain
The resort of Porto Cristo sits quietly on the east of the island and retains much of it's quaint Spanish fishing village qualities.
Porto Cristo is home to one of the islands most popular attractions, the Caves of Drach, it's a low key and relaxed resort with a number of good bars and restaurants.
Palma Airport is approx 65 km away.
Sheltered in a natural harbour the Porto Cristo beach is 350-metres of fine sand with clear calm water. Sun-loungers, parasols and pedalos are available to hire.
Around the area a number of small sandy coves can be found; Cala Anguila and Cala Mendia are about 3km south of Porto Cristo, both are small sandy bays with crystal clear water, facilities are limited though both beaches do have a bar/restaurant close by.
For something a little more remote, Cala Varques is an unspoilt sandy cove situated 10km south of Porto Cristo, there are no facilities here so make sure to take plenty of refreshments.
Things to do
The main attraction and the reason for many day trippers to visit Porto Cristo are the Caves of Drach, it features many caverns with beautifully formed stalactites and stalagmites, as well as a large subterranean lake where classical music recitals are performed daily.
There are many boat trips available along the east coast including glass bottomed boat cruises visiting nearby resorts, hidden coves and sandy beaches. For a land excursion the town of Manacor is just 10-minutes drive away, famous for its pearls, olive wood craft and lively weekly market which takes place on a Monday.
The Jumaica Tropical Park, found on the outskirts of the resort is a popular choice for families where children can enjoy the birds and small animals in the mini-zoo.
Out and about
As a hilly resort you can expect to find a number of steps throughout, and those with walking difficulties or families with pushchairs may not find it suitable.
Evenings in Porto Cristo are quiet, with a selection of bars and restaurants to enjoy particularly around the harbour. For those seeking a livelier pace Cala Millor is just a short taxi ride away and offers a number of lively bars and discos.
The close proximity of both the Caves of Drac and Caves of Hams does mean that the days can be busy with visitors in and around the resort. Even so there are a number of cafes, bars and restaurants with enough for everyone.
For golfers there are two exceptionally good championship golf courses in the area, Pula is the closest with 18-holes and Golf Son Servera which has 9-holes.
Golf Paradise in Sa Coma offers golf of a different kind with 54-holes of crazy golf, set in tropical gardens. Another attraction close by is the Auto Safari Zoo, an enjoyable day out for families, where you can drive yourself around the park or travel on the zoo train.
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