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Der Leuchtturm von Portocolom, Bild: Gary Rhodes / shutterstock

Portocolom on the south coast of Mallorca

Portocolom is a coastal town on the south coast of Mallorca. Many tourists come to the area every year to get to know the old, traditional Mallorca . In the meantime, Portocolom has developed into a chic holiday resort with numerous amenities. The city was founded around the 13th century. Today, the city can be reached by bus or rental car. The city is about an hour’s drive from Palma. The municipality includes the towns of Santanyi and Felanitx, which are located near Portocolom. In addition to numerous beaches, tourists will also find a coastal mountain range (Serres de Llerant) in the east of the island. In the next sections, various beaches and sights of Portocolom will be described in more detail.

Beaches near Portocolom

In the coastal city there are various beaches where holidaymakers can relax in the warm summer months:

Cala Brafi

Cala Brafi beach is a sand and pebble beach surrounded by rocks. The bathing bay is particularly popular with holidaymakers who want to discover the underwater world on the southeast coast. Here you can swim and snorkel. There is no management on this beach. The beach is natural and quiet. The beach can be reached by car (Calle Fotja car park), on foot or by boat.

Cala Marcal

Port of Portocolom
The port of Portocolom, Image: Wolfgang Jargstorff / shutterstock

The largest beach in Portocolom is Cala Marcal. The special thing about this beach is its location in a bay and the fine sand. Even in strong winds, there are no high waves. There is a small area where families with children can also swim. However, tourists should note that it can get deep quickly. Divers and snorkelers come to Cala Marcal every year to explore the underwater world. There are several parking lots, hotels, small bars and restaurants on site. In addition, the beach is supervised by life guards and holidaymakers can choose from the various water and summer sports offers. After a long day at the beach, holidaymakers can admire the rocky bay while enjoying a delicious, traditional meal.

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Cala Sa Nau

Cala Sa Nau is known for the surrounding pine forests. In the bay, holidaymakers will find a natural beach with white, fine sand. Cala Sa Nau is particularly popular with families with children. In addition to a large stretch of beach for relaxing and playing, the water is relatively shallow. In addition, the swell is low. Directly on site, tourists will find a rental of umbrellas and sunbeds, some showers and a small beach bar where you can eat and drink.

Playa de S ́Arenal

Playa de S’Arenal is located in the north of Portocolom. The special thing about this beach is the location. Behind the beach there are some mountains and opposite the fishing port of Portocolom. Holidaymakers can choose from various water sports facilities, there is a beach bar and the waves are low.

Cala Mitjana

Next to Cala Sa Nau is Cala Mitjana beach. The small, idyllic beach can be reached on foot or by rental car. In the white beach, holidaymakers can relax and swim in the crystal clear waters. In addition to swimming, holidaymakers can also snorkel and dive in the small bay. Just like Cala Sa Nau, there is no cultivation on site. Holidaymakers should pack enough food for the day.

Nearby sights and highlights of Portocolom

City of Felanitx

Next to Portocolom is the town of Felanitx. The special thing about the city are the more than 40 archaeological finds. Many of these finds can be admired by tourists. Here you can find traces of the Roman and Talaiotic periods. History fans must pay Felanitx a visit.

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Walk in the fishing port of Portocolom

Portocolom is a small resort with a large bay. In the historic fishing port, tourists will find painted and traditional fishing boats. The special thing about these boats is the hull with a bulbous shape. Portocolom used to be one of the largest fishing ports on the island. Fishing still plays a major role for people today. Even today, tourists can buy freshly caught fish on site. In addition to the fishing port, tourists can take a walk through the beautiful old town of Portocolom.

City of Santanyi

View of Santanyi
View of Santanyi, Image: Konstantin Tronin / shutterstock

South of Portocolom is the town of Santanyi. In the old town centre you can still find old stone houses. During a holiday in Portocolom, tourists should also come to the town of Santanyi for a day. In addition to the beautiful old town, there is a large parish church with a baroque-style organ. Another highlight is the small hill near the city (Santuari de la Consolatio). From here, tourists can admire the city and the beautiful coast.

Mondrago Natural Park

The Mondrago Natural Park is located between Santanyi and Portocolom and is one of the most beautiful parks in the Balearic Islands. Here, holidaymakers can admire the unique fauna and flora. In the park, many species of birds or tortoises that are threatened with extinction find refuge. The nature park is also located directly on the coast. Holm oak and pine forests, wild pistachios and olive trees grow here. There are designated walking and cycling routes in the park for tourists to explore. There are also some restaurants and hotels where you can spend the night.

Puig San Salvador

Puig San Salvador is a mountain located next to the town of Felanitx. There are numerous hiking routes and trails. The special thing about Puig San Salvador is the monastery on the top of the mountain. The monastery has been converted into a small hotel for holidaymakers. From there you have a fantastic view of the town of Felanitx and the coastline.