Discover holidays in Porto Cristo, Majorca
Small and pretty, holidays to Porto Cristo are perfectly suited to families looking for a relaxing beach break, Porto Cristo still retains all the charm and character of a traditional Mallorcan fishing village. Located on the quieter east coast of the island, it’s a good choice if your idea of a relaxing holiday is to slow down and get away from it all. The beach is sheltered and calm, making it ideal for toe dippers or for younger members of the family. Watch the boats bobbing in the harbour as you enjoy delicious local cuisine and wine in a cosy restaurant on the waterfront. You’ll find a good range of places to eat and bars in the village, and as you’d expect from a working fishing port, there’s no shortage of fresh seafood to sample. For a more buzzing night out, head up the coast a couple of miles to Cala Millor. This large resort town has a wide range of all-night clubs and bars to choose from as well as souvenir shops, family activities and a large beach of golden sand.
The typical Mediterranean climate means hot, sunny summers and mild winters.
2 - 2 and a half hours
Flights go to Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), just under an hour’s drive away (approx. 60km)
Porto Cristo’s sandy beach is known for its sheltered waters that are the ideal place for little ones to splash about, or for older travellers to take a relaxing swim. The village is also a great base for exploring some of the area’s other beautiful beaches, from the soft white sands at nearby Cala Anguila, to countless hidden coves where you can sit with a book and get away from it all.
Marvel at one of the world’s largest underground lakes at the Caves of Drach, or book tickets to enjoy one of the live classical music concerts that are performed in the caves every day. Just down the road from the caves is the Porto Cristo Aquarium, where you can admire an array of tropical fish. For even more exotic animals, catch a bus 6km up the road to Sa Coma’s Safari Zoo. Little ones can feed the animals or go wild in the playground at this popular wildlife park.
Spend an afternoon wandering around the quiet streets lined with old stone houses in the village, or gazing out at the flotilla of fishing boats in the harbour. These traditional scenes are a picturesque backdrop for sampling some of the excellent local cuisine. The countryside nearby is home to some of the island’s best known wine estates, so try tapas washed down with a glass or two of the local wine. Or drive the 20-minutes to Manacor, Mallorca’s second largest city, to discover more about its rich history of pottery and basket weaving.
Beach lovers: Following the curve of the natural harbour, the beach in Porto Cristo is sheltered and the sea is wonderfully calm. And if you want to get away from the crowds, there are plenty of secluded coves to explore.
Scuba divers: The network of caves carved out of limestone makes the coastline around Porto Cristo a fascinating spot for scuba diving.
Families: The stunning Caves of Drach are right on your doorstep on a Porto Cristo holiday. Or inspire little ones to write their own underwater adventures with a trip on a glass-bottomed boat from the harbour.
Language: Spanish is the official language, although English is spoken throughout the area.
Currency: The local currency is the Euro
Local time: Porto Cristo is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Palma Airport. Transfers to Porto Cristo take about 1 hour.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Porto Cristo is 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found here.
Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for Porto Cristo holidays.
Porto Cristo enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. It starts to get warm in spring, making this a great time to visit if you want to walk or explore. Summer highs of around 30°C and plenty of sunshine are ideal for relaxing at the beach or enjoying water sports. Temperatures stay relatively high well into the autumn too, although it can be wetter. The winter months remain comfortably mild with highs of around 16°C, and thanks to the lack of crowds, it’s a great ‘secret escape’ bolt hole for those in the know!
By hire car: Hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore the stunning coastline or to head inland to discover the relaxed rural landscape. You can rent a car in the village or take your pick from a wide range of car rental companies at the airport.
By bus: A number of bus services connect Porto Cristo to surrounding towns and villages, as well as attractions like the Caves of Drach. They’re usually relatively cheap, but don’t always run to schedule!
By boat: You don’t need wheels to explore around Porto Cristo. The bustling harbour is busy with a wide range of organised boat trips and other watercraft to hire from jet skis and motor-boats, to pedalos or canoes.
Porto Cristo Virgen del Carmen Fiestas: Celebrating the patron saint of fishermen, this annual event takes place over several days in July. It features everything from traditional dancing and music to sampling delicious meals prepared with the day’s catch, all washed down with some local wine. The event ends with a bang, thanks to a spectacular firework display.
Children’s carnival: In February, the town comes alive with music, dance and wonderful costumes for the children’s carnival or festival of Sa Rua. A fancy-dress parade finishes in the main square overlooking the harbour, with lots of dancing and music.
Cala Millor Fiesta: Head up the coast to Cala Millor if you visit in July/August and you could end up in the middle of the Fiesta of the Mare de Deu dels Angels. This popular event celebrates the local patron saint with a range of sporting and cultural activities as well as music concerts.