Portocolom local travel guide
Discover the charming old fishing village of Portocolom and find inspiration for your holiday.
Things to see and do in Portocolom
Challenge your handicap at the local golf course
Vall d’Or Golf is known for being one of the most beautiful golf courses on the island. It is situated on the outskirts of Portocolom, about 5 minutes by car from the harbor. The course offers 18 holes, plenty of challenges and a stunning view of the valley and coast.
- ~5 km
- ~7 €
Walking and relaxing in Mondragó Park
Nearly 800 ha of unspoilt scenic nature await in the Mondragó Park some 15 minutes south of Portocolom, a perfect place to relax and stretch your legs. The park is home to more than 300 species of Balearic wildlife and stony paths leads about in the nature so you can be sure to see it all. Mondragó Park is also home to two of Mallorca’s best beaches, s’Amarador and Cala Mondragó, perfect for a few hours of complete relaxation.
- ~15 km
- ~20 €
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea
From the old harbor of Portocolom you can join a boat excursion that will take you around the coastline to see all the beautiful little coves that are abundant on the east coast. There are a number of different cruises and vessels to choose from, one of the popular is the glass bottom catamaran cruise where you get to really see what is below the surface.
Go scuba diving
Take a dive to the deep blue sea and discover a the fascinating world of marine wildlife in the Balearic sea. There are a number of diving centers in Portocolom you can choose from, it is a very popular thing to do in this area. You can visit caves, reefs and valleys, discover the Mediterranean marine vegetation and meet curious creatures like octopuses, shrimps and tunas. There are of course also snorkeling excursions, perfect for all ages.
Road cycling is by far one of the most popular things to do in Mallorca, all year round. From Portocolom you can rent any type of bike and go on unlimited adventures following the extensive network of paved roads connecting villages, countryside, coves and mountains.
Go to the beach
There are a number of small coves and beaches around Portocolom, the biggest of them is the Cala Marcal about 1 km from the town itself. Relax, go for a swim, do beach activities and just enjoy being on vacation.
Santuari de Sant Salvador
The mountaintop sanctuary of Sant Salvador offers one of the most beautiful panoramic vantage points on the entire island. Sant Salvador was originally built in the mid-14th century as a refuge to escape from the Black Death, but has later been a hermitage and monastery. Nowadays, it is a popular tourist attraction and pilgrim destination.
- ~17 km
- ~19 €
Castell de Santueri
Castell de Santueri is one of Spain’s 10 most unique and spectacular castles. There are a number of legends associated with the history of this old fortress that was originally built during Moorish rule (903-1229), and was one of the last places to surrender when the Catalan troops conquered the island. The castle was in use last time in the 16th century when a violent revolt developed into a civil war on the island. The castle is one of three rocky castles in Mallorca, and you need a somewhat good condition to climb the last stretch to reach it.
- ~19 km
- ~22 €
Eslgésia de Sant Miquel
The parish church of Felanitx is well worth a visit for its history and beauty. The main face features a stunning Spanish Churrigueresque architecture, a very detailed sculptural ornamentation.
- ~14 km
- ~16 €
Closos de Can Gaià
Have you ever been curious about life 4,000 years ago? If so, you are in luck in Portocolom. Just outside the village, on the road leading toward Felanitx, you can find the excavation site of a real Bronze Age village. At a glance, it might look like a pile of organized rocks, but if you go and look at the info-board on the site you can see and understand what was once here. The Can Gaià village was one of the larger settlements on the eastern side of Mallorca and was characterized by the ship shaped buildings. It is a free to visit site and you are guaranteed to learn something new.
Cuevas del Hams
Cuevas del Hams is another set of caves found in Porto Cristo, and also a great tourist attraction. Although not as hyped as the Cuevas del Drach, these caves are too very fascinating and was actually one of the first tourist attractions on the island.
- ~20 km
- ~22 €
Markets, fairs and festivities
Although there is no weekly market in Portocolom, you can easily get to Felanitx Sunday morning where a big market is held. All the streets are packed with stalls offering everything from fresh produce to music instruments. The market in Felanitx is a great opportunity to sample some local products, buy goods at discounted prices and do some sightseeing in the town.
Octopus Gastro-Fair in Portocolom
One of the newer traditions in the municipality, is the octopus gastro-fair in Portocolom which grows in popularity year by year. More than 40 restaurants and bars from the local area contributes with special menus, dishes and tapas, all made with octopus as the key ingredient. There are also a range of activities and events such as demonstrations, contests and concerts held at the marina.
Festes de Mare de Déu del Carme / Fira Marinera
July 16th is the day Portocolom pays homage to and celebrate the protector of seamen, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The days leading up to the day are packed with a program of fun and cultural events in the old fishing village. Some of the highlights include a procession at sea, concerts at the marina and the annual Fira Marinera.
Fira Marinera coincides with celebration and has become one of the most popular events during the summertime in Portocolom. The fair is held at night and includes a market, open-air dinners, speeches, exhibitions and concerts. At the market, you can find all kinds of local products from crafts to food, all related to the maritime theme.
Pictures from Portocolom
Location & Map
From Palma International Airport
More destinations to discover and explore in the Migjorn region
Migjorn covers the south and south-eastern areas of Mallorca. Migjorn offers some of the most beautiful beaches of the island, both golden and white sandy beaches are to be found in the many coves around the coastlines. With exception of Cala d’Or, the Migjorn region mainly attracts an adult audience looking for tranquil surroundings close to nature and the local soul of the areas.
Cala Figuera is among the most picturesque holiday destinations in the southeastern Mallorca. This charming small fishing village offers a scenic and romantic holiday destination for couples and friends coming for an escape from mass-tourism or a romantic get-away. Cala Figuera is a great choice of holiday destination if nature and activities should be combined with romance.
Cala Llombards is an outlandish and tranquil holiday destination, perfect for the self-catering holidaymaker who appreciates sea views and seclusion from mass tourism. Cala Llombards is a rather small and quiet destination, where you will find accommodation in a villa or flat with stunning location and views close to the many golden coves in the area. Choose Cala Llombards for a holiday base in solitude.
Cala Santanyí is a picturesque and charming little holiday destination located in the south-east corner of Mallorca in a scenic cove. Cala Santanyí mainly attracts an adult audience seeking a romantic setting with direct access to the beautiful unspoiled Mediterranean nature.Accommodation in Cala Santanyí includes a few charming adult hotels and a selection of charming holiday villas and flats with great views.
Campos is the most southern municipality of Mallorca. The area includes the very popular natural beach of es Trenc, some very charming rural countryside districts and of course the many delicious restaurants found here. Campos town itself is a quiet and pastoral village surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes, where you will find the best accommodation here in a rustic finca with pool and modern amenities, perfect for couples and friends.
Colónia de Sant Jordi
Colónia de Sant Jordi is a rather small holiday resort located in the south area of Mallorca, in the municipality of Ses Salines. Colónia de Sant Jordi is build up around a marina and fishing harbour, adding some authenticity to the resort. The resort mainly attracts an adult audience and the accommodation offers reflects the needs of a child-free holiday base in the south of Mallorca.
Felanitx is an area of many faces, located on the east side of Mallorca. Felanitx offers a wealth of cultural activities and historical places of interest. The area is crowned by the iconic monastery of Sant Salvador, offering breathtaking panoramic views overlooking the entire east coast of Mallorca. Accommodation in Felanitx includes charming rural fincas and villas ready to offer the perfect frame for couples and friends traveling to the beautiful area of Felanitx.
Llucmajor is a very big area, which includes as well popular beach areas as traditional Mallorcan town life. Llucmajor is located just east of Palma, it starts in the bay of Palma, and follows the southern coastline to the beach of Sa Rapita. Llucmajor exhibits a former wealthy area of Mallorca, hence the many beautiful architectural pearls and manor houses in the local area. Accommodation offers in Llucmajor ranges from luxury finca hotels to charming flats and villas in the countryside. Llucmajor is especially loved by golfers and cyclists who come to enjoy the unique location of this destination.
Portopetro is a charming and picturesque little marina situated in a scenic cove in the southeastern corner of Mallorca. The picturesque area was also the reason that famous Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, built two homes in the nearby area. Portopetro is renown for its romantic attraction force and the wild Mediterranean nature areas that enhance the feeling of peace. Portopetro is an obvious choice for a romantic escape for couples looking for a tranquil holiday destination in the south-east corner with good access to roads and unspoiled nature.
Santanyí is known for its versatile characteristics, combining the best of both the rural districts and the coastal areas of Mallorca. Santanyí is the most southern municipality of Mallorca and includes popular holiday destinations such as Cala d’Or, Cala Figuera and Portopetro. Santanýi is generally a very picturesque area with lots of charm and local soul.
Ses Salines has its name from the enormous salt mines that has predominated the industry of this area already back from the Bronze Ages. The salt of Ses Salines was believed by the Romans to have a healing effect on the body why a recreation resort with natural salt baths were created here. Ses Salines is a wonderful area that combines the best of Mallorcan beaches and the charm of the rural countryside, resulting in a versatile area that attracts a broad audience.
- Emergency: 112
- National police: 091
- Local police: 092
- Guarda civil: 062
- Fire: 080
- Maritime emergencies: 900 202 202
Find an open pharmacy near Portocolom
To find an open pharmacy, or opening hours of a certain pharmacy, simply follow the link below to search a nearby local pharmacy.
When on the page, select ‘Mallorca’ from the list and then select the town you need a pharmacy in from the drop down list.
|Palma center||80 €|
|Port de Pollença||80 €|
Public bus connections to/from Portocolom
- Son Gual
- Hospital Son Llàtzer
- Portocolom (Cala Marçal)
Portocolom tourist office
Carrer de Cala Marçal, 15
Tel. (+34) 971 826 084