The port town Portocolom is located at Mallorca’s east coast and is part of the community of Felanix. It is said that the city’s name is an attribute to Christopher Columbus, as this is believed to be his hometown. Portocolom is the biggest nature port on Mallorca, which is nowadays used by many private yates but is still one of the most important fishing ports on the island. The port is a much loved summer destination by locals from the surrounding area as well as by tourists for a day trip. As a result, the leisure and tourism business has taken the reign over the fishing economy.
The town can be divided into two parts: The historic port and old town – one of the best preserved one on Mallorca – and the new urbanisation around the beach Cala Marcal. The port was developed in the 18th century and still keeps the maritime atmosphere of the ancient times with its medium hight houses painted in diverse colours. Portocolom still evokes the feeling of a fishing village, with an identity shaped by traditional artisanry, its fishermen and typical seafood cuisine.
During the summer month, many visitors take advantage of the huge natural port and and visit the bay with their boats and yachts to anchor in front of the coast. This contributes to the marine and romantic charm of Portocolom. The view is furthermore dominated by the huge, dark blue and white striped light house, situated 42 meter above sea level on the far north-eastern tip on top of the Sa Punta cliff. Constructed in 1860, the lighthouse was first lit in 1863. Nowadays it is an iconic landmark of Portocolom and one of the most photographed scenes on Mallorca.
Despite being a tourist hot spot on the map of any Mallorca visitor, the port could could preserve its natural and traditional beauty. Along the harbour, you will find a long ocean front promenade, lined with various bars and restaurants. Here you can sit in the afternoon sun, enjoy a cool drink and taste some of the delicious seafood while surrounded by a maritime setting. Around Portocolom you can find many virgin and unspoiled beaches. The most frequented beach is Cala Marcal, where you will find all beach amenities needed for a perfect beach day. Other beaches are found at the coast of S’Arenal is in direction of the lighthouse, which are visited and loved by many locals. This part of the bay is more rocky, but you will still find some sandy beaches.
You can take the bus line 449 from Manacor to Portocolom, but it runs only during summer season. The lines 490 and 491 connect Palma and Porto Colom with changing timetables in summer and winter.