Porto Cristo Beach; a great urban beach
Services and features
Porto Cristo beach is an urban beach located in this population center belonging to Manacor, in the east of Mallorca. Sometimes it is also called Port de Portocristo, Port de Manacor, or Cala Manacor. It is a long sandy area 220 m long and up to 25 m wide made up of fine white sand.
The cove has a peculiar Z shape embedded between high cliffs that make it very protected from the wind and waves.
It is undoubtedly one of the best natural ports in the Mediterranean, and also one of the most beautiful
The beach has a gentle slope so, together with the calm of its waters, it is perfect to go with children. In fact, it is a very popular destination with families. A promenade runs along the back of the beach from which there are walkways for users with mobility problems.
The innermost part of the cove is formed by the mouth of the Llebrona stream, known here as Riuet, but it is in the area of the marina, which constitutes the right bank of the beach. On the left we find high cliffs covered with pine trees and chalets.
The quality of the waters of Porto Cristo is analyzed daily, since on occasions, usually coinciding with heavy rains, it can present microbial contamination. The transit of boats in the marina also affects its waters, which logically do not have the cleanliness of the nearby virgin coves, such as the neighboring Cala Murta.
Although the surroundings of Porto Cristo beach are fully urbanized, the size of the beach and the distance to the buildings means that this is not a burden
It is true that in the summer months there can be some crowding given the ease of access and the growing popularity of Porto Cristo as a tourist destination.
Porto Cristo is also a good place for anchoring boats, always knowing that in case of need shelter can be found in its magnificent marina.
Take a 360º look at Porto Cristo beach
How to get to Porto Cristo Beach
Porto Cristo is just 12 km from Manacor and 65 from Palma, the capital. The entire route to Manacor and Porto Cristo is perfectly signposted. If we are further north, in the Artá area, we can take the Ma-4023, which passes through Son Servera and borders Cala Millor. From the south, we can head towards Portocolom and then take the Ma-4014, which will take us directly to Porto Cristo.
If we opt for public transport we are in luck. Just 50 m from the beach we have a bus stop where lines from all over Mallorca arrive. Line 412 will allow us to arrive from Palma. The 441 connects us on one side with Cala d’Or and on the other with Cala Ratjada, two of the major tourist centers in Mallorca. The 454 connects us with Arenal and Playa de Palma. We can also access the center of Mallorca from Porto Cristo, on specific days: on Thursdays line 831A takes us to Inca and its popular market, and on Wednesdays 832A takes us to Sineu.
Porto Cristo has a magnificent marina, but it is also possible to anchor in front of the beach
The sandy bottom is between 4 and 5 m, and the best place to anchor is parallel to the cliffs on the left side of the beach.
Porto Cristo beach has all the services that you can expect on an urban beach. It has showers, toilets and changing rooms, there is rental of sunbeds and umbrellas and it has lifeguard service. There is a small beach bar that offers refreshments, and on the promenade that runs along the beach there are many bars and restaurants.
On the beach there is a network for volleyball practice, and there are also pedal boat rentals to travel the bay. There is a pontoon with slides a few meters from the shore that can be easily reached by swimming.
Porto Cristo beach offers us a good number of activities to spend a pleasant day at the beach. Its calm and shallow waters are perfect for a few hours with the family, even with small children. The beach is big enough to always find a good place to lay your towel to lie in the sun. If we get tired of the water and the sun on the promenade we can walk in the shade, refresh ourselves in one of its bars or restaurants, or visit the craft and souvenir shops.
The waters off Porto Cristo are not particularly good for diving or snorkelling, as the sandy bottom is often somewhat cloudy, disturbed by boat traffic. However, outside the cove if there are good diving points. In Porto Cristo there are several diving schools where we can rent equipment if we don’t have it, and they also organize trips.
You can also take canoe excursions to nearby coves such as Cala Murta or Cala Petita. Again if we do not have canoes we can rent them at the port.
Hiking fans also have many possibilities to enjoy the surroundings of Porto Cristo
- Porto Cristo – Cala Morlanda through coves and caves
- Porto Cristo: Cala Murta-Cala Anguila-Cala Mendia-Son Moro
The same can be said for cycling fans. By road we have a short route and a long one to Can Picafort:
And with mountain bike:
For those looking for stronger emotions near Porto Cristo there are several walls perfect for practicing psychobloc
Halfway between Porto Cristo and Cala Petita is the spectacular wall called Cova del Diablo, considered one of the psychobloc meccas in the world. In the opposite direction, towards Cala Murta, under the Serral dels Falcons, there is a set of walls of different difficulties for the practice of this extreme sport.
For more relaxed visitors, the town of Porto Cristo itself is a must
Unlike other tourist centers, it retains much of its residential character, mixing hotels with houses. Its alleys alternated with modern avenues hide many places of great charm: bars, restaurants and craft shops. And we must not forget the Torre dels Falcons, an old watchtower.
Lovers of the history of Mallorca have a few kilometers from here the s’Illot site, considered one of the most important sites in eastern Mallorca from the Talayotic and post-Talayotic periods.
But without a doubt, the great tourist attractions in Porto Cristo are the Drach caves and the Hams caves: two cave complexes with underwater lakes open to the public for about 100 years.
Porto Cristo has become a first-rate tourist town. Thus, there is a wide variety of accommodation options, both hotels and holiday homes. On the one hand we have hotels of various categories for families, adults only, women only, etc. And on the other, chalets and villas, apartments or tourist flats. In Porto Cristo we can find offers for all needs and budgets.