With a history dating back to the 13th century, Porto Petro is a long-time fishermen’s village that today welcomes travellers from around the world looking to enjoy a quiet, relaxed, and tropical holiday right in Spain. Nestled in the South-east corner of Majorca, Porto Petro wraps around a charming harbour that plays hosts to award-winning restaurants, bars, and music venues.
However, it’s an overwhelming quiet and laidback place, which sets it apart from many of the other destinations on the island of Majorca. If you are looking for access to sun, surf, fun, and bars, but want to be able to pull back from the excitement in the evening while enjoying quiet and peaceful slumber, then Porto Petro was made for you.
As first and foremost a fishing village, the central focus of Porto Petro is the harbour and accompanying marina. While strolling the water’s edge, visit whitewashed cottages, craft shops, stores, traditional restaurants with authentic Spanish cuisine, and watch the fishermen exchange their catches from the day, sold directly to the restaurants that serve you your meals.
Besides the gorgeous beaches with white sand and direct sunlight that bring in travellers every single year, there is also the Mondragó National Park just a five-minute drive away. This protected parkland features all of the gorgeous flora and fauna that Majorca has to offer. Feast your eyes on the transparent water that is so beautiful and so clean, you’ll be able to see to the ocean’s floor easily. Hike the ancient ruins and learn more about the ancient Roman history that used to inhabit the island.
With plenty of other towns and villages across Majorca, at any time, feel free to explore the likes of Cala d’Or, which is just 10-minutes away, as well as the capital of Palma, which is a 1-hour car ride away.
Porto Petro provides visitors with plenty to see and do while exploring the town, neighbouring cities, and island on holiday. Not sure what you want your itinerary to entail? Here are some of the top attractions you should surely add to the list:
Although Porto Petro has its fair share of bars and restaurants, the town’s claim to fame is its resistance to bringing in big clubs and discos that tend to create a lot of noise in the evening. Instead, those staying in the village but wishing to attend night-time parties take a car just 10 minutes down the road to Cala d’Or, which is three times the size of Porto Petro.
If you decide to venture into Cala d’Or, here are some of their most famous nightlife spots:
Porto Petro comes with its fair share of award-winning Spanish cuisine and seafood restaurants, all nestled along the water’s edge within the marina. If you are lucky, catch some of the fishermen fish auctions that go on between those out at sea and the restaurants that take the catch of the day and prepare it to your liking. You have to, if nothing else, eat paella at one of the water front eateries before you go home.
Some of our favourite places to eat and drink in Porto Petro include:
Few places offer scenery as vibrant and breath-taking as the Mondragó Natural Park. Surrounding the waters edge is acres of wetland that play host to tropical birds, butterflies, and more. Like the rest of Majorca, this portion of beachfront access is known for:
The Porto Petro beach also contains hidden coves and special places where you and your loved one can relax away from the hustle and bustle. Within driving distance there are also the beaches in Cala d’Or if you are looking for a change of scenery one day.
As a Spanish beaching destination, be sure to take precautions before accessing the beach each day. That means renting umbrellas, packing sunscreen, and bringing cover-ups is a must. Spain does, after all, receive the most direct sunlight of any European nation.