Porto Cristo / Port de Manacor

Porto Cristo/Port de Manacor is a dogleg of an inlet just north of Cabo del Morro de sa Carabassa which hides a well sheltered yacht harbour. Although it can be swelly outside, and in the entrance, the town quay and the pontoons at Club Nautico make use of the natural wave-breaking shape of the bay to provide a secure berth for the night. Surrounded by an ever expanding modest tourist town Porto Cristo is an excellent place to head for if you fancy a good night’s sleep, however, in the summer you will have to be in quick as this is a very popular port and booking a place can be difficult to impossible.

Once deep inside the bay you will find the Club Nautico pontoons to port and the town quay (Moll Transit) to starboard. Both offer similar facilities (showers, toilets, laundry, lazy lines, power and water etc.) but the town quay is roughly half the price of the marina.

Be aware that there is often a crosswind wafting down the valley which can make manoeuvring into berths awkward.

The Club Nautico also has a small, tightly packed field of mooring buoys available.

It is possible to anchor off the beach but in summer swimming buoys reduce swinging room and the swell can be unpleasant here.

Provisioning is good in Porto Cristo with a wide range of supermarkets to choose from. Stock up on local fruit and vegetables from the daily market before setting sail in the morning.

Restaurants can be expensive and disappointing close to the waterfront but if you are willing to meander through the back streets you can find some local style eateries that offer better value for money.

Once in the new harbour, you have the chance to explore the remains of the original roman harbour behind and to explore the nearby roman basilica.

The main draw card for Porto Cristo is its proximity to Cuevas del Drachs (Caves of the Dragon). Reputed to be among some of the best in the Mediterranean, the caves are only 15 minutes’ walk from the harbour. Hour long tours of these spectacular caves are offered several times a day at a cost of 14.50€ for an adult and 7.50€ for a child (2014)

You can catch the bus to Palma and Manacor from the bus stop adjacent to the quay if you fancy a bit of sightseeing.

There are a couple of nice walks in the area to help you work up a thirst but the best is out to the lighthouse on the south side of the bay. Make sure you go up the tower (Morro de Sesquechs) along the way where you will be rewarded by excellent views over the surrounding countryside and out to sea.

As is often the case, the most sheltered of harbours do not make the best places for swimming and Porto Cristo is no exception. Due to the shape of the bay rubbish and scum can be funnelled into the harbour by wind and currents making the water quite dirty at times. Port authorities do employs rubbish boats to skim the water but it is still not the best place for a beach holiday.

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