East Coast Majorca: Porto Petro, Cala d’Or, Porto Colom & More…

Majorca’s east coast often loses the headlines to the north coast destinations like Soller, Pollenca and Alcudia, but it is packed with terracotta fishing villages, beautiful beaches and some of the bluest seas you will find anywhere in the world.

We started at Cala d’Or, a nice Spanish town which has grown from being a traditional fishing village to a purpose built resort and sees tourists arrive in their droves. Unsurprisingly, this means the beach is busy though it is pretty and benefits from beautiful blue seas if you can get past the crowds.

From Cala d’Or we headed along the coast to a small fishing village called Porto Petro. It took our breath away. After the hectic time spent in Magaluf it was a complete contrast. A sleepy town on the sea front, lined with great cafes and restaurants all with the backdrop of the characteristic Majorcan architecture and mountains. It proved to be our favourite spot of the day.

From Porto Petro we took the short drive to the Mondrago National Park which plays host to some fantastic beaches and stunning scenery. The stand out beach is s’Amarador, a short walk from the park’s entrance. The blue waters are good enough to match some of the best i’ve seen around the world in places like Thailand and Honduras. Unfortunately the beaches have been well and truly discovered and so are full to bursting with visitors. It taints the experience slightly, but you still find yourself in green surroundings with white sands and clear blue water to cool yourself from the scorching sun. Not too shabby…

The next stop was Porto Colom, another fishing town further up the coast. Whilst not as charming as Porto Petro, it is still more than worth a stop to soak up some of the more authentic Majorcan lifestyle without the hoards of tourists in the beach resorts.

From Porto Colom we were making our way to Porto Cristo for the night, but with one final stop en route. Cala Romantica is another cove tucked away in amongst the hills with a great beach and blue waters. As you walk along the small street to the beach the houses lining it are covered with flowers and create a very intimate setting. Unfortunately, as it opens out on to the beach it is not quite the secret you imagined as the crowds appear.

It’s fair to say that the east coast has some incredible natural attractions. The beaches and crystal clear seas would rival any, though personally i enjoy a quieter experience at the beach – the price of a great destination i guess! If you can put up with the crowds then you can sample some top class beach destinations, but if you do one thing mentioned here, get to Porto Petro; it’s a corker!