Majorca’s so-called ‘Port of Christ’ (legend has it a rowboat once bobbed into the harbour containing only a crucifix) is a gorgeous suntrap resort that moves at its own leisurely pace. Porto Cristo is still a working fishing village, making its waterfront restaurants dreamy spots from which to watch the boats moor up and deliver their daily catch in the lunchtime sunshine. Yet there’s so much more to Porto Cristo holidays than watching the waves.
Its long, sheltered bay and Blue Flag-certified beach are huge draws on holidays to Porto Cristo, as are the magnificent underground network of Dragon Caves. There are golf courses close at hand for grown-ups, and plenty to keep young kids busy, including a mini safari park and boat trips. And, architecturally, the town is full of traditional Spanish character. After only a few hours in this harbourside gem, you’ll certainly be hooked.
Visit the caves
Take a trip to the famous Dragon Caves (Cuevas del Drach), which date back to the Miocene epoch and include Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes on Earth.
Lunch at the marina
Find an al fresco table for lunch at the marina, where you can bask in the afternoon sunshine. Order fresh fish and drink a bottle of something crisp and refreshing.
Shop for pearls
The nearby town of Manacor is the centre of the island's historic pearl industry. Make a day trip of it and include a tour of the factory – and choose your precious souvenir.