Category: Blue Flag

Category: Blue Flag

Cala Marçal

The Blue Flag spacious beach Cala Marcal is located on the eastern coast of the island 1km south of the marina and village of Portocolom.

The 500 m beach lies within a beautiful well-protected bay with rocks on both sides, fine white sand and clear waters. It is very popular, particularly during the summer months when it can get quite crowded.

Cala Marcal is ideal for families. The soft sand slopes into the sea; which is shallow and deepens gradually providing lots of space for the kids to swim and play.

On the beach, you will find all of the facilities you could need such as sun lounges, parasols, showers and toilets and during the summer peak season, the beach is also supervised by a lifeguard. There is also one large beach bar serving a good assortment of drinks and snacks.

Cala Marcal is popular with snorkelers because of the rocks but mostly, this is a beach for families, it is very safe and around the beach you will find everything you could need including shops, bars & restaurants.

Taking the car to Cala Marcal is easy, parking is available in the streets just south of the beach.

The local village of Portocolom is a sleepy, attractive traditional fishing village located on the east coast and is claimed rather dubiously as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, although there is little evidence to support this.

Resisting the usual tourist onslaught associated with picturesque coastal villages, Portocolom is a maritime town located on a beautiful deep natural harbour in a large horseshoe-shaped bay.

Lying 12km north of Cala d’Or and within the district of Felanitx, Portocolom has retained much of its traditional fishing village charm with fishing boats, sailing boats and the occasional luxury motor yacht anchored in the calm waters of the bay.

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Portals Nous (Oratori) Beach

Oratori is simply a great beach and the Editor’s favourite. You couldn’t wish for a better location, right next to glamorous Puerto Portals with its numerous bars, cafés & restaurants & home of probably the best beach bar on the island, Roxy’s Beach Bar.

Oratori is a Blue Flag beach located between Puerto Portals and the small community of Bendinat in the southwest of the island. The beach is very popular with the younger crowd due to its proximity to Portals and the associated foodie and nightlife scene. The beach is also popular with families because of the superb nearby amenities and facilities.

You’ve got 250m of golden sand, clear blue seas and even an island to swim to should you find the energy to do so. Facilities include sun loungers and parasols, showers and toilets and lifeguards.

There’s also water sports available; which includes paddle boats and kayaks that you can rent.

You’ll find an eclectic mix of nationalities at Oratori. The beach is particularly attractive to British and German expats and locals – which is a good indicator of how fantastic the beach is. It is also popular with yachties who moor their yachts at the marina and come ashore to sunbathe and eat in the many restaurants.

For foodies, Puerto Portals offers an excellent choice with varied menus and venues. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on sunny terraces watching the expensive cars drive by or choose a Mediterranean lounge setting or a salon.

The easiest way to drive to the beach is via the MA-1 that runs from Palma all the way through to Andratx. Take the Costa d’en Blanes-Portals Nous exit and then follow signs to Portals Nous.

Finding a parking space can be hit or miss and you’re probably end up having to take a bit of a walk from your car to the beach. Public transport may be your best option.

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