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.
Fishing village charm
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.
The village is very popular with Mallorcan and Spanish visitors mainly due to its small fishing port atmosphere, lighthouse & pastel-coloured houses lining the waterfront. The harbour has a long quay where local fishing boats mix with pleasure craft.
Until the rise of tourism at the turn of the 20th century the town was a working fishing port busy supplying wine to France until a Phylloxera blight wiped out many of the Mallorcan vineyards and Portocolom's role as a port was made redundant. The village has only recently discovered its new life as an attractive tourist resort.
Portocolom’s main beach is the blue flag 500m Cala Marcal with very soft sands and water that is fairly shallow and which deepens gradually. It is located to the south of the marina and village and is family-friendly. Other beaches around the area are S’Arenal Grand and S’Arenal Petit.
Other attractions and things to do around the village include a pre-historic ‘naveta’ or burial ground dating back to around 2000 BC and the Sanctuary of la Mare de Déu de Sant Salvador, a monastery dating back to the mid-14th century.