C'an Picafort lies on the north east coast of Majorca at the southern end of the long Bay of Alcudia. Until the 1970s the area was a charming fishing village with less than 200 inhabitants. However the influx of visitors since then has transformed it into a well-established tourist centre.
Today, little remains of the original fishing village, although the resort has retained a small working harbour. Thanks to its lovely sandy beach and scenic landscapes nearby, it has become a favourite with tourists from all over Europe, and in particular has a strong German presence.
C'an Picafort is 60km north east of Palma’s Son Sant Joan airport. Most of the major European cities offer flights to Palma, especially from Germany and the UK.
You can also get here by boat, with daily ferry sailings from various ports across mainland Spain, including Barcelona, Valencia and Ibiza.
The island enjoys a temperate, Mediterranean climate. The maximum temperatures are not excessive, even in high summer, thanks to the cooling influence of the sea. The climate during the winter is generally mild and dry with occasional showers.
The months of April to May and September to October are ideal times to visit, being slightly out of peak time, when the weather is bearably warm and the crowds are smaller.
C’an Picafort boasts a wide, traffic free beachside promenade that is lined with restaurants and bars running from the marina and fishing harbour, to the more modern Son Baulo area of the town a couple of kilometres to the east. For beach lovers of all ages, the best of the resort's two main beaches is found in the Baulo district too, where you will also find a small protected nature reserve.
Also in C'an Picafort, on the Paseo Colon, is the Scuba Med Dive Centre, a British owned dive centre. The centre offers a full range of PADI courses and has English, German and Spanish-speaking instructors.
Santa Margalida, the municipal district in which C’an Picafort is based, has the largest concentration of archaeological sites on the entire island, with over 150 officially recognised sites, most of which date from pre-Roman times. The most important of these is the Son Real Necropolis, or "Cemetery of the Phoenicians".
One of the most popular attractions close to the resort is the S'Albufera Park, which features birds from all over Europe. The whole of the park is open to visitors and is easy to explore along its well sign-posted paths.
Although a little outside the resort at nearby Playa de Muro, the Labyrinth Giant Wooden Maze is a fun day out for families with children of all ages. Additionally, C’an Picafort is just 9km from the old town of Alcudia, which boasts historic city walls, a warren of narrow streets, a water park, lively fishing port and traditional Friday market.