Colonia Sant Jordi is a quiet, secluded resort located on the south east coast of Mallorca. The town was originally established in 1879 as an agricultural and fishing colony. Tourists first started to arrive in the late 1950s, and since then the town has continued to grow in popularity, with visitors enjoying its peaceful atmosphere, excellent beaches and close proximity to a number of Mallorca’s finest attractions.
Colonia Sant Jordi is around 40km east of Palma’s Son Sant Joan International airport. There are regular international flights to Mallorca from across Europe.
You can reach Mallorca from mainland Spain by either air or sea. Two airlines, Air Europa and Spanair, operate services between the two, while Trasmediterranea, Baleària Eurolínies Marítimes and Iscomar operate ferries between Palma and a number of Spanish ports including Barcelona, Valencia and Ibiza.
Mallorca enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot summer months and pleasant winters. Average daytime temperatures during the winter months regularly stay above 13C, reaching 18C at times.
If you are looking to experience one of Mallorca’s famous fiestas, you should plan your trip to San Jordi for the first Sunday in August, when the local fiesta is held.
San Jordi is a quiet resort and appeals to those who either want to lay on a beach for the duration of their holiday, or who prefer a sedate base from which to explore the rest of the island.
For beach lovers, the beach of Sa Platja des Port is located next to the marina and fishing port of Colonia Sant Jordi, and despite being quite small, offers excellent facilities. In addition, either side of the town are the superb beaches of Ets Estanys, Es Trenc, Es Dolç and Es Carbó, which are generally considered the best on the island. Be aware, Es Trenc is also a nudist beach.
Colonia Sant Jordi’s original fishing harbour still exists and each morning a small ferry sails for the short trip over to the island of Cabrera. This tiny rocky island was designated a National Park in 1991, meaning there is absolutely no commercial development. But what it lacks in amenities it makes up for in landscape and a fascinating history, which includes serving as a prisoner of war camp during the Napoleonic Wars.
A short taxi ride away is Botanicactus garden, which is 7km north east of San Jordi. Not only is this the largest botanical garden in Europe, it also has the largest navigable lake in the Balearic Islands. The garden contains a collection of more than 1,000 types of plants ranging from the common Majorcan cactus, to a 300 year old specimen of the “Carnegie Giant” cactus from Arizona.
A good way of seeing San Jordi and its surrounding area is by hiring a bike. If you're feeling particulary adventurous, a company called Mallorca Motorbike is based in San Jordi and offers a vast range of bikes for hire, including Harley's.