Porto Colom is situated in the municipal district of Felanitx, on the east coast of Majorca. The resort is the site of one of the most important and best preserved prehistoric burial sites on the island, known as "naveta".
Porto Colom has retained the feel of a small, traditional fishing village, and has so far resisted full scale tourism commercialisation. Many visitors come for a brief look around during a wider tour of the eastern coast, though the resort still attracts a good number of visitors who prefer to stay for longer, to take advantage of its tranquil atmosphere, large natural harbour and excellent beaches.
Porto Colom is around 65km east of Palma and the Son Sant Joan International airport. Flights are available throughout the year from a range of budget airlines as well as national carriers, with the UK, Germany and mainland Spain providing the bulk of services.
There are plenty of companies that will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation. These transfers are cheaper than taking a taxi, though need to be booked in advance.
The number 1 bus is the cheapest and most efficient way to get into Palma, and will drop you off at Plaza España. From here you can take a bus to Porto Colom.
Like the rest of the island, Porto Colom is a superb all-year-round destination, with the weather remaining moderate and largely dry throughout the seasons.
Spring is an excellent time to enjoy Porto Colom’s natural landscapes. It is a comparatively quiet season, and the warm temperature coupled with empty spaces make it perfect for walkers and cyclists.
Summer is peak season, with sun worshippers coming to the resort to enjoy the 12 hours of sunshine a day. This is the best time to enjoy Porto Colom’s pleasurable beaches and sunbathe beside the pool, or go sailing, water-skiing, and indulge in other water sports in surrounding areas such as nearby Cala d’Or.
Autumn sees the return of perfect weather for walkers and nature-trippers, while winter in Porto Colom is subdued compared to the other seasons, though the weather remains mild.
A small, pleasant resort, Porto Colom is largely unspoilt and the old part of town still boasts charming old fishermen's houses and the ancient church of Sant Jaume I. Meanwhile the harbour is a pleasant place to while away an afternoon, and is home to small fishing boats and an ever increasing number of leisure craft. From the harbour looking inland on a clear day, it's possible to see the Sanctuary of Sant Salvador in the distance.
At the entry to the harbour are the twin beaches of s'Arenal "gran" and the smaller s'Arenal "petit". Indeed, this area of Mallorca has a number of very good beaches, most of which are easily accessible from Porto Colom. The main beach of Cala Marcal takes around 10 minutes to walk to, and during the summer months organised sports competitions including volleyball and beach football are held here. Meanwhile sea taxis depart throughout the day to the nearby beaches at Cala d'Or and Cala Figuera.
Public transport along this section of the Mallorcan coast is fairly limited, though a regular bus service does run inland to town of Felanitx, which is certainly worth the trip for their Sunday market. For travel further afield, you are advised to consider hiring a car.
If you don't fancy the bus ride into Felanitx, many of the same market traders also have stalls at the twice weekly market held at Porto Colom every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the year.