Portals Vells, a peaceful oasis in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Majorca. What better place to relax during your family holiday than a stunning setting that exudes tranquillity. Discover the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean combined with the beautiful natural surroundings. On an island that is famous for its gorgeous beaches, this area provides some of the best coves in Majorca that do not disappoint. But there’s so much more than just sea, sand and sunshine. Portals Vells boasts an intriguing history and culture, whilst there are plenty of activities to enjoy here in the Southwest of Majorca. Enjoy the perfect day trip with your loved ones when staying in Palmanova or Santa Ponsa at our Gran Isla Hotels.
Background of Portals Vells
Portals Vells translate from Catalan into English as the Old Portals, named for one very particular reason. This area of Majorca is famed for its mysterious caves. This delightful coastal setting in the heart of nature is embellished by ‘La Cova de La Mare de Deu’, just a short walk from the beach which boast an interest past. Three giant entrances that adorn the rocky landscape which are the location of a wealth of inscriptions and sculptured stone walls. It is believed to have been created a number of centuries ago by local fisherman seeking a place to prayer before setting sail in hope of a safe return to shore. You cannot visit Portals Vells without taking some time to admire these intriguing, historical works of art.
How to get there
This natural oasis, a short distance away away from some of the most popular tourist destinations in Majorca, is not the easiest place to navigate to, but it is worth the effort.
The easiest way to reach Portals Vells is by car or taxi. The beach is a 15-minute drive from our Hotel Tropico in Palmanova, as well as our hotels and family resorts in Santa Ponsa.
The public transport to the area is very limited with only one bus that stops near to the area. The Line 107 bus, which passes through Palmanova, continues to its last stop in Sol de Mallorca, which is a mere 6 minute walk to the first of the three beaches, Playa del Rei.
Alternatively for the more adventurous families, you can take on a hike through the pine forests starting in Magaluf. The trail is approximately 6km in length and follows the gorgeous Majorcan coastline. A great way to explore the natural side of Majorca with a real jewel as the final destination.
What can you do in Portals Vells?
Despite Portals Vells being slightly off the beaten track, so to speak, there are plenty of things to do in Portals Vells. Home to three glorious golden sandy beaches, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a beach day. Relax at some of the best beaches in Majorca with your loved ones, surrounded by crystal clear waters, the typical natural landscape of Majorca and a surprising wealth of facilities including some great beach bars and restaurants.
Playa de Portals Vells (the third beach along if approaching from the North to South) boasts a range of services, including a restaurant that serves a range of Majorcan specialities and tapas, perfect for the beach, bathrooms, disabled access, lifeguards and a number of sunbeds and parasols available to rent for the day, so that you can relax in the utmost comfort under the Mediterranean sun.
Playa del Rei (the first of the three beaches) is a slightly larger sandy oasis which features a great beach bar, serving a range of sandwiches. You can also find a lifeguard service during the summer season.
The middle of the three beaches is Cala del Mago which also has its own charm. The beach is home to a lovely chiringuito which serves amazing drinks and lovely food. Cala del Mago is also famous for being one of the hottest nudist beach destinations on the island, so you may want to cover your children’s eyes when passing by.
The facilities aside, all three beaches are a great place to explore what the Mediterranean seabed has to offer. It’s a great place to go snorkelling and diving, in the crystal clear waters around these coves. You can also find a number of yachts that anchor on the cusp of the coves so that the passengers can grab a bite to eat at the restaurants and beach bars.
This beautiful corner of Calvia is the perfect way to discover a more natural and peaceful side to the island during your getaway to the Mediterranean. Whilst it is off the beaten path, there are still a wealth of facilities in the area and the mystery of the caves make for an excellent day out in Majorca. If you and your loved ones are seeking a beach day like no other, then Portals Vells is one of the best places to visit during your family holiday.
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