Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Visit to Puerto Portals, Mallorca

Puerto Portals

If you're traveling to Mallorca, there will be plenty of places to see and things to do, but regardless of where you're planning to stay, you simply must put a visit to Puerto Portals on your itinerary. Located just a short drive from Palma, Puerto Portals is a hotspot for the rich & fabulous. The most glamorous marina on the island boasts a lovely assortment of bars, restaurants and shops offering a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. You might even see a celebrity or two while you're there... 

luxury boats and palm trees

We started our morning with a taxi ride to Magaluf to have a look around and then continued our journey on foot to Puerto Portals. We walked through Palma Nova, over the Punta Marroig observation deck towards the Ma-1 where we found a nice pedestrianised path that carried us all the way to Puerto Portals.

super yachts

Stumbling onto Puerto Portals was like discovering something magical. There were beautiful boats everywhere floating on crystal blue waters and after passing the odd tennis club and a children's water park, we found the real action. A stunning marina with incredible views housing some of the most extravagant boats I've ever seen. Walking a little further, we discovered a shopping centre with amazing restaurants, bars, cafes and plenty of shopping. 

cocktails at Cappuccino in Puerto Portals

fish swimming in the marina

We didn't stop for a meal this time around, but when I head back to Puerto Portals in the future, I'm definitely making a beeline for Wellies, which seems to be one of the more popular eateries in the area. We did however stop for a few drinks, starting off at Reeves which offers shade and seemed to be popular with a lot of the sailing instructors. Following that we popped over to Cappucino for cocktails in the sun and a bit of people watching. Cappucino is great for such an afternoon with loads of chic, outdoor seating that will remind you of a postcard from the South of France. The espresso martini is delicious and they offer a specialty version of the Mojito that's concocted with a local liqueur that's made in Mallorca.

wisteria and palm trees

Shopping and dining in Puerto Portals is not particularly for the budget-conscious. In fact, even having a couple of cocktails will set you back more than usual, but it's definitely worth it for the experience. If budget is a concern, I definitely recommend visiting Puerto Portals anyway. Stop off in Palma Nova or Magaluf for a more affordable meal first and head there for a wander at the very least. You can see or feed the fish in the marina, walk the docks to inspect all the incredible luxury boats and enjoy the people watching. Be sure to wear your most yacht club chic ensemble - you'll be glad you did when you see the veritable fashion show occurring amongst the fabulous people hanging around. Think espadrilles, sun hats and fabulous little sundresses. Oh, and the bigger the sunglasses, the better... 

Sculpture in the Puerto Portals Marina

Puerto Portals is quite small and you can walk from one side to the other in a matter of minutes, so you can opt to spend as much or as little time there as you like. If you'd like a little beach time which I didn't take advantage of, you can wander a bit further and head to Roxy's Beach Bar for some fun in the sun. Furthermore, if luxury boating is something you're interested in, there are a number of brokers renting fully-staffed luxury yachts in Puerto Portals, so you can get your sea legs ready and sail the seas in style. For anyone traveling with children, you might be keen on a visit to Marineland, a water park in the nearby area. Whatever you choose, you simply can't go wrong spending a few hours or a whole day in Puerto Portals. It was quite possibly my favourite area on my recent trip to Mallorca, though I know I have so much more to see on my next visit.
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