The old fisherman’s cottages and Llauds (traditional local fishing boats) that line the harbour offer a classic image of Mallorca, one that draws artists and photographers as well as day-trippers.
Porto Colom is still an important centre for the Mallorcan fishing industry as well as a leisure marina, the focus being on smaller local boats as opposed to larger modern cruisers.
The town has a relaxed and welcoming character. Residents are mostly locals with there being relatively small numbers from other countries. It is, unsurprisingly, well known for its high quality fish restaurants, some of which are modern and chic and others more traditional.
While Porto Colom has seen some development it has been confined to the outskirts and the town itself has remained largely unchanged by tourism. Perhaps this is down to there being just one small beach in the harbour while Cala Marcal, a larger cala next to Porto Colom, is a greater attraction to holiday makers.
There are many other interesting locations within easy reach including Santanyi and Cala d’Or. Vall d’Or golf is close by and other sports activities are well catered for in the area.
Journey time from Palma de Mallorca and the airport is 50-60 minutes
Properties and prices
The fisherman’s cottages and apartments with good sea view terraces rarely come to the market. There is a small number of villas on the seafront overlooking the harbour and these are also highly prized. There are a few newer developments on the outskirts, mostly around Cala Marcal.
Property prices start around €180,000 for a 2-bed apartment, more for those with a sea view, and townhouses start around €300,000. Villas with good sea views can be bought from about €1m and those in the best seafront locations from around €2m.