Porto Cristo is a small town on the eastern coast of Mallorca. It is 13.8km (8.6 miles) away from Manacor.
Though in no way a primary tourist destination in Mallorca, Porto Cristo promotes itself as a quiet resort and tries to encourage foreign visitors, the main tourist attractions are two sets of caves, the larger Coves del Drach and the Coves dels Hams.
To improve the traffic flow in the main tourist season a by pass road around Porto Cristo has now been opened. This new road connects the PMV 4023 to the MA 4020 and MA 4014.
Porto Cristo remains a modern but unspoilt all year round location.
The name Porto Cristo means "The Port of Christ" given to it back in 1260 AD at the time of the Christian invasion of Mallorca, A fishing boat was found washed up on the beach containing a Crucifix . Legend has is that an Oxen was carrying an icon of God through the Town and the Oxen stopped and refused to walk anymore. Hence the people saw this as a sign and the name was derived from that belief it was a clear sign that Christ wanted to be here.
What sets Porto Cristo apart from most of the Mallorca resorts is that its income is not solely dependant on Tourism, Porto Cristo still maintains its Spanish fishing village features. Its larger Municipal Manacor is the centre of the pearl manufacturing industry on Mallorca.
Porto Cristo Harbour is a natural Harbour which still homes the small fishing boats and gives shelter from any storms, The addition in recent years of the New Marina now homes the high end pleasure boats. The mix of the new and the old has been done tastefully as the Porto Cristo method is of ensuring it retains its Heritage.
Porto Cristo is a quiet town perfect for a stroll along the main front or a romantic meal overlooking the breathtaking ocean . Crime is rare in Porto Cristo and it has a very active police presence ensuring it retains its reputation as a safe place to Holiday or visit on the island.
Tennis Legend, Rafael Nadal has a family holiday home in Porto Cristo.