Puerto portals marina mallorca
Puerto Portals Marina MallorcaAugust 11, 2014Next
Harbourside cafésPuerto Portals Marina, on the south coast of Mallorca and just west of Palma, was inaugurated in 1986 and is regarded Mallorca's most fashionable marina where dining activity takes pride of place over expensive pleasure craft. Gleaming white and spotlessly clean, the yachts fill every available mooring and create a floating armada between diners and the Mediterranean. No fishing nets or fishy smells here, unless that is, you pass the back door of restaurants, but these fishy smells are a generous impregnation of garlic to grilled "dorada" (sea bream). The marina has 670 moorings from 8 metres to 80 metres. You can buy or rent them but buyers know their leases will expire in 2026. As of 2007 no one can answer the question "what happens then?" Maybe Puerto Portals Marina will be redesigned? Not a bad idea. Finding a parking space in summer is certainly a challenge. Service personnel in the various businesses are forced to occupy valuable parking. Regulars wonder why the present frontline harbour's edge parking, between diners and the views, was not originally relegated to the rear of the restaurants, or better still underground.
Puerto Portals beachThe marina area is certainly a social place and in addition to the popular restaurants the marina enjoys a number of crowd pulling events. It is the venue for sporting classics including several major yachting regattas, vintage car reunions, exhibitions, humorous raft races and the Three Kings Festival and Carnival Parade at the beginning of the year. Thanks to the local commerce and organisations, the marina area stages a number of activities for both the visitors and local residents from the surrounding area. Puerto Portals has its institutions, the most famous being Wellies, a restaurant open 16 hours a day beginning with breakfast from 09.00 to late night dining until 3.00 am. Wellies occupies the zenith of locations, here you can watch and be seen. The second most famous is the Michelin starred restaurant Tristan, again don't go there to hide away and this is a smart environment. As well known as Tristan is Flanigan, less formal and the port's most popular. The Cappuccino is a busy, favourite and pleasantly elegant café meeting point.
A superb amenity of Puerto Portals is its beach, protected by a small island just off shore, the turquoise waters offering safe swimming in its shallow waters. It is truly the ideal family beach. This wide fine sand beach, the sea tropical in appearance, is overlooked by an exquisite ancient church perched on the cliff above.
Puerto Portals marinaIn addition to the considerable range of eating establishments including inexpensive pizza bars, there are fashion boutiques, boat hire operators, yacht brokers, a sailing school, banks, a boat repair yard and the harbour master's office. Within easy walking distance from the harbourside is the water world of Marinaland and its enthusiastically supported dolphin shows. Overlooking the moorings and the Bay of Palmanova are several apartment buildings and above the marina is the village of Portals Nous. In the forested hill, a kilometre inland and enjoying sea views over Puerto Portals and the Bay of Palma, is the exclusive residential area of Costa D'en Blanes.
Palma is just 9 kms away and the international airport 16 kms.
The harbour master's phone number +34 971 171 100