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Porto Cristo- Mallorca - Balearic Islands

Balearic Islands draws the sun loving tourists to the superb beaches, trendy resorts and lively nightlife. The excellent climate with some 300 days of sun per year make Balearic Islands one of the preferred holiday destinations in Spain Chartering a private yacht in these sun-splashed islands gives you the opportunity to visit quaint villages, caves, prehistoric monuments, museums and monasteries. Each of the Balearic Islands has a distinct landscape and unique qualities that make it special to visit. The Balearic islands are divided into Gimnesias (Mallorca/Majorca, Menorca /Minorca and Cabrera) in the North, and Pitiusas (Ibiza y Formentera) in the South-West.

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearics. It is only 75 kilometres from north to south and 100 kilometres from east to west, yet its typically Mediterranean landscape varies from the fertile central lowlands, to the precipitous cliffs of the north west coast. Mallorca is famous for dazzling caves, refreshing clean waters, sandy beaches. Sitting along its 250 miles of coastline are more than two dozen sports harbours and yacht clubs. Palma, the capital of the island. Boasts a range of restaurants, night-clubs, bullrings and historic sites like Bellver Castle, Gothic Cathedral, Cloister of St. Francis and Miro Art Museum. On the other parts of the island, you can explore quaint villages, the medieval Capuchin Monastery and Roman ruins near the Moorish city of Alcudia.

Many years ago, two beasts of burden were pulling a wagon to Palma loaded with an image of Christ. When they got to the township of Manacor, they stopped in their tracks and refused to budge. The holy image stayed in Manacor, and Porto de Manacor (which is often still called by its original name) was rebaptised Porto Cristo in memory of the legendary event.

Because of the general lack of commercialisation of the east coast, it is still possible to see evidence of mans earliest occupation of the island. A short distance away from the town, there are prehistoric remains at Sa Gruta and Son Moro, and within Porto Cristo itself there's a Roman basilica on the Avinguda de Joan Amer. It is also possible to see the site of the original Roman port behind the existing harbour.

Porto Cristo is still primarily a fishing port that has made a few concessions to the tourist industry. As a result, there are a number of very good seafood restaurants around the marina area.

The beach isn't particularly large and can become quite crowded. However it is clean and sheltered and about 10 minutes drive away to the south, you'll find the Porto Cristo Novo beach. Although being somewhat smaller it is however, less crowded and has a sailing and wind-surfing school.

Porto Cristo is 67 kilometres from Palma de Mallorca airport.