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Airport transfer time: 30 mins
You’ll find Puerto Portals, or Portals Nous as it is known in Catalan, located just 9 km from Palma de Mallorca and around 16 km from the airport.
Portals is a luxury port, hosting some of the most beautiful yachts to be found in the Mediterranean.
This relaxed seaside town with its sandy beaches, selection of shops and restaurants, and community feel provides the ideal base from which to explore the island.
Best of all, it retains its local charm despite being a magnet for wealthy second homeowners and holidaymakers over the years.
Puerto Portals Beach
There is a nice sandy beach located to the East of the marina which is tucked away behind the dry docks.
Portals Nous’ main beach is the Blue Flag awarded Platja de S’Oratori which stretches over 100 meters in length. Its soft golden sands and calm turquoise waters make it perfect for lazy days spent swimming and soaking up the rays.
For fun and games there’s a beach volleyball net, plus paddle boards, pedalos and kayaks available to rent.
When you need to cool off, pop into Roxy’s Beach Bar for some shade and a refreshing cocktail or fresh juice. Over at nearby Mood Beach Club you can continue the chilled-out vibes with Balearic beats playing as you sip sundowners overlooking the sea from the comfort of a sunbed.
Just around the coastline, you’ll discover the hidden gem of Cala Portals Nous (also known as Cala Bendinat). This picturesque rocky cove with crystal clear waters is ideal if you fancy getting away from the crowds.
Things To Do
Many come to simply relax on the beaches here, but if you can bear to tear yourself away then there’s plenty more to keep you entertained during your Portals Nous holiday.
Yoga junkies should check out the variety of Vinyasa, Yin and Sunset Yoga sessions run by Valentina’s Portals Yoga. Or for thrill-seekers, get your adrenaline pumping with exciting watersports such as jet-skiing, fly-boarding and paddle boarding available to book at the marina.
Keen golfers are also well catered for with the prestigious Golf Son Muntaner, Son Quint and T Golf Calvia courses just a short drive away. While culture vultures will enjoy visiting Palma’s Gothic Cathedral and taking a tour of the historic quarter nearby.
Despite its small size, you’ll find everything you need in Portals Nous without having to venture too far.
Stock up on holiday essentials like swimwear, sun cream and beach toys at the few touristy souvenir shops in town. Or for international brands and designer labels, Puerto Portals is your go-to destination.
There’s banks with ATMs dotted around, plus a couple of pharmacies should you require any medication during your trip. For healthcare, the small Clínica Picasso and Clínica Juaneda are close at hand. And for international news, freshly ground coffee and sweet treats, pop into Cappuccino Puerto Portals.
Activities and Excursions
With so many fantastic attractions and places to discover close by, Portals Nous makes the perfect base to explore Mallorca during your holiday.
Marvel at dolphins jumping through hoops and sea lions performing clever tricks just 10 minutes up the road at Marineland. Or enjoy splashing around the pool and hurtling down fun-packed waterslides at Western Water Park in Magaluf.
Venture inland to Mallorca’s pretty villages like Esporles and Puigpunyent to enjoy their weekly markets. Or better still, head into the Tramuntana Mountains where you can embark on scenic hiking trails and admire the island’s most spectacular landscapes.
Of course, while here, you simply must dedicate a day to experiencing Palma. Wander the atmospheric streets, visit grand historic buildings, and shop till you drop along the designer boutique-lined avenues. Then watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand from one of the trendy beach bars overlooking the bay.
The place to see and be seen in Portals Nous is Puerto Portals luxury marina. Since opening in 1986 it has attracted celebrities, superyacht owners and the international jet set to its designer boutiques, haute cuisine restaurants and prestigious yacht clubs.
Berth your own vessel here or charter a private yacht to explore Mallorca’s beautiful coastline in true VIP style. Then dance the night away as DJs play pulsating tunes at vibrant nightlife hotspots like Ritzi Ibiza-style terrace bar.
Bars, Restaurants and Nightlife
When dining out with kids, family-friendly restaurant Il Tano serves authentic Italian cuisine in relaxed surroundings. However, for the ultimate refined dining experience, The St Regis Mardavall’s signature restaurant Zaranda will satisfy even the most discerning of foodie travellers.
For nightlife, while Portals Nous has a selection of bars open late, most people come to rub shoulders with the rich and famous in Puerto Portals upscale nightspots. Expect exotic cocktails, champagne and pulsating tunes at places like Ritzi Lounge Bar and Monroe’s Live Music Bar.
Puerto Portals Luxury Marina
Inaugurated in 1986, Puerto Portals has a total of 670 moorings ranging from 8 to 80 meters in length.
Some of the most exclusive bars and restaurants in Majorca can be found here, alongside many designer clothes and jewellery shops.
There’s also a plentiful supply of yacht brokerage offices in and around the port area for those looking to buy or charter a boat.
The port of Puerto Portals was purposefully developed as an exclusive nautical venue to increase the mooring capacity in Majorca as a whole.
Puerto Portals luxury marina is the epitome of style and sophistication. Berth your own vessel here or charter a private yacht to explore Mallorca’s beautiful coastline in true VIP style. Then dance the night away as DJs play pulsating tunes at vibrant nightlife hotspots like Ritzi Ibiza-style terrace bar.
Popular events held here include:
- Omega Regatta
- Class 1 World Championship
- Open UAP of the European Union
- Dry dock
Puerto Portals, Edificio Capitania; 07015 – Portal Nous
Latitude: 39º 32′ N
Longitude: 2º 35′
Phone Number: + 34 971 171 100
Fax: + 34 971 171 117
Maximum Length: 60M
Depth of water in berths: 2M to 4M
Number of berths: 670
VHF channel: 9
For golfing enthusiasts, Portals Nous provides a handy base to stay at while playing rounds at some of Mallorca’s most spectacular golf courses.
Just a short drive along the coast, Golf Son Muntaner provides jaw-dropping views across the bay of Palma. Designed by the legendary golf course architect Kurt Rossknecht, its undulating fairways and challenging greens offer enjoyment for all abilities.
Equally picturesque, Golf Son Quint features abundant native vegetation and elevated tees overlooking the sea. Its quality design and maintenance has earned it a track record for hosting European tournament qualifiers.
The exclusive Puerto Portals luxury marina we see today is a relatively new addition to the landscape. Built purposefully to increase mooring capacity on the island for an ever-growing influx of yacht tourism, it was only officially opened in 1987.
Whereas picturesque Portals Nous dates back much further to the early 1930s. Back then it was just a sleepy fishing village with a few low-rise whitewashed buildings dotted above Cala Portals cove.
Over the years, considerable investment has transformed the entire area into the affluent and glamorous resort it is today. Wealthy second homeowners and expat celebrities snapped up plots to build extravagant seafront mansions and luxury apartments. World-class hotels along with upmarket boutiques moved in to cater to its moneyed clientele.
Yet despite the obvious affluence and its reputation for fine dining and high-end shopping, Portals Nous has proudly held onto its local charm and community spirit.
Best Places to Stay
For holiday accommodation Portals Nous only has a few hotels as most of the property in the area is private.
Families and those on a budget should consider the beachfront Barceló Illetas Albatros in Illets just a few minutes down the coast. It offers excellent value without compromising on facilities or comfort.
For sheer opulence and indulgence look no further than the Grand Portals Nous. Sip cocktails beside your own private pool before heading to the award-winning spa for some pampering and relaxation.
Alternatively, foodies desiring a gastronomic getaway should check availability at the acclaimed St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort 10 minutes down the coast in the direction of Palma Nova and Magaluf.
Lapped by the warm Mediterranean, Mallorca enjoys a blissful climate making Portals Nous an ideal choice for both summer and winter breaks.
During the summer months of June to August, average temperatures sit nicely between 23°C to 30°C. However, come prepared for intense heatwaves in July/August where the mercury has been known to reach a scorching 40°C!
If you prefer to avoid peak season prices, then visit in late spring (May) or early autumn (late September – October) when it’s often still beautifully sunny and pleasantly warm enough to swim in the sea.
Even in winter (December – February) it remains relatively mild with average temperatures dipping to just 8°C to16°C. Though do pack some extra layers for winter winds blowing in off the mountains.
Getting to Portals Nous
Getting to Portals Nous could not be simpler, with the town just a short 25-30 minute transfer from Palma Airport.
Hire a car for maximum flexibility to explore Mallorca during your stay. Well-maintained roads and numerous car rental companies at the airport make pick-up hassle-free. Plus you’ll avoid relying on public transport out of the main tourist zones.
Alternatively, there is a reliable bus service running approximately every 30 minutes from Palma bus station to Portals Nous, taking around 35-40 minutes.
While taxis can whisk you from the airport to hotel in just 20-25 mins for approximately €25 each way.
So for sand, sea and sangria without compromising on style or amenities, look no further than picturesque Portals Nous for your next Mallorca holiday!
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Mark Kaye is a travel writer and content creator living in Majorca, Spain. Originally from the UK, Mark moved to the island and quickly fell in love with Majorcan culture, food, and scenic landscapes. When he’s not busy writing detailed guides about Majorca’s top tourist attractions and hidden local gems, you can find him out exploring coastal trails or wandering the streets of Palma’s Old Town in search of his next great restaurant discovery.