A pearl in the sand
The nearby town of Manacor, for which Porto Cristo has served as a port hub for many years, is renowned for its unparalleled imitation pearl production methods. By combining compressed fish scales with glass, the manufacturers are able to create imitation pearls that will fool all but the most trained pairs of eyes.
Indeed, the imitation pearl specialists Majorica, who have been in business since 1890, first started out with humble beginnings in Porto Cristo. Though they have since expanded and moved their headquarters to Barcelona, there is a still a functioning factory and retail outlet of the enterprise in the town.
Despite not being a central location for the tourist industry, there are still All Inclusive hotels in this Majorcan town.
Attractions on and off the shore
The calm, crystalline waters of the bay surrounding Porto Cristo make it a relaxing place to spend your time, full of nothing more stressful or strenuous than a dip in the sea.
The innumerable coves, caves and inlets in the immediate vicinity of the town make it a perfect place to don a snorkel mask or scuba diving gear and explore another world beneath the waves.
For those who feel like a fish out of water when submerged, plenty of boat trips are on offer. There are a range of luxury pleasure boats which take in the stunning array of hard-to-reach coves, such as Cala Millor, Cala Romantica and Cala Bona. Or opt for glass-bottomed vessels which open up the sub-aquatic delights of the Mediterranean without even getting your hair wet.
Keeping your feet firmly on the ground, inland is the Safari-Zoo Majorca, home to animals as diverse as giraffes, monkeys, lions and tigers. Alternatively, you can visit the architectural attractions of Can Feliz and Can Lis, created by the world-renowned genius behind the Sydney Opera House, Jorn Utzon.