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Porto Petro

Porto Petro Holidays

On the south-east coast of Majorca, there lies a fishing village that's largely untouched by commercial tourism. Colourful houses surround a small port where fishing boats are neighbours with yachts, and restaurants and craft shops vie for attention along the harbour.

If you're looking for a peaceful resort from which to explore beautiful Majorca, book your holiday to Porto Petro now. Not far from the village, you'll find some of the best beaches on the island. And Mondragó Natural Park is just five minutes away, with its stunning beaches surrounded by imposing cliffs and wetlands inhabited by migratory birds.

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Visit the best beaches around

If you're on a family holiday in Porto Petro, head for Cala Barca, a cosy bay less than 10 minutes away. Oak and pine trees provide the backdrop to its golden sands, and a semi-circular rock formation means calm waters are perfect for swimming in. There's a beach bar here too, if you want a bite to eat and a beer.

Cala Sa Nau is a 15-minute journey by car. It's a small cove protected by limestone cliffs. A quieter beach with white sand and crystal-clear water, it's a popular spot for snorkelling and scuba diving. If you're feeling energetic, take a walk along the cliff tops to Cova des Moro and explore the limestone caves.

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A nature-lover's dream

Holidays to Majorca offer some stunning natural habitats to visit, and Mondragó Natural Park is up there with the best of them. Only five minutes from the village you'll find miles of outstanding beaches, wetlands and lush forests. It's a nature-lover's dream, as numerous species of birds inhabit the wetlands, along with lizards and frogs. Near the beaches, you might also see turtles and grass snakes. Hiding among the pine trees are rabbits, weasels and hedgehogs.

There are several walks marked out in the park and once you've finished exploring, head to one of the gorgeous beaches on the coast. Cala Mondrago is one of the prettiest, but it can get busy as it's quite small. S'Aramardor Beach is bigger but still unspoilt. Cliffs covered in pine forests look down over its white sands and deep turquoise water.

Do some wine tasting

If you fancy a change from the coast on your Porto Petro holiday, half an hour inland is the town of Felanitx. There are several historic landmarks to visit, the most well-known being the medieval monastery of Sant Salvador. You'll know you're nearly there when you see the impressive stone cross by the side of the road.

Santueri Castle sits on a hill overlooking the town. It's well-preserved, especially the central tower, and offers wonderful views across the area. In the centre of town sits Sant Miquel church, built in the 16th century. Check out the statue of the Archangel Michael standing on Satan's head!

If you're a wine fan, Felanitx is in Majorca's second biggest wine-producing region, and several vineyards offer wine tasting tours.

Take a magical boat trip

Escape from the heat with a trip to the Cuevas del Drach, or the Dragon Caves, 35 minutes away in Porto Cristo. These ancient caves are one of the top tourist attractions in Majorca, and you can take a guided tour which lasts around an hour. You'll walk through the fascinating caves, exploring ancient limestone formations and stalactites. Then, you'll make a boat trip down to Lake Martel, the biggest underground lake in Europe. Here you'll be treated to a classical violin concert – it's one of those experiences you'll never forget.

You can take photos in the caves as long as your flash is off, and there's a cafe where you can grab a drink and a snack once the tour is over.

Fine dining in the harbour

Down in the picturesque harbour, you'll find several high-quality restaurants serving authentic Spanish dishes with locally-sourced ingredients. Start with fresh bread infused with garlic and olive oil, and topped with tomato. The seafood is delicious, try a paella, a rice dish stuffed with mussels, prawns and calamari. A glass of Som dels Cavallers, a Majorcan white wine will go perfectly with it.

Or opt for tapas, Padrón peppers, patatas bravas (potatoes with tomato sauce and aioli) and albondigas (Spanish meatballs in garlic tomato sauce) are a must.

For dessert, how about greixonera de brossat, a traditional Majorcan cheesecake made with ricotta? Or have a slice of turron (almond nougat) with your after-dinner coffee.

Porto Petro holidays offer the chance to soak up magnificent scenery, feast on fine local foods down at the harbour, and relax on unspoilt beaches. With temperatures sizzling at around 30ºC in the summer, sea temperatures in the mid-20s and hardly any rain, it's a perfect choice for a summer holiday. Make sure you pack your walking shoes as well as your suncream, and make the most of exploring this charming pocket of Majorca.