We have a number of boats based out at Puerto Portals on Mallorca, set right at the beating heart of the stunningly lovely Bay of Palma and famous for being the Med’s most prestigious nautical and leisure complex. If you’re considering a boat share arrangement, it’s the ultimate in Mediterranean luxury.
Introducing Puerto Portals
Puerto Portals is just over six miles from the city of Palma’s vibrant centre and just under ten miles from the island’s airport. It’s an incredibly smart place boasting over 670 moorings measuring anything from 8m to 60m. But there’s more. This isn’t just a port, a place to moor a boat. It’s also an exclusive shopping area stacked with top-class restaurants, cafés, boutiques, marine supply companies, chandlers, jewellers and estate agents, a truly glamorous destination all on its own.
Puerto Portals is the place to see and be seen. In the summer season it’s home to a host of international celebrities including Paris Hilton, Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey and Bill Gates. Think Marbella’s glorious Puerto Banus and you get the picture.
Step onto the spotless quayside and you’re surrounded by designer boutiques, smart real estate offices, thriving businesses and, of course, some of the biggest, most magnificent yachts the world has to offer. A hot-spot for the wealthy since it opened just over thirty years ago, Puerto Portals attracts more than its fair share of the one percent in the shape of supermodels and business magnates. And it comes to vibrant life after dark, a brilliant place for eating out, clubbing and partying. This is, after all, the Balaerics!
If you or your fellow yachters enjoy designer shopping, you’ll find all the latest trends here. And the popular department store El Corte Ingles has a presence in the town, the perfect place for picking up all your essentials.
Things to do in and around Puerto Portals
Cala Portals Nous is a lovely little sandy cove that’s popular with the locals, complete with hire sunshades, hire loungers and showers. But it’s just one of an extraordinary 262 Mallorcan beaches, all made of pure white sand, 60 of which fly the blue flag, which means they’re spotlessly clean and managed sustainably.
The place is stuffed with excellent restaurants, including Wellies and Ritzi, both enormously popular, and with Port Adriano, purpose-built for super-yachts, also on the island, it’s nothing less than a yachting paradise. If all you do is circumvent the moorings looking at amazing luxury yachts, you’ll have the time of your life.
The pretty village of Portals Nous is just a short drive away, with more shops and a larger well-stocked supermarket for picking up sailing supplies. And the popular beach resort of Illetes is on your doorstep too, along with a real golfer’s paradise in the shape of the Bendinat golf resort.
The Pilar & Joan Miró Foundation was established by artist Joan Miro’s wife, and provides a popular meeting spot for writers, artists, musicians and other creative types to share ideas and collaborate.
La Seu is the locals’ nickname for Palma Cathedral, a magnificent structure. The 14th century Bellver Castle deserves a visit, Spain’s only circular castle and a great example of Gothic Catalan architecture. As does the Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, full of magical works by artists like Cézanne, Gauguin, Picasso, Miró himself, Magritte and Giacometti.
Last but not least, there are lots of Med-based treats to enjoy, including the II Mediterranean Cup, held at the port in week 2 of April and organised by the Regatas Puerto Portals Club, in cahoots with the International Dragon Association and the Spanish Dragons Association.
Palma de Mallorca
The city of Palma has always been beautiful. But these days, following extensive renovation of the old town, the ‘pearl of the Mediterranean’ is even lovelier than ever. No wonder The Sunday Times called it the world’s best place to live in 2015.
Palma is home to more than half of Mallorca’s population, with its famous city centre ‘golden mile’ and the main shopping street of Jaime III. The old town is rich in history, known as the Casco Antiguo area. Tourists flock to La Lonja, the fashionable face of Santa Catalina with its lively seaside strip, colourful fisherman’s quarter called Portixol, and the exclusive hillside golf club at Son Vida.
Palma is a place of year-round indulgence, whether you’re looking at amazing restaurants, luxury boutique hotels, trendy bars, terraced cafés or household name nightclubs, plenty of which visit the island from Ibiza for special club nights. The city is full of great museums and art galleries, and there’s a vivid cultural scene with a constant stream of traditional local festivals and live music to enjoy.
What about sailing on the Med itself? Check out our post about the Mediterranean yachting scene here.
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If you’d like to explore the potential of boat sharing, we’d love to talk things over with you. Get in touch and we’ll take things from there.