Portals Nous, located on the south west coast of the island, on the west side of the Bay of Palma (7 mls SW of Palma, 13 mls from the international airport), is a S-facing stretch of coast at the foot of forested slopes, accessible by old coast road and new highway from Palma.
The area is mostly used by the yachtsmen and their guests from Puerto Portals yacht club. Portals Nous has a nice and peaceful beach with clear waters, and lots of protection from swell. It is certainly one of the better places to go if you just want a small quiet beach. It is just a short walk from the yacht club where one can find plenty of restaurants, bars and shopping.
It has a few attractive buildings, including a parish church beautifully situated above the bay and an American school, but it is a dispersed settlement, stretching about 1 ml from E to W and ¾ ml N to S, with ordinary residential areas between the straggling high street, marina and beaches. Properties near the main road can suffer from constant traffic noise.
The resort is popular with the British, especially villa and apartment owners. Suits couples and families seeking a quiet but accessible base. The accommodation here is mainly apartments, with a few modest hotels catering mainly for independent travellers and small groups.
The beach here is small but is an attractive sandy cove, there is a second, much larger artificial beach beneath a crumbling red cliff next to the marina.
There are a couple of supermarkets and a handful of souvenir shops offer poor choice. Shopping is better in nearby Palma Nova.
There are some smart restaurants at the marina, and half a dozen fairly standard options on the high street.