The general lack of commercialisation of the east coast, has made it possible to see evidence of mans earliest occupation of the island. A short distance away from the town, there are prehistoric remains at Sa Gruta and Son Moro, and within Porto Cristo itself there’s a Roman basilica on the Avinguda de Joan Amer. Also behind the existing harbour, it is possible to see the site of the original Roman port, and it was here that a few years ago the remains of a Roman ship were discovered.
Although being somewhat smaller it is however, less crowded and has a sailing and windsurfing school. The local council are very proud that along the 27km of coastline that form the municipality of Manacor, no less than 9 of its beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for cleanliness.
The town does have a fairly good range of shops for the everyday essentials whilst you are away from home, and a little further inland, at the town of Manacor, you will find the heart of the Mallorcan pearl industry. As we briefly mentioned on the general introduction page, these artificial pearls are produced in a special process that somehow combines glass and pulverised fish scales.
The finished pearl is then barely distinguishable from the genuine naturally formed article. The general public are welcomed to watch the manufacturing process, and afterwards visit the on site factory shop.
Porto Cristo is in the middle of the eats coast, (40 mls E of Palma and the airport. 8 mls E of Manacor). It is situated on a gently sloping ground with a rocky coastline; surrounded by low pine- and scrub-covered hills, orchards and cultivated farmland.
An active regional town first and resort second, Porto Cristo is appealing rather than beautiful, with authentic character and some very good sea views.
The town beach, is situated below the main road in a small, sheltered bay, it is 300 yards long by 14 yards wide, with fine sand, it can become very crowded, especially at weekends. There are sunbeds, thatched parasols, pedalloes and showers available.
There is reasonable range for the shopper, such as one would expect in a small, thriving town. Many warehouses and pearl stores in nearby Manacor, which also has a Monday market.
For restaurants there is plenty of choice, if no great variety. Terrace restaurants overlook the harbour. Several near the caves, including fast-food outlets.