Where the rich, famous and beautiful stroll. Portals Nous and Puerto Portals are a relaxed seaside town and noble marina where you will find everybody who’s anybody. The area is characterised by luxury and sophistication and attracts visitors with a glamorous harbour. Here is our top guide to activities and exclusive restaurants, cafés, beach clubs, designer boutiques and hotels in Portals.
About Portals Nous and Puerto Portals
The history of Portals doesn’t go much back in time. It’s said to date back to the 1930s, however there has been a lot of investment and reformations in the area over the past few years resulting in a modern infrastructure and image with luxury villas and hotels as well as an exclusive marina.
Portals Nous is a quieter, small town not far from Palma. Since it’s one of many touristic resorts in Mallorca, you will not find a historic town centre here. The town’s main attraction is its exclusive harbour. Around the main street Carretera d’Andratx there is a selection of shops, hardware stores, supermarkets and a variety of restaurants whereas more glamorous stores and gastronomic offers are located in the harbour.
Whoever has an important name, including the royal family, or wants to be seen comes to Puerto Portals. Yacht owners outdo each other with their magnificent yachts, luxury cars line up right next to them. From Ferrari to Mercedes, Maserati and Porsche, you can not only admire the most expensive car brands here but also the most unusual models. Allowed is what pleases. Whether cars, yachts, clothes or properties – everything here begins with the word luxury. In the marina you will find numerous exclusive restaurants, boutiques, yacht and real estate agencies.
In Portals Nous and Puerto Portals you can meet for a boat trip, beach day, champagne breakfast under palm trees or dinner at the chic marina, the beating heart of Portals.
How to get there
Located in the south-west of Mallorca between Illetas and Palmanova, Portals is only a few kilometres away from Palma and 20 kilometres from the airport. By car it will take you not more than 20 minutes to get there. Local buses to Portals such as number 104 or 106 run frequently every day. Some visitors even get to the exclusive marina with their private helicopter.
When in Portals you can enjoy three fantastic sandy beaches with crystal clear water. Especially because of its difficult to reach location, Platja de s’Oratori is less crowded than many other great beaches on the island. Here you can go kayaking, paddle surfing, jet skiing or sip a drink at Roxy Beach Club. The easier to access Platja de Punta Portals and Platja de Costa d’en Blanes at the other end of the harbour are more visited but equally beautiful.
Water Activities are big here in Portals with yachting and sailing being the most important ones. In the port you can find more superyachts than anywhere else on the island. In addition to fine restaurants and expensive shops, boat agencies await their customers in the marina. Book a day trip on one of many exclusive yachts. Or even learn to sail yourself at the Escuela de Vela de Puerto Portals. At Nauti Parts you can rent jet skis, seabobs, water skis or jet packs.
Portals also counts with a tennis and fitness club. At Sporting Club Portals you can not only practice your tennis and paddle skills. You also have the possibility to visit the gym, work out with a personal trainer or take a dip in the pool.
On the way from Portals to Palmanova you will find Marineland that wows guests of all ages with their popular dolphin shows. Especially families with children like to visit their shows, aquariums and zoo to explore the underwater world.
During the summer months but also in winter Portals Nous and Puerto Portals host a lot of festivities and activities. There are sports competitions, craft workshops, picnics or open air concerts. The harbour is also famous for its great markets that are popular among both visitors and residents. The sunset market, farmers market or Christmas market offer food stalls, shopping and fun activities for children.
While Portals Nous features more essential shops for your daily needs, Puerto Portals is a true shopping paradise! Everything is glitzy and très chic here. Between prime real estate and yacht agencies you will find a number of exclusive stores and designer boutiques in the luxurious marina. These offer shoes, clothes and all kinds of accessories. There are Corner, Nicolás Joyeros, Boho Beach and Pinko to name a few. Even the well-known model and actress Elizabeth Hurley has an exclusive pop-up store in Puerto Portals where her glamorous, high-quality swimwear collection of her own brand, Elizabeth Hurley Beach, is on sale.
Restaurants and Cafés in Portals Nous and Puerto Portals
There are numerous international restaurants, cafés and bars open for lunch and dinner along the marina of Puerto Portals. Indulge in flavours from around the world including Italian, and Japanese cuisine.
For the best coffee and cake head to Cappuccino Grand Café to spend a sunny morning on their beautiful terrace.
You are a lover of Asian food? For Indian delicacies eat at Mahal Tandoori. Tahini and Lucy Wang offer exquisite Japanese cuisine including mouth-watering sushi.
Diablito, Chameli’s Café and Pizzeria Lollo Rosso offer next to original Italian pizza and pasta other delicious meals with meat or fish.
To try other culinary styles and European dishes lunch or dine at Flanigan, Ritzi, Spoon, Lila Portals or Wellies. For heavenly Michelin cuisine enjoy a meal at Baiben Restaurant.
Of course a seaside town like Portals Nous can’t be without any cool beach clubs. Around Puerto Portals you will find three! Mood Beach is a more high-class restaurant and beach club with beautiful white Balinese beds by the pool. Furthermore, there are two more beach clubs that offer a more laid-back chill out ambience right by the sea. UM the Beach House and Roxy Beach Club are located at two different ends of the harbour but equally cool and original. Here you can enjoy great cocktails with stunning sunsets in an idyllic, casual setting.
Where to Stay
Since Portals Nous and Puerto Portals are not only a glamorous resort but also a popular tourist destination there are many hotels in and around the town and harbour. We have selcted the most exclusive hideaways for you.
The Iberostar Grand Portals Nous delights its guests with breathtaking views, direct access to a beach, exclusive rooms and a luxurious spa. The boutique hotel offers unique rooms tailored to fully meet the expectations of all types of guests. Besides luxurious doubles and four penthouse doubles with a private terrace and jacuzzi, the Iberostar Grand Portals Nous offers a number of exclusive rooms created around five themes including Games and Stargazer.
Another exclusive hotel that offers a unique lifestyle experience is Portals Hills Boutique Hotel. It reminds much of the art deco architecture and style in Miami with its high-class design. If you want to treat yourself with an ultimate luxury stay book their penthouse by Fendi.
OD Port Portals with its contemporary, Mediterranean design is not only a great place to stay if you’re looking for something a bit more budget-friendly. It’s also a fantastic hotel to enjoy excellent gastronomic offers and afterwork sessions on its rooftop Sky Bar.
All photos (except for beach clubs) by Laura Pott