This fishing village, once the port for Felanitx, was named in honour of Christopher Columbus, who is said - without much evidence - to have been born here. Popular with Mallorcan and Spanish visitors and set inside a deep natural harbour, Portocolom still has the feel of a small fishing port, with boats around the quay and pastel-coloured houses lining the Waterfront, each with its own landing-stage.
Until the late 19th century Porto Colom was busy supplying wine to France. The Felanitx district is famous for it’s wines, grown in the Pla & Llevant vineyards. But when phylloxera killed the vines just before the 20th century, Portocolom's role as a port diminished and it has only recently discovered a new life as a peaceful tourist resort.
The nearby town of Felantix was the birthplace of artist Miquel Barceló who has international fame for creating the installation on the UN Palace of Nations in Geneva in the Chamber of Human rights and Alliance of Civilizations.
When staying in Portocolom it is a great idea to hire a car to easily get around some of the other fantastic areas in the east - you could visit the Natural Park of Mondrago or the pretty sandstone village of Santanyi.
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