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Because of the general lack of commercialisation of the east coast, it is still possible even today 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.
The main town beach isn't particularly large and can become quite crowded at times. However, in all fairness, it is both clean and sheltered and does offer the usual range of sun loungers and pedalos for hire. About 10 minutes drive away to the south, you’ll find the Porto Cristo Novo beach. 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. Contact details are:
Plaza Ramón Llull 14
which is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 1pm, and again on a Sunday from 9.30am to 1pm. Prospective buyers should be aware that these pearls are usually priced based upon 3 distinct grades of quality, and you should always look out for those that carry the official Orquidéa shield.
If you need either Email or internet access whilst in Porto Cristo there is an internet cafe called Academia.
Contact details are:
Carrer Sementera 43
Telephone +34 971 822 618
Fax: +34 971 822 618
Web site: www.academiaportocristo.com
Glass bottom boats make regular trips along the scenic east coast from Porto Cristo, going either north towards Cala Millor or south to Calas de Mallorca . The boats are quite modern, with both a small bar and toilet facilities onboard. On most trips the captain will usually stop for about 30 minutes giving you the chance to dive or jump off the back of the boat and cool off in the sea.
About 2km to the west of Porto Cristo are The Caves of Hams, which are known for their peculiar formations
and the marvelous underground lake. Opening times from March to October is 10am to 6pm and from November
to February 10:30am to 5:30pm. Entrance fee for adults is around £8.00. Their full contact details are:
Cuevas dels Hams
Telephone: +34 971 820 988
Fax: +34 971 820 271
Web site: www.cuevas-hams.com
Nearby are the more famous Caves of Drach which are open daily from April to October from 10am to 5pm,
and from November to March 10:45am to 12:00 and 2pm to 3:30pm. Admission for adults is around 13.50€,
and children under 7 are admitted free. Full contact details are:
Cuevas del Drach
Carretera Cuevas s/n
Telephone: +34 971 820 753
Fax: +34 971 815 089
Web Site: www.cuevasdeldrach.com
The Tropical Park Jumaica, on the road from Porto Cristo to Porto Colom, first opened it's door to the
public in 1995, although prior to this it took the owners almost 22 years to transform the 25,000 square
metres of dry Majorcan countryside to the lush tropical gardens that visitors see today. Walking through
the gardens visitors can discover rare plants, trees, and bamboo groves and a multitude of free flying
exotic birds. The gardens are open in the summer from 9am to 6pm, and in the winter months from 10am
to 4.30pm. Contact details for further information are:
Tropical Park Jumaica
Complejo Ca´n Pep Noguera
Ctra Porto Colom - Porto Cristo, Km 4,5
Telephone: +34 971 833 355 or +34 971 833 979
Web site: www.jumaicapark.com
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