Porto Cristo was formally known as Cala de Manacor until its name was changed in 1912 to commemorate the old legend that an image of Christ landed in the cove (cala) in the year 1260.
The town itself has a familiar feel to it and you could liken it to a Devon seaside town, an amalgam of perhaps Torquay, Brixham and Paignton.
The shops line the main street (plenty of souvenirs to be had) and there are the usual restaurants and cafes for refreshment – there is even a 'Burger King'! A walk around the port area shows that in days gone by, this was an important fishing harbor supplying the town of Manacor and its’ environs. The town still has a small working fishing fleet and, although tourism is now the major ‘euro earner,’ you can still see the little boats putting out to sea come late afternoon.
As with other towns on this eastern coast, the various glass bottomed catamarans put in here and you can get aboard one at the port. If lazing in the sun is your wish – then the beach is adjacent to the main street! As previously mentioned in another article, the famous Caves of Drac (Dragon Caves) are a short walk from the town centre, or simply walk down by the quayside where you will find more bars and restaurants to choose from should you want a relaxing drink or meal. During the evening you may be lucky enough to see the ‘fleet’ coming back from their fishing, whilst sitting in a waterside bar.