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Porto Cristo (or Puerto de Manacor ) is a Spanish town and hamlet belonging to the municipality of Manacor , in the eastern part of Mallorca , autonomous community of the Balearic Islands . On the Mediterranean coast , near this town are the nuclei of La Marineta , Cala Anguila-Cala Mandía , Cala Romántica , s'Illot-Cala Morlanda , s'Illot , sa Coma and Son Carrió .

It is one of the key points of the tourist routes because the Drach caves and the Hams caves are found in the town . Politically it is governed under a district board, a minor local entity, within the municipality of Manacor . 1

Place name
The name of Puerto de Manacor ( Port de Manacor in Catalan ) became official, and is given for being the main port of the city to which it belongs. The name of Porto Cristo comes from the disembarkation of a boat with an image of Christ and one of the Virgin with the Child in her arms, around the year 1260. The crew of the boat, while they were in a strong storm on the high seas, promised that they would leave the images of Christ and the Virgin if they arrived alive at any port; finally they arrived safely at the bay of Cala Manacor, so the images were released there as promised. The name comes from the Latin porto , from portare andChrist in reference to the disembarked image, since by then the town had not yet been founded. It is currently in the Iglesia de los Dolores, in Manacor.

The town is located in an important tourist area between the Costa de los Pinos and Cala Murada .

Porto Cristo Bay
Its small bay opens to the southeast and seems almost closed on the right, by a large rock called Es Morro de Sa Carabassa . At its end stands a lighthouse built in 1951. The drop (called Punta d'es Pelats) partially closes the Porto Cristo quay and an arm of the sea enters some four hundred meters to the west and then turns, at a right angle, in a northerly direction extending about three hundred meters more.

This difficult-to-navigate area constitutes the last primitive vestige of the port, which has been clogging up over time due to alluvial land, now converted into fords and small orchards, at the end of the depression, which reaches about two kilometers, at the height of the Cuevas dels Hams , it was believed that the pier was located during the Roman domination.

By road it is connected from north to south by 4 routes:

Ma-4023 towards Son Servera (9 km).
Ma-4024 towards Son Carrió (6 km).
Ma-4020 towards Manacor (12 km).
Ma-4014 towards Porto Colom (18 km).

Tower of the Falcons.
In the year 1577 the Torre dels Falcons was built , a watchtower and signals that formed part of the network of defense towers that warned of pirates on the coast. This tower is the one that appears on the shield. 2

On April 20, 1888, Jordi de San Simón , Marqués de Reguer , signed a plan for the farmhouse that he planned to build on the land next to the sea, located in the area of ​​La Marineta , a farm he owned and to which they were going to give the name of Colony of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Also this year, a second-class customs office was created in the port to allow exports from Barcelona.

In 1896 the caves of Drach were discovered by the speleologist Eduardo Martel .

In August 1936 , during the Spanish Civil War , troops commanded by Captain Alberto Bayo tried to take the island of Majorca from the military rebels, initiating a landing (the so-called Desembarco de Mallorca ) from this enclave, renamed Porto Rojo during the days August 16 to September 4, 1936. 3

During the 60s and 80s of the 20th century , there were two tourist booms that caused massive growth in population and commerce, consolidating in the 90s as an urban center and an important European tourist destination. At the beginning of the 21st century , new educational, health and cultural centers were built. 4

In September 2007, a District Board was created within the Manacor City Council, through which the town has greater autonomy, after many years of demands from the Neighborhood Association, merchants and the inhabitants of the town.


Bay of the Port of Manacor.
There are several bus lines that connect various towns in most of the island such as Palma , Cala Ratjada , Manacor and Cala d'Or .

There is also a taxi rank in Plaça de s'Aljub as well as a 24-hour radio taxi service. It is planned that the train will arrive in the long term, however it still does not have a drawn up route and various alternatives are being studied from the town of Son Carrió .

Education and sports
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Currently there are two public schools: CP Ses Comes and CP Mitjà de Mar , in addition to the IES Porto Cristo secondary school. The construction of a new school is being planned due to the excessive saturation of the existing ones. All centers are public.

For sporting events there is the municipal soccer field and two sports centers. Several sports teams and associations make use of these.

The port has a yacht club with some 200 moorings and a fishermen's association, as well as some shipyards.

Regarding health centers, there is a health center open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. In the summer months the hours are extended to Saturdays and Sundays. Outside these hours for emergencies you must go to the Hospital de Manacor . there is also a private hospital, the Hospital de Llevant. The port also has a day center , a privately managed nursing home , as well as a physiotherapy center of the same nature.

Since June 2013, it also has the first private hospital in the Levante region, the Hospital de Llevant .

Cultural and security

Local police vehicle in Porto Cristo
The municipal offices on Calle Gual have a library , an assembly hall and various premises for municipal business. Next to these is the headquarters of the Verge del Carme Association for the elderly and in other parts of the town are the headquarters of the Civil Guard (Fiscal and Border Patrol) and the Local Police .

Places of interest

Caves of Drach.
Drach Caves . Set of natural underground caves with a length of 1700 m and one of the largest underground lakes in the world.
Cuevas dels Hams . The first set of caves in Mallorca open to visitors since 1910, with a length of about 800 m and two small lakes.
The tower of the Falcons. a 16th century watchtower located at the end of Joan Servera Camps avenue from which there are excellent views of the bay, the lighthouse and the nearest coastal towns.
Basilica of Sa Carrotja . remains of a 4th century early Christian basilica .
The White Caves. Other caves facing the sea that were inhabited by fishermen until the end of the 19th century , particular for their whitish color, which are accessed by a walkway that runs along the bay.
Petite Cove. Virgin sandy cove about 1500 meters from the urban center