Until you´ve spent some time in Porto Colom you might well think it only consists of the tourist area - the plaza leading up to the beach at Cala Marçcal - but there is another side (end) to Porto Colom - the more northerly end of town is where the beautiful Mallorcan harbour is really the place to be seen and to eat.

Around two hundred small fishing boats and medium sized motor boats and yachts are moored here and it really does attract the well heeled visitor. Boris Becker was spotted in HPC (a popular eating place and hostal right on the front of the promenade) not so long ago, and the attractions of the beautiful new Sa Llotja restaurant, built over a glass lift and giving stunning views across the harbour, are readily apparant. Also in P. Colom is Florians and Restaurante Colon - a little pricey both (together with the Sporting Bar next door), but exclusive, luxurious and very atmospheric - not to mention very good quality food.

Further into the old town are some lovely local bars and pizzarias - with secluded garden dining and balconies right over the boats - it is certainly worth exploring northwards round the town, into the old part of town and out round the headland towards the beaches of Sa Punta. It´s mostly the locals that head round to the sandy shores at this side of town, but parking is pretty good, right by the beach, there are a couple of good beach bars, one which has music some nights and giant paellas.

Unlike some of the surrounding tourist resorts, Porto Colom is alive and kicking all year round - it is a popular location for second homes for the rich of Palma and the mainland  - so there is always something going on! In Summer Porto Colom is also host to the Sopar de Penyas celebrations of decorated boats, fireworks and enormous beach party at Sa Punta - music and beach BBQs - which ALL the family go to - young and old - into the small hours.

The north town has two really nice boutiques - again a little pricey but with unusual and quality decorative items, linens, furniture and clothes.  The ´tourist´ area is in plaza towards the southern end and just over the hill from Cala Marçal (which does have a stunning sandy sheltered beach) - this is the place for the cafés, English breakfasts, sky TV and drinks, plus one or two night clubs and most of the hotels, car hire places, supermarkets and ´junk´ shops.

A little Inland from North Colom is the area of Can Gaia with its lovely fincas and beautiful almond trees, in February and March the blossom is amazing and is one of the largest areas of blossomming trees on the island.  Luckily the area is heavily protected and building is restricted, there is very little high rise (none at all away from the tourist areas) and the harbour has kept the natural pine trees right up to the waters edge. The harbour is quite shallow so it won´t take the big motor yachts, but it has been recently dredged and is cleaned regularly being awarded a blue flag in 2007, so you´re safe to swim with the ducks with wander around the shore. Whilst really close to Cala d´Or and also Porto Petro, property in Porto Colom is still more affordable and the plots are certainly larger - so a lot of villas and big low rise apartments are under construction - luckily this seems to stop in the summer months! All in all Porto Colom is an up and coming place, good quality, lots of high class eateries and superb views.