Can Picafort (or Ca’n Picafort) is a tourist resort on the shores of Bay of Alcudia and is situated a bit south from Port d’Alcudia, the main town in the area. Can Picafort has a history that goes way back to the time of the Bronze Age settlements. The now multi-purpose built tourist resort was once a small fishing village remnants, which cannot be seen today. The resort is immensely popular with tourists coming from all around the world, especially Europe. In fact, there have been so many Irish and British visitors in the past few years that they’ve even set up bars there, which are specifically targeted at them.
Situated on the north of Mallorca island, Can Picafort is a one-hour drive from the Palma airport in the south-west of the island. The atmosphere of Can Picafort is extremely lively, especially during the summers due to its geographical location, which gives it access to many beautiful beaches and the Mediterranean Sea, and of course, its excellent weather all year round. The marina was once where the fishing boats were hosted and can now be seen brimming with private luxury yachts which you can rent in order to enjoy a boat trip. Aside from that, you can engage yourself in a number of watersports such as paddle boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, and canoeing, along with many other as well. When it comes to the population, together with Son Serra de Marina, over 11,600 people live here, with the majority of them living in Can Picafort. During the summer season, however, the number is far exceeded greatly due to the number of tourists coming in from different parts of the world.
There are also a number of beaches on the east side of the resort, right next to the Son Baulo hotel which are considered as one of the best on the resort due to their fine light sand and the fact that they are backed by a small nature reserve. There is also a stagnant lake, which is the end of a watercourse that doesn’t penetrate the beach. The main beach, however, on the resort is the largest one and is located on the west side of the marina and connects to the Playa de Muro beach.
The resort is also very popular with families with children since it offers them all of the ingredients that they would need to have a relaxing beach holiday. There are a large number of hotels and holiday apartments situated right in the middle of, and near the beach and due to this amazing infrastructure planning, you really aren’t that dependent on methods of transport such as cars or taxis nor do you have to take long walks just to get from one place to another. And if you want to try something out of the ordinary on your resort holiday, you can always rent a bicycle or go on foot to explore the coast from the harbor with excursion boats and reach great attractions in the surrounding area. Such as the northern nature reserve of Albufera which hosts an amazing landscape with rare plants and birds is like an excursion. While if you go to the south, you can get the change to go on extensive hikes or you can check out the pre-Christian Talayotic tombs and ruins.
All in all Can Picafort has a lot to offer including fun, games and relaxation for the whole family. Whether you prefer to go on foot, in the saddle or in the driver’s seat of a mini racing car, there is a lot to see and experience in this holiday resort.
If you go and visit the resort during the winters, you find a very tranquil and peaceful atmosphere, since during the off-peak season Can Picafort is considerably quiet with many of the businesses being closed during the season. Can Picafort also has a number of bars and restaurants.
Things to do in Can Picafort
Take Boat Trips
Probably the first thing you should do when visiting any beachside resort is to go on a boat trip. You can take a number of boat trips when in Can Picafort. Most of these trips start out from the marina, which is in the center of town from where you can also check out the destinations along with their schedules and the prices for trips.
Play Golf at Club de Golf Alcanada
Situated in the north of Mallorca, just a little far from Puerto Alcúdia is the Club de Golf Alcanada, which is a beautiful and well located 18-hole golf course. The golf course is made for the golf enthusiasts that are enjoying their stay at the holiday resorts of Alcúdia or Puerto Pollensa. Club de Golf Alcanada has well-placed 58 greenside and fairway bunkers, challenging greens along with a wide variety of holes.
The golf course is wide and hilly in size and offers amazing views from each hole over the Bay of Alcúdia and the Alcanada lighthouse island.
Buy some memorabilia and local foods from the Markets
The markets on the small island of Mallorca are one of the best places to buy flowers, fruits and vegetables, including local produce such as Mallorcan sobrassada or butifarron and cheese. You can also find stalls in the marketplaces, which offer handicrafts, leather bags, handmade jewelry, accessories and clothes.
The markets are open every day from 9.00-13.30; however, the most important one is the market in Pollenca, which opens on Sundays and is visited by thousands of people coming from all part of the island and the world.
You can also visit other markets such as that of Santa Maria (on Sundays), Sineu (on Wednesdays) and Inca (Thursdays), and if you’re not in the mood to leave your comfort zone, you can always check out the Can Picafort local market which is held every Friday morning and is located in the east end of the town near to the Son Baulo Hotel.
Go Karting at Can Picafort
Situated in the industrial zone of Can Picafort is a 1 mile (1.7 km) long race track gives all your adrenaline junkies to unleash their inner speed demon by going on a race with their friends and family, and if you’re someone who isn’t into thrills, you can get a go-kart just to practice. The establishment offers a wide range of different go-karts that suit both the young, the old, and those who like going fast (that is at 90kph/55mph).
They are open for individual or group bookings and also have a snack bar and children’s playground.
A day out Riding Horses
Rancho Can Picafort is a horse-riding establishment which is based near to the center of Can Picafort and is alongside the main road. The horse treks take you around the rural roads and even to the beach and along the coast with outstanding views. If you’re someone who is looking for fully enjoyable and spectacular scenery of the Can Picafort, then riding a horse around will make sure that you get a sense of peace and relaxation to truly make you feel like you’re on a vacation. You can get a horse for an hour to up to 3 hours at around €20 per hour. However, Rancho Can Picafort also offers more economical packages if you rent the horse for a longer period of time.
Family fun at the Alcudia Hidropark
A 20-minute ride from Can Picafort is the Alcudia Hidropark. The waterpark offers a wide selection of attractions such as water slides and pools, including a wave pool and a good number of kid’s pools so that your children can have fun too, in a safe environment. The Alcudia Hidropark also has a mini golf area and a restaurant as well.
Can Picafort – The Town
Tourist hotspots are not the only thing that Cana Picafort has to offer, as we mentioned before that the city has a rich history, one that goes back to the Bronze Age. So if you’re looking for a place to visit that isn’t part of the resort, you should definitely check out the following:
S’Albufera Natural Park
Close to Can Picafort is a wetland, which is filled with exotic birds and other animals. This wetland is known as the S’Albufera Natural Park, which offers a permanent exhibition and observation boards and hides of different birds.
The park is free and open for all from 9 am to 6 pm every day throughout the months of April and September. The opening hours change to 9 am to 5 pm for the remainder of the year. Just make sure that you get a visitor permit, which is all you need to enter the park which can be obtained free from the reception center from 9 am to 4 pm.
The Archaeological Ruins
Located between the coast of Can Picafort and Son Serra Marina is the Son Real, which is a protected area due to its prehistoric sites and the natural environment. You can travel through the ruins by different means such as by cycling, riding a horse, and of course, by walking. A place of interest can be the Son Real Necropolis, which is right next to the sea and can be accessed through a walkway from the Son Baulo beach. Other than that there are also a number of sides, which date back to medieval times.
Photo source: Marc Ryckaert