Potinatx View From Bar


As with any of our trips to the Med, our choice of resort is always determined by close scrutiny to the coastline through Google Earth. Being married to a snorkelling obsessive, this means resorts with beautiful long sandy beaches are out for us, places with rocky coves are in. So it was that we shipped up in Portinatx, a pretty village on the North coast of the island for a week in early September.

Firstly, the positives. Portinatx and its surrounding area is really very scenic. Set in amongst a large hill wooded category of the island, there are a number of small picturesque beaches dotted along the coastline. The beaches cater for both those who prefer the organised deckchair and parasol hire for the day kind of beach vacation, and also for those who are content with nothing more than a beach towel and snorkelling mask. There a number of nice walks in the area, for example up to the lighthouse (a bit hair-raising up on the hill overlooking the village, or over to Cala D'En Serra on the other side of the penninsula.

The facilities on most of the beaches are reasonable-tavernas can be found next to most of the beaches in the area. There are a couple of well stocked supermarkets in the area, and you never have to stray far to get a decent cup of coffee.

In terms of accommodation, we found that this is largely confined to hotel complexes, with not a great deal available in the way of self catering apartments (at least, not on my budget). If your idea of an ideal holiday is one with pool side entertainment during the day and evening, all inclusive food and drink, and a beach nearby, then this is the place for you! The area really is quite lovely and has everything you need for a chilled holiday in the sun. For this kind of holiday, the section you are in though, is kind of irrelevant. For me though, the very reason for going to Spain, is that I love Spain. The idea of spending time in a hotel where all its Spanishness has been watered down, just isn't the point. As a vegetarian also, all inclusive resorts are just so boring- salad and chips every night!

I love the rich flavours of Mediterranean food, so would rather eat tapas, tortilla or the occasional pizza from a proper pizzeria. My idea of a good night out is a decent meal, a few glasses of wine and then maybe end the night in a bar overlooking the sea with a cool mojito. It's not being sat round the pool, listening to a second rate pub singer, or having to endure the wailings of an X factor wannabe on the karioke murdering some crap love song. So when we turned up at Hotel Presidente in Portinatx its fair to say it wasn't really my cup of tea. That's not to say it was bad, just not for me. The room was a decent size, clean and well maintained, with no issues in terms of noise from adjoining rooms. The hotel had a good reception and seemed to have good facilities. I can't comment on the food, as we opted for self-catering. It was comfortably the cheapest hotel in the resort, so if you're on a budget, great! Unfortunately our room directly overlooked the pool- they must've heard about my love of karioke!

portinatx sunset

Due to the prevalence of all inclusive hotels in the area, there wasn't a huge number of restaurants in the town, but just enough to keep a fussy vegetarian happy for a week. in the main part of town I would recommend Zulu Lounge. Located right by the sea, the views were amazing, and the food was delicious. The cuisine wasn't specifically Spanish- a mixture of Mediterranean and Mexican, but really really tasty. If you prefer a full on Spanish food menu, I would recommend El Puerto, a short walk away from the town overlooking

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