Located on the north east of Mallorca lies the beautiful resort of Can Picafort, perfect for a relaxing beach holiday. Transforming from a small fishing village into a well-established tourist setting, Can Picafort boasts a spectacular 3km stretch of soft golden sand and lively beachside promenade lined with restaurants and cocktail bars.
About Can Picafort
Situated within the municipality of Santa Margalida, Can Picafort’s location within the vast, stunning Alcudia Bay benefits from a lovely sandy beach in addition to stunning views across the rocky Cabo del Pinar landscape. Across its promenade and towards the centre of town you will find Paseo Colón, the main avenue of C’an Picafort which is filled with shops and restaurants.
With bright turquoise waters and plenty of space on the beach, visitors can relax at one of the many sunloungers and parasols for hire and enjoy a plethora of watersports, including scuba diving and windsurfing.
Can Picafort has emerged as a popular destination for tourists, where there are a wide range of amenities and actives to enjoy from shopping, archaeology and sports. During the summer season, the resort experiences an influx of tourists from all over the world, who choose Can Picafort for its excellent offering for a holiday.
The municipality is characterised by the flatness of its terrain, comprising of a beautiful coastline and lush inland areas. Can Picafort is also located next to many archaeological sites, including the Talaiot of Sa Nineta, Es Figueral de Son Real, Sa Punta and Son Bauló.
How to get there
Can Picafort is located around 60km from Palma, where a journey by car will take you approximately an hour. Visitors can also take advantage of Mallorca’s excellent public transport system in addition to moving easily through the resort with buses, a train and taxis.
Activities in Can Picafort
S’Albufera is the largest wetland of the Balearic Islands, separated from the sea by dunes. With an expansive surface area made up of mainly wet grassland and marsh, the Park lies within the municipalities of Muro and Sa Pobla. The origins of the wetland date back to ancient times, and its surface area and features have fluctuated with changing sea levels.
In the district of Son Bauló lies a small protected natural area called Son Real, a natural and historical treasure. In its 395 hectares, you can find a set of ecosystems, dune areas and juniper pine forests, ancient quarries of sand, towers, as well as some important archaeological excavation.
The area is rich in wildlife where you will see species such as turtles, red pheasants, hares, rabbits, weasels, dormice and algerian hedgehogs. In addition, there are also ample walking and cycling routes to choose from where you can rent bicycles and binoculars.
There are several examples of intriguing archaeological sites, with traces of the Pre-Talayotic, Talayotic, Roman, Islamic and Medieval eras. These remains make up a highly significant part of Mallorca’s archaeological heritage, above all thanks to the two prehistoric necropolises, S’Illot de’s Porros and Punta des Fenicis, in the Pre-Talayotic village of Es Figueral.
The area is attractive to those with a passion for cycling, where the north of Mallorca has become an epicentre of activity thanks to its varied terrain and beauty. There are over 50 kilometres of roads suitable for practising this type of sport, which connect up to the rest of the island’s network, being a paradise for both budding sportsmen and professional teams.
Can Picafort is one of the most highly-recommended settings for a spot of hiking, thanks to its situation between two natural parks, S’Albufera and Son Real. As well as several routes on offer, Can Picafort was the first Nordic Walking municipality and has recently inaugurated an urban park.
Enthusiasts of golf will be pleased to know that Can Picafort has six first-class courses less than 30 kilometres away. These include Pollença, Alcanada, Capdepera, Pula, Son Servera and Canyamel.
The stunning Alcanada Golf Club is situated on Mallorca’s northern coast near Alcúdia. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., it has won awards as the best golf club in Spain and Europe. While playing golf here you have an amazing view of the Alcanada lighthouse and Bay of Alcúdia.
Another fantastic golf course in the north of the island is Golf Pollensa. José Gancedo designed the course, which opened in 1986. This golf club has a renowned golf academy, collaborating with Jamie Knight Golf Pro.
Sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing and diving are some of the most common sports you can practise in the waters of Can Picafort. Jet skis and pedal boats are also available to hire from plethora of exclusion operators . You can also continue the fun being dragged behind a boat on an inflatable banana ride and there is also a large inflatable fun zone situated in the water for the entire family to enjoy.
Bars & Beach clubs
Can Picafort’s promenade is a pedestrianised zone running the length of the waterfront, packed with lively restaurants and bars. There is also a wonderful selection of beach clubs in the area, where you can enjoy a tempting cocktail with a plate of delicious food.
Markets and Fairs
In Can Picafort there is a market which takes place every Friday morning. A small market is also held nearby in Plaza de la Vil, which offers everything from fruit, clothes, craft items and flowers. This market takes place every Tuesday and Saturday from 9:00 to just before lunch.
The nearby town of Santa Margalida has an important gastronomic landmark, the Almond Fair, where visitors can discover its importance in the island’s food industry and which also has a wonderful craft market where you can buy a variety of products.
Beaches in Can Picafort
Playa de Ca’n Picafort is comprised of a beautiful long expanse of soft white sand and crystal clear waters. The beach has an array of sun loungers and parasols to rent, allowing you to lie back and enjoy a splendid day beside the sea.
This beach can become busy during the summer months, being family friendly and packed with amenities. If you need a little more space walk along the beach towards the more relaxed Playa de Muro which is much less crowded thanks to it being backed by sand dunes rather than shops.