Portixol (Molinar) – former fishing village has enjoyed significant investment and improvements over the years, to become one of Palma’s coolest hang-outs and most sought after suburbs. Its proximity to the city centre and airport make it a prime location and its mix of smart restaurants and bohemian bars make it a hot-spot for visitors and residents alike.
Portixol lies on the outskirts of Palma, but is actually only a couple of kilometres from the cathedral, easy to walk or cycle using the dedicated traffic-free promenade. This boardwalk really is the heart of this community and gives the area a free spirited atmosphere as inline-skaters weave between dog walkers and cyclists watched by the drinkers and diners who cram the busy frontline of bars and restaurants.
Portixol is on the coast so there are several beaches to choose from. Playa de Palma beach to the east and although the sand is not as light or fine, it is often cleaner. Can Pere Antoni, towards Palma on the other side of the harbour is a larger beach. Or head the other way, east to Ciutat Jardi for a longer stretch of sand.
The single biggest attraction in Portixol is the beautiful chaos around the promenade which stretches for 16 km connecting Portixol and Es Molinar with Palma on one side and El Arenal on the other.
Apart from eating, drinking and enjoying the beach there is plenty of encouragement to be active in Portixol. If you don’t feel confident enough for roller-blading or skate-boarding you could hire a bicycle or Segway and explore the coast line.
The night life in Portixol can also be very lively, especially during peak season. As with many fashionable locations, venues do come and go quite quickly, but there is usually a good choice of different bars and clubs to choose from.