A small village on the southeast coast of the island of yacht charter Mallorca, the Colonia Sant Jordi is said to be less commercial than the heralded Cala San Vincente. Also known as Port de Campos, this is the main coastal development in the Ses Salines district which is itself located in the extreme southeastern corner of the island.
Despite being under 50km from Palma and the airport, the trip to Colonia Sant Jordi takes sometimes even more than one hour due to traffic and the generally poor condition of the road in this part of the island. Maybe it’s for this fact that the resort is not present on any tourist operator’s package. That means that the resort can be considered somewhat of an undiscovered gem. Most of the people who come here have found out about this place either by coming here on previous locations or by word of mouth.
This means that the yacht charter Colonia Sant Jordi is very tranquil, originally established in 1879 as a fishing colony. For this reason alone, many of the locals think of this as a new town, despite the fact that most of the tourist developments started out in the 60s and 70s. From that time the town has undergone a slow but steady and controlled development.
The original fishing harbor still exists and every morning there is a ferry which operates trips to the neighboring island of Cabrera, a tiny rock island whose name literally translates to “Goat Island” which is a national park. This is a great place to visit if you have a yacht charter available, since the island’s history is very tumultuous, ranging from pirate hideout to prisoner camp during the Napoleonic wars. It’s also a lovely sail, but you’ll need prior permission to moor here, and only 50 boats max can harbor here every day.
The locals hold a weekly produce market every Wednesday afternoon. This is a nice opportunity for yacht charter crews to stock up on some fresh produce, but if you miss them, you can find the sellers the next day at the market over in Ses Salines.
Another thing definitely worth visiting is the neighboring Botanicactus garden, which incidentally represents the largest botanical garden in Euroep (150,000 sq mi) and the only navigable lake in the Balearic Islands. The name comes from the over 1000 species of cacti being grown here, including a 300 year-old specimen from Arizona.