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Colonia Sant Jordi

Colonia Sant Jordi

Colonia Sant Jordi – lively resort on the south coast of Mallorca

The resort of Colonia Sant Jordi on the south coast of Mallorca comes across as young, modern and stylish to its guests. It is located in the municipality of Ses Salines between the villages of Santanyi and Campos and is a lively tourist centre that grew up from a small fishing village. Thanks to its proximity to beautiful beaches such as Es Trenc, Es Dolç and Es Carbó, the coastal town sits at the top table of Mallorcan resorts nowadays. The picturesque coastal landscape with its flat cliffs, the small islands and beautiful bays have all added to the appeal of Colonia Sant Jordi.

With nearly 3,000 people resident in the resort of Colonia Sant Jordi it is the most populated settlement in the municipality of Ses Salines. The main source of income in recent decades has been tourism. Hotels and apartment complexes near the beach are more designed for package tourism.

Colonia Sant Jordi in Mallorca

If you are looking for peace and quiet, choose a small boutique hotel just a little inland or for a holiday home on the outskirts of the village. One particular highlight is Hotel Font Santa. The exclusive 5-star hotel has a huge spa and wellness area, whose swimming pools are fed by the only thermal spring on Mallorca.

History of Colonia Sant Jordi
The history of Colonia Sant Jordi can be traced back to the Bronze Age. Building ruins from the 9th century BC bear witness to the early Talayot culture. Nearby Ses Salines is home to the ruins of the Talaiotic settlement of Es Antigors. The so-called Talaiots are prehistoric towers. The best-preserved building bears the name "Joana". Punic merchants set up the Salines de Sant Jordi in the 4th century BC.

The plants were used for salt production and were later in operation during Roman rule. Even today, salt is still mined on this stretch of coast.

Sant Jordi salt

At the edge of the saltworks stands the remains of a fortress bastion from the 15th century. the fort of S'Estany was built as a defence against pirate attacks, which were commonplace in the late Middle Ages. In the immediate vicinity of this defensive structure we can see S'Acall, another piece of 14th century construction. Today Colonia Sant Jordi is a lively tourist destination with a wide range of leisure and entertainment facilities.

Heavenly beaches in Colonia Sant Jordi
The beautiful sandy beaches around Colonia Sant Jordi contribute significantly to the fact that the resort is one of the most popular destinations on Mallorca's south coast. The picturesque natural beach of Es Trenc starts in the village. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and is seven kilometres long. In bright sunshine the fine-grained sand looks snow-white and the turquoise blue of the sea creates a breath-taking contrast. No hotels may be built on the beach at Es Trenc. There are nudist sections and umbrellas and sunbeds are available in many places.

As well as Es Trenc there are other enchanting beaches awaiting you. The 160 m long Platja d'es Port starts right at the harbour. Here you will find a wide range of leisure activities. You can rent pedal boats and motor boats and snorkel on the coast.

On the eastern edge of Colonia Sant Jordi you will find Es Dolç, which also boasts the finest pearly-white sand. The beach is bordered by a pine grove there is a parasol and beach chairs rental on site opportunities. If you want to combine a trip to the beach with a short hike, look for the 1.5 km long bay Es Carbó. From the harbour you walk about 30 minutes to the magical sandy beach with its crystal-clear waters.

Activities and excursions in Colonia Sant Jordi
Colonia Sant Jordi is a classic destination for water sports enthusiasts. Motor boats of all shapes and sizes can be rented out in the port of the resort. In particular, the cooler spring months of March and April are ideal for long bike rides. A mountain bike is idea to explore the coastline; sandy beaches and dirt tracks that the region is renowned for.

Walking along the coastal circular route by the sea is the perfect way to get acquainted with Colonia Sant Jordi. It takes about 1.5 hours in total to do the walk after starting from the harbour to the Hotel Marques. Colonia Sant Jordi is a tourist spot but is not famed for its nightlife. Numerous bars and nightclubs can, however, be found in neighbouring Cala d'Or.

The Cabrera Archipelago off the south coast of Mallorca is an attractive destination. The islands can be reached as part of a trip, departing from the port of Colonia Sant Jordi. One particular highlight of the archipelago is the "Blue Grotto" on the main island. It is a sea grotto that can only be reached by water.

The day trip boats take in natural paradise as they make their way to and from the archipelago. Before you join the excursion, it is worth visiting the Archipiélago de Cabrera National Park information centre. There you will get interesting insights into the flora and fauna of the island world. If you want to explore the spectacular underwater world off Mallorca's southern coast, you can join a guided diving expedition offered at the Pacos Diving Centre. The powerful motorboats can take you out to over 20 diving sites.

Restaurants in Colonia Sant Jordi
As a tourist resort on the Mallorcan coast, it is little surprise that Colonia Sant Jordi has a considerable number of restaurants and cafes. Among the most popular haunts is the restaurant "Sal de Cocó", which is located directly on the harbour. While you enjoy delicious Mediterranean fare on rustic wooden tables, you can take in the view of the lively quayside.

Restaurante Es Pinaret opens its doors from March to October. The German owned finca restaurant with its charming garden offers a sumptuous menu where Mediterranean dishes such as shoulder of lamb and sea bream with spinach sit effortlessly alongsode Asian salmon or scallops with mushrooms. The owner, Elvira, is something of a painter and displays her own easel work in the garden.

With live music, cocktails and a relaxed atmosphere, Café Es Punt on Avenida Primavera is a popular spot. Live acts perform on Friday nights. There is a covered terrace and a counter with bar stools in the outdoor area.

Lovers of Mallorcan cuisine should not miss a visit to the Sa Foganya restaurant. The focus is on juicy grilled specialties and tapas. Those who do not like rib eye steak with herb butter will find tasty alternatives on the menu such as turkey medallions or roasted black tiger prawns.

Port Blau is one of the most traditional restaurants in Colonia Sant Jordi. Since 1965 it has delighted the palate of the guests with Catalan and Mallorcan delicacies. Fish dishes and seafood such as lobster stew or grilled monkfish are the main culinary highlights.

We hope that this article has piqued your interest in the lively resort of Colonia Sant Jordi. Why not spend your next holiday in the former fishing village and discover the magical coastal regions on the south coast of Mallorca?