From the Boat to Our Table – via Porto Cristo Fish Market

When we started looking at properties for sale in rural Mallorca, we’d already decided that we wanted to be able to reach the coast fairly easily from our future home.  Mallorca isn’t a very large island so this wasn’t much of a restriction.

From our finca in the Mallorcan countryside we can drive to the coast to the north or east of our home within 25 minutes. One of the several seaside places we enjoy going to is Porto Cristo – Manacor’s port.

Porto Cristo is bustling in the summer – and not just with holidaymakers from abroad. Many citizens of Manacor own second homes here in the port and relocate themselves to their seaside homes – only some 11 kilometres away – during July and August. When we first heard about this we were quite amused: people we’ve known in the UK with second homes usually had to travel a long way to reach them – either in the air or on Britain’s clogged-up motorways.  Folks here may travel only around 15 minutes to reach their home-from-home.

Summer at the Seaside

We don’t blame the Manacor folks for moving to the coast. During the two hottest summer months many businesses in Manacor itself close at lunchtime and don’t reopen until the following day. People who relocate to Porto Cristo may have further to travel to work in Manacor but, when the day’s (or half day’s) work is done, they can beetle back to the port for the cooling sea breezes.

Porto Cristo is in party mode for the Festes del Carme each July. Events during the week include a seafood fair (this year on Monday, 7th) and a late-night weekend firework display that never fails to delight the crowds lining the port. These are two events we – and apparently the entire population of Porto Cristo and Manacor – attend every year.

This morning we had an appointment in Porto Cristo. Afterwards, we achieved something we’ve meant to do since we moved to Mallorca: we bought a fish at the small harbour fish market.  You only notice the place is there because a few weathered fishermen are usually hanging around outside. The fish market is open six mornings a week and, in summer, for an hour in the early evening. We’d always thought you had to buy fish in bulk here but, no, they are happy to sell individual fish too.

Wind and rough seas had limited the catch today, but we chose a good-looking Cap Roig (also known as a Red Scorpion fish). We’ve eaten this fish in restaurants, but never cooked – or cleaned – one. I was pleased that one of the lingering fishermen volunteered to gut it for me.  Now all I have to do is cook it this evening . . .

Get your fresh fish here!

Get your fresh fish here!

Fresh from the Med

Fresh from the Med

Jan Edwards Copyright 2014

4 thoughts on “From the Boat to Our Table – via Porto Cristo Fish Market

  1. It’s eerie that we too have moved here recently and also in the Porto cristo area.
    Your comments are too true, the area is relatively still mallorcan and the people are so friendly.
    We are looking forward to lots of this years festivities and also their wonderful food.
    Haven’t found the fish market yet but not in the harbour very early.
    So will now rise with the lovely sunrise that has been around for several days now.

    • Good to hear from you Sharran – and I hope you’ll be very happy in this lovely part of Mallorca. The Cap Roig was delicious, by the way!

  2. Jan, a little aside here…lm pretty sure all those years ago, Porto Cristo was where l ate a dodgy Burger King burger and was sick as a dog for the next few hours! Oh the pain the pain! Never again! Mind you, l wouldnt mind going back in time to being 30 again…sigh..x

    • :-(( Burger King is still there in Porto Cristo. Bloomin’ places are everywhere. Never eaten one, as I’m not keen on burgers anyway, but they seem to do a brisk trade! Nothing worse than food poisoning . . .

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