Found on Mallorca’s north coast, Can Picafort is roughly a 50-minute drive from Palma Airport in the south of the island, approximately 62km/38miles.
The resort is situated on the bay of Alcudia and was originally a small fishing village that has been transformed over the years into the popular tourist destination it is today. Not much remains of the old village, and where the fishing boats would have been there is now a marina brimming with private yachts. Although tourists can also arrange various boat trips here.
Like many resorts in Mallorca, Can Picafort is blessed with beaches, most of these offering watersports and good facilities. There are a couple of beaches to the east of the resort by the Son Baulo hotel, which some think are the best in the area. They are backed by a small nature reserve with a stagnant lake, which is the end of a slow watercourse. There is also a little beach beside the west side of the marina in the centre of town.
The main beach at Can Picafort with the promenade partly behind it is to the west of the marina. This beach, made up of fine light sand with shallow waters for wading, is large and connects to the Playa de Muro beach.
The whole stretch of sand runs for approximately 5km/3miles before the Canal de Siurana cuts across the beach to the sea. In places behind this stretch of beach, there are sand dunes and small trees and shrubs which are a relief from the many holiday complexes.
There is a bridge over the canal along the main road. You have to walk inland a few metres to get to it and then back along the other side of the canal to return to the beach. From there, Playa de Muro continues and joins with Alcudia beach. Here, you can walk for another 5km/3miles to Alcudia harbour.
With the exception of the canal, it is possible to walk along the seashore from Can Picafort to Alcudia marina, which is approximately 10km/6miles. For running, the beach doesn’t slope too sharply but the sand is fine and soft, which makes it an energy-sapping 10km – or 20km/12miles if you return. Still, it could be a holiday challenge!
For those who prefer to run, walk or wheel on a firm surface, the spacious promenade is a great option. It stretches from the west of the resort over to the newer Son Baulo side of town to the east. It has a fair amount of restaurants and bars around the marina and is popular with runners. The promenade’s total length is approximately 2.2km/1.36miles from one end to the other. There is a cycle track alongside the promenade, which is great for cycling, inline skating, or using a mobility scooter.
There is also a tourist train that takes passengers from one end of the resort to the other and a bus service which goes to Alcudia, so there isn’t a necessity to run, walk or wheel.
The resort is fairly quiet apart from a couple of nightclubs, and most visitors are entertained in their hotel complexes in the evening.
Karting Can Picafort is situated in the industrial zone of Can Picafort. The race track is 1.6km/1mile long and offers the chance to get the adrenaline of racing with friends or just to practise. They have a wide selection of different go-karts to suit young and old and even karts capable of 90kph/55mph.
They are open for individual or group bookings and have a snack bar and children’s playground.
Rancho Can Picafort is based near the centre of Can Picafort alongside the main road. The horse treks take place around the rural roads, on the beach and along the coast with outstanding views. Prices are per hour and it’s possible to ride for up to three hours.
There are various boat trips on offer in Can Picafort. These start out from the marina in the centre of town. To see what’s on offer, head down to the marina where there are numerous displays with timetables and prices.
There is a local market held every Friday morning in Can Picafort. It is located in the east end of the town near the Son Baulo Hotel. It has typical Mallorcan produce and is of a reasonable size, about 400m in length.
For those who would like to visit a waterpark whilst staying in Can Picafort, one is located in nearby Alcudia. You would have to travel 20 minutes to the Hidropark water park. The waterpark has a good selection of slides and pools including a pool with waves and a number of children’s pools. It also has a mini-golf area and a restaurant.
Son Real is a protected area due to its prehistoric sites and natural environment. It is located in the area of coast between Can Picafort and Son Serra Marina. Some sites date back to medieval times.
There are walking, cycling, and horse-riding routes through the zone. The Son Real Necropolis is situated by the sea and can be accessed via one of the walkways from the Son Baulo beach. Also, it’s possible to access it from the Son Real public estate.
Can Picafort is very close to the S’Albufera Natural Park. This is a bird-rich wetland, which has a visitor reception area with a permanent exhibition and lots of observation boards and hides.
The park is free and the opening times are 9-6 pm from April to September and 9-5 pm for the rest of the year.
You will need a visitor permit to enter and this can be obtained free from the reception centre, open 9-4 pm.
The habitats consist generally of wet grazing fields, reed beds, pools with small avenues, or stands of trees and bushes.
The reserve car park is alongside the main road by the Siurana canal on the Can Picafort side, between Hotel Playa Esperanza and Palace de Muro, along the C712.