Can Picafort – A Story of Transformation


It is well known that Can Picafort is directly related to its urbanistic development in these last 30 years, but it’s also true that Can Picafort is a spot full of history.

Located nearby sites of Bronze Era, the first known significant settlement of the area takes us back to VII century before Christ, like archaeological remains shown us on the S’illot d’es Porros or the cemetery of Phoenicians.

The tasks of conservation have discovered important findings in both necropolis and the access has been allowed to visitors. Today, Son Bauló is one of the most highly valued beach of Mallorca and is located inside of the Natural protected area of special interest of Son Real.

The most recent history of Can Picafort has only one century. At that moment, Can Picafort was a small fishing village that subsisted thanks to agriculture and fishery. At that time, having farmland provided richness, in fact, by that time, huge amounts of costal lands were for sale. The Mallorcans that bought those lands have now a huge fortune. And back to the beginning of the century some rich families from Santa Margalida moved to Can Picafort. One of these families bought the land from Jeroni Fuster, alias Picafort, one of those fisherman’s houses, and the former owner gave the name to the town, Can Picafort.

Until the 70’s, Can Picafort had 200 citizens. These first families set the basis of Can Picafort development, and now has become one of the more interesting touristic spots of the island, mainly for German and English people, but you also can find tourists from all around the world.

Walking in Can Picafort

While walking in Can Picafort you will find red and white towels that it immediately catches your eyes. Those construction are distributed uniformly in all the coast. These towels were constructed from the 40’s until the 70’s and were military constructions used by the marine for submarine firing practice in the Alcudia bay.

An illustration of the town respect for its history is that one of those towels is now in just on the town center just in the middle of a street and the cars have to border it to circulate.

Furthermore, the growing tourism in Can Picafort resulted in an increasing better tourist offer at all levels: gastronomy, shops, sea activities, beach clubs in Ses Casetes des Capellans.

However, it is worthy to visit its beaches and all the activities in the beaches. One of the best ones is the Son Bauló beach, located between Can Picafort and Son Serra de Marina where there is no one on the beach in the August month. But if you prefer crowded beaches your best choice is Muro beach, just at the North of Can Picafort.

Close to Can Picafort is located Son Serra de Marina, this town has not grown as Can Picafort does, but its population grow in summer time because of Mallorcans have placed their second residence there. Son Serra de Marina has 3 beaches and has become a place of pilgrimage for surfers.

Decades ago, Can Picafort beaches were totally virgin, full of bushes. These last years, the town council has enabled the area to give better access to tourists and show a gentle and comfortable side of the beaches.

Turism in Can Picafort

In these day there is a family tourism, because Can Picafort is away from big city concentrations and it’s surrounded by nature.

One of the growing demands of tourists is to rent a boat in Can Picafort. The Alcudia bay, and specially Can Picafort offers all the possibilities that the sea lovers search: beautiful landscapes, sea, cute towns, and the most important, crystal clear waters.

As a proof of that, the Can Picafort Nautical club has increased the number of moorings from 80 to 450 in the last years.

The middle age tourist with middle/high purchasing power has increased the number of boats rented in the Alcudia bay. Some of the experimented sailors like to rent boats with license to enjoy with their family the Alcudia bay by sea.

However, the offer that the young tourists like the most is the boat rental without license, that provides them freedom amazing experiences without needing to have a boat license.

Navigating in Alcudia bay is something that the tourist should experience at least once in their lifetime. The chance of visiting spots difficult to access on foot, enjoying the Tramuntana line of Mountains and the Levante line of Mountains at the same time or having a bath on a sunset is our best recommendation to do in Can Picafort.