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Nudist Beaches in Manacor

Manacor

The town of Manacor is situated slightly inland in the south east of Majorca. It is about 40 minutes drive from Palma de Majorca airport and as of yet there is no public transport between the two. The airport has car hire companies, booking in advance is always the safer option, or there are many taxis outside the terminal that will take you to your destination. Once a Roman port area, Manacor is steeped in history with remnants indicating it was first occupied between 2000-1200 BC. The nearby coastal town of Porto Cristo has an interesting story to tell, folklore has it that an icon of Christ, being transported to Palma by ox wagon, gave the original village its new name of Porto Cristo due to the fact that the exhausted oxen, having reached this point, refused to venture any further and the travellers had to leave the icon where it stood.

Manacor has a very diverse economy, including a large agricultural production of livestock, grains and cereals, grapes, figs and almonds. The area is also known for its furniture, pottery and textile manufacturing, and above all, its famous artificial pearls. Unlike many of the towns and villages of Spain’s islands that rely mainly on tourism, Manacor’s various other industries are important contributors to Majorca’s economy.

The town lies in a shallow valley with a Gothic style church at its centre, recognisable from a distance due to its soaring spires. There is a great selection of shops, boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants throughout its tree lined streets and squares. Visitors keen on sports will not be disappointed as the town has a good choice of sports centres and facilities. Spain’s loveable tennis star Rafael Nadal and his uncle, Barcelona football player Miguel Angel Nadal are both from Manacor. Just a few kilometres from the town are a selection of picturesque beaches, many of which have been awarded Blue Flag Status. The beach at the nearby resort of Porto Cristo can get very busy during the summer months so for quieter and more secluded beaches head along the coast where there are some real gems, including 9 official nudist beaches in Manacor.

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