Cala Blava is a small, tranquil resort located on the eastern shores of the Bay of Palma. Just a 15-minute drive from Palma, Majorca's charming capital, this peaceful spot is ideal for relaxed holidays in the sun. Most visitors come to soak up the tranquility and enjoy the gorgeous little beach, but, if you're in the mood for more nightlife or a bigger choice of shops or restaurants, you'll find the popular resorts of El Arenal (S'Arenal in Mallorquí) and C'an Pastilla just down the road. And, of course, lovely Palma, with its historic city centre, and wealth of museums, boutiques and galleries, is within easy reach if you want some big city attractions.
Most popular hotels in Cala Blava
Ola Club Maioris Hotel
Cala Blava, Majorca
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- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 2h 15m
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Cala Blava is arranged around a lovely little beach, tucked into a small cove. There are lots of pretty little coves along this stretch of rugged coastline, that you can explore on foot or by kakak. The small resort has just a handful of hotels and apartment complexes, with a sprinkling of restaurants and bars. For more action, head to nearby El Arenal, which has a huge choice of restaurants and cafés, plus lots of nightlife. It's also home to one of the largest waterparks in Majorca, Aqualand El Arenal. You could also spend the day in C'an Pastilla, which has some of the best beaches on the bay - more than two miles of golden strands, in fact - as well as a bunch of family-friendly attractions.
Cala Blava is a small resort, with just a handful of cafés and restaurants, many of which are found in the hotels and apartment complexes. You’ll find a much wider choice in the neighbouring resorts of El Arenal and C’an Pastilla, which are much larger. You’ll find all the major fast food chains to restaurants serving Spanish, British, Indian, and Chinese cuisine, but you won’t want to miss the chance to tuck into traditional Majorcan specialities. These include plenty of fresh seafood, fideuà, which is similar to paella but uses tiny noodles instead of rice, along with grilled and roast meats, such as pork and lamb. For breakfast, don’t miss the classic local pastry, the ensaïmada. You’ll also find lots of local cheeses and embutits (charcuterie), which are perfect for picnics.
The fine sand and shallow waters make the Cala Blava beach a good option for families with young kids. Slightly older kids will enjoy jumping off the low, flat rocks that stretch along the coast into the pristine, blue seas. These rocks also shelter a wealth of marine creatures, which kids will enjoy spotting with a snorkel. There are bigger beaches, and plenty of family-friendly attractions in nearby El Arenal, which also has a very popular water park. Kids will also enjoy a visit to Palma, the island capital, which has narrow, largely pedestrianized streets to scramble around, a palace to explore, and lots of atmospheric cafés for hot chocolate and churros (delicious fried dough strips) or ice cream.
Action & Adventure
Cala Blava is a tiny little bay, but its beautifully unspoilt coastline is fantastic for snorkelling and scuba diving. There is a wider range of water sports available in the bigger resorts of El Arenal and C’an Pastilla, which are located just up the coast. You could try paddle-boarding, water-skiing, kite-surfing or simply rent a kayak to explore the little coves that dot the coast. Majorca has some outstanding walking routes: some of the best of them, including the wonderful GR221 Ruta de Pedra en Sec (the ‘dry stone wall route’), are found in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. There’s also a skydiving and hang-gliding centre about an hour’s drive away in Alcudia in the north of Majorca.
Cala Blava's main beach is a sandy golden curve, with rocky outcrops hugging the pristine turquoise waters. Much of this stretch of coast is protected, and is ruggedly beautiful, making it awesome for snorkelling, diving and exploring. You can enjoy some stunning sunsets from the cliffs above the beach. There are larger beaches in the nearby resorts of El Arenal and C'an Pastilla, which both feature a host of amenities, including sunbed and parasol rental, lifeguard posts, and every imaginable facility for water sports, whether you want to go water-skiing or scuba diving.
You won’t find much in the way of nightlife in tiny Cala Blava, although there is a handful of bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a relaxed evening drink. Or you could even take a picnic up to the cliffs and watch the sun set over a bottle of wine. For serious nightlife, you’ll need to head to the nearby resort of El Arenal, which is packed with bars, cafés and clubs where you can dance all night long. There are more options in Palma, the island capital, including some of the stylish beach bars and clubs where you can sprawl on lounge beds and listen to DJs as you gaze out over the bay.
Cala Blava is an idyllic spot for a romantic holiday, if you’re seeking peace and quiet. The tiny bay, set in a stretch of beautiful and unspoilt coastline, is a delight, ideal for relaxing and soaking up the sunshine. There isn’t much in the way of restaurants and nightlife, but you’ll have all the facilities and services you could want in the bigger resorts of El Arenal and C’an Pastilla which are just a short drive or bus-ride away. And the enchanting capital of Palma is perfect for a romantic stroll, with its cobbled streets, pretty squares and stylish bars and cafés.
Most of the main cultural attractions in this part of Majorca are concentrated in the beautiful city of Palma. The ancient streets of the historic quarter wind around a handsome Gothic cathedral, which overlooks the sea front. You’ll also find some elegant squares, some charming Modernista (the local version of Art Nouveau) mansions, and a very impressive Royal Palace. You could also visit the excellent contemporary art museum, set in a 16th-century fortress that enjoys amazing views, or head out to see the studio and museum dedicated to the world-famous artist Joan Miró.