If you’re looking for a sun, sea and sand holiday destination in 2017, the aptly-named Cala Bona, or ‘the best bay’ is an excellent choice. With strong competition from other gorgeously sun-drenched bay towns in the area, you know Cala Bona must be something special to earn the title of ‘the best’. A traditional Majorcan fishing village that has evolved over time into a popular tourist destination, Cala Bona is a great option for Majorca holidays. While many holidays in Majorca have a decidedly tourist-attraction feel, the fully-functioning fishing port in Cala Bona is a mark of the area’s heritage and pride in its authentic Majorcan identity. Whether you prefer lounging on the sandy beaches or exploring the winding streets of the village, there is plenty to see and do in Cala Bona for all the family. With stunning natural beauty, clear blue waters and sunny skies, your holiday in Cala Bona is sure to be a memorable one.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 15m
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Cala Bona has a laid-back ambience to make you feel right at home, whether you’ve visited once or keep coming back for more. Unlike many other Majorcan resorts, Cala Bona has kept a great deal of its identity as a Majorcan fishing village, so you won’t find it too busy or crowded. The relaxed atmosphere makes for equally stress-free activities that make use of the area’s natural beauty. Majorca has a fantastic diving scene with diving courses available for all levels of ability, and around 28 diving sites to be explored. These include the beautiful underwater reserve of Cala Ratjada and the iconic caves scatted along the east coast around Cala Bona. If you’d prefer to take in the scenic views and marine life without getting into a wetsuit, opt for a glass bottom boat trip around the jagged coastline. These boat trips take around 3 hours and are a great way of sailing around the eastern coastline, from Cala Bona to Cala Ratjada, Porto Cristo and Cala Romantica among others. There are a number of other enjoyable attractions in the area including the sun-drenched Son Servera golf course, the protected coastline of Punta de n’Amer and the Safari Zoo just a few kilometres away at Cala Millor.
Wine and Dine
There’s no shortage of great restaurants, cafes and bars in Cala Bona, whatever your tastes. You’ll find a wide variety of restaurants here including traditional British cafes, a smattering of international cuisines including Indian, Chinese, Scandinavian and Italian, as well as authentic Majorcan establishments. Cala Bona’s food and drink scene feels similar to a seaside resort in Britain, with plenty of take-aways, kebab and fish and chip shops serving food-to-go as you make your way around the village. Many holidaymakers and locals head to the Harbour for dining, as well as Cala Millor, which both offer an excellent selection of cafes and restaurants with deliciously fresh seafood dishes. As a tourist village, most establishments here cater for children with children’s menus and high-chairs for babies and toddlers.
Tranquil and relaxed, the atmosphere of Cala Bona is ideal for families looking for an intimate and friendly place to stay in Majorca. The most popular attractions for families are the resort’s clean white beaches, many of which are Blue Flag accredited including Cala Millor, Canyamel Beach and Cala Ratjada. With Blue Flag status, you can be sure that a beach is clean and well-maintained, giving you peace of mind. Nearby at Cala Millor is the Fantasy Park outdoor play area, ideal for families with young children. For budding racing drivers, Cala Millor has a kart racing track that is sure to be a hit with children of all ages (and big kids!). If you want to impress your family with something a bit out of the ordinary, try renting a Segway to explore the eastern coast of Majorca. Each tour is led by an experienced and professional multilingual tour guide, complete with a training session and safety briefing. Other family attractions include the Auto Safari Zoo, which has monkeys, giraffes and other zoo favourites, as well as a zoo train and the option to drive around the zoo in your own vehicle.
Action and Adventure
As a relaxed coastal resort, the action in Cala Bona itself is mainly centred around the beaches, coastline and water sports. The waters in the area are clear enough to snorkel and are home to many barracuda shoals, giving some stunning aquatic displays. With a number of snorkelling schools in the area, the calm and clear waters here give a good opportunity to learn if you haven’t snorkelled before. More experienced snorkelers may wish to head out further to spot tuna and goatfish too.
Life's a Beach
With a selection of beaches of all shapes and sizes, Cala Bona is a great choice of holiday destination in Majorca if you love sun, sea and sand. One of the resort’s best beaches is the Cala Millor Beach, a huge Blue Flag beach that’s about 30 metres deep and over a kilometre long. With a promenade at the back of the beach, it’s easy to access all areas of the beach safely, making this a good beach for families and the elderly. To the south of Cala Millor is the protected coastline area of Punta d’Amer, a good place for more active holidaymakers to explore. Other gorgeous Blue Flag beaches in the area include Sa Coma Beach, a pristine white sandy beach, and the Canyamel Beach in North-East Majorca with a lush green hilly backdrop. The wonderful beaches and warm waters of this naturally beautiful area provide the perfect setting for water sports of all varieties, including swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding and boating.
While nightclubs are a major draw in many resorts in Majorca, the lack of nightclubs and discos in Cala Bona is a big attraction to holidaymakers who prefer a more sedate nightlife scene. A lot of the nightlife takes place at the resort’s hotels, but if you take a stroll down to the seafront, you’ll find karaoke, live entertainment, quiz nights and bingo similar to many British pubs. While there are no clubs in the village, there are several pubs and bars to choose from, all of which have a relaxed atmosphere and affordable prices. These include Janet Johns, famous for its great cocktails, the Rope and Anchor, a casual pub that’s popular with the locals, and The Pub, a cosy bar with tasty cocktails and a good choice of drinks for all the family. If you prefer to spend your days in the tranquillity of Cala Bona but want the option of fun night out, simply head to nearby Cala Millor, which has a few nightlife venues for dancing the night away. Palace Q is the most popular disco in Cala Millor, a split-level club with a smart casual dress code. With a mixture of Spanish and European pop and dance music, the Palace Q and Disco Karussell have a fun and welcoming atmosphere that is great for holidaymakers.
The clean white sandy beaches and warm blue waters of Cala Bona make it the ideal destination for holidaying couples. Whether you’re looking forward to spending time together relaxing on the beach or want to impress your significant other with a boat trip of the scenic coastline, Cala Bona is a great choice for spending some quality time together. There are plenty of lovely restaurants, cafes and bars dotted along the coastline and at the harbour. More active couples will enjoy the water sports on offer, including swimming and diving, while those who prefer a more laid back trip on the water can opt for a boat trip. Whether you’re a younger couple that don’t enjoy the bustle of a busy nightlife scene, or a retired couple that enjoy leisurely dining and dining on the harbourfront, Cala Bona has lots to do for couples of all ages.
The warm, welcoming and vibrant culture of Majorca is embodied in Cala Bona, with a blend of traditional Majorcan heritage and diversity brought from tourism. As Cala Bona has kept a firm grip on its original character and culture, you will still see plenty of fishermen cleaning their boats in the harbour and soak up the warm hospitality of the locals when you go for a meal at a local pub or restaurant. The culture here is all about enjoying the simple pleasures in life, making you feel a million miles away from everyday worries. The village has a relaxed yet lively atmosphere, whether you are enjoying an al fresco meal, browsing the local shops or taking a stroll along the beach.