A place for those seeking a touch of sophistication, this Majorcan resort is a little glimpse of how the island was in the past.
In this town, cobbled streets lead you to alfresco restaurants where the smell of freshly cooked seafood lingers in the air. Take your pick from the quiet beaches or get your blood pumping with an array of thrilling water sports. Cala D’Or holidays are a chance for families to come together, or a romantic retreat for couples seeking the sun.
White-washed villas and a temperate climate make this resort a picturesque destination in the Mediterranean. The weather is consistently good in Cala D’Or, with more hours of sunshine and more predictable weather than the west coast of Majorca. If you visit outside of peak season you will find a much quieter stay, while if you do visit in the height of summer, the best option is to rent a villa and enjoy your own private beach.
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One of the most attractive holiday resorts on the island of Majorca, you’ll find countless things to do in Cala d’Or that make this destination a perfect family holiday venue for the summer. And it is the summer when this resort comes alive, possessing a vibrant atmosphere consisting of holidaymakers ducking into boutiques, bars and restaurants.
Down by the water at the marina you’ll find a glitz to the resort, with yachts and chartered boats floating in against a blue sky backdrop. Of course it is the beaches that are the most embraceable of Cala d’Or’s attractions – fine sands and clear waters await you allowing you to sunbathe, go for a swim or engage in some water sports.
Ideal for families looking to explore Majorca, Cala D’Or has the delightful neighbouring towns of Cala Egos and Cala Ferrera. A mini train takes visitors to different parts of the island which can also be great fun for families. If you're looking for another resort that offers scenic walks and outdoors activities, look no further than Llucmajor, near Palma.
A major reason people choose a Cala d’Or holiday is that the area has no high rise hotels, making it much prettier than other big towns on the island. With only a 45 minute journey to Palma airport, it’s no wonder so many families are picking this resort as their favourite chill-out area in Majorca.
Ice cream, seafood and international fare will dominate your diet here, and while the resort isn’t the best place to get a traditional taste of Spain, you won’t go hungry or be disappointed with what’s on offer.
The best place to find some tasty and refreshing ice cream is at Cala d’Ice which offers a multitude of flavours by the water. For some decent Italian grub you should check out Da Marcello Pizza e Pasta, while for a taste of the Mediterranean head to Restaurante la Hacienda and tuck into some fresh seafood. If you need to find a little bit of Spanish flavour, La Bodega does decent tapas.
There are some great Cala d’Or attractions suitable for families, whether found in and around the resort or further afield. A great activity for the whole family to engage in is hiring a boat and exploring the Mediterranean waters. The kids will love flying along through the waves, while mum and dad will enjoy exploring the expansive coastline of the beautiful island. Back in the centre of the resort, there is a great 18-hole crazy golf course that will trigger some family fun, or arguing depending on your skill and frustration levels.
For a family day out, heading towards the resort of Arenal will allow you to pay a visit to the fantastic Aqualand el Arenal, an expansive water park complex boasting numerous thrilling slides and relaxing pools.
You’ll encounter many active things to do in Cala d’Or, especially along the seafront where there are a multitude of watersports on offer to holidaymakers. Around the marina you’ll find some great sailing opportunities, whether you want to hire your own yacht or have a skipper take you out on the water.
Nearby is the Parc Natural de Mondrago, a stunning area of natural beauty that makes for a great day trip. Around the area you’ll be treated to some great walking opportunities in the surrounding woodland, while the beach at the park is one of the finest in the whole of Majorca.
If you fancy getting under the water during your stay in the resort, you’ll encounter a couple of great diving schools that will get you exploring beneath the waves, whether you’re getting your diving qualifications for the first time, or you’re an experienced diver looking to explore a new underwater realm.
If you’re looking to relax, you’ll be glad to know that there are many things to do in Cala d’Or to help get your batteries recharged. One of the easiest and cheapest forms of relaxation will be found along the beaches. Picking a delightful spot on the sand and kipping under the sun with an ocean soundtrack will get you on your way.
You may not even have to leave your hotel to get some much needed R and R. A number of the hotels boast some great spa facilities, whether it is a refreshing swimming pool, hot tub or sauna. Others offer massage and treatments, ensuring that you return home from your trip to Cala d’Or feeling completely refreshed.
Cala D’or is relatively compact, meaning you are never far from the shops or views of the Mediterranean Ocean. Take your pick from the plush resorts in the area; many of which have private pools to cool off in during the day.
You can find more secluded accommodation near to the marina, where there are plenty of white-washed villas to rent. If you’d prefer to be a stone’s throw from the sand, head to Cala Gran Beach. The hotels in this area are located right next to this attractive cove which is one of the best beaches on the island.
While the nightlife in Cala d’Or is fairly sedate in comparison to other towns and resorts across Majorca, you’ll still find a fair dose of action around the resort, mainly in the form of charming and vibrant bars. Most of the options tend to cater for a crowd looking to enjoy some relaxing drinks in the evening. Betty’s Music Bar is a particularly good joint, serving up refreshing drinks and hosting a live singer every night. Meanwhile, Quarterdeck Bar boasts some great coastal views and plays a decent range of music.
For a more upbeat night out, head to the capital of Mallorca, Palma. Here you’ll discover a great range of bars to suit all tastes as well as a few large clubs that will keep you partying until the early hours. For an even more debauched night, pay a visit to Magaluf, with its infamous drinking and party scene.
Cala d’Or is a romantic place for your adventures as a couple. Whether it is doing something adventurous like scuba diving or quiet, simple walks in beautiful countryside, this is a lovely place to visit as a couple. If you want to try something that will give you unique shared memories and a chance to get your camera out, try a hot air balloon ride. The rides start at sunrise and last about 90 minutes with gorgeous views over Majorca. Take a sailing trip out across the sea for a memorable adventure or hire bikes and cycle the many bicycle trails on the resort before stopping somewhere beautiful for a romantic picnic.
Majorca is a lively place and has a love of celebrations of many kinds. Carnival is big in Majorca, the biggest held just before Lent at the end of March and featuring many extravagant costumes and processions with celebrations continuing into the night and across the island. Throughout the summer months and in different towns across the island there are many food and flower fairs where you can find locally produced food and drink as well as plants and flowers. This is an excellent place to see authentic Majorcan culture first hand and get stuck into local life. At the end of June, the big celebration is the festival of St John the Baptist, celebrating his birth and featuring fireworks, bonfires on the beach and amazing costumes of demonic figures and music. The festival coincides with midsummer and fires serve to celebrate this and drive away the darkness.
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