This pretty, exclusive north-coast village is a million miles away from the frenetic fun of Majorca’s most notorious resort, Magaluf. Of course, it still enjoys the same balmy Balearic weather, beautiful beaches and all the charms of Mediterranean island life.
Cala San Vicente has roots as a fishing village. The mountains of the Sierra de Tramuntana separate it from the busy south coast, and that has helped protect the area’s traditional character. You might want to check out the range’s stellar reputation as a cycling testing ground on your 2019 holiday in Cala San Vicente.
On the doorstep you’ll find Pollenca, one of Majorca’s most beautiful and historic towns, and there are more attractions, and another beautiful old town to explore further along the coast at Alcudia.
There’s something for everyone on Majorca, from Lycra-clad sports nuts to romance-seeking couples, and Cala San Vicente is a great north-coast perch from which to explore them.
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Cala San Vicente, Majorca
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Your holiday to Cala San Vicente includes a trio of varying beach options right on your doorstep. You can also travel to either Alcudia or Puerto Pollensa for more choice on a coast that tends towards the rocky and dramatic. If you want to really enjoy that side of things then head to Cap Formentor, where a lighthouse keeps ships away from jagged cliffs.
There are more dramatic landscapes inland, with the peaks and gorges of the Serra de Tramuntana well worth exploring on foot, bike or by car.
This part of Majorca is not as developed as the south coast, but Alcudia has a pretty good water park alongside a beautiful old town. History is an underappreciated side of this sunny holiday island, and you’ll find even more in Pollenca, where the 265-step ascent to the Calvario Chapel will give you a beautiful view of the layout of this Roman town.
While Cala San Vicente is pretty quiet on the gastronomic front, Puerto Pollenca has a huge restaurant scene serving a demanding clientele a dazzling variety of international food styles. But you can go certainly go local if you want to. Majorca is an off-shore outpost of Catalonia, and the Catalan food revolution is being felt on the island, which can now boast a few Michelin-starred restaurants that would be perfectly at home in trendy Barcelona.
The island’s own specialities have a life of their own though. Island-grown nuts, olives and a unique tomato variety are proud centrepieces of many dishes. And, as you’d expect on an island, you’ll find a lot of seafood on coastal menus.
Make sure you start your Majorcan day with an ensaimada, a spiral pastry that’s so peculiarly local that mainland visitors often smuggle them home in their luggage. Island cheeses are particularly good, and pretty much any vegetable dish will feature top-quality locally grown produce, try a spicy sobrassada sausage alongside it, and a glass of a local wine, which comes in a growing variety of reds, whites and rosés.
Kids who love beaches and the great outdoors will be in their element on the north coast of Majorca on your Cala San Vicente holiday.
There’s plenty more to explore if they do get tired of sun, sand and sea though, and this part of the island is very popular with families with older children.
Hidropark in Port d’Alcudia is the nearest thing to a genuine family attraction of the theme park variety in the area. It’s not one of the world’s biggest water parks but should provide a few hours of fun. The lighthouse at Cap Formentor is a striking monument, and kids might also enjoy the historic caves in Cala San Vicente, or the gorges of the nearby mountains. If they’re ready to take to the local roads safely then there’s a bike rental outfit in Cala San Vicente itself.
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Among Majorca’s most famous recent residents are a peloton full of world-class cyclists. The quiet roads of the island and dramatic climbs of the Serra de Tramuntana have made it the perfect training ground for Olympic and Tour de France winners like Bradley Wiggins, who liked it so much that he bought a home on the island.
You’re perfectly placed to join the mini army of riders who follow in the professionals’ tyre tracks during a holiday in Cala San Vicente. The mountains are right on your doorstep, and roads that wind along the coast offer equally spectacular views without the same burn on the legs.
Boating and watersports can be found at pretty much every resort on the island, and the posh north coast has marinas where you can sign up for yachting days, and exceptionally rich off-shore life and warm waters make this perfect diving territory.
There are three options for those who intend to spend most of their Cala San Vicente holiday topping up their tan.
All of the Cala Barques, Santa Clara and Cala Molins beaches are just a stroll from the village’s accommodation. None of them are enormous, but they offer a bit of choice, with big Cala Barques, and more isolated Santa Clara offering sand with some nice rocky diving spots, with Cala Molins – a little further away – offering great quality sands.
Hop into your hire car to grab towel space at Puerto Pollenca beach or Playa de Aucanada in Alcudia, both of which have more in the way of resort facilities to ensure your ice cream cone and cocktail glass never run empty.
If you want to get a bit further off the beaten track then try Playa de Sant Joan, a small beach with a gentle slope into the sea that makes it a great favourite with families.
Go south if you really want to party hard on Majorca. Magaluf is actually only a couple of hours’ drive away, but the nightlife scene in Cala San Vicente is a very long way removed from the clubbing hotspot.
In fact, evening strolls and a glass of wine are the extent of the wild living in Cala San Vicente, where you can drink and dine in Pepe’s, the village’s local bar.
Puerto Pollenca is also low-key in a very stylish way. The Lemon Lounge in the marina, has one of the nicest settings in the town, with a pool to help take the heat off your daytime drinks. And if you’re pining for home then check out O’Hara’s, a tasteful take on the international Irish pub.
Sit on your balcony, pour a glass of wine, and look out over the deep blue Mediterranean. Majorca is a wonderfully romantic destination, and the rugged north coast adds the opportunity to enjoy some seclusion and natural majesty during your Cala San Vicente holiday.
With weather that’s great year-round, you’ll have plenty of opportunity for strolling along the seafront, or in the historic streets of Pollenca or Alcudia. You’re never too far from a perfect view and good quality, candlelit dining is around every corner, often with lights twinkling on the water beyond the terrace. And Majorcan life goes at the perfect pace for getting to know one another – this is a take-your-time sort of place.
Majorca has a long and storied history, which is often very visible in this very traditional place. In Cala San Vicente you’ll find Cuevas de l'Alzinaret, some prehistoric burial caves. Pollenca and Alcudia both have old towns that are well worth exploring, with the steps of Pollenca’s Calvario adding a fitness challenge to your cultural day out.
Majorca’s easy to get around, and daytrips to Palma, the capital, are easy enough to arrange from Cala San Vicente. There – alongside some top-notch shopping – you’ll find cathedrals and museums. Closer to home, take some time to explore mountain villages or monasteries like Valldemossa or Santuari de Lluc.