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For a fuss-free sun, sea and sand holiday with all the amenities you’re looking for within easy reach, take a look at Cales de Majorca for your 2018/18 holiday. This purpose-built tourist resort is designed for maximum convenience for visitors, with shops, restaurants and bars located closely together in the town centre. This makes it an ideal holiday destination for families with young children, as well as being perfect for more mature holidaymakers looking for a destination which doesn’t require a lot of travelling, and is easy to get around on foot. With three sandy coves close by, Cales de Majorca is the ultimate fuss-free beach resort for all ages, and you can make enjoyable day trips to nearby historic towns like Felanitx and attractions such as the famous cave complexes, the Cuevas del Drach and Cuevas del Ham.
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Top attractions in the Cales de Majorca include its trio of pretty little beaches, and the string of unspoilt coves that dot this gorgeous stretch of coastline. It's an attractive and compact resort, with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, and you can always hop on the handy mini-train to get around if you're not in the mood to walk. As well as the beaches, the resort offers a host of family-friendly attractions, from bouncy castles to zip-wires, or you could potter around the charming market in Felanitx, visit the famous pearl factories in Manacor, maybe get in a round or two of golf, or take a boat ride through the extraordinary cave complexes of the Cuevas del Drach or Cuevas del Ham, which are full of stunning stalactites and stalagmites. The beautiful island capital of Palma, which boasts a charming historic quarter and a host of great cafés and bars, is only an hour away by car.
As you’d expect from a purpose-built tourist resort, Cales de Majorca has a good choice of restaurants, bars and cafés catering to all budgets and tastes. While you'll find international chains and eateries, you'll also find lots of traditional restaurants serving tapas and classic Majorcan and Spanish dishes. These include the world-famous paella - go for a classic seafood paella, or try one of the local variations, perhaps made with squid ink. Or you could try the Mallorcan version, fideuà, which uses tiny noodles instead of rice. Other local favourites include tumbet, made with potatoes, peppers and aubergines, grilled and roast lamb and pork, and lots of delicious cheeses and embutits (cured sausages) which are perfect when paired with pa amb oli - rustic bread rubbed with tomato and drizzled with local olive oil.
Cales de Majorca is a prime destination for family-friendly fun, with plenty of gorgeous beaches, fun things to do and places of interest. There are three small beaches (Cala Antena, Domingos Petit and Domingos Gran), all of which have been awarded Blue Flags for the cleanliness of the water, and the excellent facilities. They are calm and shallow, making them ideal for children. The largest of the beaches is Domingos Gran, which also has pedaloes for rent, if your kids feel like bobbing about in the bay. They will also enjoy scrambling over the rocks and snorkelling around the coastline in search of strange aquatic creatures. The resort also boasts kids’ playgrounds, go karts, bouncy castles, climbing frames and trampolines, as well as a small mini-golf course, and you can get around on the tourist mini-train. There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants and cafés which cater to all tastes.
There are plenty of water sports available in and around Cales de Majorca, whether you just fancy snorkelling around the stunning coastline, or want to book a scuba diving excursion, or feel like renting a jet-ski and whizzing across the waves. You might also enjoy some sea-kayaking - there are lots of charming and unspoilt coves to explore. Majorca is well known for its superb hiking routes, and has an excellent network of trails across the island, many of which are also suitable for mountain biking. If you are looking for a shot of adrenaline, head to Alcudia, a 30-minute drive away, which is a major centre for paragliding and skydiving.
There are three small beaches - Cala Antena, Domingos Petit and Domingos Gran - in Calas de Mallorca, each tucked into a pretty cove. Domingos Gran is the largest and has the most amenities, but all three have been awarded the European Union’s Blue Flag Award for their outstanding cleanliness and excellent facilities. The beaches are linked by the tourist train, if you're not in the mood to walk, although they are also accessible on foot. You will find plenty more tiny, unspoilt coves around this beautiful and unspoilt stretch of coastline, including lovely Cala Magraner and Cala Varques. The area is ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving, and you'll find plenty of local suppliers that can arrange diving trips and rent out equipment.
As a family-friendly tourist resort, Cales de Majorca doesn't offer much in the way of crazy nightlife, although there's plenty to keep you entertained in the evenings. The resort has lots of relaxed cafés, bars and pubs, many of which host live gigs, DJ sessions and karaoke nights in the summer. There are also some atmospheric beach bars, where you can soak up the gorgeous sea views with a drink in hand. If you want vibrant nightclubs and a bigger choice of bars, head to Cala d'Or, about a 15-minute drive away, which offers plenty of places to dance until dawn.
Cales de Majorca’s peaceful ambience and lack of crowds makes it a top destination for couples looking for a relaxing holiday in the sun. The pretty little coves are perfect for soaking up the sun, and the pristine, turquoise waters invite a dip. You can relax at a beach bar, watching the sun set, or pack a picnic and head to one of the tiny, secluded coves that dot this scenic stretch of coast. If you're in the mood for some shopping, you could head to the fantastic market in Felanitx, which has everything from local produce to handicrafts or gifts. Or you might fancy a boat excursion - some offer swimming stops in gorgeous bays. You might also consider a visit to the picture-postcard harbour towns of Porto Cristo and Porto Petro, which are delight to explore hand-in-hand.
Two of the most popular cultural attractions in Majorca are located close to Cales de Mallorca: the Cuevas del Drach and the Cuevas del Ham. Both feature spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, and the entrance to the Cuevas del Drach includes a short classical music concert, with candle-light shimmering against the cavern walls. You could also drive to the spectacular Sant Salvador sanctuary, a place of pilgrimage for locals, which is located near Felanitx. Sitting on top of a 500-metre-high hill, this 14th-century monastery affords amazing views, and you can visit the monks' cells and refectory. Most of the island's best museums and historic sights are concentrated in Palma, the island capital, which is about an hour's drive away. It's an enchanting city, and perfect for a fantastic day out.