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The purpose-built resort of Cala d’Or is the perfect location for a laid-back 2019 / 2020 holiday to the island of Majorca. Modelled on Ibiza, Cala d’Or features low-rise whitewashed hotels, which give way to pretty Mediterranean villas on the outskirts. This ‘golden cove’ resort is home to several beautiful beaches and a gorgeous rocky coastline peppered with coves and creeks. There is a wealth of things to see and do in the area, from water sports on the beaches to shopping along the pedestrianised strip. Not to mention the untouched natural beauty inland at the Mondrago National Park.

Close by are the towns of Palma, with its spectacular Cathedral and stained glass windows, and Santanyi, home to a variety of local markets. It is also worth taking a day trip to the quaint fishing village of Porto Petro, only a 5-minute car journey away.

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Blue Sea Club Marthas Resort
Blue Sea Club Marthas Resort
Blue Sea Club Marthas Resort

Cala d'Or, Majorca

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A guide to Cala d’Or for families

Cala d’Or is a charming resort on Majorca’s east coast. Its name translates as ‘golden cove’ and when you see the small but inviting stretches of sand nestled between the cliffs, you’ll understand why.

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Top attractions

Top attractions

One of the main attractions of a Cala d’Or holiday is the marina at Cala Llonga, which provides moorings for a vast array of yachts and super yachts. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area with magnificent views over the harbour.

The beaches are incredibly popular in Cala d’Or. There are at least 7 to choose from, with coloured sands ranging from golden to white, lapped by turquoise Mediterranean waters. Several offer water sports facilities, from windsurfing to snorkelling, and there are regular glass-bottomed boat trips along the coast. 15 minutes on foot from the resort, you’ll also find the Mondrago National Park, generally considered one of the most beautiful spots on the island. Its beauty is untouched by tourism, and there are walking trails through the sand dunes, pine forests and rocky coves.

Golf proves to be one of the resort’s most popular attractions, with 5 courses along the Cala d’Or coast. The closest and most impressive is Val d'Or Golf, a challenging 18-hole course set among the hills and pine trees with splendid views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

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Eating out

Eating out

There are a wealth of wining and dining options with a holiday to Cala d’Or, both in the main town and resort and in the neighbouring resort of Cala Egos. The area caters for a variety of tastes with meat and fish dishes, British dishes, paella, Malloquin menus, pizza and even Indian dishes. The Yacht Club by the marina comes highly recommended, with a host of facilities including the Infinity Restaurant and Piano Bar, the Tapas Bar and the Chill Out Lounge in the summer months. Or for a taste of home, the Jolly Roger serves a British menu. The seafront is a great place to try the local dishes like tumbet, a speciality similar to ratatouille.

Along the sands in Cala d’Or there are plenty of beachside bars and cafes, with more overlooking the marina. In neighbouring Cala Egos, the Smuggler’s bar serves caramel vodkas, sangrias and cocktails, and has a spectacular marina view. Inside, the bar is wonderfully decorated with items of seafaring paraphernalia lining the walls and hanging from the ceiling.

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There are a host of fun things for families to do on a Cala d’Or holiday. The beach at Cala Gran has a dedicated play area for children, and bars lining the edge of the sands where parents can relax. Cala Ferrera has great snorkelling conditions and pedaloes for hire, as well as a volleyball court on the sand. For more adventurous families, there are windsurfing facilities at Cala Esmerelda. Jump on a glass-bottomed boat and head around the coast, or charter a boat with or without a skipper. There are also cycling routes across the island and hiking trails through Mondrago National Park.

Other family-friendly outdoor activities include banana boats, kayaking and canoeing, as well as horse-back riding tours. So even though Cala d’Or is a fairly reserved resort, there are still plenty of fun activities for families with children to engage in.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

The beaches of Cala d’Or offer a host of activities and water sports including glass-bottomed boat trips, banana boats, snorkelling, diving, trampolining, volleyball, wind surfing and pedaloes. Alternatively, there are plenty of opportunities to get active and adventurous further inland. The Robinson Club Cala Serena has 13 clay tennis courts and there are 5 golf courses on the island. The closest to Cala d’Or is Val d'Or Golf, just a 20-minute drive away. This 18-hole course is perfect for golfers who like a game amid challenging terrain, with nine holes set among the hills and trees and the other nine more openly spread with great views of the Mediterranean.

Other activities available in the area include horseback riding, cycling trails, scooter hire, and hiking and walking trails through Mondrago National Park.

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There are at least seven beaches in the nearby area to choose from with a holiday to Cala d’Or. Five of the most popular are situated in small coves along the coast, while just a little further out, Cala d'en Borgit and Cala Varques offer a quieter, more natural beach experience.

The closest beach to the marina, Cala d’Or, is small but has golden sands and calm waters. It’s equipped with sunbeds and parasols, showers and toilets, and a bar at the back of the beach. Cala Gran’s sands are soft and white, making a beautiful contrast to the blue of the sea. This beach also offers parasols and sunbeds, with an additional play area for children.

Cala Ferrera is one of the area’s Blue Flag beaches and offers excellent snorkelling conditions due to its protective rocky surroundings. Pedaloes can also be hired here. Cala Serena is a more natural beauty, and also acts as a pick-up point for diving schools in the area, making it perfect for a relaxing break between dives. There are also various other water sports available and a glass-bottomed boat that makes its way along the coast.

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The main pedestrianised strip in the town of Cala d’Or is populated with bars and clubs, offering everything from karaoke to cocktail bars. Many places don’t close before 1am and there are clubs that remain open till 3am. Betty’s Bar is a great little spot for some karaoke, while Bongo’s is a fabulously atmospheric cocktail bar. Alternatively, Eden Paradise features fun tribute nights, showcasing well-loved classics throughout the ages. Or try Mabu-Hay for a taste of Hawaii. Their cocktails are works of art and the bar is themed throughout with Hawaiian music and paraphernalia. For a more modern, sophisticated drinking venue, the Luna bar is an elegantly-lit cocktail bar with fabulous views of the marina.

For some livelier nightlife, head out to Palma, where you’ll find more of a party scene. The friendly and inclusive La Demence Nightclub there is one of the island’s most famous, featuring in-house DJs and disco, live acts and weekly events.

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Relax in each other’s company on one of the resort’s many white sandy beaches, or head to Cala Ferrera and hire a pedalo for two. For couples that prefer a ramble among nature, Mondrago National Park features unspoilt sand dunes, rocky coves and pine forests. Enjoy a sophisticated sundown cocktail together at one of the area’s many cocktail bars, or a romantic meal at a traditional Mediterranean restaurant.

Indulge in a spot of shopping at Avinguda Tagomago, the resort’s main street where you’ll find a wealth of boutiques selling designer attire and leather goods, as well as traditional ceramics and embroidered linens. Alternatively, visit nearby Palma and gaze upon the remarkable stained glass windows of the cathedral there.

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There are plenty of opportunities to experience authentic Mallorcan culture amid the comforts of a purpose-built resort on a Cala d’Or holiday. Sample the local cuisine at the marina or at one of the local markets at Plaza Mayor in Santanyi. On offer are locally produced fruits and vegetables, along with traditional handicrafts like lace tablecloths and leather handbags. In nearby Palma, the cathedral features beautiful stained glass windows, while back in the town of Cala d’Or the buildings showcase traditional whitewashed Mediterranean architecture.

The biggest annual fiesta is the Fiesta de la Mare de Déu del Mar, or the Festival of Our Lady of the Sea. The biggest attraction is the impressive marine parade, and there are concerts and sporting events throughout. For a week in June, Cala d’Or is also home to the annual German-organised Jazz festival. In recent years, the likes of the Charleston Jazz Band and La Cubana have featured as part of the celebrations.

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