About Cala d’Or
Cala d’Or – or the ‘Golden Bay’ – is a popular beach area on the southeast coast of Mallorca, south of Portocolom and neighbouring the coastal town of Portopetro. In Cala d’Or you really get an all-round holiday experience with wonderful beaches, interesting excursions, well-preserved nature and a varied nightlife.
Cala d’Or is a holiday resort well suited to families, couples and yachties. The region is largely characterised by numerous small scenic coves and sandy beaches. In addition to the eponymous Cala d’Or beach, there are many more worth exploring: Cala Gran, Cala Petita, Cala Ferrera, Cala Egos, Cala Esmeralda, Cala Serena, Cala Galera and Cala d’es Forti. There are beaches for all tastes and quieter areas for those who prefer a more relaxed break. Cala d’Or also offers a good mix of bars, restaurants, a diverse nightlife and decent shopping options that even include a handful of chic boutiques.
In the heart of Cala d’Or you find a well-equipped marina and the Cala d’Or Yacht Club, most of which is open to the public. The quays are lined with restaurants, bars, supermarkets and banks. With almost 600 moorings, plus many high-end amenities – together with Palma, Port Adriano or Andratx – Cala d’Or is one of the larger and more luxurious marinas on the island. Definitely a great place to stop and explore the town and its surroundings.
The South of Mallorca made-up of the coastline from Palma to Cala D’Or – a beautiful rugged coast with breath-taking sea views and unspoiled villages. […] The South of Mallorca
History and Culture of Cala d’Or
Strolling through Cala d’Or you notice a clear difference from the other holiday resorts on Mallorca. The buildings are mostly only two floors high with cubic architecture and whitewashed facades, and often fringed with lines of pine trees. The whole style of Cala d’Or was inspired by Ibiza and planned so from the beginning. Even the hotel construction was strictly regulated to ensure this charming character was maintained.
The town attracts a mixed, international crowd of tourists and caters well for most groups. Here you will find lively entertainment during the summer months, but Cala d’Or does become much quieter in off-peak periods.
Major Attractions in Cala d’Or
Cala d’Or is an excellent spot for a beach holiday thanks to its impressive facilities and wonderful beaches. Huge fun is the mini ‘train’ which runs along the roads for holidaymakers between the main resort and beaches. The town is also a great base for exploring some of the best natural and historical sightseeing that southeast Mallorca has to offer.
The 18th-century historic fort ‘Es Fortí’ – a protected cultural heritage site of the Balearic Islands – is within walking distance and, with its cannons and loopholes, is also an exciting place for children to visit. On the way there you can also enjoy some of Mallorca’s more rugged coastal landscape.
Not far from the fort is the ‘Parc Natural de Mondragó’ nature reserve. Wonderful sandy beaches include Ses Fonts de n’Alísals, S’Amarador and Cala Mondragó, which is considered one of the most beautiful on Mallorca. The natural ecosystem of the beach is not disturbed by buildings, the water is crystal clear and the sands are clean. Paths lead to the beaches through the park, which makes for a relaxing walk. There are also a few small beach bars.
Other recommended attractions include the magnificent caves ‘Coves de Drac’ and ‘Coves de Hams’ near Porto Cristo, the Bronze Age Talaiotic settlement Sa Canova of Artá, and the beautiful mountain-top town of Capdepera with its wonderfully preserved medieval castle.
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Things to do in Cala d’Or
If you are looking for a traditional bucket and spade holiday for the family Cala d’Or will provide everything you need. The pedestrianised zones are also handy for those with children in buggies or those with limited mobility.
There are plenty of watersport activities in Cala d’Or, thanks largely to its impressive marina. You can rent boats of all kinds (some without a license) and even get your yacht master license here. On the beach you can hire paddle boards, surf boards and other sports equipment. In addition to beautiful spots for snorkeling, there is also the option of scuba trips with one of the dive centres.
For a short hike, the ‘Es Fortí’ fortress and the adjacent ‘Parc Natural de Mondragó’ nature reserve are well suited. More extensive routes, however, can be found in the Serra de Levante. Among them is the hike to the Randa mountain, on which you can discover three monasteries, as well as walks to the San Salvador monastery. Another beautiful hike leads to the Castell de Santueri, an ancient fortification that was built around the 13th century.
Due to the location of Cala d’Or – on the coast but close to the Serra de Levante – there is a good selection of routes for cyclists. The relaxed roads along the coast invite you to visit the nearby beaches and resorts, while driving inland, the routes become more challenging. The trails to the above-mentioned monasteries are also popular for mountainous bikers. There are several rental stations for either racing and mountain bikes in Cala d’Or.
In the vicinity of the ‘Parc Natural de Mondragó’ nature reserve horse enthusiasts can really get their money’s worth. Excursions to the nature reserve are popular, as well as to the surrounding forests for both beginners and advanced riders.
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Close to Mallorca’s southeast resort of Cala d’Or and the attractive fishing port of Portocolom, this course offers spectacular views of the coastline. […] Vall d’Or Golf
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Restaurants in Cala d’Or
Many restaurants here offer similar, fairly typical menus, so it’s worth browsing carefully to find the places offering more interesting fare. Highly recommended are Rucula Restaurant, where you can enjoy a Mediterranean lunch or dinner, and Port Petit Restaurant, where you can literally dine like royalty – King Juan Carlos has eaten here. In the adjacent village of Portocolom, the marvellous HPC Restaurant also offers a menu of excellent Mediterranean cuisine.
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The yacht-filled marina is full of great restaurants offering international cuisine and relaxing views. Find out more. […] Cala d’Or Restaurants
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Shopping in Cala d’Or
There is a large pedestrianized area with a wide range of shopping available during the summer months. For a more extensive shopping experience, the surrounding, larger towns, such as Santanyi, Felanitx and Campos are better suited.
For the best local markets check out our guide.
Hotels in Cala d’Or
Cala d’Or has numerous hotels and a good deal of residential development. Most hotels have 3- or 4-stars. In addition to that a variety of apartments and villas for rent are available.
If you are looking for accommodation, be sure to check out the exceptionally designed and innovative 4-star Hotel Monsuau:
Events in Cala d’Or
Every year in May the town hosts the ‘Festival de Jazz de Cala d’Or’, which first took place in 1994. For six days, you can listen to the finest jazz music and participate in many more activities.
August is the time for the traditional folk festival, and the festival of Santa María del Mar in Cala d’Or. There’s a fair and a procession, in addition to sports activities, gastronomic offers, dance and music.
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Living in Cala d’Or
Cala d’Or is typical of an south eastern resort in Mallorca with bustling summers and quiet winters. Many places close out of season. Nevertheless, with more than 4,000 inhabitants, even in winter time there is usually something going on.
The community is mixed and if you don’t mind travelling a little for major shopping out-of-season, you can still bag a bargain property.
Many of the properties consist of traditional, cubic, whitewashed Mediterranean architecture. Cala d’Or is in an attractive real estate area and therefore prices are higher than in other regions. According to the market report 2017-18 by Engel & Völkers, average prices for villas in the region are 1.6 million euros, while apartments tend to value at around 350,000 euros.
Surrounding Areas to Cala d’Or
From Cala d’Or, it’s not far to the attractive town of Santanyí, where you can visit a very good market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. The town is also home to some good shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Here, you’ll be able to buy one of the island’s top local gourmet products, Llum de Sal – salt harvested from nearby Ses Salines. Santanyí has a large resident German population and, as a result, many of the town’s old buildings have been tastefully restored.
A remarkable excursion is a boat trip to the ‘Parque Nacional de Cabrera’ nature reserve. On this wonderfully preserved island, you can enjoy the unspoilt landscape, visit the Castell de Cabrera and snorkel in the beautiful, crystal clear waters. Dolphins can often be seen on the crossing or around Cabrera.
The small fishing village Portopetro has been the port of Santanyí since the Middle Ages. Portopetro is still a rather quiet place with not too much tourism. On the promenade you can relax with a coffee or a drink while watching the boats bob in the harbour.
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