The historic town of Calvià is the heart of the islands most popular municipality. Its fantastic geographic location, nestled in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountain range on the southwest of Mallorca, means it is within easy reach of many of the islands major resorts. The traditional ochre coloured houses sit amongst carob and almond trees. Here we provide all the information you want to know about making the most of a visit to this important Mallorcan village.
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History & Culture
Originally a settlement dating back to 2000 BCE, Calvià’s more recent history has mainly consisted of agriculture. Since the 13th century landowners have endeavored to farm the dry and arid land of the region. It wasn’t until the mid 19th century that the roots of modern tourism started to develop, attracting adventurers and those looking to recuperate. Their many published works helped Mallorca become known as a preferred destination.
The picturesque town of Calvià with its relatively small number of shops and cafés feels a lifetime away from the coastal resorts that fall within its municipality. However, there are some signs of the importance and wealth of Calvià, with the more modern sports centre providing a stark contrast to traditional feel of the town itself.
Major Attractions in Calvià
The town of Calvià is an attraction in its own right. The historic feel and ancient architecture provide enough of a draw to attract thousands of visitors every year. Many of the buildings date back to the 17th century. Some, including the remains of a Roman villa, are far older. The imposing church of Sant Joan Baptista, built around the remains of the original 13th century church, is another example of classical architecture.
Things To Do in Calvià
Calvià’s central location on the south west of the island make it an ideal base for exploring the many surrounding resorts, bays, and mountains. Andratx and Puerto Portals are just a couple of the bigger resorts easily accessed from Calvià. While Magaluf, Santa Ponsa and Paguera will also be familiar to many visitors to the area.
Its proximity to the Tramuntana mountains range allows easy access to the many trails for hikers and mountain bikers. For those who like things a little less bumpy, there is a designated cycle track around Calvià that provides a selection of wide and easy to navigate routes.
Out of the many stunning beaches in the area no less than ten fly the blue flag for quality, which is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education, making it a dream destination for beach lovers who want to explore the region.
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Restaurants in Calvià
The centre of Calvià is home to many cafés and restaurants. The international cuisine on offer is enough to cater to anyone’s tastes. Meson Ca’n Torrat is a superb traditional restaurant where the owner, Theo, and his family prepare and serve some of the best meat and fish dishes in the area.
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Hotels in Calvià
The centre of Calvià has relatively few hotels. The countryside immediately surrounding the town is also home to some converted old country homes and fincas. Son Molero offers its guests a relaxing retreat with an historic feel. The building dates back to before 1439 and provides a perfect option for walking enthusiasts and cyclists. Just 1.5km from the centre of town you will also find Can Estades country hotel, which offers all modern conveniences in a beautiful setting, while still being close to town and only 10 minutes from the beach.
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Events in Calvià
The large Monday market in Calvià offers a selection of food and clothes, as well as traditional craftsmanship. Located on Calle Major close to the parish church, it is hard to miss if visiting on a Monday morning. Norbert and Christiana from the finca hotel Can Estades run regular concerts and events throughout the year.
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Living in Calvià
Being at the heart of the most thriving municipality on Mallorca hasn’t changed the town of Calvià, and it retains a lot of its traditional charm. This means the majority of properties in the centre are traditional townhouses and apartments converted from larger period buildings.
Its easy access to lots of the most popular resorts, and some of the biggest ex-pat residential areas means international schooling is never far away. There is also a huge choice of international businesses in the local area.
The narrow spur of the land means many of the rural houses enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, and often the Mediterranean Sea. Properties prices reflect the large international interest in the area, making it a safer bet for future prices.
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Surrounding areas close to Calvià
With everything from the liveliness of Palma Nova and Magaluf to the quiet class of Andratx within easy reach, this municipality really does have something for everyone. Puerto Portals is a popular port with high-end clients who are looking for a spot of boutique shopping, or just a coffee in beautiful surroundings. There is also a selection of golf courses within the municipality of Calvià, as well as plenty more within a short distance.
With three beaches on a wide bay, located in the Southwest, Palma Nova offers typical resort amenities and a cut-above-the-average mini golf course. […] Palma Nova
Discover the traditional town of Andratx, its weekly market, one of the island’s best modern art galleries, and good restaurants. Highly recommended visit! […] Andratx
Magaluf is the essential place for many parties. Live music, several major tourist attractions and a large beach make this a popular spot on the island. […] Magaluf
Puerto Portals is the glamour hotspot of Mallorca with numerous luxury yachts, top class restaurants and the best international designer brands on offer. […] Puerto Portals
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