Cala d'Or Travel Guide
Overview Like most holiday resorts in Mallorca, Cala d'Or (Golden Cove)
evolved from a local fishing village after its charms and idyllic
setting were 'discovered', in this instance by a group of
avant-garde artists who settled here in the 1930s. They built their
white, flat-roofed houses around the picturesque fishing harbour,
and soon the word spread. Cala d'Or became a desirable spot to have
a holiday home, or at least a relaxing seaside vacation. The
original village and harbour was situated in one of the small rocky
coves with sandy beaches, called calas, which abound on
Mallorca's east coast. The resort has now spread out to encompass
several of these coves, all now beset with attractive hotels,
apartment blocks and villas. It is a very chic resort, recommended
for families because most establishments cater extremely well for
There are numerous adjacent smaller resorts and quaint villages
clustered around the calas all along the southeast
coastline, connected by a good bus service, which means visitors
can make excursions to explore the delights of places like Cala
Egos, Puerto Petro, Cala Mondrago, Cala Figuera, Cala Santanyi and
Cala Llombarts. The Cala d'Or marina is the heart of the east coast
resort area, attracting the fashionable yachting set.
Cala Esmeralda, Cala d'Or © Spanish Tourist Board
Shopping Cala d'Or is known as the best shopping district on Mallorca;
its main shopping street, Avinguda Tagomago, is filled with chic
boutiques, leather shops and galleries that appeal to locals and
holidaymakers alike. Designer clothes and shoes, in particular, are
available at reasonable prices. Souvenir shopping is fun with a
wide variety of local crafts, traditional pottery and glass, and
olive wood carvings available at several stores, and at the Sunday
morning flea market in Felanitx. Visitors can also find bargains in
designer sunglasses, jewellery and perfume. Those in self-catering
apartments who need sustenance will find all they require at the
resort's biggest supermarket, Caprabo, near the resort entrance.
The supermarket opens until 9pm every night (except Sundays, when
it closes at 2pm).
Restaurants Cala d'Or's upmarket restaurants are mostly situated around the
marina, which is usually abuzz with a lively international crowd
enjoying a variety of cuisines. The centre of town offers fast food
outlets, tapas bars, pizza parlours, burger joints and several
British pub 'n grub type establishments. Eateries that come highly
recommended in Cala d'Or include Acuarius, Shangrila, Restaurante
Vicente and Casablanca.
Nightlife Nightlife in Cala d'Or is tasteful and stylish, rather than
frenetic, centred around the many cocktail bars and discos. Don Ron
Heroes Bar is one of the places to go for a good night out in Cala
d'Or. The latest music rocks Linekers, and the most popular
nightclubs in town are Disco Alfa and Farrahs Planet Ibiza.
Hollywoods is the local karaoke bar, while the Dirty Duck pub is
known as the gay-friendly establishment.
Activities Cala d'Or has seven beaches, of which the largest is Cala Gran,
all with fine white sand and clear shallow water for holiday makers
to enjoy. The larger beaches have good facilities offering water
sports including sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving. Those
wishing to venture further afield can take a 'champagne cruise'
along the coastline, ride a mini-train to picturesque Cala Mondrago
with its two lovely coves, or take excursions to the villages of
Cala Figuera, Puerto Petro, Sa Colonia de Sant Jordi or the isle of
Cabrera. Most hotels offer full entertainment programmes for
children, and there are trampolines and mini go-karts at
Mallorcalandia, as well as mini-golf in the town centre.
Negatives Cala d'Or is definitely a family-oriented holiday resort, not
really catering for the 18 to 30 single set, particularly those who
enjoy a wild nightlife. The music bars and discos are usually quiet
by 2am. The main resort beaches can become enormously crowded,
particularly during July and August, and holiday-makers have to be
up and about early if they hope to secure a sunbed for the day.
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Mallorca, Arta has been occupied for about 3,000 years and today
welcomes visitors to the remains of its Bronze Age settlement. The
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