Cala d'Or is the name given to a stretch of development along the east coast that includes a number of coves and resorts (Cala Ferrera, Cala Esmeralda, Cala Serena, Cala Gran & Cala Llonga). Each of the various calas (bays) has its own distinctive character where former fishing harbours have been turned into marinas.
The resort has been sympathetically developed, with plenty of white-washed adobe style buildings and it is one of the nicer resorts along the east coast. People come here to sail, dive and drink champagne at waterfront bars. The coves have charming little beaches that are surrounded by woodland and cliffs. The beaches themselves are pretty small and get very busy during peak holiday season. But if you can bear it, the water is wonderfully clear and inviting, and ideal for swimming on a warm summer's day.
A bonus for foodies is that Cala d'Or is home to plenty of decent restaurants. Head to the main marina to find harbour side eateries.
The east coast of Mallorca benefits from the best weather and the best beaches. Far away from the disruptive Tramuntana mountain range, you are guaranteed the greatest number of sunshine hours on Majorca. And as luck would have it, the beaches here are just the most picturesque you could ever wish for. With soft white sand and blue-green seas, backed by pine forests (where resorts have not taken over), the beaches are delightful.
Cala d'Or itself has five small beaches, and when we say small, we mean SMALL! The largest is Cala Gran which is only 40 metres wide - it is however, 100 metres deep so as long as you don't want to lie right by the water's edge, you should be able to find a place to sit. Each of the other four beaches are similar in that they are located within sheltered coves, so don't expect huge expanses of beach and sea views! Be warned that all five beaches are very busy in the summer months. FInd out more about Cala d'Or beaches on our Cala d’Or Beaches page.
If you are prepared to travel a little further afield (and by that we mean you need a car or a boat), then you should head to Mondrago Natural Park. This area is protected from development and has a real back to nature feel. There are two beaches here - S'Aramador & Mondrago - and both offer gorgeous soft white sand and incredible blue sea. They are linked by a paved promenade and there are beach bars at both. The Park also has several trails that you can explore which take you along the coastline.
For something really wild, try Cala Varques. No car park, no facilities, but fantastic scenery and big waves to play in!
Hotels in Cala d'Or
Cala d'Or is a purpose built resort and as such, you will find a huge selection of hotel and apartment complexes. Many of the big Spanish hotel chains operate here - Inturotel, Melia - and you'll find they offer full amenities such as swimming pools and evening entertainments. Many are all-inclusive and bookable via a travel agent. Note that the hotel star rating in Spain is a little different to that in the UK and is more related to room size than luxuriousness.
If you'd like to stay in something a little more characterful, you will need to head into the hills to the west of Cala d'Or for a finca (converted farmhouses) - Sa Galesa is not far away from the coast, or try the town of Santanyi where there are some nice boutique hotels. Try Es Turo for a romantic rural retreat or S´Hotelet de Santanyi for a divine boutique experience. To the north of Felanitx lies the lovely finca Can'n Bota or you could try Finca Son Roig. A bit further north towards Manacor lies Sa Franquesa Nova, a gorgeous finca-hotel lovingly restored with contemporary touches in beautiful surroundings.
You are not short of places to eat in Cala d'Or. Bars and cafes line the streets and cater well towards the British market. If you'd like something a bit more special, head to the marina where you'll find plenty of upmarket restaurants. The Yacht Club is highly regarded and has great views over the marina. Similarly Port Petit is an old favourite. Gadus used to have a Michelein star. It has recently undergone refurbishment and we have not yet reviewed it, but if you'd like to try, it's also located in the marina.
There are a number of companies that offer boat trips (both full day and half day) - you can pick up flyers at the entrances to the beaches or at the tourist office. Or you can charter your own boat (with or without a skipper) which allows you to explore the coastline properly - there are so many hidden coves which are only accessible by sea. Diving and snorkelling are also popular here and throughout the east coast.
There are a number of fashion boutiques in Cala d'Or along with the usual souvenir shops. There is no market here, the closest big one would be at Santanyi (Wednesdays & Saturdays) or Felanitx (Sundays).
Activities include tennis - many hotels have tennis courts which you can ask to use - and there is a golf course at Vall d'Or (10-15 minute drive). Cycling is very popular on Mallorca and there are many marked cycle routes to choose from. You can hire bicycles (and scooters) from Moto-Sprint. There are some hiking trails in the hills behind the east coast ini the Llevant 'mountain' range - more hillocks than mountains but beautiful all the same! More walking trails can be found in the stunning Mondrago Natural Park.