The beach resort of Cala d'Or spreads out over a long stretch of Mallorca's south-east coastline. There are several associated beaches situated in small coves, also known as calas.
Cala Serena Beach
Cala Serena is the most northerly beach in Cala d'Or but only by 300m. This is a small sandy bay with rocky edges that keep the water calm. There are no bars, restaurants, shops or even life lifeguards but these surroundings make it prettier than its neighbour Cala Ferrera, and is far more natural. Some of the diving schools in the area use Cala Serena as a pick up and drop off point for diving excursions so it's a good place to relax between dives.
Cala Ferrera Beach
Cala Ferrera is the next beach down the coast, bigger and deeper than neighbouring Cala Serena, it has hotels and restaurants just beside it. The beach offers parasols, pedalos, sunbeds and a bar as well as lifeguards and even a masseuse. The water here is a beautiful turquoise colour and is calm due to the protective surrounding rocks which also makes for good snorkelling conditions.
Cala Esmeralda Beach
Cala Esmeralda is the next beach along and is slightly more central to the resort of Cala d'Or. It's surrounded by apartments and hotels, some of which overlook the beach. The beach itself is small, only 25 square metres, and a beautiful place to enjoy the sun so it can become quite busy. The water is an amazing blue-green colour and the long thin cove shelters it from the wind and keeps the water calm and clear. You'll find showers and toilets here, along with a bar and restaurant. There are no lifeguards on duty.
Cala Gran Beach
Cala Gran is the biggest and deepest of the beaches in Cala d'Or. It measures 40 metres in length and is around 100 metres deep. The sand is soft, fine and white which makes a wonderful contrast with the clear blue sea. Like Cala Ferrera, it has been built up and there are bars and restaurants at the edge of the sand. Sunbeds and parasols are also available, and there is a play area for children situated at the back of the beach. Showers and toilets are available and there is a ramp for the disabled. The beach is busy but clean and the waters are watched over by a lifeguard.
Cala d'Or Beach
Cala d'Or is the last bay in the southern part of the resort and is the closest beach to the squanky marina. The beach here is located at the end of a narrow inlet in a small bay which means you don't get to to see the open sea from the beach. With only around 40 metres long it's 100 metres deep, so you may have a short walk in order to go for a swim. The sand is soft, fine and golden and the cove is sheltered so the sea is nice and calm for children. It's surrounded by hotels and apartments but some are fairly concealed by pine trees so it feels less built up than it actually is. The beach is equipped with parasols and sunbeds as well as showers and toilets. There is a bar at the back of the bay.
The beaches are all beautiful but, as they are small and the area is popular, they can become very busy in the peak summer months. If you are prepared to explore a little further up or down the coast you can be rewarded with quieter and more natural beaches. Try try Cala d'en Borgit or Cala Varques.
Setting & Location
The resort of Cala d'Or has been developed along the lines of whitewashed adobe buildings with very few high rises and so it's a pretty Majorcan holiday resort. As a result, it is very popular and the beaches are sadly not quite big enough to accommodate everyone.
If you do not have any transport of your own, you could consider taking a boat trip to one of these other coves and beaches. Some also offer pedalos and banana boats to hire while there are watersports centres in the resort where you can learn kayaking, diving, stand up paddle boarding and more.