Cala d'Or or ‘Golden Bay’ in English is the name given to a widely popular, family-friendly tourist resort in the east of the island. Its name could be related to the fact that you are guaranteed the greatest number of sunshine hours on this eastern coastline, being furthest away from the disruptive Serra de Tramuntana mountains, and is close to some of the best beaches.
Cala d'Or actually covers a stretch of development that includes a number of coves: Cala Ferrera, Cala Esmeralda, Cala Serena, Cala Gran, and Cala Llonga. Each of the various 'calas' or bays have their own distinctive character and former fishing harbours have been turned into 21st-century marinas. It’s also worth noting that there’s a mini train connecting them, making it easy for holidaymakers to travel from the main resort to these beaches.
Cala d’Or has been tastefully developed. Thanks to regulations imposed on all construction of apartments and hotels in the area, its whitewashed Ibiza style buildings are really quite pretty. The fact that it's divided into different areas means that most people can find a holiday here to suit their individual needs, whether it's sailing, diving or drinking wine in the waterfront bars. Those who prefer a quieter holiday, sitting on a sun lounger by day and eating a lovely dinner by night, are also well catered for. A bonus for foodies is that Cala d'Or is home to plenty of decent restaurants. Head to the main marina to find waterfront eateries or just choose from the great selection along the streets within the town centre.
The coves boast charming little beaches surrounded by woodland and cliffs. The beaches themselves are pretty small and get very busy during peak holiday season so do get down early to reserve your spot. The water is wonderfully clear and inviting, ideal for swimming on a warm summer's day.