About Cala d'or
Beautiful, excellent for a family holiday or for couples and an ideal location for a touring or resort based holiday, Cala d’Or is one of the oldest holiday destinations on the fabulous island of Majorca. It is an intimate yet thriving resort during the holiday season, with a lively nightlife of superb bars and restaurants, but without the rowdiness associated with many Mediterranean towns.
Originally, Cala d’Or was a traditional fishing port village which grew and adapted to meet the demands of the new tourism industry in the 1970’s. However, unlike many other towns that did the same, development in Cala d’Or was controlled in order to preserve the feel of its tradition. This can be seen in the fact that there are no high rise hotels and it retains the feel of the traditional Spanish village.
The development took it’s cue from the developments around the same time in Ibiza, and so pretty, whitewashed villas and apartments were constructed in a similar manner to those found on the neighbouring island, and the theme was continued in the design of the hotels.
The resort doesn’t have attractions such as water parks or mini golf which are often found in Spanish resorts nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to do.
The beaches at the resort are not large but they are numerous and all have sunbed and parasol hire and roped off safe swimming areas marked out. There are no pedalos, windsurfers or jet skis allowed on the water of these beaches, though several do have boat tours available, many featuring glass bottomed boats for fascinating looks at life under the water.
The large marina at Cala Llonga has mooring for 595 vessels and also offers boat charters for the nautically minded and also has a wide selection of places to eat and drink such as the contemporary Porto Cari which has a light menu and which looks out over the water, or the more cosmopolitan fare offered by the Botavera which specialises in delightful fish dishes.
In the nearby town of Manacor is Es Cruce, a restaurant to be experienced. Large, busy but efficient and not over expensive, it is well worth a visit
In Cala d’Or, the range of restaurants is wide from the traditional Spanish menu offering paella and tapas, English fare is plentiful and there are also places which provide Indian, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, Italian and Grill n Rib specialties.
The oldest restaurant is Vincente Restaurante which has been serving Mediterranean dishes for more than 40 years from the centre of Cala d’Or.
Getting around is probably best done by hiring a car as public transport isn’t frequent on the eastern side of the island. The best tip may be to arrange car hire at the airport as many tour operators add a transfer surcharge to the resort as part of their package deals, and the other option would be a taxi for the 45 minute trip to the resort.
However, if you don’t have your own wheels, there are two mini land trains which shuttle within Cala d’Or to Cala Esmarelda in one direction, and Cala Egos in the other. Another train also connects to neighbouring resorts of Port Petro and Cala Barca.
The Spanish love a fiesta, and the main one in Cala d’Or is the Fiesta la Mare de Déu del Mar (Our Lady of the Sea) which happens around the 15th August and jazz lovers may want to time their holiday top coincide with the annual jazz festival in July.
The main season for Cala d’Or is obviously from April to mid-October as many of the bars and restaurants close during the rest of the year, but for a vibrant, engaging and stimulating place to visit, Cala d’Or provides an excellent destination for a sunshine summer holiday, whether looking to book in advance or at the last minute, there are excellent deals available from tour operators.
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