Cala Bona Holidays
Cala Bona Holidays – A taste of the traditional
The traditional town of Cala Bona on the east coast of Majorca is a favourite with families and couples in search of ultimate relaxation and a taste of Majorca’s island life. This small beachside resort is one of the island’s many picturesque fishing villages and unlike some of the larger, purpose-built resorts still retains much of its original tranquillity and charm.
The pretty beach at Cala Bona is backed by a selection of good quality cafes and restaurants offering a range of cuisine from Spanish and Majorcan to British and Indian as well as a selection of small local shops. A flat, wide promenade and newly constructed cycle path links Cala Bona with the neighbouring resorts of Cala Millor and Sa Coma as well as the market town of Son Severa making day trips to any of these effortless in the warming Mediterranean sun. The nearby Caves of Drach (caves of dragons) are also a dramatic and popular excursion on Cala Bona holidays.
When to go
As one of Majorca’s smaller holiday destinations, accommodation in Cala Bona often gets booked up early with visitors returning time and time again. This is most notable during the peak summer months of June, July and August when restaurants and cafes are also busy and extras such as car hire may be more difficult to arrange without pre-booking. Having said that, its popularity alone speaks volumes for this pretty seaside village and the blissful summer climate in Majorca means that a summer stay here is well worth the extra planning.
Alternatively, those looking to travel outside of the peak season will find a range of accommodation on offer including a selection of locally owned apartments perfect for families or groups of friends. Tourist excursions and some of Cala Bona’s amenities may open less regularly during the spring, autumn and winter months (especially November to February) but if you are in search of complete tranquillity then this could be the perfect time to visit.
The weather in Cala Bona
The weather in Cala Bona is generally both warm and dry with temperatures ranging from daytime lows of around 12°C during the coolest months of January and February to highs in the late-20s throughout the summer (June to August). Summer evenings are also pleasant with night time temperatures dropping only occasionally below 18°C. Sea temperature is highest in mid-August when the sparkling Mediterranean has soaked in the most of the summer heat and you can bathe in a heavenly 25°C. Rainfall is minimal in Cala Bona during the summer but begins to rise towards the end of September with October and November seeing the majority of the area’s annual rainfall.
Getting the best deal
With high demand for accommodation throughout the summer in Cala Bona, this is inevitably most expensive time of year to visit. In addition, prices in restaurants and cafes throughout the resort as well as local taxi transport rise during peak season. Early booking is essential to ensure the best deals with some of the most popular accommodation booked up to 12 months in advance.
Package holidays to Cala Bona are less common than in other parts of Majorca but may still represent some of the best deals to be had. Alternatively, try shopping around for a good deal on a locally owned apartment or house in the village; a particularly attractive option for families with an independent streak. At Directline Holidays we’ve picked out a range of the best accommodation and holiday packages on offer to Cala Bona to get you started.
Airport and transport need to know
Flying to Majorca is easy from the UK with a large number of UK airports offering regular flights, the frequency of which increases during the summer months. Flying from most UK airports should take around 2.5 hours and you will arrive at the modern Palma de Mallorca Airport close to the west coast. The airport has a good range of facilities including plenty of shops and eating places. Do bear in mind however, that this is one of Europe’s busiest airports during peak season so you will need a decent amount of time to negotiate the potential crowds at this time of the year.
Transfer time from Palma de Mallorca Airport to Cala Bona on the east coast is approximately 1.5-2 hours. Those making the journey by hire car should find it relatively straightforward following the Ma-15 motorway for most of the journey with good signposting to Cala Bona for the final few miles. Alternatively, taxi transfers can be picked up easily from outside the arrivals hall at the airport and cost around €75 (£61) for the journey. If you are travelling in a group then this may be a good option but be aware that taxis in Majorca are only licensed to carry a maximum of 4 passengers. In addition, arrangements for child seats should be made in advance.
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The best beaches in Cala Bona
Cala Bona’s idyllic location on Majorca’s east coast means there are plenty of nearby beaches to explore with both fine sands and smooth pebbles. We’ve chosen three of the best beaches in the area below for all types of beach-goer.
Best beach for lazing on a sun lounger
Small but perfectly formed, Cala Bona beach is the perfect choice for relaxing days in the sun with a good selection of well-positioned sun loungers and access to a number of beachside cafes and bars. As the resort’s main beach this is likely to be where you spend a lot of your time whilst on holiday in Cala Bona and with stunning views across the turquoise Mediterranean it’s easy to see why.
Best beach for activities
Just a stroll along the seafront, Cala Millor beach is the main beach used by holiday makers staying in the larger neighbouring resort of Cala Millor. Here you will find 2km of fine sands and a great selection of activities ranging from SCUBA diving and jet-skiing to boardsailing and fishing. The Watersport Center located on the beach just in front of the Riu Playa Cala Millor Hotel is a good place to start for water-based activities.
Best beach for complete isolation
Following the coastline north of Cala Bona into the district of Capdepera brings you to N’Aladern beach; a small, secluded haven with golden sands and very little development. You can reach N’Aladern by road and there are free parking spaces located just 200m from the beach making this a good choice for an easy day out. You may be joined by locals at times but otherwise N’Aladern is generally quiet and perfect for relaxing Majorca holidays.