Cala Dor Holidays
Cala d’Or Holidays – Majorca’s southern gem
Cala d’Or is a small, relaxed holiday resort on the south-east coast of Majorca popular with families and couples in search of stunning coastal surroundings and a taste of Mediterranean island life. The resort has been built up around a traditional Majorcan fishing village and retains a sense of its charmed past in the unobtrusive architecture and laid-back atmosphere. A stroll along the pedestrianised main street will reveal a host of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops all waiting to be explored. Alternatively, head down to the stylish marina for a relaxing evening by the shore.
Cala d’Or boasts a superb selection of small coves and beaches perfect for making the most of the long sun-filled days. Those keen to explore the coastline will have no shortage of hidden gems to uncover whilst on holiday in Cala d’Or. Similarly, the magical Caves of Drach near Porto Cristo are a popular day trip for visitors to Majorca’s eastern coast and the Sunday morning market in nearby Felanitx is said to be one of the best in Majorca; well worth a visit to pick up some local crafts and delicacies.
When to go
As with many of Majorca’s smaller, more traditional resorts, Cala d’Or does get busy during the peak tourist season (June to September). This is most noticeable throughout the summer school holidays when the beaches can feel crowded and the most popular cafes and restaurants reach capacity. For this reason it may be wise to avoid travelling in July and August if you are keen to avoid the crowds. These months also see the highest temperatures in Cala d’Or so a visit in spring or early summer when the climate is perfect for exploring the Santanyi region on foot or by bike may suit those in search of a more active holiday.
The weather in Cala d’Or
The popular summer months of July and August in Cala d’Or see daytime highs of around 28-29°C and evening temperatures falling to no lower than a pleasant 20°C. June temperatures peak at around 25°C and September also sees highs in the mid-20s throughout most of the month although rainfall does begin to rise in late September. Average hours of sunshine from June to September range from 8-11 hours per day meaning there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the superb summer climate. Those travelling outside of the summer months will experience temperatures ranging between 14-22°C with the lowest of these occurring in the winter months of January and February. Rainfall is highest in October and November.
Getting the best deal
The lack of high-rise developments in Cala d’Or is one of the resort’s most appealing features but it also means that holiday accommodation is in slightly higher demand than in other parts of Majorca. It is still possible to get a great deal on Cala d’Or holidays though and we’ve selected some of the best deals below to give you an idea of what’s on offer. Package holidays to Cala d’Or are often a good way to bag a bargain or alternatively the resort has a good selection of apartments for groups of varying sizes that will suit families, couples or groups of friends who are happy to go it alone. Travelling outside of the peak season is a sure way to benefit from cheaper accommodation prices as well as lower prices in restaurants and shops throughout the resort. Do bear in mind however, that the choice on offer will be somewhat more restricted at these times, especially during the quiet winter months.
Airport and transport need to know
Flights to Majorca operate regularly from airports across the UK including many of the smaller regional airports throughout the summer. It is therefore always worth checking your local airport for seasonal flights if you are travelling at this time. Flights from most UK airports take around 2.5 hours and land in Palma de Mallorca Airport just outside the Majorcan capital Palma. The airport is modern and well-maintained but does get busy so do leave enough time before your flights to ensure a stress-free holiday from start to finish.
Cala d’Or is located approximately 65km south-east of Palma de Mallorca Airport and transfers typically take around 1 hour 15 minutes. If you are travelling with a tour company then coach transfers are often included in the price of your holiday making life very simple. Alternatively, you can hire a taxi to Cala d’Or for around €70 (£56). There is a large taxi rank outside the arrivals hall at the airport with a regular stream of taxis although at busy times you may have to join a short queue.
If you are hiring a car from the airport the journey to Cala d’Or can be somewhat tricky to navigate. The Ma-19 and Ma-5120 towards Felanitx will take you most of the way but the final few miles into the resort itself are less straightforward. If you are making the journey be sure to have an up-to-date map as most of the roads in Majorca have been re-numbered in recent years. Alternatively, you may want to take a taxi from the airport and hire a car once you’ve arrived in Cala d’Or for trips around the local area.
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The best beaches in Cala d’Or
The Santanyi district is home to an idyllic stretch of coastline with many small beaches and hidden coves, both sandy and pebbly, scattered throughout the region. We’ve picked out some of the best beaches in the Cala d’Or area for you to enjoy.
Best Beach for lazing on a sun lounger: Although there are several beaches in Cala d’Or that have sun loungers for hire these can get busy during the peak season. For this reason we’ve picked out Es Trenc beach as the perfect choice for lazy days in the sunshine. Getting to Es Trenc does involve a bus ride from Cala d’Or but the 5km stretch of fine golden sand and small beachside bar make the journey more than worth it.
Best Beach for activities: Cala Gran is the largest beach in Cala d’Or situated just in front of the Hotel Cala Gran. Like most of the beaches in the area Cala Gran is located in a bay meaning it is well protected and particularly safe for swimming. This is probably the liveliest beach in Cala d’Or with the option to hire pedaloes as well as sun loungers and parasols. Cala Gran is just a stone’s throw from the neighbouring and equally popular beach of Cala d’Or and boat rides are available from both of these.
Calo des Burgit
Best Beach for complete isolation: Those in search of Santanyi’s quieter coves and bays will not need to go far as this part of the Majorcan coastline is brimming with hidden gems. A particular favourite is Calo des Burgit situated in the Cala Mondrago National Park to the west of Cala d’Or. A day trip here is the perfect way to explore some of the area’s most spectacular scenery and the tiny beach itself is often completely deserted.