Cala San Vicente Holidays
Cala San Vincente Holidays – An idyllic Majorcan retreat
Cala San Vincente is one of Majorca’s smallest and most scenic resorts situated in the northern tip of the island amidst the spectacular Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range. The resort is built into the hillsides along the coast, offering superb views from much of the high quality holiday accommodation including a number of small hotels and private apartments. With four stunning sandy beaches to choose from and a selective range of shops, restaurants and bars, Cala San Vincente holidays are ideal for those in search of a peaceful Mediterranean escape.
If you are keen to explore the local area whilst on holiday in Majorca, then Cala San Vincente is also a great base from which to experience some of the island’s most breath-taking scenery. The Sierra de Tramuntana mountains offer fantastic walking opportunities for the more active. Alternatively, you can enjoy the mountain scenery in a more relaxed manner by taking a boat along the coast to the popular resort of Formentor. Cala San Vincente is also located just 5km north-west of the larger resort of Puerto Pollensa where you can pick up local crafts and delicacies at the weekly market on Wednesdays.
When to go
As one of Majorca’s smaller resorts Cala San Vincente does get busy during the peak summer months of July and August so it is worth bearing this in mind if you are in search of a truly isolated Mediterranean retreat. This is probably most noticeable on the resort’s four beaches which can get crowded during the long summer days. However, Cala San Vincente does have a more limited capacity than some of the larger resorts in the north of the island and so manages to maintain much of its traditional fishing village charm even during busier periods. Alternatively, if you are keen to avoid the crowds completely then a visit to Cala San Vincente during the first four months of the year is the perfect time to experience the relaxed pace of local island life.
The weather in Cala San Vincente
Cala San Vincente enjoys some of the nicest weather in Majorca with its mountainous coastal location providing cooling breezes throughout the hot summer months. Daytime temperatures peak in Cala San Vincente at around 29°C in August with night-time temperatures falling to approximately 20°C during this month. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) see daytime temperatures in the mid to late-teens. Sea temperature rises from around 14°C in March to 17°C in May and drops again after summer highs of 25°C to around 19°C by November. This makes autumn a particularly good season to enjoy the resort’s coastal location although October and November are also generally the wettest months across Majorca.
Getting the best deal
Cala San Vincente is still a largely residential fishing village meaning that holiday accommodation here is less abundant than in many other resorts. This means that it is particularly advisable to book early if you want to secure a good deal on your holiday accommodation. There are several hotels ranging from 2 to 5 star as well as a selection of private and often locally owned apartments throughout the village. This latter option is a good choice for families or couples looking for affordable accommodation with self-catering facilities. In general the major tour operators do not offer package deals to Cala San Vincente so it is worth doing your own research into the best deals on offer. We’ve picked out a selection of holiday options for Cala San Vincente below to get you started or you can check out our late deals section for last minute bargains.
Airport and transport need to know
Cala San Vincente is located approximately 60km north of Majorca’s international airport Palma de Mallorca. Upon arrival at the airport you will be greeted by a modern building with all the facilities and amenities required of one of Europe’s busiest summertime airports. The airport is not too difficult to navigate and is relatively well-equipped for dealing with the large numbers of passengers passing through. Do be sure to leave plenty of time to negotiate the likely crowds if you are travelling at peak season however.
There are a number of options for transferring from the airport to your accommodation in Cala San Vincente. A popular choice in recent years has been to pick up one of the many taxis waiting outside the arrivals hall for the 1 hour journey. This should cost around €70 (£56) and operates on a fixed price basis. Alternatively, those hiring a car from the airport will find the journey to Cala San Vincente fairly straightforward. After exiting the airport on the Ma-19 and then following the Ma-20 for a few miles you should join the Ma-13 at exit 3B which will take you most of the way to the resort on the northern coast.
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The best beaches in Cala San Vincente
Cala San Vincente itself has four attractive beaches which are ideal for relaxing on during your holiday and enjoying the dramatic surrounding scenery. There are also many less well-known beaches up and down the coastline offering a mixture of sand, pebbles and serenity. We’ve picked out some of the best beaches in the area below.
Best beach for lazing on a sun lounger
Cala Molins is a popular beach for bathers and those in search of the perfect place to stretch out in the sun. The beach has a good range of facilities nearby including sun loungers and parasols for hire and is blessed with soft, fine sand and stunning scenery.
Best beach for activities
Cala Barques is the largest beach in Cala San Vincente and offers a small selection of beachside shops, cafes and bars as well as beach-based activities and water sports including windsurfing and pedalo hire. This is probably the liveliest beach in the resort and is situated just a short distance from one of the largest hotels available as well as next to the smaller neighbouring beach of Cala Clara.
Best beach for complete isolation
For those in search of an isolated patch of Majorca’s northern coastline El Calo is a hidden gem worth making the short journey for. Lying between La Roja and Punta de l’Avancada, El Calo is a small gravel beach accessed via a 4km walk from the Aero Naval base where you can leave your car. The difficulties associated with getting to this pretty beach mean that it is almost always left unoccupied and waiting to be discovered.