Nestled in a secluded alcove of southern Majorca, Cala Mondrago is about as close as you can get to an idyllic tropical getaway this close to the UK. Its beauty is a thing to behold. Set amongst the local parc natural, think dark woodland staggering down the hills to oh-so-blue water. This unspoilt little village is surrounded by pine forests and protected wetland, with craggy rocks protecting its gorgeous beaches from the outside world.
Unsurprisingly, Cala Mondrago holidays are mostly about rest and relaxation. This is the sort of place you come to escape. Its sheltered beaches and calm waters make a great environment for family and couples holidays alike. The surrounding forests are home to some great walking trails, making it the perfect place for an active holiday too, should you be able to peel yourself away from the beach. Should it all get a little too relaxed, the lively bars and restaurants of Cala D’Or are just a short hop up the coast.
No less refined than its quieter neighbour, this beautiful little harbour town is a place where visitors come to sail, dive and drink glasses of sparkling wine at one of its picturesque waterfront bars. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Home to not one but five secluded sandy beaches, Cala D’Or makes for a day trip you’ll never want to end. A few hours spent down at the water can lead to an afternoon stroll through the pretty marina and a sumptuous local lunch at one of the numerous restaurants that look out over the harbour, surrounded on all sides by the calming expanse of green that is the Mondrago natural park.
This small medieval town is the ideal place to visit should you fancy getting away from the beach and exploring a bit of rural Majorca on your holiday in Cala Mondrago. Take a wander through the narrow cobbled streets and discover its hidden bars and restaurants, marvel at the ancient buildings and authentic island atmosphere. One of Majorca’s best markets takes place here on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The golden sandstone walls that circle the town are a reminder of its medieval past. The Sa Porta Murada gate, Santanyi’s ancient entranceway, is an imposing structure indeed.
Calas de Mallorca
A purpose-built resort just along the coast, Calas de Mallorca is a great place to do a little shopping and exploring. Its compact commercial centre is easily negotiated in an hour or two, leaving plenty of time for sunbathing on Cala Domingos beach and lunch at one of its beachside bars or cafés. Like all the stretches of sand in these parts, it is small and relatively unspoilt. It does get a little busy in the summer months, however with pedalos on hand it’s never too difficult to escape the crowds and drift away from it all.
Exploring Cala Mondrago...
Mondrago Parc Natural
A 2000 acre area of protected wetland and lush vegetation, this green area of Majorca is a must-see for lovers of the great outdoors. There are plenty of trails for walking, cycling or even horse riding, with sightings of colourful birds and animals including Coot, Redshank, Balearic lizard and Gannets a common occurrence. Take a break from the beach and get a first-hand taste of beautiful Majorcan natural surroundings on your Cala Mondrago holiday.
Boat trip to Cabrera Island
It wouldn’t be a beach holiday without a trip on a motor boat across the deep blue and gentle seas to a picture postcard island. Cabrera is precisely that. Not that there’s much in the way of crowds to escape, but a day spent on Cabrera really is the epitome of getting away from it all. Visit the rustic castle, feast on delicious tapas by the beach or simply go for a paddle in the sheltered waters. Boats depart from and return to La Colonia de San Jordi, a short drive from Cala Mondrago.
Sea cave excursion
A wholly unique experience awaits the intrepid adventurer on a sea cave trip. You arrive by speed boat to the caves, hidden below a rocky cliff, and then swim to the entrance. Wetsuits, boots and a torch are provided, allowing you to explore the incredible caverns with their fascinating rock structures and turquoise lagoons, all under the watchful eye of an expert guide.
Cala Mondrago beach
If you’re coming to Cala Mondrago, you must have heard about the beach. It’s a beautifully sandy beach flanked by two rocky headlands. Tucked away, protected by the headlands, the waters are clear and the breeze sheltered. Yachts creep in and anchor off, and the whole scene is well and truly blissful. The waters are calm and clear, the ideal environment in which to go snorkelling or swimming with kids. Pedal boats are available to hire should you fancy a bit of an adventure around the bay.
As you’d expect, fresh seafood features heavily on any Cala Mondrago menu. As the town and beach itself are so small, there isn’t a vast array of large restaurants to eat at, but quality sure does beat quantity here. Head along to neighbouring Cala D’Or and to La Tasca, a tantalising eatery down by the harbour. Here you can tuck into contemporary Spanish dishes including baked cod with garlic aioli, seafood pasta and even their speciality, black sole. If you’re still hungry later on, look out for tumbet, a hearty and delicious ratatouille-like local stew.
Let us take the hassle out of booking a holiday in Cala Mondrago. We offer flexible booking options, including low deposits and late deals. We fly the short hour and a half to Palma at regular intervals throughout the day. The airport in Palma is an hour’s drive from Cala Mondrago, meaning you can get from the UK to an idyllic beach setting in no time at all.