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Cala Bona Holidays

A laid-back, family-friendly resort

While many of Spain’s resorts began their lives as fishing villages, Cala Bona in particular retains much of the sleepy, easygoing vibe of a small seafaring settlement. This is thanks largely to its charming harbour, which is still the focus point of the town. Even today, you’ll see a collection of ‘ilaüts’ – traditional Majorcan fishing vessels – bobbing among the other boats on the water.

Cala Bona holidays are also about beaches, of course. It has three – two sandy and one mostly rock – all offering serene, clear waters. Running parallel to the coast is a pleasant promenade, lined with various restaurants and cafés serving the likes of full English breakfasts to the many British holidaymakers. Continue along to the bigger and busier neighbouring resort of Cala Millor and you can enjoy a long, sandy beach and numerous buzzy nightspots – before returning to the peace and quiet of Cala Bona.

Your Cala Bona questions, answered

Absolutely. With its combination of calm, shallow waters, low-key nightlife and child-friendly hotels and restaurants, Cala Bona makes a great place for a family getaway.
Like anywhere on Majorca, it’s busiest over the summer, when the schools are closed and sunshine is guaranteed. Couples might prefer October, when there’s still plenty of sun and the sea is still warm.
The small town is located near some of the finest beaches on the island. You can head south to Cala Millor for one of the most popular – and keep heading that way for more stretches of white sand by a turquoise sea. These are all lined with sun loungers and shades, and you’ll have all manner of water sports. If you’re looking for something else, though, consider the beach near Cala Morlanda. This peaceful town is 15 minutes by car from Cala Bona and a three-minute walk away is the tiny beach of Calo d’en Rafelino. Although you'll have no facilities, it’s picture-perfect.
Absolutely! Other resorts on this coast are heavily oriented towards families but smaller, quieter Cala Bona is popular with couples. There’s a nice selection of restaurants and bars and the busier areas of Cala Millor are just a short walk along the promenade. The pretty harbour in Cala Bona is a good starting point if you’re after something of traditional Majorca, and you can head to other fishing harbours or inland mountain villages.
Cala Bona is actually one of the better-value resorts on the island, with reasonably priced lodgings as well as plenty of wallet-friendly places to eat.
The narrow streets of this colourful harbour village are lined with bars and cafes with terraces that spill onto the pavement. Fishermen still bring their catch straight from the sea and much of Cala Bona’s life is centred around the little port. This is a laid-back corner but, if you wanted a livelier nightlife, it’s just a 15-minute walk – or two-minute taxi ride – down to Cala Millor. Here, you'll have clubs, karaoke bars and quiz nights – everything rowdy and raucous you could want.
This is a compact resort and wherever you stay you’ll be within easy walking distance of the town and its beach. You just need to decide whether you want a sea view and are directly on the Mediterranean, or whether you want to be a little further back for an even more peaceful holiday. Many of the hotels are family-friendly with kids’ clubs and entertainment.
Half an hour’s walk or a few minutes’ drive from Cala Bona is San Servera. This charming town holds a wonderful, traditional market on Friday mornings; it’s a good idea to get there early along with the locals for a true taste of Majorcan life. You’ll be able to buy local handicrafts including embroidered table cloths and leather handbags. It’s a fine spot to test your haggling skills. If you’ve hired a car or fancy a bus ride, be sure to head to Inca on a Thursday morning for the largest, most famous market on the island.
Cala Bona is only an hour's drive from the island’s capital, Palma, which makes for an excellent day trip. A labyrinth of cobbled streets lead out onto broad plazas and there are many galleries and museums. You’re also only an hour’s drive south of Port de Pollenca and the road that leads onto the headland. This is a dramatic drive, with a narrow winding road along the jagged cliff-top; expect stunning views as you ease your way along the route. You can also take your pick from sailing trips, horse riding adventures and a chance to explore nearby caves.

Best things to do in Cala Bona

Head underground

A short drive away, the Caves of Drach are definitely worth leaving the beach to visit. As well as impressive stalagmites and stalactites, they feature one of the world’s largest underground lakes.

Be kids for a day

Right in the centre of the resort, Fantasy Park promises amusement for children of all ages. The various fun-filled activities on offer include bouncy castles, electric boats and go-karts.

Explore the deep

Cala Bona has some of the region’s best diving schools – take part in scuba courses and excursions, whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced divemaster.
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