An increasingly popular resort on the east coast of Majorca, Calas de Mallorca is a good holiday option for families heading to the island, offering both busy tourist attractions and quieter, more laid-back options. The location of Calas de Mallorca also means it is a good base for exploring the east coast. Most self-catering accommodation in Calas de Mallorca is modern, clean and well-maintained – ideal for those visiting with young children.
The resort has undergone substantial development over the past few years, and now has a credible amount of cafes, shops, restaurants and other amenities, the majority of which are around the Centro Commercial area. Most of the nightlife can be found in hotel complexes, though there are an increasing amount of music bars around town and expansion will undoubtedly continue.
The main beaches of Cala Domingos and Cala Murada are to the south of town, and both are clean, safe and well maintained – ideal for younger children. Pedalos can be hired for a small fee for those wishing to have a splash in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. There is also a smaller sandy cove at Cala Antena which has less crowding during the summer.
The Jumaica Tropical Park is a good family option and contains a large number of rare plants, animals and exotic birds. Opened in 1995, the park has regularly expanded, and now covers 25,000 square metres of lush countryside – quite a contrast to the dry, arid land that covers most of the island.
Near to Calas de Mallorca are a number of villages and towns well worth a visit during your stay. Porto Colom (11km) and Porto Christo (11km) are two of the options a few kilometres along the coast, and Felantix (10km), which is home to an excellent Sunday morning market and the famous Caves of Dracht, is the nearest inland town. Manacor (18km) is the home of the pearl industry and also well worth a day trip.
Peak season runs from mid-May to mid-October in the resort of Calas de Mallorca, and during this time temperatures peak at over 30C, with an average of 25C. Winters are mild and stormy, but this is also when the crowds dissipate and prices drop, making a more authentic Spanish experience.
Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) serves the island and is 61km from Calas de Mallorca. This means a transfer time of around an hour upon arrival – a journey best made by hire car or taxi transfer. Many flights can be found to Palma from the UK, so compare rates from airlines such as easyJet and Thomson Airways to get the best deal.