The twin resorts of Cala Bona and Cala Millor on the less-developed east coast of Majorca offer a quieter beach holiday away from the main tourist areas, surrounded by traditional Spanish charm. Unlike many resort developments on the island, Cala Bona is a small fishing village that has grown into a tourist destination while retaining much of its original character. Today the heart of Cala Bona still has narrow streets and many of its old buildings, and the tourist hotels are scattered throughout the town rather than concentrated in one resort area.
The beaches at Cala Bona and Cala Millor are are among the best in this part of Majorca, and well sheltered from Majorca’s prevailing westerly winds. Cala Bona’s sandy beach is sheltered from the open sea by breakwaters, and separated by small rocky headland from the larger beach at Cala Millor to the south. It takes about 20 minutes to walk between the resorts, and about five minutes on a rented bicycle or pedelo. The beach strip is lined with bars, restaurants and facilities for water-sports, including windsurfing, sailing, jet-skiing and water-skiing
The small working harbour of Cala Bona’s old village has been restored in recent years, and the nearby town square pedestrianised to create a focal point for visitors: restaurants, bars and cafés cluster around the docks where fisherman unload their catch of the day. Several tour boats leave from the harbour, and from jetties along the beach, including glass-bottomed boats that stops above reefs and at bays along the coast. There are three golf courses just a few minutes drive from Cala Bona, as well as a zoo safari park and go-karting track near the town.
Cala Bona hotels offer a range of entertainment to suit British visitors to the island with hotels and pubs offering bingo, karaoke, and pub quizzes. Cala Bona is generally quieter at night than Cala Millor, which has a more active music bar and club scene – but visitors who want to party can easily take a taxi for the short distance between the resorts. Cala Millor is more popular with German tourists, and the change in the menus at the tourist restaurants reflects the clientèle: English beer and fish-and-chips in Cala Bona, Bittburger and sausages in Millor. Cala Millor also has a long main promenade along the waterfront above the beach – a perfect place for long walks beside the sea.
Further afield, the coastline around Cala Bona has many small, sheltered coves with fine sandy beaches. Public transport is sparse in this region, and and hiring a car may be the best option for exploring the local region. The bays of Sa Coma and S’Illot both have beautiful beaches and small resort areas.
Cala Bona Activities
Further south, the town of Porto Cristo is the gateway to an extraordinary cave system known as the Caves of Drach – the Dragon – one of the most popular tourist sites on the island. The caves have been a tourist attraction since the 19th Century – and in 1878 three people got lost and wandered for more than 30 hours. Today visitors can follow a guide along the well-lit trail through 12 major chambers of the cave system, through chambers dripping with stalactites and other limestone formations, to Lake Martel – one of the largest known underground lakes in the world. Photographs are not permitted within the caves, but are well worth a visit. Check with tourist information for times of the tours, as the tours are only a few times a day and last almost an hour. Another popular day trip from Cala Bona is to Punta De’n Amer situated between Sa Coma and Cala Millor. Punta De’n Amer is a 200-hectare nature reservere where a 17th century watch tower is positioned