Regarded by many visitors to have the best beaches in yacht charter Mallorca, Cala d’Or is located on the east coast of the island, approximately 65km from Palma. It evolved from a traditional local village into the modern resort of today, expanding continuously and now it covers 4 km of sandy beaches and hidden coves.
Most of the town is made up of buildings painted in the traditional Mediterranean white, also found in the Ibiza area, while the outskirts are made up of private holiday villas. There is a large pedestrian zone in the center, where all the bars, restaurants and shops are massed together which makes it a virtual tourist magnet.
Because building is severely restricted here due to lack of space, there are few places that attract interest. Among the most important are the modern marina and the pedestrian region found in the center of the town. These are the places where the visiting crowds congregate religiously when they’re not on the water. The Castillo de Santueri near the village of S’Horta and the the Aquarium de Mallorca next to the Caves of the Drach are also interesting places to visit.
If it’s shopping you’re looking for, your crew should check out the weekly market at Felanitx happening every Sunday morning. This is considered the best market in yacht charter Mallorca. It’s a good place to grab some locally produced pottery, fruit and other produce. However, be warned that getting the best prices requires some haggling, but then again there are people that enjoy that.
If you’re getting peckish, just head on to the pedestrian street downtown and there you’ll find most restaurants which serve an eclectic mix of Spanish, Catalan, Italian and African cuisine, with a couple of establishments which also serve International menus. Cala d’Or is one place where you and your friends won’t go hungry.
The nightlife is different from other parts of the island. The bars around the marina and the central market are the best chance you’ll find for some nighttime entertainment. Also, some of the local hotels put on shows for their guests, but pleasure craft sailors will find themselves going to bed past midnight, as most establishments close up by that time.
One of the biggest parties around here is undoubtedly the Fiesta de la Mare de Deu del Mar (Our Lady of the Sea) which takes place on August 15th and involves a maritime procession near the harbor and some musical manifestations. And speaking of music, some of the regulars will surely enjoy the Cala d’Or International Jazz Festival, that goes on each July.
Among the most popular daytime distractions are sunbathing, sailing in glass-bottom boats along the coast, go-karting and cycling. The explorers can always check out the Caves of Drach which are open for visits each year from April to October.