Cala d'Or and Cala Egos:
resort of Cala d'Or is part of the municipal district of Santanyí,
it lies on the southern half of the east coast of Majorca. As the crow flies the
town is around 65km (40 miles) east of Palma
Airport (the Son
Sant Joan International airport) the road in recent years has undergone
significant upgrade, so transfer from the airport now takes approximately 3/4
hour to 1 hour.
alternatives from the airport are generally by either hire car, or one of the
many taxis available from the ranks outside the arrivals hall.
In theory at least, the
taxis should all operate on a fixed price basis, typically charging around €50
to €70 for the journey to Cala d'Or, however this "fixed price" may
vary slightly depending upon the number of suitcases, time of day or night, and
of course number of passengers. An important consideration for families with
small children, is these taxis do not as a rule have child seats fitted,
therefore children may have to sit on their parent's knee for the journey. If
this is a cause for concern, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements
for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you, and clearly specify at the time of
booking that a child seat is needed for the journey.
If planning to transfer by
hire car, it is a good idea to pre-book the car prior to travelling, ‘over the
desk’ hire prices can be significantly higher than pre-booking by phone or
Internet, similar savings can be made if you plan to hire in resort. Another
consideration when considering hire cars is commonly in peak summer season is
all rental cars are booked making it impossible to obtain a hire car at all, so
the moral is: get your arrangements made well in advance.
The journey for those who
have chosen to drive is fairly straightforward for the most part, although not
especially scenic. Once you've left the airport grounds, you will normally join
the main PM19 motorway heading east towards the towns of Llucmajor, Campos, and
Santanyi. This is straight forward until reaching the village of S'Alqueria
Blanca which is after Santanyi, here you have a choice of your final route:
either take the junction signposted to Calogne and S'Horta, or straight ahead to
Porto Petro, the choice depends on preference or whether you are heading for
Cala d’Or or Cala Egos.
Cala d'Or today is a modern
purpose built resort which grew from a small traditional Mallorcan fishing
village. Over the years the resort has expanded, and now covers a large area
encompassing several small sandy coves and creeks. Although in all fairness this
growth has for the most part been controlled, and the town still has the feeling
of a small village with few, if any, high rise buildings.
The largest of the local
coves is called Cala Llonga, this has been developed into a large marina that
effectively splits the resort in two, the two halves being named Cala d’Or and
Cala Egos. Getting between the two involves either a fairly long walk around the
marina (15 to 20 minutes), or you can catch a ride in the tourist mini
road-train which runs regularly throughout the day.
The focal point of the town
centre is a pedestrian zone around the area of Cala Gran, this has a varied
selection of shops, bars and restaurants, the immediate locality lacks many of
the other family attractions like water parks that many tourist expect to find
in a holiday resort these days, these can however be easily reached by taxi or
The beach at Cala Gran is
the largest in the town, but at 40m wide and 100m deep can never really be
described as being large. Near here is Cala d'Or itself, from which the resort
takes its name. This is a pine fringed cove with a small but crowded beach. Sun
loungers, parasols and pedaloes can be hired at both of these beaches. In
addition, there is also around 8 or 9 other smaller sandy coves in the area,
although these can become crowded in high season.
If the beaches at Cala d'Or
become too crowded, or if you wish to escape from Cala d'Or for the day, many
visitors take the morning bus to Es Trenc. This beautiful beach of clear blue
water and golden sand, backed by pine trees and dunes, stretches for almost 5km
along the wild south eastern coast of the island. There's a small bar/restaurant
here and you can hire sun umbrellas, but there are few other facilities. The
beach rarely gets packed with bodies, but be warned though, Es Trenc is popular
with nudists and the bodies you do see are likely to be bare.
Public transport around all
of the east coast is not particularly good, so you may wish to consider car hire
if you want to see more of the island. However, if you do have a good sense of
adventure, the daily IB-33 bus runs into Palma several times each day, and
information, along with further details, of this service can be found in pdf
format on the Transunion
Mallorca sl web site.
If you do have access to
your own transport, and can get out of the resort, the Sunday morning market at
Felanitx is recognised as being one of the best in Majorca, and is well worth a
visit. This is a good place to pick up locally made pottery, but be prepared to
haggle for the best bargains. Also certainly worth a mention are the fruit and
produce markets which are held at nearby Santanyi every Wednesday and Saturday
Evening entertainment here
is not rowdy, and is generally hotel based, although the resort does have an
increasing number of lively bars that tend to be centred around the pedestrian
zone. However, all things considered, and in keeping with much of the east
coast, Cala d'Or is generally a quiet low key resort that is perhaps more suited
to those looking for a relaxing holiday.
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