Cala Barca is in a serene cove, backed by trees that provide a scenic backdrop for relaxing holidays to Majorca. This peaceful retreat isn't laden with bars and restaurants, but has a lone beachside club and is an excellent spot for scuba diving between naps on the beach. The busy town of Cala Dor is close by, and there you'll find a marina teeming with watersports, bars and restaurants, plus some seriously luxurious shopping.
The Cala Barca beach has 35 metres of warm, peaceful sands. It's no surprise that it can get busy in the summer months, because it's a scenic stretch of coast bordered by pine and oak trees. Along with the Sea Soul Beach Club, where you can grab a drink in between sunbathing stints, on-beach showers and toilets are also available.
The area's clear waters are sheltered by a line of rocks that keep the waves in check. This makes Cala Barca beach a hotspot for snorkellers and divers wanting to explore the underwater landscape. If you're a novice, there's a scuba and snorkelling centre where experts will show you the ropes and get you suited up like a pro.
There's rarely a dull day at the coast on this side of Majorca. While Cala Barca's beach stays mostly untouched in the ways of water-based activities – except diving, of course – you won't have to travel far to find popular excursions that'll get you exploring the sea.
From the marina in Cala d'Or, you can embark on leisurely glass bottom boats and tour beneath the waves or cut across the water on motorboats. You can also get sporty and rent kayaks, great for venturing out at your own pace and pulling in at neighbouring beaches.
Of course, for little ones the quieter waters of the beach at Cala Barca are ideal, with plenty of room to play – making this a good choice for those looking at the different kinds of family holidays Majorca has to offer.
Day trips to Cala d'Or
The striking town of Cala dOr adds a hint of glamour to Majorca's eastern coast. It's only a 10-minute drive, or a half-hour bus ride away, from Cala Barca so spending the day here is no trouble.
In Cala d'Or, you'll have your pick of a staggering seven beaches, each of which boasts powdery sands and clear waters. From quiet coves where you can rent a pedalo and coast through the light waves, to bustling shores with thatched umbrellas and sun loungers, there's a variety of ways to relax.
Along the town's busy avenues, you'll get the chance to pause in waterfront restaurants or grab a drink from a local bar. It's close enough to Cala Barca that coming in just for an evening meal to shake up your holiday routine is totally worth it. Along the Avinguda Tagomago – the main promenade lined with designer stores – you can window-shop for dream accessories or treat yourself to a high-end souvenir.
Up and down the coast
Cala Barca's beach links up to a coastal path that'll lead you to the Mondrago National Park in the south. The rocky coastline is dotted with hidden coves and pale sand beaches that are incredibly popular with visitors. There's also a nature park and the Ses Fonts de n'Alis wetlands that's home to migratory birds.
If you're on a budget and hunting for cheap holidays to Majorca, make the most of free natural beauty spots and nature trails with your time away in Cala Barca.