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Cala Dor

Cala d'Or Holidays

The thriving resort of Cala d'Or is a popular destination for last minute holidays to Majorca, due to its seven gorgeous beaches and stunning natural scenery. Developed around a charming fishing village, Cala d'Or has grown to become one of Majorca's most visited holiday spots. If you're looking for a trip with plenty of outdoor activities and beaches to explore, Cala d'Or could be for you.

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Fun in the sun

Cala Dor's seven sandy beaches are a huge draw to those visiting the area. The town's name literally translates as 'Golden Cove' and it's safe to say it lives up to its namesake.

Cala Gran is the most popular beach in the area due to its beautifully sheltered position. With long stretches of white sand encircled by lush palm trees you'll be transported to your own tranquil oasis here. For a less developed beach with fewer visitors head to Cala Esmeralda where there is plenty of room for your whole party to spread out on the sand.

With seven beaches there is something to suit everyone, including a naturist spot for those who are so inclined. If you're hiring a car this holiday or are up for taking public transportation, one hidden gem is the Parc Natural De Mondrago.

This national park is home to an exquisite beach, clear, blue lagoons and idyllic footpaths amidst luscious greenery. You might even catch a glimpse of some native tortoises.

All of these beaches offer sun loungers and parasols that can be hired daily at a small fee. Several coves have restaurants lining the promenades where you can grab a spot of lunch if you're getting peckish.

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Off to sea

A great way to view Cala d'Or and the surrounding Majorcan coastline is by boat. For those who want to make a whole day of it, there are yachting packages that will allow you to see the island from their beautiful ships. These yachts stop in the coves for a bit of snorkelling, and also include a BBQ lunch on board. Glass-bottomed boat trips are always popular with families, as the kids will be entertained by the fishes swimming in the sea below.

If you love living in the fast lane, speed boats called Sea Riders take tours daily from Cala d'Or – catch a ride and hold on tight! To discover the surrounding beaches there are boat trips that travel to Cala Egos, Cala des Pou, Cala Gran, Cala Esmeralda and Cala Ferrera.

Splashing around

There's plenty to keep the water sports enthusiasts entertained in Cala d'Or. The clear water makes it a great place for snorkelling, or if you prefer to stay on top of the waves, kayaks are available to rent. Nearby Cala Esmeralda is a top spot for windsurfing, whereas Cala Ferrara has volleyball and pedal boats.

There are also several diving schools around the resort that have professional and knowledgeable guides to lead you in excursions under the sea. The diving schools cater for all ages and abilities so you're guaranteed to feel safe and prepared as you make your way into the waters.

If you're up for an adventure and thrive on feeling your pulse race, travel to the nearby Caves of Drach and the Louis Salvator Cave. Here you can travel on boats through underground lakes and take in the grandeur of the natural caverns.

Riding along

The natural scenery of the island and Cala d'Or can be explored in many ways – one popular adventure comes in the form of horseback riding tours. Qualified riding instructors will lead you on epic routes around the coastline on a horse or pony.

Living la Vida Loca

One of the best times to book package holidays to Majorca – for some authentic adventures to Cala d'Or – is during the summer fiestas. Fiesta de La Mare de Deu del Mar is the festival of 'our lady of the seas'. This event kicks off with musical concerts around the town, markets selling leather goods, glass and wood carvings and authentic Spanish delicacies, as well as a maritime procession around the harbour. These festivals are the perfect opportunity to wander out of your resorts and experience authentic Spanish celebrations, especially for those on All Inclusive holidays to Majorca.

If you're visiting in July you can enjoy music from the Cala d'Or international Jazz festival. This yearly summer event brings internationally recognised jazz performers from all over the world and is an important part of the town's cultural heritage.

Great places to eat

Cala d'Or's booming tourist market has brought with it an influx of delicious traditional and international restaurants. The marina area is complete with seafood restaurants, cake and sandwich bars and coffee shops. The harbour is also the centre of nightlife in Cala d'Or, and you'll find tons of bars along the coast serving up cold sangria and refreshing margaritas.