The Golden Bay
Cala d'Or, often referred to as the ‘Golden Bay’ is a very popular holiday resort particularly suited to families located in the southeast of the island.
The name ‘Golden Bay’ derives from the fact that it is located furthest away from the Serra de Tramuntana mountains; which have a disruptive effect on weather patterns and therefore it benefits from increased sunshine hours. It also happens to be close to some of the best beaches in Mallorca.
The resort is attractive due to its multitude of small scenic coves and sandy beaches, these being Cala Ferrera, Cala Esmeralda, Cala Serena, Cala Gran, and Cala Llonga with each of these having their own distinctive character & main street where you will find the typical assortment of souvenir shops, pubs & restaurants.
Each of the coves benefit from charming little beaches framed by cliffs and woodland; however being small, they do get very crowded during the summer months.
The multiple personality of Cala d’Or & the number of tourists can make it difficult to get a handle on the place despite there being a mini train from the main resort to the various beaches to make life easier.
Cala d’Or’s best attribute is its yacht marina; which is one of the most glamorous on the island. Here you will find the Cala d'Or Yacht Club and quays lined with a good assortment of bars, restaurants and shops. The marina has 600 moorings making it one of the largest in Mallorca behind the more popular marinas of Puerto Portals, Palma, Port Adriano and Andratx.
For anyone that has been to Ibiza, you will immediately notice that the buildings in Cala d’Or have been inspired by buildings and resorts in Ibiza, they were planned that way! The buildings are in the majority, just two floors high and have whitewashed facades, in addition to rows of pine trees lining the nearby streets.
Local attractions include The 18th-century historic fort ‘Es Fortí ’ and the ‘Parc Natural de Mondragó’ nature reserve.