Category: Marina

Category: Marina

Port de Cala d’Or

Port de Cala d’Or is located in Cala Llonga due to space, access and winds. Cala Llonga provides sufficient room for nearly 600 moorings and with the exception of strong easterly winds, it is sheltered and well protected from the weather.

The beautiful marina is very well equipped and includes the Cala d’Or Yacht Club, most of which is open to non-members. On the quayside, you will find a good assortment of supermarkets, exclusive shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants.

Port de Cala d’Or has a 30,000 m2 offshore berthing esplanade and provides all of the services you would expect to find in a modern marina including mechanical assistance, technical service, cleaning & hull treatment.

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 marina is one of the largest in Mallorca behind the more popular marinas of Puerto PortalsPalmaPort Adriano and Andratx.

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.

Local attractions include The 18th-century historic fort ‘Es Fortí ’ and the ‘Parc Natural de Mondragó’ nature reserve.

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El Toro – (El Toro, Nation Street)

El Toro (‘The Bull’) is a friendly coastal community located next to a cliff overlooking the superyacht marina of Port Adriano.

There are close to 2,500 residents in El Toro consisting of a mix of locals and expats from Britain, Germany, Scandinavia and other European countries.

El Toro is sandwiched between two of the most notorious resorts on the island, Santa Ponsa and Magaluf; however you would not know this when you are there because it is generally tourist free.

At the top of the cliff overlooking the beach and the marina, there is a 5-star, adults only hotel called Pure Salt Port Adriano. The hotel is particularly popular with golfers because they have an on-site golf simulator and there are nearby golf courses.

El Toro has a main street, Carrer Gran Via; which is referred to as ‘El Toro, Nation Street’ by the local British expats. On this street, you will find a number of popular eating and drinking establishments including the wonderful Med 54, a British-Mediterranean style restaurant and bar that has quickly made a name for itself with a 5 star rating on Tripadvisor from over 100 reviews.

Other establishments of note are Café Kebab, a firm favourite with the locals and expats, Bohemia (a Spanish bar), Thai El Toro, The Anchor Bar and Bistro 49.

From Carrer Gran Via, a steep road takes you down to Port Adriano, one of the most modern marinas in the Mediterranean and quickly becoming the preferred marina for superyachts.

To the right of Port Adriano, is a lovely small beach called Playa El Toro (official name is Cala de ses Penyes Roges). The beach is 250m long with fine-grained, golden sand and despite being popular during the high season, there is usually lots of room to find your own piece of beach.

A very popular eating and drinking haunt is Restaurante Playa El Toro; which is located close to the water and has its own swimming pool. The restaurant is often referred to as The Chicken Shack or Tin Hut due to its tin roof. The food here is really good and the prices are very reasonable.

Towering over the Chicken Shack is a very large block of residential apartments nicknamed ‘The Ship’ because from the sea and at night when the apartments are lit up, it resembles a cruise ship.

The Ship is one of the oldest residential complexes in the area and is a mix of well-renovated apartments and apartments that are similar to how they were many decades ago. Residents of The Ship have some of the best views available in El Toro, looking out towards the sea, Port Adriano and the beach.

El Toro is a quirky and fun place with a terrific mix of personalities. Look out for a VW Chapuza usually parked on Carrer Gran Via that looks like it was abandoned 15 years ago and has grass growing out of the hood. Despite appearances, it is perfectly street legal and a constant annoyance to the authorities.

Port de Sóller

Port de Sóller is a very pretty coastal village located in a large and protected horseshoe bay separated from the rest of Mallorca by the Tramuntana mountain range.

Before the Sóller tunnel opened in the 1990s, Port de Sóller was a difficult place to get to with cars having to travel via the Coll de Sóller with tight hairpins every 200m or so. This road is now a popular cycling route with little traffic, especially since the tunnel has not been subject to a toll charge since 2018.

The isolated location of Port de Sóller at the foot of the mountains and the use of the area as a training base by the Spanish military resulted in the village coming through the over development of seaside destinations in Mallorca during the 70s and 80s relatively unscathed and it retains its traditional fishing port charm.

The village’s main role historically was to service the main town of Sóller located a few miles inland and to protect its residents from pirates. During the 19th century when the export of oranges and lemons grown in the area became very profitable, the port expanded significantly and just a decade or so ago, millions of euros were poured into sprucing up the port.

In 1561, Sóller’s beach was invaded by fleets of Turkish and Algerian pirates. The town’s residents managed to defeat the pirates using just using wooden swords and hand-held catapults. This epic defence is re-enacted each year in a festival called Es Firó.

The horseshoe bay has a sandy beach and a pedestrianised promenade with many cafes, restaurants and shops in addition to a few hotels, Many of the restaurants serve seafood; however there are more and more high-class eateries opening in the port due mainly to the opening of a 5-star luxury hotel on the hills above the village.

Sóller is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with tourists & day trippers. The town is connected to Port de Sóller by a vintage tram, the Tranvía De Sóller; which takes passengers on a lovely journey through citrus and olive groves.

Even if you are only on the island for a short time, the narrow-gauge, Tren de Sóller journey from Palma to Sóller should be close to the top on your things-to-do list. One of the most rewarding excursions on the island, the vintage train to Sóller is a very popular attraction with a journey time of around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Sometimes known as the Orange Express, the wooden train was originally introduced to transport oranges and lemons from the Sóller valley to the capital, replacing a stagecoach service, which crossed the high mountains via the Sóller pass on a steep, narrow dirt track, which was exhausting and tediously slow.

Funded by profits of the citrus fruit trade, the Tren de Sóller has trundled along the winding 27.3km route to Sóller since 1912.

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