Although Majorca is well known for its purpose-built holiday resorts, Cala Bona is something different. Originally a small, fishing village, it’s grown to accommodate the demands from visitors and tourists, but retained most of its original charm and quirks. Away from the palm-fringed beach, you’ll find narrow, winding streets which might be a little challenging to drive through, but provide plenty of opportunity for discovering charming shops and cafés. Cala Bona still has a working harbour and you’ll often see fishermen repairing their nets or preparing for a trip, aided by a cup of strong coffee, with a dash of brandy thrown in for good measure! With a harbour peppered with bobbing boats, excellent restaurants, and some superb shopping to be had, Cala Bona holidays are ideal for families and couples who really want to get away from it all.
With its hot, dry summers and mild winters, it’s a perfect holiday destination at any time of year.
Flight time from UK:
Approximately two hours
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The waterfront is the heart of Majorca's Cala Bona resort. This is where you’ll find the beach and a lively promenade peppered with shops, bars and eateries. There’s also the opportunity to book a boat-trip to see the underwater side of Majorca. Glass-bottomed boats are immensely popular, giving you a chance to see what’s under the waves without getting wet! For golfing enthusiasts, there are four golf clubs nearby, with the nearest only around 15 minutes away from the town centre. Just an hour away you’ll find Alcudia waterpark, packed with rides, slides, and vast swimming pools. For family-friendly fun a little closer to home, enjoy an unforgettable wildlife experience at Safari Zoo in Sa Coma.
If you’re taking your holidays to Cala Bona with the family, you’ll need some entertainment up your sleeve. The Safari Zoo in Sa Coma is exactly what it says on the tin: a cross between a zoo and a safari! If you’ve hired a car, you can drive straight through the park’s open terrain where a variety of exotic animals are free to roam. Giraffes, zebras, and gazelles are just some of the wildlife you can spot, but the mischievous monkeys are always a highlight. Visitors without a car can enjoy the experience from the park’s land-train. On particularly hot days, Alcudia waterpark is the perfect place to cool down, and is a family favourite.
While Cala Bona’s beach is ideal for throwing a towel down and catching some rays, it can often get very crowded. For something bigger and with more facilities and a bit more space for stretching out, Cala Millor Beach is around 10 minutes’ walk from the resort. Here, you’ll find a Blue Flag beach, dusted with white sands that gently shelve into the turquoise waters. Approximately 1.5km long, there’s plenty of room, although, during the summer months, it pays to get there early, to secure the best spot. Sunbeds and parasols can be hired for a small fee, and there are several boat trips available from the jetties. For a break from tanning, explore the shops, bars, and eateries along the promenade.
If you’re looking for things to do in Cala Bona come sunset, the harbourfront is your go-to for evening entertainment. Enjoy romantic strolls along the promenade, al fresco meals overlooking the sea and low-key karaoke and quiz nights. For faster paced nightlife, take a 15-minute walk to neighbouring Cala Millor, where you’ll find a range of lively bars and clubs.
Language: While the main language spoken in Cala Bona is Spanish, most of the locals speak good English.
Fly to: Palma Airport. The transfer time to Cala Bona is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Currency: The currency used is the Euro (€).
Flight time from the UK: The Cala Bona flight time is 2.5 hours.
Local time: Cala Bona is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Tourist information: Further Cala Bona tourist information can be found here.
Visa and health: Before your holiday, visit here for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Balearics Sustainable Tourism Tax: You’ll need to pay a Sustainable Tourism Tax which has been introduced by the Balearic Government to help with environmental and tourism improvements. The charge is between €1-4 per person per night, plus 10% VAT, subject to change, and varies based on the official star rating of your accommodation. Children under 16 won’t have to pay and guests staying for more than nine nights will receive a reduction. For further information please click here.
Beach lovers: Find your favourite sunny spot on Cala Bona’s beautiful, sandy beach and simply lay back and relax!
Families: Treat the kids to a fun day out at Safari Zoo.
Relaxation seekers: Soak up the stunning sea views as you linger over a meal at a harbour restaurant.
Temperature: 9-25 (°C)
Cala Bona starts to warm up in early spring, with the mercury hovering in the high teens (17-19°C) by the end of the season. The summer months, between June and September, are hot and dry, with highs of 30°C providing the perfect conditions for swimming in the sea. Warm weather in the low 20s make October and November great months to enjoy a Cala Bona holiday, if you want to avoid the crowds. Winters in Cala Bona are mild and quiet.
By car: Hiring a car is the best way to get around if you’re planning on exploring beyond the resort. The roads in Majorca are generally good and the airport has a choice of international car-hire companies, offering competitive prices.
By bike: Cycling is a popular way to explore this compact resort. Cala Bona’s waterfront promenade has a great cycle path that extends up as far as neighbouring Cala Millor.
By bus: Catch the local bus for easy transport to Cala Millor, Palma and other neighbouring towns.
The Fiesta of Sant Antoni is one of the liveliest public holidays Cala Bona has to offer. Take your holiday to Cala Bona around 17 January and you can expect two days of spectacular celebrations. Join the fun as locals roast botifarrons (blood sausages), sing traditional songs, and gather on the streets for a spectacular parade. The party goes on well into the night, so get your dancing shoes on!
Carnival: Find the sparkliest piece of clothing in your suitcase and head out onto the streets of Cala Bona for the annual carnival. Held for one week in February, this event is the biggest outdoor party of the year.
Easter: Horns and drums ring out on the streets of Cala Bona to mark the start of the Easter celebrations. While it’s still very much a religious festival, it’s got that dynamic energy and sense of fun that Majorcan celebrations are famous for! Festivities continue for the rest of the week with parades and processions.