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Cala Bona Tourist Guide - Useful Advice and Travel Information



Cala Bona Beach in Summer Cala Bona Harbour

Cala Bona Beach in SummerCala Bona Harbour


Here we have compiled a useful Cala Bona holiday guide, with the latest information and advice for tourists, everything you would need to know about the resort in general.


Why is Cala Bona so popular?

Seafront and Cycle Track

Which sort of tourists visit and when?

Fiestas

Tourist information Office

Beaches

Kids Playparks

Hotels or Apartments

The Harbour

Where to Eat and Drink

Evening Entertainment and Bars

Useful Advice, shops, chemists, transport

Costa de Los Pinos

Things to do in Cala Bona

Boat Trips



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Why is Cala Bona a popular resort?


Cala Bona has a special magnetism and charm and once visited, lures many tourists to return time and time again. Although it is a relatively small resort in comparison to others in Mallorca, it ticks most of the wish boxes for many travellers.


It boasts a picturesque harbour, lovely beaches, quality hotels and apartments, excellent restaurants, a good selection of shops and plenty of things to do in the local area.


There have been considerable changes to the resort since the late 1970's, back then the description would have been 'small quaint fishing village with very little tourism'. The main visitors, apart from local people living in the immediate area, would have been those walking or cycling from from the nearby Cala Millor or those taking a boat trip from the harbour which would have been organised by their package holiday tour operators. At that time, few people travelled independently to Mallorca, unlike now! With tourism development over the years, you will find that both resorts are now virtually joined at the point of the Sabina Hotel in Calle de Rafel.


The Seafront Promenade and Cycle Track


The Promenade and Cycle Track Restaurants beside The Beach

cycle track linking resorts     Restaurants beside  beach


Many tourists enjoy walking beside the sea along the long completely flat pedestrian promenade, stretching from Sunwing resort, popular with Scandinavians, to the Castle at Punt de N'Amer at the far end of Cala Millor. Cycling along the special cycle track (seen in the picture above) is also a popular pastime for all nationalities including locals. The track stretches from the town of Son Servera linking both resorts and then continues to Sa Coma.


Bikes of all shapes and sizes can be hired locally including the large four and six wheel versions which are a great hit especially with families. Great fun, except for those pedalling!



Who visits Cala Bona?


In the months of June, July, August and part of September, Cala Bona is very busy with families and couples. In the low-season months of March, April, May, September and October you will find many lets say 'mature' visitors, mainly couples.


The fact that the streets, land and surrounding countryside, is very flat attracts many disabled and elderly visitors to the area. Although many with disabilities travel with mobility aids, equipment hire of all kinds is available in the area, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, walking aids etc. You can arrange for the hire equipment to be delivered to your hotel or apartment for your arrival and collection at the end of your holiday.


November - February in the past was a favourite with retired couples who enjoyed escaping the harsh winter weather in Britain, Germany and northern European Countries such as Norway and Scandinavia. However over the last few years this number has decreased because of the dramatic reduction of flights and holidays available in Winter months due to the economic crisis.


In general you will not find groups of young people visiting the area, many choose instead the lively resorts of Magaluf, Palmanova or Santa Ponsa because of the variety of clubs and nightlife in the South of the Island.


Cala Bona Review 17/6/2013

from Maria who stayed at the Protur Alicia Hotel

'We have recently returned from Cala Bona, and we just wanted to say what a beautifully clean place it is. The Council and their staff obviously work very hard to keep it this way, so thank you all very much'


Cala Bona Fiestas


Every year you will find Fiestas all around the Island of Mallorca, with each area having its own municipality (local government - council).

Son Servera, the municipality for Cala Bona, organise the Fiesta activities for this area in conjunction with Sant Llorenc which is the municipality for Cala Millor.


Events take place throughout the year but the following are those

enjoyed most by visitors:

24 June Fiesta Sant Joan

mid July Fiesta Sea - Carmen

end July Fiesta Sea - Angels

last week in September - Tourist Fiesta Week


You can find more information if you check out the following website:

Son Servera Ajuntament Fiestas


Where is the Tourist Information Office?


cala bona tourist information office

If you need holiday advice, information, street map or leaflets you can visit the tourist office which is at the Harbour.

They can also help you with details of attractions around the Island.

You will also find bus and train timetables, taxi and car hire info etc. Look for the flyers with offers from the local businesess!

Find contact information and more tourist offices in Mallorca


The Beaches


Nearby Beach The main Beach with Sunbeds, Parasols

beach near Cala Bonacala bona beach with sunbeds and parasols


The coastline, although fairly rocky, has several beach areas. The main beach is easily accessed from the pedestrian promenade and has sunbeds and parasols for hire, they have a lower daily rate for hiring both. A life-guard is on duty there during the daytime. Several other small beach areas are dotted along this coastline however they are without lifeguards. If you are looking for larger beaches you can easily walk to Cala Millor beach or travel the short journey to Sa Coma.


Jet Ski/Bana Boat

jet ski, banana boat, boat hire

Cala Bona has limited options for water-sports but if you walk along to Cala Millor beach you can arrange jet-skis, ski-diving or a trip on a Banana Boat etc. For more information on trips available speak to the attendant on the beach.


Children's Playparks


Opposite the main beach you will find a small children's playpark which is suitable for very young children (age 18m - 4 years approx).


Harbour View Kiddies Playpark

cala bona harbour view kiddies playpark near beach


Kids Fantasy Park in Cala Bona

kids fantasy playpark in Cala BonaYou will find a larger playpark 'Fantasy Park' as you walk towards the Harbour.


In the evenings this Park is busy with parents and children enjoying the various

activities. You can choose from small trampolines, a huge giant trampoline with harnesses, kiddie electric cars, a large bouncy castle and some other childrens rides.



Fantasy Playpark - Bouncy Castle, Rides etc

Bouncy Castle in Cala Bona Cala Bona Fantasy Park Electric Cars

fantasy park cala bona bouncy castlecala bona fantasy park cars


Reserve Hotels or Apartments in advance!


There are many excellent hotels, aparthotels and apartments ranging from 2 to 4 stars. You will also find the 4 star rural hotel Son Corb in nearby Son Servera just a short distance from the resort.


The group Protur offer most hotels in this area, Aparthotel Bonaire, Floriana Resort, Alicia Hotel, Aparthotel Bonamar and Bahia Azul Apartments.


View from Gran Sol Hotel Beach in front of Gran Sol Hotel

View from the Gran Sol Hotel in cala bonabeach in front of Gran Sol Hotel


Because of the popularity of the resort, with many tourists returning year after year, you will find that much of the accommodation is reserved considerably far in advance. We recommend that if you decide to holiday there in the peak months of July, August and September it is best to reserve early to avoid disappointment.

Some hotels now offer all-inclusive holidays, although many still have the option of the more traditional half board (breakfast and dinner).  You can reserve

most hotels direct on-line or book a package majorca holiday.


You can see here our selection of hotels or check out some

Rural Hotels


View from Alicia Hotel

View from Alicia Hotel


You will find many private apartments and villas in the resort and in the surrounding countryside which can be reserved for a holiday or a long stay.

For more information see our apartments and villas






The Harbour


The pretty harbour Whether you are admiring the boats, dining or simply having drinks, the picturesque Harbour is a magnet for visitors. This is the place where both tourists and locals relax in the evenings, enjoying the tranquility and special ambiance after a hard day sunbathing, sight-seeing or working!


Where to Eat and Drink


At the Harbour and all the way along the seafront in the direction of Cala Millor you will find an excellent selection of restaurants with varying cuisine from traditional Spanish and Mallorquin to Skandinavian, British, Italian and even Indian food. Indeed it can be very difficult to find a vacant table in peak season. To avoid disappointment it's best to reserve a table at your favourite restaurant in July, August and September!


See our selection here



Harbourside at Dusk Jetty at the Harbour

harbourside at duskjetty at the harbour


Entertainment, Bars etc


Most evenings during the peak Summer months you will find a street-painter at the Harbour displaying his most recent picture art. You will also find regular street entertainers, such as South American pipers, flame throwers, fire eaters or even dancers.



Most of the hotels, aparthotels and apartments offer evening entertainment typically beginning with a kids disco, sometimes a game of bingo followed by an evening entertainment show.

Entertainment normally varies throughout the week with solo artists, groups, magic shows etc.

The Sandancers Bar in Calle Llambies is excellent for those who enjoy

evening entertainment such as karaoke with lots of fun.


You will find some cafe/bars staying open late but there is only one small nightclub on the Paseo Maritimo.


Cala Bona - Useful Advice


Shopping - Where is the Supermarket and when is the market?


From the Port and along the pedestrian seafront promenade in the direction of Sa Coma, you will find many small shops selling a variety of clothes, shoes and other goods such as toys, jewellery and typical souvenirs.

There are a selection of small supermarkets selling everything from freshly baked bread to meat, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables. The largest with the best variety of produce is the 'BIP' in the Calle de la Tramuntana near to the Harbour. You will find larger supermarkets such as Eroski if you travel the short distance to Son Servera or you could shop in Cala Millor where they also have Eroski, Mercadona, Lidl and Hiper Centro which is excellent for fresh fish.

On Friday mornings you can travel to the market in the nearby town of Son Servera by foot (45mins). However if you prefer you can take the local bus service route 414 or 432 or a short taxi trip for a few euros. At this market you can buy anything from sunglasses, bags to potted plants or a cooked chicken! The weekly market is enjoyed by many tourists and locals alike. If you are going there it's best to go early in the morning as the stalls tend to pack up around 1300.

If you are looking for larger shops and chain-stores such as El Corte Ingles, Mango, Zara, designer stores etc you can visit our shopping page for information.


Need a Chemist?

You will find the local Chemist (Farmacia) and a health clinic on the main street Calle Llambies along from the Hotel Alicia (opposite the main beach). If this Chemist is closed, a notice will be displayed of a nearby emergency Chemist.


Need a rental car, a taxi, local bus or train?


Car Hire

If you need a rental car while you are in the resort there are a few options, you could rent from one of the rental shops on the Paseo Maritimo (seafront) or from one of the Hotels or Apartments. There is a daily rate but sometimes the 3 day car rental works out cheapest. If availability is limited, you can check in one of the nearby resorts. You might prefer to organise your rental on the internet before you arrive in Mallorca. You can see more information in our transport section.


Taxis

There are two taxi ranks in Cala Bona, the first at the entrance to the Harbour,

on the corner of Calle de la Tramuntana and the second in the middle of the the resort opposite the main Beach on Calle Llambies (near to the Hotel Alicia). Many journeys have set prices, you can see various options at the harbour taxi rank.


Buses

For transport from Palma Airport, you can take the (EMT) Airport Bus to the centre of the city (Plaza de Espana) and then catch the connecting bus (412) to the resort. See more

It depends on your flight arrival time whether this will work for you. It is by far the cheapest way to get to the resort if you are travelling alone.

Many people opt for car hire or private resort bus transfer, you can see more information in our transport section.


You can use the local (TIB) bus service to visit nearby resorts or travel a little further to Manacor or even Palma for the day. The journey to Palma takes around 2 hours. You will find various bus stops displaying route options and timetable throughout town.


Bus Routes from Cala Bona

432 Son Servera

412 Porto Cristo - Caves of Drach - Manacor - Palma

445 Alcudia - Puerto de Pollensa

441 Cala Ratjada

451 Costa de Los Pinos - Soller (only runs in Summer)


See more about Bus Trips below.


Little Train

The little train which links Cala Millor and Sa Coma

The 'Little Train' operates from Cala Millor through Cala Bona all the way to Costa de Los Pinos. There are various stops along the way before turning at the shops in Costa de Los Pinos to begin the return journey.

It is cheaper to buy a return journey ticket.


You can also use the Little Trains to travel to the nearby resorts of Sa Coma and S'Illot changing at Cala Millor. The trains run from approximately 0930 - 2000 in the peak months of June - September and a reduced service during the off-peak months.


Costa de Los Pinos, Port Verd, Nou Vell


View from Cala Bona to Costa de Los Pinos Beach at Costa de Los Pinos Viewpoint in Costa de Los Pinos

view from Cala Bona to Costa de Los PinosBeach at Costa de Los Pinos near Cala Bona, La MarjalViewpoint at Costa de Los Pinos


You can walk or cycle along the coast to Costa de Los Pinos an area of great natural beauty with some very expensive properties built along the cliffs. To get there you will travel through Port Verd, Port Nou and Port Vell. At the very end of Avenida del Pinar you will reach the Viewpoint. From there you can enjoy the fabulous view out to sea and over the bays of Cala Bona and Cala Millor.   It really is spectacular and well worth a visit!  

This Viewpoint has a secure metal railing where many local couples leave a

momento of their love in the form of a padlock inscribed with their initials!


Port Verd near Cala Bona at Sunset Port Verd - view to Costa de Los Pinos

Port Verd near Cala bonaPort verd view to Costa de Los Pinos


Between Port Verd and Costa de Los Pinos there are several areas of beach, mostly rocky coves which are quiet and peaceful. Cala Marjal, is the largest of those and popular with guests staying in nearby villas or houses in the area. It is also a favourite of locals who enjoy spending their day off in a quieter area, some of them like to barbeque in the shady areas. There are some sunbeds, watersports and a super beach bar serving food and drinks in the daytime. Just beyond this you will find the nine hole Son Servera Golf Course.


Cala Bona Attractions - Things to do


There are many things to do in the resort and closeby, here are the top favourites:


Horseriding, Diving and Tennis


Rancho Willy

Horse Riding


There is a reputable diving and riding school both of which are easily found in the resort.

Albatros Diving School is beside the Levante Hotel on the Paseo Maritimo (seafront) and the riding school, Rancho Willy is in Calle de la Tramuntana travelling in the Son Servera direction. At Rancho Willy you can arrange 2 hours riding in the morning or afternoon for just over 20 euros, or if you prefer you can take a tiny pony for 1 hour with your child for only 5 euros. This for sure is a bargain! You can also hire a little pony for your child on the seafront near the Sunwing Hotel.

If you enjoy tennis, courts can be reserved at the tennis clubs of Son Floriana resort or Eurotel Golf in Costa De Los Pinos. Alternatively you could travel to Cala Millor, and visit the Hotel Simo where courts can also be hired.


Boat Trips Cala Bona


Cala Bona Boat Trips The Wave Rider Trip Ticket Office

Take a boat trip from the resort

Boat trip, wave riderBoat ticket office


At the Harbour, you will find the ticket office where you can choose from a great variety of boat trips. You could take a trip on the Glass Bottom Catamaran.

The trips on this special boat, which has submarine vision, run several times a day and vary in length. You could also take the popular trip to Cala Ratjada on a Saturday morning and enjoy the weekly market there. On Sundays you have the option of visiting Porto Cristo where a small market is held.

You can travel to resorts by boat, Sa Coma or Porto Cristo, with several departures daily or take a day trip to Calas De Mallorca with several interesting stops included.

For those who like excitement on the waves, you could arrange to have 30 minutes on a speed-boat or Sea-Rider (bookable in advance).


Day Trips to Palma Mallorca, Soller, Alcudia etc


Day Trips Local Bus

day trips on the local bus


The TIB Bus operates a regular service during peak months to various destinations around the Island.

You can choose to visit many other Majorca Resorts such as Cala D'Or, Calas de Mallorca or Alcudia. You could visit some inland towns or villages if you prefer to see the real Mallorca! The towns of Arta and Manacor are both a short distance, approximately 30 minutes by bus, and make a very pleasant inexpensive day out. Manacor market is on a Monday morning and Arta is a Tuesday morning.

You can see the bus routes and various destinations in

our TIB information

You can also plan your route on their website here


Alternatively you can choose one of the many trips organised for by tour operators in the hotels or in a Tour/Ticket office in the resort.


From the town of Manacor, you can catch the train to Palma. If you have a hire-car you can park at Manacor Station free of charge. You can buy train tickets in the station or on the train itself if there is no attendant on duty. This particular train journey across the beautiful Mallorcan countryside is very enjoyable and one which we would highly recommend.


Trip to Soller

trip to Soller

If you are going to visit Palma for the day, please check our comprehensive information guide before you go.

From the Plaza de Espana, you could take the

Palma to Soller Train.




Safari Park Zoo

safari park zoo


You can travel a few kilometres to the Safari Zoo Animal Park is in Sa Coma. This is a lovely day out for all but especially enjoyable for those with children. You can drive around the animal park or you could travel on the Zoo Train.


Caves

caves of drachYou can enjoy a trip to the Caves of Drach in Porto Cristo or Caves at Arta which are a short drive or bus journey from Cala Bona.

Tickets for the Caves can be bought at the entrance.

If enjoy Waterparks, you could also take the local bus to the Alcudia Waterpark (Hidropark). Alcudia is a little bit further to travel therefore plan a complete day out. You might want to take a picnic with you! If you prefer to visit the larger waterparks or theme parks in the south of Mallorca, Aqualand, Western Waterpark, Palma Aquarium or Marineland we recommend a hire car because a taxi is very expensive and there

is no direct bus from this area.


La Reserva Sa Coma

paradise golf, swimming in lagoon

Sa Coma is only 10 minutes drive from the resort or approximately 1 hour walk.

You can enjoy a game of golf there in the 2 x 18 hole,

36 hole Paradise Golf. Alternatively you could book into La Reserva for a fun day out in a lagoon swimming pool with lunch included in the price.


For more information on attractions and activities around Mallorca.


We welcome your reviews, please send any information by e-mail to reviews@mallorca-now.com or contact us



If you decide to visit we are sure you will not be disappointed!


Unlike many spanish resorts which have increased in size, the charm and beauty of this resort has remained.


We hope that you have found this Cala Bona Tourist information useful for your trip.








 



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Market Day

market

Take the local bus on Fridays to the market in Son Servera or if you enjoy walking or cycling you can use the pedestrian walkway/cycle track.



If you need a taxi:-

00 34 971 586 969


taxi

Money Exchange

You can change currency in the resort easily, daily rate is diplayed on a board outside, rates can vary from shop to shop.


Car Parking

Parking in the streets around town can be difficult. For ease of parking, try the car park behind the harbour (before Bonaire hotel).


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Son Servera Golf Course

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