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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


Latest Guide to Cala Bona, the Harbour, Promenade, Shops, where to stay, where to eat, and things to do


Why is Cala Bona so popular?


Seafront and Cycle Track


Which tourists visit and when?


Getting Around


The local Fiestas


Local Beaches


Kids Playparks


Accommodation


The Harbour


Where to Eat and Drink


Useful Advice, shops, chemists, transport


Things to do locally



view to Cala Bona



Why is Cala Bona a popular resort?


Cala Bona in the East Coast of Mallorca has a special magnetism and charm luring tourists to return time and time again. Although it is a relatively small resort, it ticks most of the wish boxes for many tourists.


It boasts a picturesque harbour, quality accommodation, excellent restaurants 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 would have been those walking or cycling from from the nearby resort of Cala Millor only topped up with those taking a boat trip from the harbour. 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 people enjoy walking directly beside the sea along the completely flat pedestrian promenade. This stretches from the Hipotels Cala Bona Club popular with Scandinavians, to the Castle at Punt de N'Amer at the far end of Cala Millor. Cycling along the special cycle track is also an extremely popular pastime for locals and tourists. The coastal cycle track stretches from Costa de Los Pinos to Cala Bona, continuing through Cala Millor, finally reaching Sa Coma. From Costa de Los Pinos you can also cycle to Son Servera.


Bikes of all shapes and sizes can be hired locally including the large four and six wheel versions, an excellent choice for families. Great fun, except for those pedalling!



Who visits Cala Bona?


In the months from June until mid September, Cala Bona can be busy with visiting families and couples. In the low-season months you will find the resort popular with lets say 'mature' couples.


The fact that the streets and surrounding countryside are mainly flat attracts many disabled and elderly visitors to the area. Although many with disabilities travel with mobility aids, equipment hire of all kinds are 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.


Winter was in the past a favourite time of travel for retired couples who enjoyed escaping the harsh winter weather in Britain, Germany and Scandinavian Countries. However this is no longer the case due to the lack of winter flights.


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

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'



Getting around


For transport to and from the Airport, you can take the new A42 resort Bus from the Airport to Cala Bona.

This method is by far the cheapest way to get to the resort especially if you are travelling alone. If the bus times don't suit your arrival time you can take the (EMT) Airport Bus to the centre of the city (Plaza de Espana) and then catch the connecting bus (401/412) to the resort.

Many people also opt to hire a rental car or arrange a private mini-bus transfer.


In the resort you can use the local (TIB) bus transport service to visit nearby towns or travel a little further to Manacor or even Palma for the day.


Bus Routes from Cala Bona

401 Palma

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)


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.


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.


See more on taxis and all the Island transport systems available.


Little Train

The little train which links Cala Millor and Sa Coma

The 'Little Train' operates between Cala Millor, Cala Bona and Costa de Los Pinos.

It is cheaper to buy a return journey ticket.





Cala Bona Fiestas


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

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


Information Office

cala bona tourist information office

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

They can also help you with any questions on Cala Bona or Mallorca in general.

You will also find bus and train timetables, taxi and car hire info.

Find contacts for other info offices in Mallorca


Local 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 daytime during the holiday season. This beach is also suitable for the disabled with special facilities for assisted bathing available 1000-1700 May-October.

To use the service please book 24 hours in advance by calling 0034 617 351 733.

 

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 all kinds of watersports including jet-skis, ski-diving or a trip on a Banana Boat.

 



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.



Bouncy Castle in Cala Bona Cala Bona Fantasy Park Electric Cars

fantasy park cala bona bouncy castlecala bona fantasy park cars



Reserve Accommodation in advance


In this area there are many excellent hotels and aparthotels ranging from 2 to 4 stars. You also will find a good selection of private apartments for rental.

The 4 star rural hotel Son Corb in nearby Son Servera just a short distance from the resort.


The Protur group offer most hotels in this area which include the Bonaire Aparthotel, Floriana Resort, Alicia Hotel, Bonamar Hotel 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 holiday with everything included.


You can see here our selection of accommodation in the area or check out some

Rural Hotels


View from Alicia Hotel

View from Alicia Hotel


Some private apartments can be available for long-term rental in the area.











The Harbour


The pretty harbour Whether you are admiring the scenery, 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 and cafes with varying cuisine from traditional Spanish to 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 in advance at your favourite restaurant in July, August and September.


Find the best places to Eat in Cala Bona



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 and aparthotels 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 bars staying open late especially in peak season however for more nightlife you can easily walk to Cala Millor.



Cala Bona - Useful Advice


Local shops and supermarkets


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. If you walk along the promenade to the main street in Cala Millor you will find an Eroski Supermarket and a little further you have Mercadona, Lidl, Aldi and Hiper Centro which is excellent for fresh fish.


On Friday mornings you can travel to the Son Servera Market 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 where to shop guide for more information.


 

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



Cala Bona - local things to do


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, where you will see some very expensive properties built into the hillside. To get there you will go 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 views 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 with a seating area. There is also an area 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 the locals who enjoy spending their free days in a quieter area. Some enjoy relaxing in the sunshine and others like to barbeque or have a picnic in the shady areas. There are some sunbeds 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



Horseriding, Diving, Tennis, local Boat ticket office


Rancho Willy

Horse Riding


There is a 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, or if you prefer you can take a tiny pony for 1 hour with your child. You can also hire a little pony in the evening for your child on the seafront near the Hipotels Cala Bona Club Hotel.

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



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 good variety of boat trips. You could take a trip on the Glass Bottom Catamaran, a special boat with submarine vision. You could also take the popular trip to Cala Ratjada on a Saturday morning and enjoy the weekly market there.


safari park zoo

Staying in Cala Bona is ideal for a visit to Safari Zoo, Paradise Park or La Reserva in Sa Coma or the Caves of Drach or Hams. These are just some of the local things to do - see more day trips in Mallorca







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Money Exchange

You can change currency in the resort, rates can vary therefore shop around.


Car Parking

Parking in the streets around town can be difficult. For ease of parking, try the free car parks near the harbour


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