For relaxing family holidays, Calas De Mallorca fits the bill - small and friendly, with plenty of activities for children, it is a great spot for unwinding.
Calas de Mallorca is a small, modern, purpose built resort situated on the rocky east coast of Majorca.
The resort itself enjoys a pleasant cliff-top setting, with three small sandy beaches set in sheltered coves, accessible via paths and steps that wind down the cliff side. Spectacular views over the sea guaranteed.
Located in the district of Manacor, approximately 70km (about 44 miles) from Palma Airport, the journey can be a long one, taking anything from 1 ½ to 2 hours.
Calas de Mallorca is an ideal spot for a quiet, relaxing holiday, with low-key nightlife and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. It's a perfect place to hit the beach and chill out, and also a good base for those looking to explore the east of the island.
In Calas de Mallorca there are three small beaches, each set in a rugged cove (cala), the largest being Cala Domingos Gran, which has European Blue flag status, sunbeds, parasols and watersports facilities such as pedaloes. The other two beaches, Cala Domingos Petit and Cala Antena also have the Blue Flag award, and also have similar facilities, and all three can become somewhat crowded in peak season, particularly at weekends, as they are popular with locals as well as tourists. The sand is soft and smooth, and the water is clear, however be aware that there can be strong undercurrents in the sea in this area, so weak swimmers and children should stay closer to the beach.
Most of the tourist facilities in Calas De Mallorca are set in one central area, the Centro Commercial (commercial centre), typical of the type found in many Majorca resorts. Here you will find a cluster of shops selling beachwear, souvenirs, crafts and holiday essentials, alongside cafes, bars, restaurants and amusements. You can also hire family fun bikes, scooters and cars from here.
This is a great resort for families with children - nice and quiet and does not attract crowds of 18-30s. There is a nice childrens' playground and funfair in the commercial centre, with loads of activites including mini go-karts, bouncy castle, trampolines, climbing frames etc. There is also a fun little mini-golf course (Mini Golf Mallorca) right in the middle of the commercial centre.
A tourist road train, the Calas Express, runs around the resort between the beaches, which is great fun for the kids and saves your legs!
Food and drink are easy to come by, with some excellent seafood restaurants as well as the usual array of international cuisine that you might expect in a purpose-built resort. So if you fancy an indian meal, a pizza, or a steak, no problem. You'll also find some nice cafes and bars around the resort, a couple with karaoke in the evening, plus a couple of live music bars and nightclub/discos: Jupiter and Tiffany’s.
From Calas de Mallorca, you can explore the east coast - there are some buses, although these are reknowned for being a little unpredictable, so hiring a car may be the way to go in this part of Majorca. That said, taking the bus can be an adventure - you can travel by bus to Porto Cristo, or Manacor, home of Majorca's pearl industry. It's also possible to get a bus from Calas de Mallorca to the Capital city of Palma. The beaches of Cala Romantica and Cala Murada are within driving distance.
Also worth a visit if you're in this area is Felanitx market, acclaimed as the best in Majorca. This takes place each Sunday morning, and attracts visitors by the coachload to the vast array of stalls offering all kinds of souvenirs, pottery, clothing and good quality leather goods.
“Family friendly, relaxing and with amazing views over the clifftops, Calas de Mallorca is a chilled out resort on the east coast, with small, secluded beaches, ideal for family holidays.”