Formerly an old fishing port, Cala Bona is on the east coast of Majorca and has expanded over the years to accommodate the increasing number of visitors. Despite the intrusion of mass-tourism, it has retained a relaxed atmosphere which sets it apart from a number of other Mallorca resorts.
Life in Cala Bona revolves around the town’s original narrow streets and its working harbour, which boasts a variety of open air cafes and bars. Whilst many of the other resorts on the island have developed a very German feel, Cala Bona still remains a favourite with British tourists.
Cala Bona is 65km west of Palma’s Son Sant Joan International airport. Journey time to the resort can vary but transfers usually take around 2 hours.
Other than flying, another option for reaching Cala Bona is by ferry from a variety of Spanish ports including Barcelona, Valencia and Ibiza. Ferries arrive into the port of Palma, from where you can transfer to Cala Bona by bus or taxi.
The holiday season in Cala Bona begins in April and ends in late October, with temperatures ranging from twenty to mid-thirty degrees during this period.
Winter temperatures are still warm, though it can cool right down at night. May, June and September are possibly the best times to visit, when the weather is still beautiful, but the crowds have dissipated and you can also get better deals.
Most visitors to Cala Bona come to enjoy its small sandy beaches and tranquil atmosphere. However, if you are looking for a more active holiday there are a number of attractions within easy reach of the resort.
Indeed, it is possible to walk along the promenade from the harbour at Cala Bona to the more lively resort of Cala Millor in around 15 to 20 minutes.
Elsewhere, Rancho Willy is a well established local stable which allows visitors to sample the peace and beauty of the Mallorcan countryside. Rides lasts for 90 minutes with longer treks (including overnight accommodation) also available at certain periods of the year.
If you fancy a water-based excursion, modern, glass-bottomed boats make regular trips along the scenic east coast from Cala Bona, going either north towards Cala Ratjada or south to Porto Cristo. On most trips the captain will often stop and give you the chance to cool off in the sea.
A short taxi ride away, south of Cala Bona, the Fantasy Park outdoor play area in Cala Millor is a children’s paradise. Located next to the Parc de la Mar gardens, it is open every day during the summer months.
On the outskirts of Sa Coma, on the road leading into Cala Bona and Cala Millor, is the Auto Safari Zoo. Visitors have the choice of driving around the 4km circuit in their own car, or taking the zoo's own min train. The park boasts a monkey enclosure, giraffes, zebra, and elephants, plus cages of lions, tigers and other large felines. Getting there from either Cala Bona or Cala Millor is easy as the park provides its own courtesy bus which leaves regularly throughout the day.
For eating out, Cala Bona has a wide choice of restaurants, including many down by the harbour providing a perfect setting for an evening meal. The fish and seafood restaurants in are excellent with fish freshly caught by local fishermen.