Cala San Vicente, on the north west coast of Mallorca, is one of the smallest resorts on the islands. Visitors often use it as a base from which to explore the surrounding area’s beautiful beaches and stunning scenery, whilst avoiding the crowds and commercialisation of the bigger resorts.
The resort also has its own beaches – three in total – offering long stretches of sand and rugged coves. The majority of activities, bars and restaurants are built around these beaches. The larger resort of Pollensa is a short drive away, and its quaint, cobbled streets are brimming with shops, cafes and attractions.
Cala San Vicente is 70km from Palma Airport and there are direct flights from numerous UK airports. From Palma you can catch a bus or taxi transfer to the resort.
Another option for reaching Mallorca is on one of the daily ferries between Palma and the Spanish ports of Barcelona, Valencia, Dénia, Ibiza, Ciutadella and Mahon.
High season sees consistently beautiful weather, though during the peak months of July and August temperatures can hit 90 degrees, so if you don’t like excessive heat you may want to avoid this period.
Winter weather remains warm, though sometimes nippy at night, whilst May, June and September are perhaps the best times to visit, when the weather is still pleasant, but the crowds are smaller and prices cheaper too.
Cala San Vincente has three beaches and the sea around the resort is beautifully clear. An entire afternoon could be whiled away enjoying the spectacular views over towards the cliffs of the Formentor peninsula.
The nearest town to Cala San Vicente is Pollensa, which hosts a Sunday morning market held in the Placa Major square, selling fresh local fruit and vegetables, as well as flowers and craft goods. Another market is held at Puerto Pollensa every Wednesday. Come prepared to haggle.
One of the most popular cultural attractions near Cala San Vicente is the Calvari steps which lead up to the tiny Calvari church, with its ancient wooden cross and stunning views over Pollensa’s old town. Each Good Friday, the 365 Calvari steps stage a moving procession, when a figure of Christ is removed from the cross and carried down the steps by torchlight.
Another nearby attraction is a series of man-made cave dwellings dating back to the Bronze Age. At the beginning of the 20th Century, records showed that there were about 20 of the original caves still in existence, and this number has now declined to 7, meaning you'll be bearing witness to a dying natural wonder.
Cala San Vincente is also a great jumping off point for Mallorca’s most popular hiking trail, the climb from the town of Alaro up to a ruined castle and hilltop chapel. The reward is panoramic views of the sea and plains as far as Palma. From Alaro the walk takes about two hours to complete. The castle ruins dominate the landscape and date back to the 15th century.
Three days later, on Sant Sebastians day, a further parade takes place that includes the ancestral dance of Els Cavallets where two young children dance wearing paper maché horses.