Calas de Mallorca, situated on the east coast of the island, has a rich and diverse history dating back to pre Roman times, with monolithic monuments having been unearthed at various times throughout the centuries. Nevertheless, it was not until the death of the Spanish dictator Franco in 1975 that the town began to attract tourists in large numbers.
Today, Calas de Mallorca is a purpose built resort, ideally placed for exploring the sights and natural beauty of the eastern side of the island. Perched high on a cliff top, the resort is peaceful and relaxed, but with a wide range of amenities and attractions, including three small sandy coves.
Most visitors to Mallorca will fly into Palma Son Sant Joan Airport (PMI) which is located on the outskirts of Palma in the south west of the island. Calas de Mallorca is 70 kms from Palma Airport, with a journey time of about 1 hour by road.
Flight time from the UK is normally about 2.5 hours, and there are also flights from a large number of Spanish airports, including Barcelona and Madrid.
An alternative way of reaching Mallorca is by sea. There are ferry operators which connect Palma to various ports in mainland Spain including Barcelona, Ibiza and Valencia.
If you're fan of long, hot sunny days with clear blue skies then Calas de Mallorca will not disappoint. The summer months are rarely interrupted by rain and the sun shines for around 11 hours per day. Temperatures during the peak months of July and August often tip the 30C mark - sometimes higher - so you'll need a good heat-tolerance level if you're to remain comfortable at these times. Sea temperatures during the summer are warm and perfect for enjoying the numerous water sports on offer. Evenings remain warm and balmy in high-season too.
Those who prefer slightly cooler temperatures should consider a May or October family holiday in Calas de Mallorca. Rainfall is not unheard of at this time of the year but it will usually last less than an hour. Temperatures during the early spring and late autumn months are also warm, hovering just under the 20C mark, while the sun continues to shine during winter with average daytime temperatues coming in at 15C.
Many visitors to Calas de Mallorca will head straight for one of its three small, sandy coves - Cala Antena, Cala Domingos Gran and Cala Domingos Petit - all of which offer a good selection of water sports. The largest of the three beaches is Cala Domingos, though at less than 100m wide it can become very crowded during summer periods.
The beaches are all within an energetic walk of each other, with a route that cuts into the cliffs, through if you don't fancy the exercise then there is the Cala Express road train which runs around the town and down to the Domingos Gran Beach.
The resort has a reasonable selection of shops concentrated at the Centro Commercial, but for the best shopping you should check out the Sunday morning market at the nearby town of Felanitx. Considered one of the best in Mallorca, it's a great place to pick up some local pottery, but be prepared to haggle.
One of the surrounding area's best attractions is the Tropical Park Jumaica, situated on the road from Porto Cristo to Porto Colom, and set in lush tropical gardens. The park gives visitors the chance to discover rare plants, trees, bamboo groves and an array of free flying exotic birds.
Located a short drive west of Calas de Mallorca, the Caves of Hams, discovered in 1905, are famous for their peculiar formations, and for their marvelous underground lake. Nearby are the more famous Caves of Drach and the Aquarium de Mallorca, a small aquarium with exotic fish from around the world including piranhas and electric eels
If you've got energy to burn, you may consider hiring a bike to explore the surrounding countryside, including the inland town of Felanitx, and the port of Porto Colom. Hard-core cyclists can even navigate the climb to the sanctuary of San Salvador above Felanitx.
One of the best excusions away from the island is the glass-bottomed boat trip along the picturesque east coast. Some of the trips stop at Porto Cristo, allowing you to visit the nearby Caves of Drach, whilst others visit the sand and shingle beach at Cala Murada, which has small market on a Thursday morning, just south of Calas de Mallorca. The boats are usually quite modern and on most trips the captain will normally give you the chance to spend half an hour cooling off in the sea.