Sa Coma is situated on the east coast of Mallorca, almost midway between the resorts of Cala Millor and Porto Cristo. A modern purpose built resort, Sa Coma only really became popular with tourists in the 1980s after the town embarked on a series of new developments designed to bring it up to speed with neighbouring towns.
Today it is particularly popular with British families, with the resort catering particularly well for children, who make the most of the wide sandy beach with its shallow and clear blue water. Nevertheless, the resort has largely resisted the effects of mass-tourism, and as a consequence it is best suited for anyone looking for a relaxed family holiday with access to a nice beach.
Sa Coma is 65km east of the Son Sant Joan International airport on the outskirts of Palma, which connects Mallorca with most of Europe. There is a vast choice of routes, and low-fare airlines have increasingly displaced the charter flights which once dominated the market for trips to the island.
It is also possible to travel to Mallorca by ferry from various ports on the Spanish mainland including Barcelona and Valencia, but be warned this is not usually the cheap or fast option. If arriving by this method, from the port of Palma you can pick up a bus or taxi transfer to Sa Coma.
The holiday season in Sa Coma begins in April and lasts until late October, with temperatures ranging from the twenties to the mid thirties. Spring and autumn are significantly quieter, though this period does attract a number of older tourists as wel as second-home owners in the region.
Winter here is extremely mild compared with northern Europe, but don't make the mistake of thinking Sa Coma and the rest of the island enjoys tropical weather, as it can get nippy, and storms do occur in both winter and autumn. Also bear in mind that many establishments close from November to April, though on the plus side, prices are lower.
Sa Coma boasts an exceptionally sandy beach with a fine selection of water sports on offer. Behind the beach is a wide, traffic free promenade that runs the full length of the resort towards S'Illot to the south and the smaller sheltered beach of Cala Moreya.
One of the area’s finest attractions is the 200 hectare Punta de n'Amer headland, which is situated midway between Sa Coma and the resort of Cala Millor, and was declared a protected nature reserve in 1985. Walking up to the ancient watchtower of Castell de n'Amer takes around 45 minutes from Sa Coma.
Also in Sa Coma is Golf Paradis, a 54 hole mini golf complex that also offers a choice of three 18 hole courses. The courses are all set in lush gardens with waterfalls, palm trees, lakes and even a windmill.
For dining out, Sa Coma offers a good selection of restaurants. The top eaterie in town for Spanish and Mallorcan cuisine is Lago. A good, and cheaper, alternative is the tapas bar next door, called Es Cuerot.
Evening entertainment in Sa Coma is generally hotel based. The resort does have a small number of bars, but these tend to empty out after midnight. However, if you’re looking for a wider selection of entertainment venues, the more lively resort of Cala Millor is only around 5 minutes away by taxi.
For attractions outside of Sa Coma, it is worth venturing into neighbouring S'Illot, where you will discover a vast contrast between modern, purpose-built Sa Coma and this formerly traditional fishing village. The two resorts are joined by a footbridge over a small freshwater lagoon and also a slightly longer road bridge.
Public transport around all of the east coast can be unreliable, but buses do run into the capital of Palma, as well as south to the famous Caves of Drach, several times a day.