Family Summer Holiday in Cala D’Or, Majorca
Majorca is surprisingly up there with one of my favourite summer holiday destinations. Namely because it was a great place to relax and there are some areas which really take your breath away.
I especially enjoyed sitting on the beach, reading my book while safe in the knowledge that the kids were playing in the sand and chasing fish in the crystal clear seas close by.
When we first looked at Majorca for a package holiday I was a little dubious, the words ‘rowdy’ & ‘loud’ immediately sprung to mind – exactly how relaxing will this be! However, Keith suggested a little area on the east Coast called Cala D’or.
We were looking for a weeks holiday with the family to relax and unwind after a busy few months and it seemed to tick the boxes. So much that we even went back for a second time.
Cala D’Or Beaches
We were first drawn to the small coves/beaches situated in the area. The beaches were clean and well kept with a local fruit seller arriving every morning to sell delicious Mango/Watermelon or Coconut (an entertainment highlight for the boys!).
The thing I liked the most was the beach felt contained so that the boys couldn’t go wandering too far.
We bought Ethan his first snorkel for about €15 which he loved (Jasper was a little too young but used his goggles). Ethan regularly ventured out into deeper water with his dad to see the fish over by the rocks. Jasper went too but would mainly play in the shallower waters with the small fish around him.
Even returning for a second time the boys (minus floatation devices) enjoyed snorkelling around the nooks and crannies to find the bigger fish. This was helped along with a few aptly placed pieces of bread!
The main, and larger, beach area is called Cala Gran and has a few eateries on the beachfront. More often than not we opted to take a picnic to keep to a reasonable budget.
Cala D’Or Supermarkets
There are a few Spar Supermarkets within the town which aren’t overly priced. One at the corner of Cala Gran Beach and one further up the road towards the town. However, if you have transport then there is a much larger and cheaper Eroski Centre on the outskirts of town which we used often (especially having the car).
Cala D’Or town
The town itself was a little more spread out but there was a main ‘strip’ where most of the eateries were situated. Surrounding that were lots of supermarkets & souvenir shops, so the hub of the activity was centralised.
You can also venture over to the Marina with lots of restaurants dotted alongside where you can view the luxury yachts on show. It’s also great for a post dinner walk, just remember to keep some bread to throw to the monster fish lurking around!
Later in the evening we stayed towards Cala Gran area and as such stumbled across a fabulous park, Fantasty Park Cala D’or, which was perfect for small children. There were several bouncy castles/slides, a range of go-karts, trampolines & air hockey.
You paid just €5 for as long as you want. With an onsite bar it suited our needs perfectly.
Alternatively there is also a nightly show at the Tropical Gardens, which is free. All you have to do it buy a drink and sit back while the kids (and you) enjoy the show and disco.
Places to eat in Cala D’Or
Restaurant Diferent – We stopped here due to it’s location, right on the corner of the main strip. We were sat on a table outside so we could watch the world go by. There was plenty of choice on the menu, but with an asian section as this was the chef’s speciality. The food was very good & enjoyable but wasn’t the cheapest we had that week. The service was especially good with the waiters offering a good rapport. However, our visit in August was definitely less relaxed as the turnover of tables was high and you ideally needed to book. I would also try not to sit outside opposite the mini golf as the there was no shade from the sun and as such it was a little warm sat in the blazing sun.
Cafeteria Marfil – Good portions & varied selection on the menu, including a great selection of fish. We selected the ‘specials’ which was lovely and a very cheap price.
Papparazzi – There are many italians/pizzerias around the area which I find to be quick and easy for the kids. The food here was quick and easy and sheltered from the August sun. There was a varied menu but that night we just all fancied a pizza after a long day. The service was prompt, food was tasty and it’s always a novelty to watch the chef making the pizzas in the wood fired oven.
Restaurant Mestral – We only managed to stumble across this place towards the end of the holiday. Most of our time had been spent walking towards Cala D’or centre, but this is situated in the other direction. We found the staff to be very friendly. There was a good mix of local dishes which was good to see. The staff brought out a complimentary bread & garlic dip to start which everyone loved & a nice touch. The main food was very good with delicious flavour and somewhere we would return to.
Visiting in June
The first time we visited it was Early June so things were warming up to a nice temperature (slightly cooler in the evenings). The town had a nice ambiance with lots of people mooching around even though it was not half term.
Visiting in late August (UK School holidays)
With it being school holidays there was a big difference… lots more people, but we expected this. It wasn’t overcrowded but there was definitely less space at the beach and restaurants were busier so you either need to book in advance, go earlier or wait for the turnover.
We hired a car to get around Majorca itself as we don’t like to stay in one place too long. This gave us access to many areas of the island. In order to reduce costs we took along our Trunki BoostApak (around £30), which we used as the boys hand luggage. This has paid for itself as the cost to hire a car seat ranges from £4 to £10 per day! You can pick up some pretty cheap car hire in Majorca, but there are some car hire companies that are not reputable. Make sure you read the reviews before you go! Also, take out car insurance before you go to reduce the costs, we use icarhireinsurance.com
Tip: Buy a BoostApak for young children, get excess car insurance and always read car hire reviews!
Keith also hired a mountain bike as Majorca is renowned as one of the place that the top cycle teams train at. There are lots of cycle routes, bike hire and tours on offer with reputable names, such as Canyon!
We found it easy to walk around Cala D’Or town, but if you don’t feel like walking or are just out of town, then there is a little train which travels regularly through the area and down to the Marina.
Things to do for families
For a list of things to do around the island check out my other blog post here.
We loved the calm nature of Cala D’or, so much that we went back again!