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The 7 Best Things to Do in Cala D’Or

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Being a tourist hot spot means that there is plenty to do in and around the beautiful town of Cala D’or. Situated on the east coast of Mallorca, Cala D’or enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate throughout the spring and summer months, which is great for many outdoor activities.

Alongside outdoor adventures, there are also some great options of things to do for those looking for a more relaxing break, such as eating and drinking in one of the many beautiful bars and restaurants. If want to know the best places to go in Cala D'Or, check out our travel tips section for more information of the town’s top attractions and best time to visit.

Lounge on a Beach

Cala D’or is home to many stunning, sandy beaches and beautiful hidden coves. The resort itself has an authentic and romantic atmosphere and this applies to the sandy stretches here too.

Two of the bigger beaches in Cala D’or are Cala Gran and Cala Ferrera. The larger sandy shores provide guests with sun loungers and a great choice of cafes and restaurants nearby. However, this does mean that they are quite popular and can get especially busy during the summer months of July and August.

If you are looking for a little more seclusion then the beaches of Cala D’or and Cala Serena are much smaller and attract fewer tourists, although still fairly busy during summer.

Sunlounger and parasol rentals are available from all of the Cala D’or beaches, perfect for those needing a little shade. The waters are also great at all of the bays, so if you are hoping to take a dip, swimming is excellent at any of the beach locations in Cala D’or.

Cala Ferrera Beach
Beach at Cala D'Or

Take a Boat Ride

Marina Cala D’or displays many sophisticated boutiques and shops, alongside great bars and restaurants offering a variety of cuisine. The harbour itself is truly beautiful and you will often find many expensive yachts lined up and down whilst the owners wander through the town of Cala D’or.

There are options to take boat rides from Cala D’or whilst on your holiday, which is a great way to explore the waters and spend a day when visiting the town. Whether you are looking to set sail on a dinner cruise or head out on a speedy motor yacht, there are plenty of options for those seeking a sailing experience when in Cala D’or.

Explore a Local Market

The closest street market to Cala D’or is on the Plaza Mayor in Santanyi, which takes around 20 minutes to reach by car. Santanyi market is perfect for those looking for a bargain or traditional Spanish products as well as some beautiful leather handbags. Plaza Mayor market is held every Wednesday and Saturday morning.

Alternatively, if you are seeking a traditional Mallorcan market, Sa Placa market in the nearby town of Felanitx, about a 20-minute car journey away, is a great option. With a great selection of locally sourced fresh produce, alongside other products such as clothes and flowers, there is plenty of browsing to do.

If you are staying in Cala D’or in August, then the market at Plaza Costa takes place every Sunday throughout the month. This is a great way to explore the variety of arts and crafts on offer throughout the stalls.    

Santanyi Old Town

Attend a Festival

Local festivals are a great way to explore the culture within the area that you are visiting, and they are also full of fun and a great atmosphere. There are some lovely festivals to experience when visiting Cala D’or, which you can read more about in our guide to the best time to visit.

Since 1994, usually in late May or early June, the International Jazz Festival comes to Cala D’or to light the town up with vibrant music throughout the streets and restaurants. These concerts are usually free of charge and are the perfect way to enjoy an evening in Cala D’or if you are looking for a lively atmosphere.

Another great festival to attend when in Cala D’or is the Festival of Saint Mary. This traditional gathering usually takes place in August and consists of a mass held during the afternoon, followed by a parade of boats atop the turquoise water.

Experience a Wine Tour

If you are looking to fully unwind and relax whilst in Cala D’or, experiencing a wine tasting tour is a great way to do just that.

The stunning scenery of Cala D’or provides you with the perfect backdrop to spend an afternoon sipping wines under the sun. San Alegre provides its guests with a romantic atmosphere, alongside some beautiful wines straight from the vineyard. As well as tasting their impressive wine selection, you are also provided with cheese, bread and olives to accompany the wine perfectly.

San Alegre vineyard is located approximately 3 miles outside of Cala D’or and is great for those looking for a tranquil afternoon in a beautiful setting.

Visit Mondrago Nature Reserve

Located close to Santanyi and approximately 4.5 miles out of Cala D’or is Mondrago Nature Reserve. The stunning coastal reserve is a natural park consisting of beaches, turquoise waters and wetlands.

The white sands at Mondrago make it feel like a true paradise. Paired with the rugged cliff edges and glistening waters, the whole area feels like a dream.

If you are looking to explore the nature reserve further, many paths provide you with the perfect opportunity to wander through this beautiful part of Mallorca.

Visit Mondrago Nature Reserve
Mondrago Nature Reserve

Explore the History at Es Forti

The impressive 18th-century fortress of Es Forti is located within Cala D’or and was originally created to protect the area from British fleets.

Not only does Es Forti hold some of Mallorca’s great history, but it is also surrounded by traditional Spanish houses as well as Es Calo des Pou beach, which is a beautiful sandy stretch lapped by stunning blue water.

Es Forti has also been known to offer some of the best views around the Cala D’or and is the perfect spot for watching the sunset.  


Cala D’or town is a great place to visit for those who are looking to explore Mallorca within a quieter and more serene setting. The town itself is smaller and has fewer tourist attractions than some of the bigger resorts, yet still offers plenty to do for all types of travellers. Whether you are looking to relax on a beach or in a winery, or enjoy the markets and festivals, there is much to do to meet all of your needs whilst on holiday here.

If you are planning to visit Cala D’or and need more information, Vida Villas provide a stunning selection of rental properties in the area. You can browse the range here, alternatively get in touch with the team, who will be happy to help.

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