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Cala Bona eignet sich hervorragend für einen Familienurlaub auf Mallorca, Bild: lunamarina / shutterstock

Small, but pretty and nice: Cala Bona

The internationally known and popular holiday resort of Cala Bona is a small district of the municipality of Son Servera in the comarca of Llevant on the east coast of Mallorca in the Bahia de Arta near Cala Millor. Cala Bona currently has about 1,100 permanent inhabitants, most of whom live from tourism. Thanks to its picturesque location in the middle of a natural harbour and the many beautiful and clean beaches, the relatively small Cala Bona has a special attraction and a lot of charm and attracts many tourists who like to return as regular guests. Travellers will also find a wide range of high-quality apartments and hotels on site, as well as fantastic restaurants, numerous shops and many excursion options in the surrounding area.

100 years ago, people here lived from fishing and not from bathers

The exact historical origins of the place are not known, but it is probably rightly assumed that the inhabitants here, as in the entire surrounding area, lived almost exclusively from fishing, agriculture and maritime trade for centuries. It was only about 100 years ago that the first holidaymakers “got lost” in this pleasantly quiet area in the northeast of Mallorca. In 1924, the first guest house was opened on site, laying the foundation for today’s approximately 15 hotels in and around Cala Bona. With the boom in tourism on the Balearic Islands from the 1960s onwards, the rapid urbanisation of Cala Bona and the larger neighbouring town of Cala Millor began. Since the late 1970s, the two places have developed considerably from picturesque fishing villages with little tourism to tourist hotspots and have now grown together practically at the height of Calle de Rafel.

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Strolling, walking, cycling and enjoying specialities with a view of the Mediterranean Sea

Port of Cala Bona
Small cozy harbor of Cala Bona, Image: lunamarina / shutterstock

Thanks to the fundamental and generous redesign and expansion of the local harbour and the adjoining seafront promenade in 2006, Cala Bona has become even more attractive and attractive to visitors. In addition to the new harbour master’s building and a petrol station for pleasure boats, a specially designated and now intensively used cycle path from Son Servera via Cala Millor and Cala Bona to Sa Coma was also built at that time. Bicycles of almost all shapes and sizes can be rented by the hour or day from various providers along the route, including the versions with four or six wheels, which are particularly popular with families with children and tour groups. The main beach of Cala Bona is easily accessible from the pedestrian promenade, also suitable for the disabled, sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented for a fee. In the summer season, lifeguards are on duty there during the day.

The audience in Cala Bona is well mixed by nationality and season

Opposite the main beach there is also a manageable children’s playground, which is ideal for smaller children up to 4 years old. In Cala Bona itself there are few water sports facilities, but in Cala Millor , which is within easy walking distance and quickly accessible, there are numerous offers in this regard. In the months of June, July, August and September, Cala Bona is mainly frequented by families and younger couples. In the low season in spring and autumn as well as the months of March, April, May and October, older couples tend to spend their holidays here, and in winter between November and February, many pensioners also like to spend their holidays here. Especially with holidaymakers from Great Britain and Scandinavia, Cala Bona is quite popular as a quiet and tranquil holiday resort all year round. Groups of young people with a desire for entertainment and nightlife, on the other hand, are more drawn to the south of the island and to the resorts of Magaluf, Palmanova and Santa Ponsa.

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The harbour is almost always very busy and a good starting point for excursions

However, regardless of age, the main meeting places for both locals and holidaymakers are the marina and the adjacent seafront, where restaurants with excellent Spanish and Mallorcan, Scandinavian, British, Italian and Asian cuisine are lined up. During the high season in July, August and September, however, it is advisable to reserve a table in good time, especially for lunch and dinner, due to the large crowds. In summer, souvenir dealers, street artists, jugglers, fire-eaters, musicians and dancers often meet on the promenade. There is a lot to see and observe here almost around the clock. On the “Paseo Maritimo” (beach promenade) there are also several car rental companies for rental cars. The two taxi ranks in Cala Bona are located at the entrance to the port, on the corner of Calle de la Tramuntana, as well as in the central Calle Llambies, opposite the main beach.

You can also travel well and safely to the big happy festivals by train

A narrow-gauge railway runs daily from June to September every few minutes between about 9.30 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. from Cala Millor via Cala Bona to Costa de Los Pinos. With a train change in Cala Millor, the nearby resorts of Sa Coma and S’Illot can also be easily reached. The trains as well as the streets of the area are particularly well filled before and after the big “Fiesta Sant Joan” every year on or around June 24th. Other traditional folk festivals in the region take place from mid to late July and in the last week of September. Recommended at any time of the year as scenic destinations for excursions and day trips from Cala Bona are the viewpoint at the end of the Avenida del Pinar in Costa de Los Pinos, the rocky bay of Cala Marjal next to the golf course of Son Servera and the imposing “Caves of Drach ” of Porto Cristo.