As explained in my previous post about where to stay in Mallorca, we were based in Cala d’Or, a resort in the South East of the island. While there wasn’t much to the town centre, I thoroughly enjoyed the coastline. The weather wasn’t exceptional when we were there – fairly grey to be exact – yet it only seemed to make the colours of the coast stand out even more. The cliffs were verging on terracotta orange, which really contrasted with the dark green of the pine trees. The water was a beautiful gradient of dark blue to light aqua blue. I remember sitting on a rock by a cliff one evening, beer in hand and trying to soak up the surroundings with my eyes wide open. I loved the mansions on the sides of the inlets with their own private paths to the coves, metallic ladders leading to the sea and small motor boats. What a life it must be! Sailing, snorkelling, swimming, nipping back up for a bite, a refreshing drink and a siesta in the sun, before heading back down again for some more nautical activities.
If you ever find yourself in Cala D’Or, here are some suggestions of things you might enjoyed doing while at the resort:
– Go to Cala Esmeralda (my favourite of the 3 beaches in Cala D’Or) and settle down at the front left of the beach. You’ll only be a couple of meters away from the waves and sheltered from the hoard of other vacationers fighting for a spot at the centre of the beach. It’s of course always the first spot to be taken so make sure you go early morning or late afternoons to beat the crowds.
– Pack a picnic and set up camp on one of the rocks on the cliff boarding Cala Ferrera (just next to Inturotel Cala Azul Park). There isn’t a pathway per se so just have a wander around. There are plenty of rocks that are big, flat and safe enough for you to put a picnic rug on and relax.
– Get a snorkelling kit from a local shop and explore the waters at Cala Esmeralda. On sunny days, it is completely translucent and turquoise-hued. There are also some tiny coves towards the left if you’re feeling adventurous.
– Go for an evening walk along the yacht harbour before heading for dinner at Port Petit, which is one of Mallorca’s top tables according to Lonely Planet. I haven’t sampled enough restaurants on the island to confirm but we had dinner there on our last night and it was heavenly! It’s fine dining so expect a hefty bill but it’s absolutely worth it and a great way to bid farewell to Mallorca.
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