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Cala Bona is a delightful place to be, but if you like to explore it also puts you in a good spot for day trips...
On Majorca's peaceful east coast, Cala Bona is a fantastic destination for families who like to mix relaxation with day trips and activities on their holidays.
Cala Bona holidays start when you touch down in the island's main airport of Palma de Mallorca (PMI). And on arriving in resort, the first thing most holidaymakers want to do is head for Cala Bona's delightful and welcoming beach, which has small coves on either side that are perfect for privacy. Shoppers, meanwhile, will make a beeline for the small outlets that hide among the restaurants in the back streets, where there are plenty of opportunities to pick up souvenirs at low prices.
If you want to see more of Majorca during your holidays in Cala Bona, you can also head off for the day to some of the bigger tourist areas such as Cala Millor, 10 minutes down the road. For adventurous days out, Soller, in the Serra de Tramunta mountain range, and the seaside town of Alcúdia in the north-west of the island are also great – and easily reached if you take advantage of the cheap car hire deals at the airport.
But whatever you do during the day, dusk is the time to head for one of Cala Bona's many restaurants, most of which specialise in fish (unsurprisingly in a working fishing village) and welcome diners of all ages. For after-dinner fun, head to the larger hotels and seafront bars to see if there is any live music on.
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Cala Bona is a popular summer destination with good weather stretching well into September...
Cala Bona enjoys plenty of year-round sunshine, with July and August having the best of it at about 28C in the day with warm sea temperatures to boot. Early September is also popular, with days of 27C, overnight lows of 18C and the sea still a pleasant 24C. But winters are much cooler; 15C is the usual high.
The peak season is understandably popular, but if you’re seeking cheap holidays to Cala Bona you should look at late September. Although it’s starting to cool down, temperatures still push into the late 20Cs.
Spanish islands are always known for their fiestas, and Majorca certainly has its share...
Fiesta de Sant Antoni Abat; January: Bonfires herald the start of this two-day festival dedicated to the patron saint of animals. The locals sit round fires cooking traditional botifarrons (a bit like black pudding) as they sing folk songs, and there’s a colourful parade.
Easter; March/April: Good Friday sees a fantastic procession led through the streets by loud horns and drums to the Church of San Juan Bautista. Crowds gather on the Sunday morning at the nearby plaza to see performances depicting the death and subsequent resurrection of Christ. It's religious, but with a party atmosphere.
Tourism Festival; September: Local councils and hotel associations join forces each year to put on an impressive series of events aimed at promoting the region. Musical concerts, sports competitions and imaginative floats are all part of the fun.
Cala Bona is dedicated to rest and relaxation, though there are plenty of lovely walks if you want to be a bit more active...
Relaxing: Head for the harbour in either Cala Bona or down the road in Cala Millor, order a jug of sangria and sit back to watch the people passing by.
Romance: Try a candlelit dinner overlooking the sea followed by a hand-in-hand, barefoot stroll on the beach at the water's edge.
Kids & teens: A 20-minute walk south on the promenade will bring you to busy Cala Millor, where the beach is geared up for activities perfect for those energetic teens.