Mallorca’s Best Kept Secret

06 Jul 2015

When considering a holiday to Mallorca immediately the busy resorts of Magalluf and Palma Nova spring to mind. Unless you are a teenager looking to bar crawl through the night to the early hours, consuming copious amounts of alcohol whilst trying to attract the attention of the opposite sex and ending up with a stupid phrase tattooed on your rear end - most would avoid these resorts.

Then the slightly more family friendly resorts come to mind like Alcudia, Cala D’or or Cala Millor very popular, and well geared towards the British holiday maker. Nice beaches, plenty of good standard hotels, many with all inclusive options, lots of bars and restaurants and of course many cafes that offer the “full English” breakfast.

But if you are looking to escape all of that, Mallorca still has quite a few resorts to offer those wanting to get away from the beaten track, the knotted hankies and the full English breakfast, one such resort is Cala Romantica, even the name makes you want to fall in love with the place.

Just south of Porto Cristo, legend has it that Jesus Christ wanted to come to this area – hence the name. The small resort of Cala Romantica has 3 rocky coves that lead to 3 small sandy beaches, with crystal clear waters perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Private villas line the rocky coast line whilst just in from the beach areas you will find a few bars and some al-fresco dining restaurants offering mainly local cuisine most with scenic views of the coves.

small-sandy-beaches

Most of the accommodation on offer here are private villas and apartments, self-catering complexes and aparthotels there are a few hotels but nothing like the sprawling high rise hotels you find in the larger resorts, it makes for a more authentic Spanish holiday feel to the place.

Quite a few of the properties here have tennis courts a few of which the world class tennis player Rafael Nadal cut his teeth on, it is actually his birth place and the locals are very proud of this fact, he often returns to family and friends here so don’t be surprised if during your holiday while knocking a ball back and forth with the kids you look over to the next court and see Raffa himself.

The real rough diamond and best kept secret of this part of the island can be found a 5 minute drive south of the resort along the coastal road. On a warm summers morning you will find a hive of activity along a single dirt track, the tip is to drive as far to the end of the track as possible and find a parking space, as from there is a half hour walk through some woodland which then opens up to a magnificent sandy cove, known locally as Cala Varques.

cala-varques

There are a few wild campers in the woodland and often there are beach parties through the night, most of the day time beach goers here are locals, you know you are on to a good thing when a place is frequented by the locals. An impromptu bar is set up on the rocks by an enterprising couple that arrive by boat and there are couple of ice cream and cold drink vendors dotted around the beach, all in all this is definitely a worthwhile experience for anyone visiting this area.