Cala d'Or

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Cala d'Or
Cala d'Or is located in Spain
Cala d'Or
Cala d'Or
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 39°22′27″N 3°13′52″E / 39.37417°N 3.23111°E / 39.37417; 3.23111
CountrySpain
Autonomous communityBalearic Islands
ProvinceBalearic Islands
ComarcaMigjorn
Judicial districtManacor
MunicipalitySantanyí
Elevation
62 m (203 ft)
Population
 (2013)
 • Total3,823
Demonym(s)Caladoreño
WebsiteOfficial website
Marina de Cala d'Or
Fort Es Forti
Cala d'Or, centre
Church in Ibiza-style
Yachting Club (Marina)

Cala d'Or is a village on the east coast of the island of Majorca, in the municipality of Santanyí, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Geography[edit]

Cala d’Or area belongs to the municipality of Santanyí, which lies further inland. The capital town Palma and Palma airport is approximately 60 Kilometers away.

The Village of Cala d’Or unfolds itself on three promontory along the southeastern coastline. It is consisting of three principal areas: Cala d'Or (centre), Cala Egos (westside) and Cala Ferrera (eastside). A part east from Avenida Felanitx already belongs to the municipality of Felanitx.

The rough coastline is cut by several bays and sandy beaches. From East to West these are: Cala Esmeralda ("emerald green"), Cala Gran ("big"), namegiving Cala d’Or (bay and beach), ("golden", also called Caló de ses Dones) and Cala Llonga ("long", also called Cala d’es Forti) with its small Caló d’es Pou. In western part of Cala Egos these are: Cala Egos (bay and beach), Cala Galera und Caló des Llamp. In western part of Cala Ferrera (already belonging to Felanitx) these are: Cala Ferrera (bay and beach) and Cala Serena ("serenity").

The nearby village of Portopetro can be reached by bus or car within five to ten minutes.

History[edit]

Fort Es Forti was erected in 1740 and destroyed by an earthquake in 1793, but re-erected. It protected the coastline against pirates. Today it is one of view historic sites in Cala d'Or and Santanyí.

Its four sides are 26 meters each. At seaside there are hatches for cannons to fight oncoming ships. At landside there are slits to shoot out and fight against oncoming troopers.[1] The Fort has four cannons and 19 soldiers.[2]

1932 Josep Costa Ferrer (1876 bis 1971), an artist, illustrator and architect from Ibiza, later called Don Pep Costa, planned a modern urbanization for tourism and vacations. He called the new village first after Cala d'Hort on island of Ibiza, but mallorquean settlers changed it to Cala d’Or („Golden Bay“).

Village and Harbour[edit]

The centre of Cala d'Or is situated along both sides of Avenida Boulevard d' Or between of Complejo de Font Major (building) and Plaza de Ibiza (las Columnas) north of Cala d’Or-Bay and Cala Gran-Bay. Also shops, restaurants and bars can be found on the eastside in Cala Ferrera along road S'Espalmador near to Cala Ferrera-Bay and Cala Esmeralda-Bay, on the eastside in Cala Egos along road Avenida de Marina near to Cala Egos-Bay and along road Avenida de Cala Llonga in the marina and along road Avenida de Baixada in the port.

The majority of buildings in Cala d'Or are painted white in a Mediterranean tradition. The outskirts of the settlement are home to holiday villas whereas nearer to the coast it is dotted with several hotels and apartments. In general buildings are small and cubic, the design therefore called Ibiza-style. This is no coincidence, because the ibicean architect Josep Costa Ferrer was inspired by his patrimony when he was planning Cala d'Or.

The Church Santa María del Mar was erected in 1956.

The town centre is very lively in the summer months but much more low key than the larger and more populated resorts in Majorca. The pedestrianised area offers a variety of shops, bars, and restaurants with local and international cuisine.

The marina is situated in Cala Llonga, a large and longstreched bay. The marina offers 563 boatplaces within a 30.000 m² area.[3] Also popular is the marina area which welcomes yachts and chartered boats throughout the year, offering some of the best protection from storms in the whole of Majorca, although the entrance can be very tight for turning. The marina offers some exclusive restaurants and bars.

The resorts of Cala d'Or are very popular with families or couples from all over Europe.

Cala d'Or was one of the first major tourist resorts in Mallorca. The buildings were themed on Ibiza, small pretty white-washed villas, apartments and houses and even the hotels had to stick rigidly with this theme.

Over the years this area has grown in size and more and more tourists come to explore fine dining and enjoy the quiet areas near the natural park of Mondrago. Many of the hotels in Cala d'Or & Cala Egos offer all-inclusive holidays, but there are also luxurious villas and apartment for rent.

Cala d'Or attracts mostly western European tourists such as Germans, British and French.

Traffic[edit]

Roadtraffic in Cala d'Or is guided by traffic circles (1–19), which are decorated by sculptures or plants. Coming from Calonge and a northern direction you approach traffic circle 1 at the northside of the village. Coming from Portopetro and a western direction you approach traffic circle 11 at the westside of the village. Coming from S'Horta and a northeastern direction you approach traffic circle 6 at the eastside of the village.

A Minitrain runs for holidaymakers and is connecting all parts, bays and beaches in Cala d’Or.

With Red Bus by TIB, operated by a private transportation provider, Cala d’Or is connected to other villages and towns.

Gallery[edit]

Bays and Beaches in village[edit]

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Nearby locales[edit]

  • Cala sa Nau, northeast from Cala d’Or, approx. 4 km away.

Parc natural de Mondragó[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 39°22′27″N 3°13′52″E / 39.37417°N 3.23111°E / 39.37417; 3.23111