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When you think of Majorca , it'd be understandable to think of vibrant, energetic resorts that appeal to holidaymakers that hit the shores in droves every single summer. However, that's not all that Majorca is about ' occasionally, you will fall upon a blinder of a resort that provides low-key relaxation, tranquillity and understated luxury ' Cala Bona is definitely one of those places. As the largest of the Balearic Islands , deep in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, it's certainly fair to say that Majorca is a major magnet for Brits looking for some summer sun. Perfect for families, couples and groups, there's a corner of the island that will undoubtedly provide your idyllic escape. Cala Bona, a quaint fishing village that doubles up as a peaceful holiday resort, can be found on the east coast of the island, a little north of Cala Millor . With a trio of beaches that are separated by rocky outbreaks, and a laid-back atmosphere that will have you saying goodbye to your stresses in no time, Cala Bona summer holidays would be ideal if you're looking for somewhere away from the hubbub of the more popular resorts.
Caves of Drach
Open throughout the year, this iconic Majorcan attraction can be found in Porto Cristo, just a short drive south of Cala Bona. Take a boat ride through this underground grotto and be mesmerised at the sights to behold. As the stalagmites creep up to meet the stalactites descending from the cave ceiling, it's an awe-inspiring sight. The experience is completed with a quartet playing classical music at the end of the tour, with the lit up caves as their backdrop.
At this local stable, you can make the most of the quiet time and enjoy horse rides that last for around 90 minutes. Perfect for children and adults alike, an afternoon at Rancho Willy's will allow you to appreciate the unspoilt Majorcan countryside while getting to grips with a saddle.
Auto Safari Zoo
If you have hired a car and you're feeling brave, you could drive through this safari park. Alternatively, a mini train through the park will reduce the risk of damage, giving you the chance to enjoy the beauty of these beautiful creatures, including elephants, monkeys, giraffe and zebra. Courtesy buses run regularly from Cala Bona, too.
Party Hard in Cala Millor
While Cala Bona may be determinedly lacking in lively nightlife venues through the risk of ruining its peaceful atmosphere, Cala Millor, located just a few minutes away, has plenty. From pubs and bars to banging clubs that keeps the music playing way into the early hours, if you want to get the party started during your time on Majorca's east coast, this is the place to be!
Sail the Seas on a Glass Bottom Boat
Regular glass bottom boat trips operate in and around the Cala Bona area, taking you on a pleasant journey along the east coast and giving you the chance to take a look at what lies beneath from the viewing windows below the surface. Most boat rides usually stop for a while too so that you can plunge into the azure waters for a little swim or snorkel ' don't forget your cozzie!
Relax in the Harbour
Head to the north of the resort and you'll come across a quaint little harbour that's a perfect place to watch the world go by. Fishermen continue to use the harbour to moor their fishing boats after a morning on the seas and it's a perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Unassuming, unspoilt and with very little tourist impact, Cala Bona holidays provide a place to base yourself if you want to be a little further away from the action. Sheltered waters mean a perfect opportunity to swim and snorkel, while sea-view restaurants mean that you can dine of an evening overlooking the sun-soaked horizon ' bliss!
If you need a resort that's a little more up-tempo, Cala Millor is the place to be. There's a decent nightlife scene that will keep revellers happy, and its beaches are sandy, family-friendly and fun-packed.
Take a look at the affordable Cala Bona holidays that are available from Direct Holidays and book your slice of the quiet life on the island of Majorca.