Cala Bona’s the kind of place that likes to keep things low-key. It was a sleepy fishing village back in the day, and still clings to some of its saltwater traditions – head to the little harbour at the north end of town and you’ll see fishermen unloading the day’s catch from their weathered boats. The narrow lanes that wind through the town also give Cala Bona a dose of old-school charm.
Cala Bona’s beach is actually a trio of sandy coves, split up by rocks and breakwaters. They tot up to about 2 kilometres of talc-soft sand to roll out your towel on, all backed by a café-lined prom that unravels along the coast to next-door neighbour Cala Millor. Plus, because the beaches are so sheltered, the water is calm and spot on for swimming.
It’s grown up a bit over the years, but Cala Bona’s vibe is still pretty low-key. So you won’t find loads of late-night clubs or mega-malls. There are a handful of bars, shops and restaurants in the pedestrianised area and along the seafront, though, so quiet dinners and sea-view sundowners are the order of the day. If you do want to crank things up a bit, Cala Millor – 5 minutes’ taxi ride away – has a decent after-dark scene.
When it comes to getting out and about, Cala Bona’s got one of Majorca’s top-name sights right on its doorstep – the impressive Caves of Drach. These giant limestone caverns are spiked with stalactites and stalagmites, plus they hide a massive underground lake. It takes about 20 minutes to drive there, or you can jump on a boat trip from the harbour.