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As with many of the other towns in the vicinity, Cala Blava was originally built for residents to live within easy commuting distance
to the capital
which is only a 15-minute drive way, also quite surprisingly for Mallorca, most also have good public transport links into the city too.
For visitors to the area the Son Sant Joan International Airport, is also just 10 minutes away along the fast Ma-19 Autovía de Levante motorway.
As with the other destinations on this site, a more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
Literally meaning Blue Cove, the rugged and secluded resort of Cala Blava, is situated in a tranquil and sparsely populated coastal area set amid craggy rocks and flanked by sweeping cliffs that rise up from a glassy emerald sea.
It is for this reason that Cala Blava makes an ideal location for families and couples, and for those seeking a peaceful holiday resort which is nonetheless in close proximity to varied amenities and a choice of large towns to visit.
While its modest main beach is sandy and perfectly adequate for swimming, the area’s particular draw is a stretch of rocky inlets and tiny, secluded coves offering cool and exceptionally clear water. The towering cliffs with their lone outcrops of scrub and pine trees afford breathtaking views across the bay, particularly at night when the sun melts on the horizon.
Much of the coastline here is protected so has escaped the clutches of the big developers allowing it to retain its wild and uncluttered character. Towards Bella Vista, these coves include Calò des Cap d’Alt and Cala de Cap Falcò, both offering wonderfully pristine waters for swimming and snorkelling.
A number of water sports are available in the resort, as well as miles of cycling tracks on specially designated routes. For family entertainment the two closest attractions are the Palma Aquarium, a modern complex housing exotic marine life and an enormous shark pool, and the Aqualand water park, both of which we will cover in more detail as part of our Cala Blava Attractions pages.
One of the advantages of the resort is that a short journey eastwards will lead to the unspoilt rural areas of Llucmajor and Campos where the gentle landscape of orchards abundant with almond, fig and olive trees, and wide verdant plains are perfect for cycling and hiking. Also for keen golfers, there are two championship golf courses near Llucmajor too.
With Palma only 15 minutes away, the hub for all transport services, many island excursions are possible from Cala Blava, either by bus or train. Certainly worth mentioning is Portixol, which is a small fishing village and port five minute drive from S’Arenal beach.
The bijoux white terraced cottages with brightly painted shutters and doors which overlook the snaking golden sandy beach, were once home to local fishermen and still retain an authenticity and simplicity that makes this a rather special and historic enclave for dining and long and bracing walks in the sea air.
As a possible added attraction, at least for those who enjoy spotting famous authors, a near neighbour of Cala Blava is Jeffery Archer whose house occupies a stunning position overlooking the sea.
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