Cala San Vincente
Traditions abound within the borders of Cala San Vincente, as it provides visitors with a holiday experience that is generally untouched by commercial tourism. Featuring a select small number of hotels and apartments, Cala San Vincente is a gem of a resort tucked in along the northern Mallorca coastline. From landing to luxury, book your Cala San Vincente transfers today with hoppa and we’ll take you from Palma de Mallorca Airport for added piece of mind.
When you step out of your hotel, you’ll find yourself within walking distance of three sand soaked beaches. The biggest of the bunch in Cala San Vincente is Cala Barques, while those who favour seclusion over size can head to Santa Clara. Whichever beach you choose you are likely to find plenty of chances to snorkel and explore the clear blue waters of the region. After taking a dip in the sea and toping up your tan, board a bus to Pollensa. Located just 10 minutes from Cala San Vincente, it is the perfect place for a day trip for those who want to take in the 365 steps of the Calvari Chapel.
Cala San Vincente may not be a Spanish holiday destination that captures the headlines, but there is no denying its appeal. And book with hoppa today for affordable and budget friendly Cala San Vincente transfers you can count on.
The small fishing village of Cala San Vincente is located on the northern coast of the Balearic island of Majorca. Lying right on the northern tip of the island, this traditional village is a world away from Majorca’s larger beach resorts, although still within an hour’s transfer from Palma airport. The village has a remote and wild feel, with its rugged coastline and views of the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains. This is a place of breath-taking natural beauty, gorgeous sandy beaches, and a traditional Majorcan way of life. Visitors come for the peace and quiet, to walk in the mountains, to explore the rocky peninsula, and to soak up those stunning sea views.
Cala San Vincente has not one but three beaches to choose from. Cala Molins is the sandiest stretch, but the slightly rockier Cala Barques and Cala Clara are popular with snorkelers, thanks to their great water clarity. The beaches here are set in characterful coves and bays, and have amazing views out to the Balearic Sea. The village of Cala San Vincente itself has a pretty church and just a few small shops, restaurants and cafes. It is within easy reach of the larger town of Pollensa, with its bustling markets, narrow streets full of shops and cafes, and a large town square, Placa Major.
The rocky Formentor peninsula that surrounds Cala San Vincente is a fantastic area to explore, with dramatic scenery at every turn. It’s also well worth venturing up in to the pine-covered Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range, whether for a drive, hike or bike, to experience the outstanding views and unique landscape of this special island.
- Currency: EUR: Euros
Language: Spanish and Catalan. English is widely spoken.
Approximate flight time from the UK: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Time zone: GMT +01
Getting away from it all: Cala San Vincente is an undeveloped beauty spot, on the very tip of the island of Majorca. Don’t come here for clubs, bars, and attractions. Come for the amazing views, remote beaches, and the chance to experience a relaxed pace of life.
Hiking: Whether you enjoy coastal walks, or getting up in to the mountains, Cala San Vincente is a great base for discovering the island’s varied hiking trails. Many of the Sierra de Tramuntana peaks are over 1000m so there’s plenty here to challenge experienced hikers.
Snorkelling and diving: The waters around Cala San Vincente’s peninsula are crystal clear, with interesting rocky areas loved by snorkelers and divers. Nearby Pollensa has dive schools and equipment rental for less experienced divers who want to get a glimpse into the beautiful world beneath the waves.
Cala San Vincente’s neighbouring town of Pollensa is a lovely place to enjoy strolling through the winding streets, buying souvenirs in the craft shops, and drinking coffee in one of the town’s many cafes and restaurants. It has retained a traditional Majorcan feel, with lively markets and a thriving cafe culture. The town is pristine and full of character, with some interesting sights to take in, such as the beautiful 18th century Nostra Senyora Del Angels church, or the 16th century Convent de Sant Domingo, now home to a collection of modern art. The town also has a port and a lovely sandy beach.
Cap de Formentor
Take the scenic, slightly nerve-wracking, 20km drive from Cala San Vincente to the Majorca’s most northerly point, Cap de Formentor. You’ll be rewarded with dramatic views and a feeling of being on the edge of the world. Tall rocky cliffs meet the ocean, unusual rock formations jut out of the sea, the beach is wild and unspoilt, and the Cape is marked with a beautiful lighthouse, housing a bar and shop. The views have to be seen to be believed, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Majorca’s neighbouring island, Menorca.
Address: Cap de Formentor, 07460 Pollensa, Majorca, Spain
The 365 Calvari Steps
A visit to Pollensa has to include seeing, and if possible walking, the Calvari Steps. The 365 ancient steps lead up from the town’s square, Placa Major, to the small Calvario Chapel. The stone steps are interspersed with fragrant cypress trees and stunning viewpoints. The panoramic vista from the top of the steps is well worth the effort of the climb. The town square has plenty of cafes and bars to refresh you after your descent. Visitors to the town during Easter can witness the incredible annual religious procession on the stairs.
Address: 07460 Pollenca, Majorca, Spain
Serra de Tramuntana
Perfect for mountain drives, walks, or bike rides, the Serra de Tramuntana range (‘mountains of the north wind’) runs up from just beyond Palma along the whole northwest of the island. Awarded the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this ruggedly beautiful area gives you breath-taking views of the coast, the highest mountain peaks in the Balearics, and a wild, undeveloped landscape dotted with small villages and olive groves. Popular routes near Cala San Vincente include travelling to Sa Calobra, Soller or Andratx.
Official website: http://www.serradetramuntana.net/en/#_=_
It’s hard to imagine a more scenic drive than that from Cala San Vincente to Sa Calobra. Travel west along the coast for around an hour, along winding roads and past secluded bays, to the stunning cove of Sa Calobra. Backed by imposing mountains and a dramatic gorge, Torrent de Pareis, this is a unique beauty spot. The beach is hidden form the road, making it feel as if you’ve discovered a secret cove, even though you might be joined by a few other visitors! Once there, simply relax and enjoy the beach and the views of the sparkling green waters, or try the more adventurous gorge walk. Hike through rocky tunnels and past tumbling waterfalls. Another cove on the way to Sa Calobra which is well worth a visit is the tiny, and quieter, Cala Tuent, with its pretty 13th century church.
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