Ideally placed on the southeast of Mallorca just 70 kilometres from Palma International Airport, the purposely built modern resort of Calas de Mallorca is ideal for families looking for fun in the sun.
In recent years, most of the hotels have leaned towards offering all-inclusive holidays which have proved to be very popular with families. Younger people may find Calas a little too quiet but it would certainly suit people looking for a “get-away-from-it-all” type of holiday.
Calas de Mallorca has three white sandy beaches set in coves which are easily reached by walking or taking a mini road train that stops at all the hotels along the way. Cala Domingos Gran is the largest of the three and offers all the facilities you come to expect in a Spanish holiday destination.
As we have already said, Calas de Mallorca caters primarily to families and as such, all the nightlife is centred on hotel based entertainment.
Excursions are available to the Caves of Drach and the Pearl Factory in Manacor as well as buses to other resorts and the nearby town of Felanitx and its popular Sunday morning market.
Taxis in Mallorca are easily recognisable as they are all painted white and have a red and yellow stripe on the front doors and bonnet. Also, just like nearly everywhere else in the world, they have an illuminated rooftop sign that lets you know if they are occupied or not.
When you pass through customs into the arrival hall, look for a sign that has a taxi on it to point you in the right direction. At Palma International Airport the taxi rank is located right outside the Gate C exit. With Palma being such a busy airport during the summer you will most likely have to wait in a queue until a taxi becomes available.
All fares in Mallorca are calculated by taximeter and any trip starting or ending at the airport has a surcharge of 2.90€ and a kilometre fee of 1.08€ between the hours of 6:00 to 21:00 on weekdays. Night time charges are higher, as are weekends and public holidays. Taxis in Mallorca are required by law to carry no more than four passengers and that includes babies, no matter how small they may be. If you are travelling in a group or have a lot of luggage, you might want to consider booking a private airport transfer to your hotel, apartment or villa as they offer competitive prices to taxis and can be pre-booked in advance.
Due to the number of passengers passing through PMI during the summer you often have long lines for taxis. Unscrupulous persons pretend to be taxi drivers, offering you the opportunity to skip the line and take you to their car which is parked nearby. These people are not licensed taxi drivers and should be ignored as you will almost certainly be ripped off.
Those of you from North America who are used to using UBER for your airport transfers will be disappointed as the rideshare App is banned in Mallorca. Madrid is the only city exempt from the Spain-wide UBER ban.
For more detailed information on this topic, please also see our page Palma Airport Transfers.
If you are looking to get out and explore Mallorca on your own, the best way is to hire a car at the airport. Last year, 27 million people passed through Palma International Airport so, as you would imagine, all the top car rental firms have offices at the airport.
Alamo, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, RecordGo, Enterprise, Thrifty, Avis, Budget, Goldcar, Rhodium, Interent, Keddy by Europcar all offer airport pick up and drop off, but you could save a little money by using an off-site company such as Centauro, OK, Hiper, Wiber, Dollar and Drivalia. All of these car rental companies offer a free shuttle bus service from the airport to their lots.
Due to Mallorca being a summer holiday destination great deals on cars can be had in the winter, but in the summer the demand is so great that you are advised to book well in advance in order to get the type of vehicle you want.
Make sure to take out full insurance cover and be sure to read your rental agreement so that you can understand whether or not you should bring the car back full of fuel or not. Most operate a full when you leave the airport and full when you bring it back. If you don’t bring the car back with a full tank you will be charged a fee and have to pay a surcharge for the fuel.
For more information on the topic, please also see our page car hire from Mallorca airport.
Driving to Calas de Mallorca from Palma International Airport is very simple and should take you just less than an hour, depending on traffic and the time of day. When you leave the airport, head in the direction of Santanyi on the MA-19 for two kilometres and then take exit 10 following the signs for Manacor MA-15. Stay on this road, taking the ring road to the right when you reach Manacor, following the signs for Calas de Mallorca. All the driving is on motorways so you should not get lost.
Getting to Calas de Mallorca by public bus is quite complicated and not advisable unless you are travelling light and have plenty of time. There is no direct bus from the airport to Calas de Mallorca which means you have to catch the #1 Airport-Palma-Bus to the main bus station at the Plaça d’Espanya in Palma. From there take either the #411 or #412 to Manacor before changing for the #424 to Calas de Mallorca. The bus to Manacor from Palma operates every three hours and then the bus from Manacor to Calas de Mallorca only runs four times per day.
Please also see our page Taking Buses in Mallorca for more information.