The East coast of Mallorca is an area of great beauty. It consists of hundreds of small coves stretching its entire length from Cap de Ferrutx near Cala Ratjada in the north to Punta Negra on the island’s most southerly tip. The greatest concentration of these quaint coves which are easily accessible lie to the south of Cala d’Or where highlights include the national park of Mondragó and the beaches at Cala Figuera and Cala Santanyi which have long attracted artists from around the globe. Inland from the coast rural life continues in the small villages unperturbed by the tourism boom which has changed the face of the island over the past decades.
The biggest tourist development is the resort of Cala Millor which has long been a favourite for German visitors attracted by its fine, long, sandy beach. Although plenty British visitors also head there in the summer months it is neighbouring Cala Bona which has tended to be the resort of choice for the UK market. Up and coming resorts such as Calas de Mallorca are well behind these established destinations in terms of tourist facilities.
Practically every visitor to this coast visits Porto Cristo at some point during their stay. Not only is this a beautiful little coastal town in its own right but is also home to the famous Caves of Drach which are one of Mallorca’s main tourist attractions. The town’s aquarium is another popular attraction and the lesser known Caves of Hams on the outskirts of town heading towards Manacor are just as impressive as the Drach Caves. A third cave structure worth visiting is the Cuevas de Arta which lies near the beautiful beach of Canyamel some 7km from the town of Arta in the north.
For golf enthusiasts there are five golf courses along this coast which are all very accessible. In the central section of the coast head inland from the lovely town of Porto Colom towards Felanitx then take the road for S’Horta. This will bring you to the Vall D’Or golf course. The other four courses are located very close to one another just inland from the northern part of the coast at Capdepera, Canyamel, Pula and Son Servera (see Mallorca golf courses).