Cala Gran - Beautiful bay, very crowded in peak season
Cala Gran beach is the largest in the popular holiday resort of Cala D'Or in the east of Majorca. Cala Gran means 'big bay', but whether Cala Gran lives up to its name depends entirely on what you're measuring it against. The distance from the beach to the furthest point of the headlands that frame the bay measures about 500 meters, which means bathers here will find a particularly expansive, sheltered area of water, ideal for swimming or drifting comfortably on a lilo.
However the light, fine sandy beach itself is only about 50 metres long. Due to the large area that spreads inland there are still free places to lie at the back even during the summer months, but in the front half, where there are plenty of sun loungers and sunshades, and right by the water, it gets very, very cramped in peak season.
Above the rather flat rocks that frame the bay are numerous villas amongst the pine trees and there is a large hotel right next to the beach of Cala Gran. However holidaymakers flock here from all over Cala D'Or and beyond. One good reason for this is the fantastic bathing conditions, which are helped by the easy access to the calm water and the large, sheltered bay, as well as the fact that there are steps and ladders on the rock at some distance from the beach for getting out of the water safely. The more courageous also jump from there straight into the cold water.
A diving school offers cliff diving under instruction and supervision, as well as the usual courses. On Cala Gran beach you can also hire a paddle boat or book a ride on a speedboat. Needless to say, the latter takes place outside the bay. Within the bay bathers are protected by lifeguards. Cala Gran has been awarded the blue flag, which is given to particularly safe beaches that are good for holidaymakers and the environment. Public toilets, showers and wheelchair accessibility are a given here. A play area helps families with children feel right at home on Cala Gran beach too.
Several restaurants, an ice cream parlour and a small supermarket can be found on a small promenade that leads from the back of the beach almost to the water. Prices are high here, although the appearance of the restaurants and the nature of the dishes give no real reason for this - most of what is on offer is good, but not exceptional. But Cala Gran is simply very popular and many tourists feel so at home here that they have been coming back for years.