WELCOME TO CALVIA!
Situated just 20 minutes from Palma airport in the south-west of Majorca, Calvià offers an excellent hotel infrastructure and ample facilities in all its resorts. All the Calvià municpality and the city of Palma are well communicated by an ample road network and public transport services Add to the recipe 300 days of sunshine, average temperatures of 27º in summer and 14º in winter to make your holiday simply sensational!
Whatever your reason for holidaying and whatever your age, the variety of experiences to be enjoyed in Calvià’s resorts are endless. Whether you quest for peace or party, to enjoy our beautiful coastline dotted with beaches and tiny coves, to explore the attractive countryside, to please your palate in our excellent restaurants or savour the local wines, on business or an activity holiday with friends, family or alone, you will find all this and more. Here everyone is welcome!
HISTORY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
Without renouncing its traditions and customs Calvià has adapted to modern times to become a pioneering, avantgarde municipality. Its cultural identity has been inherited from the different civilisations who have settled on the island from pre-historical to present times. The first inhabitants left megalithic remains and Bronze Age settlements, then came the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals and Arabs, all of whom have left their own particular imprint. The most important event in Majorca’s history was the Christian Conquest in 1229 by King James I of Aragon. This battle is re-lived every September in Santa Ponça where the christian troops disembarked and attracts hundreds of participants. Other celebrations include the Three Kings’ Parade and St. Anthony in January, the Carnival in February, the Rocio Festival in June and the festivities of St. John and St. James, to name but a few. The local markets also add colour to Calvià throughout the year. Nowadays there are up to more than one hundred different nationalities living in Calvià.
WINING AND DINING
When it comes to food and wine the Majorcans certainly have got it right, the perfect combination of traditional Mediterranean quality produce accompanied by full flavoured local wines delight the palate. Meat, fish, vegetables, salads, sweet and savoury pastries, cured hams and local cheeses. Try the tumbet (vegetable dish), majorcan frito (arròs brut (rice dish), escaldums de pavo (turkey stew), suckling pig, vegetable coca, roast lamb and lamb pies at Easter, majorcan style fish or delicious ensaimadas for breakfast… too many scrumptious dishes to list. The wide choice of restaurants in all Calvià’s resorts also offer first class international cuisine and cater for all tastes and pockets, from fast food in the beach bars to exquisite restaurants of Michelin star category. During the months of April and October the Calvià Food Fair takes place, a great opportunity to try Majorca’s delicious, typical cuisine.
BEACHES AND NATURE
The peninsula of Calvià stretches along 33 miles of outstandingly beautiful natural coastline and boasts some 36 beaches, many of which have been awarded with the Blue Flag, as well as numerous idyllic coves ideal for sunbathing. The transparent waters, with an average summer sea temperature of 25º, invite you to take a dip, practise the many water sports available or simply paddle lazily by the water’s edge. A perfect way to cool off and relax. Some of our beaches have special facilities for people with limited mobility (ask at the local tourist office). Amongst others, the best known beaches are: Cas Català, Ses Illetes, Portals Nous, Son Caliu, Palmanova, Magaluf, Cala Vinyes, Portals Vells, Santa Ponça, Cala Blanca, Peguera, Cala Fornells and Caló d’en Monjo.
The Malgrats islands and the El Toro islet possess a very high level of ecological protection due to being the natural habitats of many different ornithologcial species and wide diversity of marine life, they were declared marine reserves in 2004. They are both authentic paradises for diving enthusiasts and offer a rich biological wealth..
Nature lovers must not miss a visit to the Galatzó Public Estate which was acquired by the Calvià Town Council in 2006 and is open to the general public to enjoy the diversity of the flora and fauna and the architectural and historical heritage, all set in spectacular scenery. It is a popular gathering point for walkers and a venue for various sports events and mountain running races.
ENTERTAINMENT AND LEISURE
You will never be bored in Calvià, there is so much going on for people of all ages. The vibrant night life invites you to dance until dawn in the lively discos and music bars, or enjoy a live concert in BH Mallorca or in the numerous night clubs. Live the Pirates Adventure and have fun at the unique Katmandu Park. By day visit Western Water Park, Twi Sted Water Park, the dolphin show in Marineland, have a go at Karting or swing from the trees in Jungle Parc! Try surfing the waves at Wave House or relaxing in the many glam beach bars after cruising along Calvià’s beautiful coastline on one of the many boat trips available. Local celebrations and events are going on all year round, ask for information in the local tourist office. In October enjoy a beer in our very own Oktoberfest and from November to March join in on the free activity programme Calvià the European Winter, organised by the Calvià Tourist Board.
SPORT AND TOURISM – THE PERFECT MATCH!
Over the last years one of the main promotional strategies of the Town Hall targeted to prolong the holiday season is focused on sport, either via the organisation of sporting events or promoting the use of the different sports installations for the practice of all kinds of sports.
So if sport is high on your holiday agenda then Calvià is the place for you. The magnificent public and private installations are equipped to offer a wide variety of options including golf, tennis, general fitness, swimming, sailing, diving, horse-riding, rugby or football. If your love is cycling or rambling choose any of the routes described in our leaflets and enjoy the scenic countryside, especially beautiful in the Spring. But Calvià’s real jewel is the athletics track situated in Magaluf, an ideal venue for important sports events and perfect training ground during the off peak period. Take part in the Sol Half Marathon Magaluf rugby or football tournaments, the Challenge Peguera-Mallorca triathlon or the mountain race K42 Mallorca, to name but a few.