On the western side of Mallorca you will find the small municipality of Calvià, where you can enjoy the contrast between the green landscapes of the Serra de Tramuntana and the blue and gold colours of the Mallorcan beaches.
And the contrasts don’t end there: Calvià offers both calm environments where you can relax in peace, such as Costa de la Calma, or lively areas where you can party on the beach, such as Magaluf. You can reach the municipality with your hire car in just 25 minutes from the capital city of Palma, following a convenient road with some views that you’ll never forget.
With more than 50 km of Mediterranean coastline, when you’re trying to decide what to see in Calvià it’s normal for you to think of its cliffs, islets, coves and beaches, but Calvià has much more to offer than just the sea.
The municipality is home to many different ruins, archaeological sites and important monuments, and you can discover its stunning flora and fauna along its numerous trails. To make sure you don’t miss anything, we’ve prepared a list of things to see in Calvià.
Calvià is full of different trails for cyclists and hikers, but if you’re looking for something that is more accessible for families, make sure you don’t miss the Paseo de Calvià. The “Green Lungs of Calvià” is a 32 kilometre trail where you can discover the municipality’s history by exploring its buildings, and find all the best spots in the Serra de Tramuntana, including the various beaches and little coves.
As you follow the trail you’ll also find various communities, services, parks, beaches, viewpoints and rest areas where you can stop for something to eat while you enjoy the incredible views. What’s more, don’t worry if it starts getting late, because the trail is lit up at night.
The town of Calvià is the perfect place for discovering the typical beauty of this part of Mallorca, thanks to its ancient architecture and historic streets, with buildings from as early as the 17th century and ruins that date back to 2000 BC.
Without a doubt, one of the most impressive monuments is the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, built on the ruins of a church from the 13th century. You can only visit it during worship service timetables or on Mondays, which is market day.
When you visit, you should also make sure you don’t miss the old Arabic water pipes (still in use today), such as Sa Galareia d'aigua de Valldurgent and Sa Font de Sa Corriola.
This enormous cross was built in 1929 to commemorate the seventh centenary of the landing and conquering of Mallorca by Jaume I. It is located in Caleta de Santa Ponsa and is engraved with various scenes, such as storms on the high seas, the disembarkation from the ship, and some of the main battles.
One of the best things to see in Calvià is without a doubt its beaches. The natural beauty of the Mallorcan coastline and its golden sandy beaches with vibrant turquoise waters make this an ideal place for a getaway with friends, family or your partner. Costa de la Calma, Santa Ponsa, Palmanova, Peguera, Portals, Magaluf... all these beaches are nearby, but all very different, so no matter what kind of holiday you’re looking for, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to unwind.
You will find a whole world of possibilities on the beaches of Calvià: you can reserve a sunbed and soak up some sun on the beach; try some water sports, such as surfing, snorkelling, paddle surfing, jet skis or windsurfing; or rent a speedboat or a sailboat and explore the island’s coastline. One of our favourite options is scuba diving. You can explore the sea beds, with their rich fauna and flora, or visit underwater caves and the islet of Dragonera. It’s an incredible experience.
Famous for its vibrant nightlife, Magaluf’s reputation as the “party capital” is well deserved. It is located in the southwest part of Calvià and offers more than 1600 metres of beach, where you can relax and have fun.
Not only is this the perfect place to party, whether it be at a regular club or at one of the yacht parties, but Magaluf also offers a wide range of activities to enjoy during the day: there are various different water sports available to try and, if you’re just a beginner, you can learn to surf at the Wave-House. And don’t forget to visit all the main tourist attractions, such as Pirates, the House of Katmandu, Karting Magaluf, Aqualand and the Western Water Park.
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