Jewel of the North – Cala San Vicente
Tucked into a sheltered bay in the far north of Mallorca, Cala San Viçente is in fact not one but four sensational coves or ‘calas’, each with its own individual appeal. A small resort has grown up around these lovely beaches, largely impervious to the outside world with a timeless atmosphere that draws a loyal following. With water and soaring cliffs, there’s plenty of drama in the landscape, but a holiday here is principally about quality time in the sunshine with family and friends.
Out and about
One of the beauties of Cala San Viçente is the fact you can get around so easily on foot and it would take less than half an hour to walk between all four main coves. Cala Barques at the western end of the bay is our favourite, much quieter than the main Cala Molins, but still with a couple of attractive family-run restaurants – ideal for a lazy lunch or dinner overlooking the sea. Evenings are especially magical, and as no-one needs to drive, all the more reason to indulge in an award-winning wine from Binissalem. For a complete contrast, nearby Puerto Pollença has a mile-long stretch of sandy beach, a smart new marina and a more international atmosphere that translates into a wide choice of places to eat, drink and watch the world go by.
Where to stay
For all its old-school charm, Cala San Viçente does have a handful of standout contemporary villas, one of the most impressive being stunning Villa L’Esplendor, perfectly positioned within walking distance of the town and the beach. Newly built in palest silver stone, L’Esplendor lives up to its name with walls of glass, an immaculate pool and splendid views of Cap Formentor. Equally conveniently located is Villa Raconet, delightfully cocooned it its own walled garden, with fabulous views from the master terrace, just a 15-minute walk from restaurants, bars and beaches.