With almost 300 days of sun and a natural environment that ranges from sandy beaches to rocky mountains, Calvià, in Southwest Majorca, is the perfect destination for those seeking an adventure on their holiday. Whether visitors want to try their hand at a range of watersports at one of the region’s state- of-the-art marinas, participate in a cycling challenge by riding to the island’s peaks, or get lost on hiking trails in the Majorcan countryside, there is adventure to be found for everyone.
Sailing and watersports
Majorca is one of the world's nautical headquarters and sailing is one of the most highly-demanded recreational activities on the island. Calvià especially stands out, as it is home to Majorca’s main marinas: Puerto Portals, Port Adriano, the Santa Ponça yacht club and the Palmanova yacht club.
Puerto Portals is one of the most prestigious nautical and leisure complexes in the Mediterranean. The marina boasts 650 moorings from 8 to 60 metres in length. Port Adriano, designed by Philippe Starck, is one of the most modern ports in the Mediterranean and an exceptional base for yachts of all sizes. Meanwhile, the Santa Ponça and Palmanova yacht clubs offer a family atmosphere and all the facilities to enjoy sailing. Adventure-seekers can also choose from a selection of water sports including sailing, paddle surfing, jet skiing, diving and kayaking.
From traditional villages and Mediterranean countryside to golden beaches and heritage sites, Calvià combines nature and culture. There is no better way to explore the landscapes and traditions than hiking along one of the region’s many signposted trails. Visitors can try one of the four paths through the Galatzó public estate to discover the history of the area, seek out its archaeological sites and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The estate can be found on the border of the pretty village of Es Capdellà and encapsulates the neighbouring towns of Puigpunyent, Estellencs and Andratx.
The S’Esclop route is for those who want the full experience of a 6 kilometre farm estate, and takes a total of 4 hours to cover. With impressive views of the Galatzó valley, once at the top of s ́Esclop, ramblers can appreciate the Serra de Tramuntana in all its splendour, as well as the coast of Calvià and the bay of Palma. For nature enthusiasts, different native species of plants can be identified on the crags and cliffs of S’Esclop. At its peak, the protected ruins of the house of 19 th Century French scientist Arago can be explored, from which many stories and legends have arisen.
Calvià is a haven for cyclists who can challenge themselves by combining flat paths along the golden coast with climbing steep picturesque mountain landscapes. Visitors can explore traditional Majorcan villages, stopping to enjoy varied and high-quality accommodation, gastronomy and culture. Here, adventure seekers can test their limits and also enjoy a holiday on the island. As one of the gateways to the Serra de Tramuntana Mountain range, Calvià is the ideal place for cyclists who want to climb heights and enjoy spectacular views as their reward.
Between 20 and 22 May 2022, the Senses 6Points Mallorca Cycling Challenge will take place. A choice of two routes will take cyclists on a 3-day tour to explore all corners of the island over a 420 km race featuring its highest and lowest points.
Professional cycling also takes place in the region, including the XXXL Majorca Cycling Challenge. This year’s edition took place in January and saw athletes from UCI teams racing a 169 km stretch through the municipality of Calvià.