One thing to know about Cala D’Or is that if you come here out of season you’re going to find most of it shut, especially in terms of nightspots. High season however it sparkles with life: couples strolling arm in arm around the marina, youngsters eating ice-cream, twenty somethings heading for the clubs, families and friends sitting in bars drinking cold cervezas (beer) and sangria.
My favourite places are in fact located about 15 minutes drive north and south from the town in either direction. La Cueva (Passeig d’es Port 49, Porto Petro, no phone) is located in a natural cave high above the sea and the acoustics are magnificent. Partly due to that, partly due to the spectacular location, and partly due to the fact the party can go all night and not upset anyone, the place has earned quite a name for itself. DJs now flock from London, Ibiza, Barcelona and Paris just to play here and the scene rivals anything in Ibiza.
Heading out of Cala d’Or in the opposite direction the charismatic Bar Sa Font (Plaza Major 27, Santanyí, no phone) is as different as can be yet ensures equally long (I have rarely got home before 4am from this place) and memorable nights thanks to get-up-and-dance live music, talking-piece art exhibitions, and a regular crowd who embrace newcomers with gusto. Not to be clichéd, but it really is a place where islanders and visitors come together as strangers, and leave as friends.
Cala d'Or is in Majorca. Click on Majorca nightlife for more after-dark options.