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Cala d'Or: the magic and beauty of Mallorca and the Mediterranean

Our aparthotels and hotels are located in the attractive tourist resort of Cala d’Or, in the East of Mallorca, most of them on the delightful beach of Cala Esmeralda or just a short distance away. The rest are very conveniently located in the centre of this coastal town, and just 2 minutes’ walk from the marina.

Cala d’Or is a charming tourist resort with a beautiful coastline dotted with tiny coves and beaches of white sand, boasting green pine groves and water of an intense turquoise-blue colour. A top-quality destination that stands out for its Ibizan architecture with low-rise buildings integrated into the landscape and a wide range of outdoor activities, shops and restaurants. You will love the picturesque old district of the town with its pedestrian streets, perfect for enjoying summer nights.

Visit the elegant, exclusive marina, with a variety of boats ranging from impressive modern yachts and sailing boats to small traditional lateen sail vessels like “llaüts”. Enjoy the magic of a drink or a delicious meal in the cool breeze on one of the terraces here.

Cala d’Or lies on the eastern coast of the island, one of the areas of Mallorca with the most unspoilt beaches, gorgeous natural harbours (such as Portocolom, Cala Figuera…), the Mondragó Natural Park, authentic rural areas and villages steeped in charm. You will also be able to visit Palma de Mallorca, the island capital, easily (60 minutes away by car), as well as all the other places of interest on the island

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cala esmeralda
Beach Hotel & Spa

inturotel cala esmeralda **** S
adults
only

An "adults only" hotel with the new Salines Spa which stands out for its impressive location on the idyllic beach of "Cala Esmeralda" and its relaxed atmosphere. See more info

  • Spa
    Spa
  • Exclusivity
    Exclusivity
  • Beach club
    Beach club
  • Beach 0m
    Beach 0m
sa marina
Aparthotel

inturotel sa marina **** S

A magnificent hotel located in the centre of Cala d'Or where everything is taken care of and where we will pamper you the way you deserve to be.

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  • Family Land
    Family Land
  • Exclusivity
    Exclusivity
  • Beach 500m
    Beach 500m
  • Central location
    Central location
esmeralda park
Aparthotel

inturotel esmeralda park ***

This hotel will offer you a sensational, active holidays on the beachfront of Cala Esmeralda. See more info

  • Beach Bar
    Beach Bar
  • Family Land
    Family Land
  • Fitness & water sports
    Fitness & water sports
  • Beach 0m
    Beach 0m
cala azul
Aparthotel

inturotel cala azul ***

A natural balcony overlooking picture-postcard scenery, surrounded by pine trees and junipers. See more info

  • Beach Bar
    Beach Bar
  • Family Land
    Family Land
  • Fitness & water sports
    Fitness & water sports
  • Beach 25m
    Beach 25m
esmeralda villas
Aparthotel

inturotel esmeralda villas

Feel at home in this stylish, spacious Mediterranean villa with two double bedrooms, a large balcony with beautiful views of Cala Esmeralda and magnificent solarium terraces and a private pool (for the exclusive use of the villas). See more info

  • Exclusivity
    Exclusivity
  • Fitness & water sports
    Fitness & water sports
  • 2-bedroom villas
    2-bedroom villas
  • Beach 0m
    Beach 0m
azul garden
Aparthotel

inturotel azul garden ***

An authentic family oasis just a short walk away from the beautiful Cala Esmeralda. See more info

  • Family Land
    Family Land
  • Beach 150m
    Beach 150m
  • Tranquility
    Tranquility
  • Fitness & bike shop
    Fitness & bike shop
esmeralda garden
Aparthotel

inturotel esmeralda garden ***

A place for tranquillity in a perfect location, near the centre and very close to the beach. See more info

  • Family
    Family
  • Beach 300m
    Beach 300m
  • Cosy
    Cosy
  • Central location
    Central location

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Live the spirit of Christmas in Mallorca
15/12/2021
Live the spirit of Christmas in Mallorca
In our villages (as in many places across Europe) the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is upon us. The lights are lit, Nativity scenes are being finished off, choirs are rehearsing their carols, bakeries are preparing the traditional cocas and turrones, and you can sense the children’s excitement… Christmas in Mallorca means celebrating with family and friends and enjoying the little things in life like our traditional food, long conversations at the table after eating, lovely walks in the countryside, relaxing by the crackling fire, getting the house ready for receiving guests and sharing gifts, giving happiness, love, companionship, smiles, serenity… in other words, good times that will become memories to be treasured forever. We want to share with you some of our favourite traditions from this time of year.      A Legendary Nativity Scene The Nativity scene, manger scene or crib has its origins in the Middle Ages. The first Christmas celebration where there was a Nativity scene took place on Christmas Eve in 1223, when Saint Francis of Assisi decided to recreate Jesus’s birth in a cave near the hermitage at Greccio (Italy).     Mallorca is home to the oldest Nativity scene in Spain. The beautiful crib scene dates from 1480 and has been attributed to the Neapolitan sculptors, Pietro and Giovanni Alamanno. At the time Naples was the birthplace of this craft. The cities of Palma and Naples share a common history that goes back to the thirteenth century, which is when the story of this ancient Nativity scene began.   Its Gothic sculptures are from a period in which cribs were only depicted in the form of paintings or altarpieces. It consists of 15 original pieces: Saint Joseph, the Virgin Mary, the sheep, the dogs and a pair formed by the ox and donkey. The remaining pieces were added in later periods.      There is an aura of legend around the arrival of the Nativity scene on the island. Hanging next to the chapel where the Nativity is now displayed there is a painting, now almost blackened with time, but which at one time depicted a boat, which serves as a clue. The chronicler, Francisco Bordoy, describes how in 1536 Captain Domingo Gangome was lost with his ship in the middle of a great storm opposite the Bay of Palma. In his desperation, he promised God that he would give one of the seven Nativity scenes that he was carrying on board to whomever helped him reached land. Just then he saw a small light twinkling in the darkness. It came from the monastery of Our Lady of the Angels of Jesus.     This celestial lighthouse meant he was able to guide his ship to shore. To show his gratitude he donated one of the sets to the monastery, unaware that it was the most valuable of all the Nativity scenes that he was transporting. This is how it ended up in a modest church in Palma de Mallorca. More than two centuries ago it was moved to La Sang Church, where it is on display all year round.     Some other Nativity scenes that are also worth a visit in Palma are Cort, Ses Caputxines, Palau March, Centre Social Sa Nostra…     Not as old but of exceptional quality because their originality and the amount of work that goes into them are the Nativity scenes in the town of Felanitx, which is very near our Inturotel hotels. You can start at the one by the Casa de Cultura (created by the craftsperson who won last year’s prize for the best Nativity scene), and there you can collect a map that shows the location of the different Nativity scenes that you can visit. Don’t miss a trip to the parish church of San Miguel, in the daylight the pinkish colours and intricate stone carving of its façade are extremely beautiful.   La nit de Nadal (Christmas Eve) Christmas Eve is a magical night that the whole island experiences with emotion. It is a night when we join with family around the table, after participating in the sumptuousness of a festivity whose origins have been lost in time. This is the celebration of the liturgy of Matines (Mallorcan Midnight Mass or Matutinum in Latin) which was once celebrated at midnight and originally before the dawn (at 6am).     Although not all those attending this religious service are believers, many are drawn by a very special performance, the Song of the Sibyl. These days it is usually sung by a woman dressed in a beautiful gown, holding aloft a magnificent sword, but originally it could only be sung by the clergy or children.   The Sibyl was a prophetess from classical mythology who foresaw the end of the world. She was introduced into and adapted to Christianity thanks to the simple analogy between her prophecy and the idea of the Last Judgement in the Bible. The Song of the Sibyl is a liturgical drama with a Gregorian melody that spread widely throughout southern Europe during the Middle Ages. The first documentation about the Song of the Sibyl in the Cathedral of Mallorca dates from 1360-1363. The oldest version with music and lyrics written in Mallorcan is in a choirbook of a fifteenth-century convent.   Mallorca and Alguero (in Sardinia) are the only two places in the world where the song has survived as a tradition stretching from the late Middles Ages to the present. UNESCO placed it on the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 16 November 2010.   If you have the chance to visit Mallorca at Christmas, we recommend you check the different times of Matines in the churches of Felanitx. A particularly special service because of the ancient music that is played live is held in the Church of Sant Alfons.   After the spiritual and/or musical enjoyment, a lovely family dinner awaits, rounded off with a delicious hot chocolate with a coca de Nadal. Scrumptious!     If you would like to discover more about how we celebrate Christmas in Mallorca you can stay at one of our Esmeralda Villas FREESTYLE by Inturotel, now open all year round and which offer complete comfort by the sea, the Mallorcan sun and all the peace and quiet you deserve.   Let’s make these Christmas holidays a reason to take it more slowly, be more mindful and think about what makes us happy… we’ll probably find the answer is making other people happy.     Bon Nadal i Bones Festes! ¡Feliz Navidad y Felices Fiestas! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!          
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