The Hotel Club Cala Marsal is located just 200 metres from Cala Marsal, a beach of white sand and transparent waters in Portocolom, on the east coast of Mallorca. Portocolom is one of the island’s most attractive coastal settlements, and it still retains the charm of a traditional fishing village. Its beaches and coves are a great tourist attraction, some rocky and others of fine sand, with crystal-clear waters enabling you to see the spectacular seabed that surrounds the island. Its lighthouse is a prominent landmark, with wide navy blue and white stripes making it one of the most characteristic and photographed anywhere in Mallorca. First used in 1863, it is located on the highest part of the Sa Punta cliff.
Its largest beach is Cala Marsal, a wide sandy area that is 90 m long and 110 m wide, and which has all the services you need for a wonderful day by the sea, either alone, with your partner, friends or family. Flanked by a cliffs, there is a promenade to the right and a beautiful pine forest on the left.
Cala Marsal is perfect for families with children, as it boasts a small playground with swings where the little ones can play and have fun. It also has showers, lifeguards, a beach bar, sunbeds and parasols, pedal boats for hire, access for people with reduced mobility and a car park, so getting around is no problem. The promenade that runs along the cove has a variety of stores and businesses, as well as an attractive range of restaurants and entertainment.
What to see
Due to its privileged location, it is easy to get from Cala Marsal to other coves such as Cala Sa Nau, Cala Brafi, or Cala Estreta, small bays of white sand flanked by low cliffs of immense beauty. Es Caló d'en Manuell, Sa Punta des Jonc and Sa Cova de la Mare de Déu are also very nearby.
If you prefer a slightly longer trip you can visit Cala Mitjana, a small beach of sand and rocks nestled in a secluded sea inlet between Cala d'Or and Portocolom. As regards cultural features, you can visit the archaeological site of the Closos de Can Gaià and learn about the Talayotic culture of the island’s first inhabitants.
Portocolom is one of the most attractive settlements on the east coast of the island. It was named after Christopher Columbus, who was supposedly born nearby. It is centred on a large irregularly shaped bay and has many places worth visiting. You can stroll through the port, with its fishermen's huts, boats and colourful facades or walk the streets of the old town, known as Sa Capella and Es Riuetó. It also has a large number of shops, bars and restaurants where you can sample the local food.
If you wish, you can go off on hikes through the surrounding mountains, where you will also find the remains of the ancient mediaeval fortress of Santueri, or even reach the Sanctuary of Sant Salvador.
You can also visit some villages and small rural towns typical of the island that lie only a few kilometres away, such as Santanyí, Calonge, S'Alquería Blanca and Es Carritxó.
What to do
Cala Marsal is an ample beach sheltered from waves and winds. Suitable for the draught of boats, it has a sandy bottom in the central part and a rocky bottom at the sides. The nearest marina is Portocolom, just one nautical mile away, where you will find a wide range of pleasure boats and excursions.
Golf is also a very popular sport in this town, and at Vall d'Or Golf, just 5 km away, you can practice your favourite sport with incredible views of the town. Also, Cala Marsal is twenty minutes from the town of Felanitx where a pop and rock music festival is held every summer, along with a food festival, which is a great opportunity to discover the area’s delights.
The calm waters of Cala Marsal are ideal for water sports such as paddle surfing or kayaking. Snorkellers will find a beautiful underwater panorama, as its waters are full of shoals of colourful fish and octopus. There are also pedal boats with slides for hire, a highly amusing option for the youngest members of the family, and there are places very close to the beach where you can rent sports equipment to practice all kinds of water sports.
Other plans include visits to interesting places that are relatively nearby, such as the Caves of Drach or dels Hams, the famous unspoiled beaches of Es Trenc and Cap Salines, or the natural harbours of Porto Petro and Porto Cristo, as well as the famous Mondragó Natural Park.