Ancient history and breathtaking landscape combine with tropical beaches and turquoise waters nearby in the beautiful city of Calvià, Spain, a popular destination spot for both visitors and residents of the classic Mediterranean island of Mallorca.
With a modern face and Old World charm, boasting architecture from before the 17th century, Calvià offers guests a magical tropical getaway imbued with a rich sense of history and tradition. When you stay in one of our lovely vacation rentals on Mallorca, you'll not only be assured more privacy than you will get in a hotel, you'll also be conveniently located near local attractions and other Mallorcan cities.
Calvià is located on the west side of Mallorca, less than 20 miles from the airport in Palma. The pristine beaches of Palmanova are a mere four miles away while Palmanyola is only 17 miles away.
Filled with lovely views of carob and almond groves, Calvià is an oasis that can feel far removed from modern society despite its contemporary infrastructure, yet it's just under six miles from the bustling resort of Magaluf.
Calvià has roots dating back more than four millennia, though it has changed hands many times since then. The city as it stands now began in 1229 when King James I of Aragon brought Catalan culture and language to Mallorca in his conquest. By 1248, the still-standing parish church of Sante Ilhoannes Caviano was constructed, and 80 inhabitants called Calviá home. By 1980, the population reached 11,560, and it has only continued to grow since. In 2008, a population of 50,000 was recorded, making this beautiful island city the second largest in the Balearic Sea.
If you're a history buff, you'll love a tour of the church, which is a focal point of the city and dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, the town's patron saint. Wander through this historical icon and admire its baroque furnishings and vaulted roof. Then visit the nearby fountain, where you'll find a ceramic mural that tells the story of Calvià’s history.
Mallorcan cuisine centers around local ingredients and is known for its variety of pungent dishes that have a foundation of vegetables, pork, and fish in a garlic and olive oil base. Hearty and filling, the gastronomic fare you'll find in Calvià is an authentic representation of fare across the island.
Steak lovers will want to dine at Bistro Steakhouse where the cuts are grilled to perfection and your specific liking. Lucy Wang's is an excellent choice when your craving for Japanese fusion kicks in, and La Gritta, in Peguera, presents a memorable paella, accompanied by stunning views.
Foxy's, in Magaluf, serves up a diverse cross-section of fare at affordable prices and keeps both locals and travelers coming back over and over again. If you head south for a day trip to the beach and find yourself in Santa Ponsa, be sure to head to Il Vivo Italian Urban Style for unforgettable food and service that will make you feel like royalty.
Calvià's commitment to leisure and relaxation is evident in the multitude of activities you'll find while vacationing here. Golf lovers will appreciate the wide selection of courses they can choose from in Calvià and the surrounding area. Between the plethora of beaches and parks nearby, which offer swimming, fishing, biking, and hiking, and sports facilities offering indoor pools and guided tours, your days and nights will be brimming with non-stop fun. For even more ideas, check out an amusement park or concert.
Make a trip to the inland town of Palmanyola for a change of pace and take in a show at Son Amar, which promises an evening of delicious Mallorcan food and a rousing music and dance show. We have vacation rental offerings here, as well, if you don't want to worry about driving back.
With over 100 nations represented in the population in Calvià and the surrounding area, this island city of unparalleled beauty is a kaleidoscope of diversity, offering travelers a tranquil sanctuary to come rest and relax and be transported for as long as their stay lasts. Do your vacation right by renting a home of your own.