The purpose-built resort of Sa Coma lies in the heart of Mallorca’s popular east coast, between lively Cala Millor and the restaurant-strewn seafront of S’Illot which can be reached on foot, while a tourist tram connects to Cala Millor and its attractions. Sa Coma itself is largely frequented by British family groups, most opting for self-catering accommodation.
Beaches The resort caters particularly well for children, who make the most of the wide sandy beach with its broad shallow shelf of clear, blue water. The beach has ‘Blue Flag’ status for cleanliness, water quality and safety.
The beach is fronted by a wide promenade lined with restaurants, bars and shops, many of them British owned.
Shopping Self-caterers will find a good selection of food at the Caprabo hypermarket on the Avinguda de les Palmeres. The resort and its neighbours have numerous shops and boutiques selling souvenirs and goods attractive to tourists. For a traditional market take the bus to the nearby town of Son Server on Friday morning.
Eating out Sa Coma offers a varied selection of good quality restaurants, and just across the footbridge on the S’Illot seafront even more options are available. The ‘frito mallorquin’, lamb and vegetable stir-fry, is a speciality here.
Activities There is plenty to do in Sa Coma and surrounding areas other than lounge on the beach, though this is the main reason most families choose to holiday here. Apart from a host of water sports (equipment and pedalo boats are for hire along the promenade) there are several 18-hole golf courses, tennis and squash courts, horse-riding, mini-golf, bowling, go-carting, and bicycling facilities.
Children especially enjoy the Golf Paradis 54-hole mini golf course set among fountains, waterfalls and palm trees. Another big plus for the children is the resort’s proximity to the large safari-park at Cala Millor, where apes, gazelles, elephants and ostriches are among the animals that roam in a simulated natural environment and can be viewed from a safari bus.
The more energetic can climb up to the medieval watchtower on the headland at Punta de n’Amer, worth the 45-minute walk for the beautiful view afforded from the top, where there is a café for refreshments. Also on offer are several sight-seeing boat trips and excursions to attractions on the island like the Caves of Ham and Drac, with stalactites, stalagmites and an underground lake. A boat trip on Lake Martel is an unforgettable experience.
Cuisine Traditional food is being rediscovered in the Balearics which varies from island to island, but reflects the cuisine of Catalonia with its combination of sweet and savoury.
Whilst pork is a main ingredient, do try the Langosta a la parrilla which partners spiny lobster with local home-made mayonnaise.
Also a must have is an ensaimada (spiral-shaped yeast bun) with your morning coffee – great with apricot jam.
Climate Mallorca enjoys a typical Mediterranean weather, with mild winters and hot summers. During the months of July and August, the weather is hot and beautifully sunny, boasting around 11 hours of sun daily.
During the winter, the weather can get chilly, but is generally you can enjoy fine, mild weather on most days.