TOPONOMY OF THE AREA
Cala Bona is a small tourist centre in Son Servera, located between Cala Millor and Punta Roja, which features a small fishing harbour.
According to historians, it started out as a small haven for fishing boats which gradually grew with the construction of various huts and slipways. Initially, fishing was the only activity in the area, but the first tourist activities began with the emergence of Fonda d’en Cupa and various summer homes.
In the 1960s the centre of Cala Bona was subject to large-scale tourist development, so much so that it became joined with Cala Millor along the coastline.
Why Som Llevant?
Llevant is a Majorcan county located on the east of the island. It comprises several municipalities such as Artà, Capdepera, Manacor, Sant Llorenç des Cardassar and Son Servera, where SOM LLevant is located.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Tower of Port Nou
A former defence tower, which was first documented in 1769. In that era it was known as Torre Nova de Son Servera. According to some historians, the tower was built in around 1751.
It consists of two storeys–it was originally accessed at the upper level–and a roof, and it features a spiral staircase.
Port of Cala Bona
Cala Bona harbour is a small fishing harbour that has not lost its authentic otherworldly charm. It is a cosy place with beautiful views, where you can have a pleasant time and sample the great offers at the bars, restaurants and stores.
Church of Sant Joan Baptista
A rectangular-shaped church with a single nave and 5 side chapels. It retains a defence tower at the apse end, which is the only fragment that remains of the old possessió of Son Frai Garí. The existence of a small chapel was documented in 1622, making use of the walls of this possessió. Construction on the church started in 1699 and it bore a very similar resemblance to the current structure. It was subsequently subject to several expansions throughout the coming centuries. The belfry dates to the 19th century; until it was built the defence tower was used.
This church is one of the most characteristic and emblematic features at present. It is an unfinished project designed by Joan Rubió Bellver, a protégé of Gaudí, which boasts a neo-Gothic style and is notable for its rose windows and picture windows.
In 1906 Bishop Campins blessed the plot and the building work began a short time later, with various suspensions, and it was continued in 1929. The lack of resources caused the project to be permanently shut down, when only the side walls and large chapel had been completed.
Castle of Punta de n’Amer (Sant Llorenç des Cardasssar)
The coastal fortification known as De n’Amer castle or tower, is located at the centre of Punta de n’Amer, a peninsula that is 40 m high, and was given the status of Natural Area of Special Interest in 1985. It is an area of scenic and botanical interest; an oasis between developed areas.
In February 1585, Viceroy Lluis Vic carried out a general inspection to furnish the island with the necessary defences due to attacks, and planned the construction of a tower in the area. However, it was not until the end of the 17th century that it was built after an attack by a privateer.
After the danger from privateers disappeared, the castle fell into disuse, and in 1857 the military returned it to the State. Some years later, an appraisal valued the fortification at 5,000 pesetas and it was put up for public auction; Pere Orlandis i Despuig purchased the tower. In 1915 it was purchased by the owner of Sa Coma.
Typologically speaking, it is unique due to its style, its workmanship and its general design: it forms a square shape, while the resulting volume means it can be considered a combination between a cube and a pyramid. The outcome is a very solid construction with a heavy burden of a bellicose image. The building is surrounded by a 2-metre deep moat carved into the rock. The tower is accessed by a drawbridge that was built into the façade and blocked the entrance.
The ground floor currently features various weapons from the 18th and 19th centuries, while an 18th-century cannon is preserved on the second floor.
5 TOP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CALA BONA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
- Visit Son Servera market (Friday) and explore the old town.
- Stroll through Cala Bona harbour and stop off at one of its restaurants for lunch or dinner.
- Visit the various coves in the Llevant area of the island.
- Do sports such as scuba diving, golf, trekking, etc.
- Visit the Punta de n’Amer castle.