The resort of Cala dOr is part of the municipal district of
on the south-east coast of Majorca.
Although most visitors are on traditional package holidays, many of the tour operators consider the transfer from the airport to your accommodation to be an optional extra, which in turn is leading more people to make their own arrangements by either rent a car, or by one of the many taxis from the ranks outside the arrivals hall.
Cala dor is a modern built resort that has grown from a small traditional Mallorcan fishing village, and now covers an area of 4km of small sandy coves and creeks.
- Keep a close watch on purses and wallets at all times, particularly at markets and at bus stops
- If you are approached in the street by gypsy flower sellers trying to sell you a carnation for one centimo walk away from them, they are professional pickpockets. You may think you are getting a bargain, but several hours later when you find your cash and credit cards stolen you will soon find out differently. These people frequented the area around the Cathedral in Palma for many years (and still do) but have also come to the resorts in recent years and can be found on the beaches by day and on the streets at night. You have been warned Please note however, there are some nice Asian girls who go into bars selling roses - these girls are OK so, if you are feeling romantic buy the wife or girlfriend one lads - but dont buy one for each, you could get into more lumber!
- Gypsies are also selling fruit on the beach. They are illegal vendors and are constantly being arrested by the beach police. They have no health certificates for their food and bear in mind, whilst it seems like a good idea to buy a piece of melon while roasting on the beach, what you pay for one slice you could probably by a whole melon for in the local supermarket.
- Eastern European-looking guys are also doing the rounds and trying to part you from your money. They work in pairs. One attracts your attention by, say, asking you directions or for a light, while the other is having it away with you purse or wallet. They also have a credit card scam. in operation whereby they block the ATM machine and you cant get your card out. They come along to help and get you re-try your PIN number. Of course nothing happens and they suggest you come back to the bank first thing in the morning. But, once you have gone, they extract your credit card - and your money! They DO NOT operate while the banks are open so, if you need cash from an ATM machine, try and temember to get it during bank opening hours.
- Another trick is to con women on their own at car parks of local supermarkets and hypermarkets. They let down one of the tyres on their car and, as the woman gets into her car, one of them tells her that she has a flat. Naturally, she gets out the car to have a look and whilst she is doing that, her handbag is stolen. They are slick and clever so, be one your guard just as you would back home.
- Be wary of anybody approaching you on the street just as you would back home. Remember, a fool and his money are easily parted!
- Always CHECK YOUR CHANGE. Because you are British, or Irish, some shopkeepers, barmen etc assume you havent a clue when you are given your change and you will just put it in your pocket or purse without checking it. The cafeteria in the arrivals lounge at the airport recently tried to short change me by over 2 euros and so did a local newsagent in Calvia. Naturally, they pretend they made a mistake, but add up all the 2 euros per day they can make - multiply it by 7 and then by 52 - it not a bad yearly wage on top of what they already get. So CHECK YOUR CHANGE and when it is wrong and they tell you it was the tills fault or whatever, just politely tell them you dont believe them.