There’s no doubt about it – Mallorca has an abundance of beautiful beaches or so-called “calas”. Clear water and white sand tend to be a popular tourist attraction, and of course we’re all looking for those hidden gems where you and your partner may be the only ones there. Me and my boyfriend have been so lucky to have that happen in the past on other locations, but I have to admit this usually wasn’t the case in Mallorca. All in all, I found the touristic aspect of the island to be way more okay than what I expected – it’s really quite easy to get away from the crowd and find cute villages all over the place – but the beaches are still the main crowd attractor. I’m quite sure you can find something more secluded if you have a lot of time to explore, but our options were a bit more limited. In any case, these three were my personal favorites, because they were equally beautiful and still maintained a bit of an unspoilt air. Here’s what to expect from each one.
Cala Figuera. When you’re planning on checking out Cap de Formentor (which you should), add this beautiful cala to the list. Along the way going up from Puerto Pollensa (roughly somewhere in the middle between the starting point in Puerto Pollensa and the light tower), you’ll spot a wooden sign with “Cala Figuera” on it and a rather large parking spot next to it – just keep your eyes open and you’ll notice it for sure. This one isn’t super easy to reach by foot – you’ll have to walk down a pretty steep path (and up again) for about 10-15 minutes, but more effort always means less people! Going down, you’re treated to an amazing view of the cala which only will encourage your feels to jump into the clear blue water. Cala Figuera has a little “beach” area with pebble stones, but I preferred finding a more private spot on one of the rocks. Added plus, there are some local goats present which always provide some entertainment and funny photo ops.
Tip: this one is secluded and has no amenities, so make sure to bring everything you need (lunch, water, umbrella, sunscreen, towels, book, …). As mentioned before, it’s a bit of an effort to get there – especially in the heat – so it would suck to realize you’ve forgotten something in the car when you finally reach the beach area.
Cala Mesquida. This one is the most accessible and “touristy”, of all three – but nonetheless I still recommend it. First of all, the water was so, so pretty here! It also has an actual sandy beach – the others don’t – and behind the beach there are some lovely dunes where you can go and have a stroll to explore nature. The setting of this cala is just really beautiful and relaxing, trust me (or the pictures) on this. You can easily rent a beach chair and umbrella here, and there’s a little bar on the beach – but I prefer to not spend money on those things so I couldn’t tell you if it’s worth it or not.
Tip: Like it is in most cases, if you put in a little more effort (aka walk to the other side of the beach – away from the entrance) you’re treated to a more quiet spot. Definitely worth it! I’d also recommend going in the late afternoon, there will be less people around (as is the case for most spots, since people head home for a shower or to get ready for dinner).
Cala s’Almunia. Another lovely spot to spend some time and enjoy the stunning views. Depending on your arrival time, it can be a bit trickier to find parking here – but it’s advised to not park on the yellow lines to avoid a ticket. The nice thing about this cala is that it’s quite big and divers, so you have a lot of different options on where to drop your towel. Cliff jumping is something you’ll see a lot here too! Gettting there, you need to go down quite a lot of steps (around 120) – but nothing you can’t handle, right? There are only two tiny sand beaches here, the rest of your options are rocks.
Tip: Again, no amenities here or in the direct area – so make sure to bring all you need! Also, water shoes always come in handy too when you’re visiting rocky beaches.
note: for this trip I borrowed the Nikon 1 J5 camera, which I used when I didn’t feel like carrying my heavier DSLR with me. It’s perfect because it’s light and compact, but still delivers quality images.