It’s not easy to find secluded bays on Mallorca, anymore. Except in the early morning or out of season. But some bays are so stunning that you’ll share the joy with other beach lovers. Most people associate Mallorca with long sandy beaches. And there are many, indeed. As well as picturesque calas. Popular bathing bays and small hidden gems only accessible by foot or by boat. Set in a unique landscape. Against the backdrop of the mountains or framed by steep cliffs. These are our favorite secluded bays on Mallorca, the Top 10 calas counterclockwise around the island:
Portals Vells is particularly popular with local families. Children love the clear, calm waters while their elder siblings explore the nearby rocks and caves. The bay is also a starting point for the hike to Cala Figuera. If you are lucky, you get a table on the beautiful terrace of the chiringuito Es Repòs.
Cala Pi with its little boat sheds is a truly romantic bay. Fjord-like, and seasoned with the scent of pine trees and a salty breeze from the sea. To one side unspoiled nature invites you to a walk. But the bay itself is already a little escape from the world where you can just sit and watch until the sun sets.
The beaches south of Colònia de Sant Jordi aren’t officially called bays. But Es Dolç, Es Carbo and Es Caragol offer the privacy of coves. Protected by a huge, privately owned nature reserve you can only reach them by foot. There is a chiringuito at Platja es Dolç but the further you go, the more you have the beach to yourself.
Cala Marmols is the paradise beach everybody dreams of. You have to walk a while to get to the precious marble bay, along rough cliffs and windblown scrubland. But the reward is breathtaking. A sandy beach surrounded by high rocks. But what’s most fascinating is the deep mesmerizing blue of the sea.
Cala Llombards is a beautiful sheltered cove at the end of a long inlet lined with pine trees. A couple of small fishermen’s cottages perfect the picture postcard impression. And further on a narrow path leads along the cliff and offers amazing views both of the bay and the open sea.
For many years, Caló de sa Font de n’Alis and S’Amarador have been my secret hideaways. As part of the Mondragó Natural Parc the two coves with their calm turquoise water embody the perfect beach. Today, they are popular with locals and tourists alike, for the same reason. But the atmosphere has remained just as relaxed.
S’Estany d’en Mas is better known as Cala Romantica, today. The fine-grained sand slopes gently into the clear waters. Over the years, the picturesque cove has developed into a resort. Out of season, however, it is still one of those dreamy places where you sit and watch the reflections of the sun on the surface of the sea.
The hinterland of Cala Mesquida is a protected dune landscape that you’d rather expect at the shores of the North and the Baltic Sea. But water and beach look like the Caribbean. The sea can resemble a mirror. Or strong waves hit the beach and make swimming all the more exciting. Watch out for the red flag, though, in case there are dangerous currents.
Es Coll Baix is one of the still unspoiled coves somewhat off the beaten track. The way down to the bay leads through the equally wild landscape of the Victoria Peninsula. Shielded by high mountain walls the pebble beach spreads like a crescent. The perfect bathing bay for nature lovers who crave a sense of seclusion.
Maybe the most picturesque bay at the foot of the Tramuntana is Cala Deià. The atmosphere around the few remaining houses and the small shingle beach is really unique. Swimming is nice, too, but many people just spend a relaxed afternoon, here, maybe enjoy a plate of seafood. And the Mediterranean lightness of being.