The Best Beaches in Cala d’Or

An in-depth guide into the magical calas along the coast

Cala d’Or is a chic and romantic spot for a holiday on Majorca’s sunny south-east coast. The petite resort town is known for its yacht marina, located in Cala Llonga, as well as its peaceful atmosphere and low-rise, white-washed holiday villas and hotels. We promise you peace and relaxed vibes, far from the Malaguf party-goers.

  1. Platja Cala Gran
  2. Cala Petita
  3. Caló d'es Pou
  4. Cala Egos
  5. Cala Esmeralda
  6. Platja de Cala Ferrera
  7. Playa de Cala Serena

As the name suggests, the town’s coast is frilly with tiny, tucked away coves, fringed by golden sand. In fact, the density of exceptionally pretty beaches is incredible, for such a small stretch of coast – you’re spoilt for choice. Let us help you pick your favourite, with our handy guide to the best beaches in Cala d’Or, perfect for a chill day after an evening out with friends.

1. Platja Cala Gran

Cala Gran is the largest of the small resort town’s calas, or coves. There’s a sizeable stretch of soft, golden sand with a boardwalk down one side, leading down to a shallow, impeccably clear sea. It often gets busy in peak season, with the back of the beach filling with loungers for hire, but there’s usually free space near the water for you to pitch your towel. There are a few pedalos to rent and a lifeguard on duty, and the sea is perfect for swimming and snorkelling as it’s sheltered by rocky headlands either side.

Facilities: Lifeguard, first aid station, pedalos, shade & loungers

Best for: Easy beach day with nearby shops & restaurants

2. Cala Petita

Cala Petita is Cala Gran’s smaller neighbour. It’s equally sheltered and the shallow, emerald water with its unrivalled visibility, enchants swimmers and snorkellers alike. There’s a smaller triangle of soft, golden sand but you can also pitch up on the rocks flanking either side of the protected cove. The accommodation dotted along the cove usually has direct access to these rocky spots, with steps leading right down into the water. You’ll find shade and loungers for rent in peak season. If you’re looking for a quiet moment to come down and swim, try early in the morning or later in the evening.

Facilities: Limited rental shade, loungers

Best for: Quiet day out, charming scenery

3. Caló d'es Pou

The next cove after Cala Llonga, which houses the town’s famous marina, is Calo d’es Pou. The petite strip of sand here certainly gets crowded during the day, filling with loungers and umbrellas, but the view from the cove is truly stunning. As you swim, you can look out over red-rocky headlands covered with green pines and palms. There’s also a handy bar and restaurant on the shore, serving beer, cocktails and seafood, as well as lunchtime favourites like wraps and sandwiches. A perfect day here would involve swimming, sunbathing and then a leisurely late lunch at the café, rolling into evening.

Facilities: Limited parking, loungers, umbrellas, beach restaurant

Best for: Beach-front eats

4. Cala Egos

The next beach worth exploring to the south of Cala d’Or is Cala Egos, the snorkeller’s paradise. It’s the quintessential postage-stamp of pristine sand, but most people don’t stop to sunbathe, they come to float in the deep, aquamarine sea. On sunny days, dip beneath the surface to see a rainbow of marine life sharing the space with you. Snorkeller’s will also enjoy skirting the rocky headlands either side to see the cove’s shier residents. There are no on-beach facilities but it is flanked by hotels and, a short walk away, Restaurante Cala Egos serves seafood and tapas.

Best for: Snorkelling & swimming

Facilities: Nearby hotels & restaurants, parking

5. Cala Esmeralda

Heading north from Cala Gran, the first beach you reach (~1km) is Platja Cala Esmeralda, named for its emerald waters. The sand is soft and clean and the sea is calm, clear and sparkling. It’s encircled by tree-covered rocks but the cove itself is in full sunshine. If you’re snorkelling, try hunting in the shady patches next to the rocks to meet the bay’s colourful, underwater residents. Because the Cala is surrounded by small hotels, the beach is left free from loungers and shade. So, you can bring your own or book as a day guest in one of the hotels to use their loungers and shade, perched on sandy spots further back from the beach.

Best for: Swimming, space

Facilities: Parking, hotels with shade & loungers, restaurants

6. Platja de Cala Ferrera

Cala Ferrera is a particularly popular cove with families, thanks to the super-shallow entry to the water, the soft sand for playing in and the sandy bottom underfoot. It’s also one of the few Calas where you can rent paddleboards and kayaks right from the beach. Hiring one allows you to explore right along the channel of the narrow Cala, spotting fish and finding secret inlets in the rocky headland. There’s a lifeguard on duty, as well as loungers and shade. The calm, crystal-clear water gets deeper just a little further out, so it’s also an appealing spot for snorkelling. Small, pretty boats gather at the entrance to the cove during the day but by evening, the hotel guests have retreated and boats have left, and you’ll find an exceptionally peaceful atmosphere.

Best for: Families & paddleboarding

Facilities: Lifeguard, loungers & shade, parking

7. Playa de Cala Serena

There’s something magical and (almost) undiscovered about Cala Serena. While it’s far from a well-kept secret, the beach is reached via a secretive-feeling path and stone steps through the trees, leading you down to a small yet perfect patch of sand. There’s a handful of loungers and umbrellas to rent, but most people bring their own towels and pitch up on the sand or find a secluded spot in the rocks. The sea is a bath-like temperature and stays shallow quite far out, making it a popular spot for young families. As always on this part of the coast, the water is exceptionally clear and sheltered.

Read our guide for more things to do in the Cala d'Or area.

Best for: Young swimmers & escaping the crowds

Facilities: A few loungers & shade

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