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Hidden Coves of Mallorca

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

Gracias a El País por la imagen - GUILLERMO ESAÍN - 19/06/2004

Seis pequeñas zonas de baño desconocidas para el visitante. Hay que saber cómo llegar y caminar un poco, pero el esfuerzo se ve compensado por el paisaje mediterráneo y la belleza de estos rincones.

Ha sido castigada hasta la hartura por los planes urbanísticos; pero pocas referencias hay tan ligadas al imaginario playero como los 154 kilómetros de costa de Mallorca. Éstas son seis calas únicas, cuatro de arena y dos pedregosas.

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And here goes a pretty crappy translation to English thanks to Google Translator being a machine and me being lazy:

Six small swimming areas unknown to most visitors. You have to know how to get there and walk a bit, but the effort is offset by the Mediterranean landscape and the beauty of these places.

Mallorca has been punished by the glut of urban plans, but there are so few references to idyllic beaches as the 154 kilometers of coast of Mallorca.  Here are six unique bays, four sandy and two of stone.

Sa Canova
(SANTA MARGALIDA)

The ever-flowing Torrent des Naborges, with usual birdlife of coots and ducks, is an excellent prologue to introduce the excellence which houses the wild beach that stretches its charms between Son Serra de Marina and Colonia de Sant Pere. Over three miles will give the same line of dunes and the same chromatic immersion in the rest of the Bay of Alcudia, but free of hotels. The swimmers occupy the first 400 meters of beach, or undertake the walk through sand dunes to find the most appealing section. In Sa Canova, relaxation is guaranteed, only during days of rough seas you have to be careful with the currents, which become dangerous.

– How to get there: Take the entrance to Son Serra de Marina and turn right at the next to the last road before reaching the sea, the height of the bar C’an Jaume.

– Dining: Lago (971 85 40 81). Son Serra de Marina. Turbot with almonds. About 15 euros.

Cala Mesquida
(CAPDEPERA)

In Mesquida, the winds and the sea have created whimsical shapes, and hence deserves special attention for its excellent visual perspective. There are those who use their rippled and retrogressive dunes as a shelter from the sun and wind.  You may rent umbrellas, hammocks, jetsurfers and windsurf equipment. Its condition as open to the Menorca canal make the warning flag an all-important reference point. The dunes area is traditionally nudist, here the trail (45 minutes) to Agulla bay starts.

– How to get there: Turn left just before you reach Cala Ratjada.  In Cala Mesquida, go straight to the resort and park.  Go down the stairs to the beach.

– Dining: Es Castell (971 56 57 30). Major, 47. Capdepera. Tourist menu, nine euros.

Cala Varques
(Manacor)

The fascinating Mediterranean grove that must be traversed to tread Varques Cove reveals a section of manacorense coastline that debates between conservation and speculation. At the end of a ravine, in a brief untouched sandy strip that brings a considerable wealth of plant life, the cove shows off every Mediterranean inducement: white sand, transparent turquoise waters, green forests. The calcareous nature of the materials is proved by the caves lapped by the slow waves of the Mediterranean, these are accessible by swimming, where the waves permit. And near the caves of Drach.

– How to get there: 6 km from the caves of Drach (Porto Cristo), in the direction of Santanyi, watch for the unsignalled path to the left, from there it’s a few meters before Fortesa Vell.  Park at the end. Push open the gate and step over a chain. Walk about 20 minutes.

– Dining: Voramar (971 55 85 69). Cala Mandia. About 35 euros.

Es Carbó
(Ses Salines)

Tranquility, wilderness and cleanliness. Of course, you have to walk along the coast from Es Dolç to achieve these greatly developed dunes with gentle waves lapping against the shore. Fully immersed in a smooth horizontal class coupled to its environment, and overlooking the islands and the Cabrera National Park, the sun hits Es Carbó fully. The adjoining pine grove belongs to a private farm.

– How to get there: From Colonia de Sant Jordi, walk along the beach of Es Dolç,  leaving behind the docks and continuing for about 15 minutes.

– Dining: Marisol (971 65 50 70). Gabriel Roca, 65. Colonia de Sant Jordi. Menu 16 euros.

Cala En Basset
(ANDRATX)

It is not only a virgin cove lost in the southwestern corner of the Sierra de Tramontana, it is a symbol of conservation concern. A natural area of special interest and SPA area (for the protection of birds), a colorful mineral terrain awaits the hiker (bring sturdy shoes). In Basset the beacon tower and the main fleet of yachts are the main identity points. Backed by cliffs where the pines palms spread their domes and without streams.

– How to get there: Park in Sant Elm, around 300 meters from the restaurant Es Moli. Walk toward the painted house Can Tomeví, pass it on the right and after about a hundred yards, turn left. Walk about 45 minutes.

– Dining: Restaurant Cala Conills (971 23 91 86). Sant Elm.Salted fish. About 40 euros.

Cala Bóquer
(POLLENÇA)

Another beach for hikers. This beach is in the Formentor Cape peninsula, one of the major poles of attraction in Mallorca.  Bucolic image prevails in the open yet boxed gorge crossed by birds in their migrations. At the base, the virginal and stony Bóquer Cove benefits from the mountains of Cavall Bernat, and from its banks emerges the islet of Es Colomer. Although Sal Point provides protection, the churning sea only allows swimming on calm days.

– How to get there: In Port de Pollença take the Formentor exit and park near the apartment/hotel Oro Playa. Cross the two gates of the estate of Bóquer and walk for about 40 minutes. It is forbidden to enter the farm with animals.

– Dining: Restaurant Stay (971 86 40 13). Moll Nou, Port de Pollença. Menu of the day, 30 euros.

PRACTICAL GUIDE:

Information

– Palma de Mallorca tourism offuce (971 71 22 16).

www.conselldemallorca.net.

www.illesbalears.es.

www.mma.es/playas y www.esplaya.com, to know more about Mallorca’s beaches.

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