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They still exist: deserted coves on Majorca’s West Coast

By | 31 August, 2017 | 0 comments

Secluded bathing coves in Mallorca? Yes, you have read correctly. There are still untreated, enchanted bays and small beaches which are untouched by mass tourism, despite the increasing number of tourists visiting the Balearic Islands every year.

You need to take into account though, that to reach this picturesque bathing areas, a trip by car, ferry, or a short or long walk might be required. It is worth the effort though, because you will be rewarded with turquoise crystal clear waters, wild natural beauty and gorgeous views. Today we want to introduce you to one of these secluded CALAS (Catalan and Spanish for Bay) on the west coast of the island. At the reception of the hotel Mac Paradiso Garden, you have the possibility to rent a car, with which you will easily reach the beaches.

The first of these bays is something very special, because it is not even on the island of Mallorca, but on the “Dragon island”, Sa Dragonera. It’s a 288-acre, uninhabited islet off the west coast of Mallorca, which was declared in 1995 as a natural park. The name can be attributed to its silhouette, which reminds you of a lying dragon. On the other hand, the island is home to the Dragonera lizard, an endemic species whose looks actually remind you of little dragons. To reach the island, take the ferry from Sant Elm, which is located just 37 kilometres to the West of Palma de Mallorca. The journey to Sa Dragonera takes about 20 minutes. The ticket for the return trip, which can be purchased on the boat, costs 13 euros. Once you arrive on the rocky island, there are only a few steps to the Cala Lladó, a picture-perfect bay with a South Seas flair.

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A more enchanting bay, which can be reached only on foot, is Cala S’Estaca , located towards the north west. After you have parked your car in the parking lot located at kilometre 4 between Valldemossa town and its port, you need to walk about an hour to get to the bay. The panoramic trail, which passes by the luxury country house of the American Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, is without a doubt one of the most beautiful hiking trails on the island. Once you begin the steep descent down to the sea, you will see an idyllic harbour with small fishermen’s houses from a distance. Our Tip: the secluded beach is worth staying all day to really enjoy it, so assemble a delicious picnic basket before the trip. Alternatively, after bathing you can visit the restaurant “Es Port” in Port de Valldemossa.

Further north, the next scenic bay is located in Cala Deià. To save costs, we recommend you to park the car further ahead and then go down to the bay on foot. The small stone beach is popular because of the clear clean water, especially for divers and snorkelers, framed by high cliffs with pine groves. In an old fisherman’s house made of natural stone, situated on a rocky outcrop, there is a “chiringuito” (beach restaurant), where you can enjoy various alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as small, tasty tapas. Who’s slightly refined should like the fish specialties in the restaurant Ca’s Patró March, the restaurant’s terrace offers beautiful views of the bay and the turquoise-blue sea!

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If you decide to go to Cala Deià, you should pay a visit also the eponymous village of Deià, just 3 kilometres away inland and at the foot of the Puig des Teix. This wild, romantic place in the Tramuntana Mountains, which has a population of 700 inhabitants, is well known for being an artists’ village. Here, actors such as Peter Ustinov (1921-2004) and Ava Gardner (1922-1990) used to spend their days. Also the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) or the British writer and poet Robert Graves (1895-1985) looked for new inspiration in this picturesque stone  village. Also due to the unique landscape of the village, the German television chose Deià at the end of the 1980s as a filming location for the family series “Hotel Paradise”. In the flower-filled streets of the village there are numerous chic boutiques, galleries and fine restaurants waiting for their visitors. Even if you find it too expensive, just take a stroll, it costs  nothing to watch!

The next highlight of the bathing tour, Cala Tuent, is not far from Deià. However, you should allow plenty of time for the drive. Because it is towards the northwest and you will need to handle the hairpin bends of the famous panoramic road Ma-10, which winds its way through the Tramuntana mountains and the highest peak of Majorca, the Puig Major (1.445 m). We guarantee you that at the first glance on the Cala Tuent, you will think that it was worth the long way. No wonder, as this approximately 170 metres long beach, fringed by rocks and pine trees, is one of the most beautiful on the island.

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Cala Tuent, on the west coast of Majorca (Timo Wolf on flickr.com)

If you do not want the long car ride, you can reach Cala Tuent from Port de Sóller with an excursion boat. During low season (from April to June and from September to October), the boats of the company “Barcos Azules” depart at 10am from Port de Sóller; the return from Cala Tuent is at 4.55pm. The price for the return journey is 30 Euro for adults and 23 euros for up to 22 year olds. To reach Port de Sóller from Palma de Mallorca, you don’t  need  a car, as since 1912, the island’s capital and the 27 km away town of Sóller are linked by a narrow gauge railway, the so-called “Tren de Sóller”.  During the main season and until the end of October, there are six historic narrow-gauge trains heading north daily. From Sóller it continues with a historic tram to Port de Sóller, the upstream port. The combi-ticket for the return is not cheap with 32 euros, but the winding drive through the olive and almond groves of the Sierra de Alfàbia in the nostalgic, well-maintained original wagons, is well worth that price.

Visit the idyllic bays of the west coast and do something special during your holidays in Majorca!

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