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Cal Boquer Beach, North Mallorca

Head through the hills to find this hidden gem of an unspoilt bay

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Another day another secluded cove to be discovered in the North of Mallorca. Situated at the end of a 40 minute hike north of Puerto Pollenca, Cala Boquer is a beautiful secluded rocky bay with clear, refreshing water and abundant sea life, a wonderful snorkellers paradise.

There are no facilities available at the beach, no toilets, lifeguards or shops of any kind, the closest stop for supplies is back in Puerto Pollenca so make sure you bring with you all that you need for the day, but do remember that you have to carry it and please, take it home with you again, let’s try and keep this beach in the unspoilt state in which we found it. 

Setting & location

Enclosed on two sides by high mountain ridges and backed buy the deserted valley, Cala Boquer feels very far away from civilisation, and despite the pleasure crafts floating out at sea this cove is one of the quietest you’ll come across in the north, especially in peak summer as the walk will put off most people in the summer heat. If you are going to attempt it be sure to take plenty of water with you and be aware that there is very little shade available along the walk in the valley.

Water safety & clarity

The absolute best thing about this bay is its water. In the peak of summer due to the shape of the Pollenca Bay the sea soaks up the heat all day every day and retains it, making what should be a refreshing dip in the water feel like an immersion into a warm bath, not what you need on these hot days of summer.

Not so for cool Cala Boquer though, located on north side of the Cap Formentor point, the water here is beautifully cold and as refreshing as a dip in the ocean should be, and it’s crystal clear as well.

Beach quality

What’s also wonderful about this beach is it’s complete lack of rubbish, the beach is scattered with rocks and huge chunks of driftwood but miraculously free of plastic bottles, picnic rubbish and beer bottles. It seems the people willing to walk to this beach are people willing to clean up after themselves and here’s hoping that it stays that way.

The beach is very rocky and there is no sand to speak of, where you emerge from the trail is the most beach-like area with smaller pebbles making up the ground, the further you walk around in either direction the bigger the rocks get. Your best bet is to find the largest flattest one to set up camp on and then spend all day in the water where the clear, deep water and rocky sea bed makes for very rewarding snorkelling. Crab catchers can also do a decent days work collecting sizeable and varied crustaceans along the rocky sea line.

What is there to do?

Favoured by sailing fans, this bay is often host to a school of yachts and powerboats who head here from nearby Cala Sant Vincenc or make the trip all the way around Cap Formentor to drop anchor in this sheltered spot. These lucky nautical folk can be seen leaping and splashing into the sea, floating out in the azure depths and lazily lunching aboard their crafts, but they rarely head into the coast, leaving the beach free and clear for beach goers who are willing to walk through the dusty mountains to reach this beautiful spot.

The trail leading to Cala Boquer starts from the last but one roundabout on the Ma2210 road to Formentor and is well signposted from there. Parking is available at the start of the trail although it is an easy walk from the centre of Puerto Pollenca. The trail takes 40 minutes to walk and is fairly easy although the terrain is rough in places and steep near the beach which whilst fine for children is not suitable for bikes, pushchairs or wheelchairs.

The path weaves through a valley between two large ridges of the Tramuntana Mountains, which makes for dramatic scenery on either side of you as you walk through the scrub and spiky brush covered valley populated only by wandering mountain goats. The outward journey is a slow incline to 91 metres where you’ll be afforded a stunning view of the bay below you. From there it is a short descent down stony paths (steep in places) to the beach below. Unfortunately this does mean that the walk home consists of an immediate and fairly steep ascent, which is cruel as it will leave you longing to be back in the sparkling water below.

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Location: North Mallorca


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Venue Style: Beach


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Activities: Sailing | Snorkelling | Swimming

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