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Cala Fornells Beach, Calvia

A quiet bay offering something for everyone

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Cala Fornells’ overhanging pine trees offer ample areas of natural shade and retreat away from the Balearic sun, not to mention adding to the overall charm of the Mallorcan cove.

During the high season, Cala Fornells becomes regularly occupied with both residents and tourists thereby naturally becoming a little more crowded in the summer months. However, its warm and relaxed atmosphere within a semi-urban district, means you’ll be easily entertained for the entire day here… if not more.

This lovely cala sports its own wonderful little beach bar on one side of the sand, playing relaxed and feel-good tunes for the regularly, casual dining holidaymakers. For those preferring a quieter ambience, the opposite side of the beach offers just that. 

There’s not much happening during the beach’s later hours, but the nearby town of Peguera is less than a kilometre away offering a selection of lively entertainment for both tourists and locals alike.

Holiday accommodation, residential homes and various restaurants surround this beautiful beach occupying the front line of the coast. With several hotels near the resort, a wonderful upscale family run hotel with an artificial solarium overlooks the picturesque bay itself on a relaxed street of bars and restaurants behind.

Setting & Location

Taking its name from the area in which its located, the small sea inlet of “Cala Fornells” lies between “Punta de na Sardana” and “Caló de ses llisses” in the district of Calvià on Mallorca’s southwest coast. Completing the virtuous triangle between “Caló de ses Llisses” and “Caló d’en Monjo”, this section of coast acts as a natural border between the municipalities of Calvia and Andratx. Only 80m wide and 10m deep, lying slightly further west from the main strip of Peguera, this beach is considered small, but nonetheless, the conditions remain idyllic with white sand and clear waters. 

If you head up the nearby lane of ‘Carretera Cala Fornells’, you'll find an area of off-road parking and a signpost pointing you in the direction of a 1.6-kilometre hike. This leads to another beautiful and less frequented cove, Calo d'en Monjo. There are a number of trails in this part of Mallorca with numerous stunning panoramic views to be enjoyed.

Water Safety & Clarity

You will find that the water here, (as with many of the other Mallorca beaches) is crystal clear and extremely inviting, so it’s worth remembering to bring your snorkel as there are often plenty of fish! The south-west coast is renowned for being extremely family-friendly with rare winds and higher waves. You won’t find any lifeguards on duty here.

Beach Quality

Another of Mallorca’s beautiful beaches, offering coarse-grained sand and crystalline waters, Cala Fornells features rocky outcrops on its right-side bank, and an artificial solarium adjoining the beachside hotel on the left. Given the close proximity of neighbouring residences, this beach is lacking in toilets and showers, as well as access for wheelchairs and strollers not being terribly friendly.

Watersports Nearby

Other than excellent snorkelling conditions and being perfect for simply swimming, you’ll need to venture further around the coast for more adrenaline fuelled activities like parasailing, banana boating, jet skiing and windsurfing. 


This beach is easily accessible by public transport and offers free parking close by. It’s a short trip from Palma along the Ma-20 towards Andratx and onto the Ma-1 towards Peguera, where you’ll exit onto Carrer Cala Fornells and find the beach shortly after. 


Map of the surrounding area