Sheltered and protected from the winds, Cala Pi sits nestled between two tall rocky cliffs, with its name 'Pi' deriving from the pine trees bordering its clifftops. You can often see yachts moored at the end of the cove, further enhancing its already picture-perfect visual appeal.
Whilst often especially busy at the weekend, this beach manages to retain its wholesome and relaxed atmosphere. Naturally, this attracts everyone and anyone… locals and tourists, families with young children, or solitary travellers.
In the summer months there is a lifeguard on duty from 10:00 to 18:00, plus a small bar offering shaded loungers, drinks and ice creams. As you’ll often find in the summer months throughout Mallorca, dogs are not allowed on the beach nor camping or bonfires.
Setting & Location
Cala Pi is located in the centre of Mallorca’s south coast in the district of Llucmajor, approximately 40 km east of Palma. The beach is easily accessible from the small, picturesque town of Cala Pi, with a handful of restaurants and hotels to choose from. This location serves as a great base for exploring the southern coast, but if you’re staying further afield, it certainly still deserves a day trip. It’s worth noting the ascent back up from the beach includes several steps, making it not particularly easy for those with restricted mobility… the elderly and ‘pequenitos’ (little ones) however, are often seen making their way along the rocky trail with ease.
Water Safety & Clarity
Due to its sheltered location, the mesmerising turquoise water can often seem a little cloudy on the duller of days, but don’t be fooled… it's still very clean and the best place to cool off after a long day in the hot Mallorcan sun.
Sandwiched between the rocks and surrounded by lush vegetation, the beach at Cala Pi is fairly narrow (around 50 metres wide) and stretches over 100 metres inland with warm golden sand. With a beachside shower available and a few basic shops at the top of the stairs, there are enough basic amenities for your everyday needs.
No water activities are available for hire here, but the bay is usually full of jet skis, paddle boards, and snorkellers from the visiting day boats able to anchor close to shore.
Driving is the easiest way to travel to Cala Pi, with streetside parking in the roads close by. You can also catch the 525 bus directly from the ‘Intermodal’ station in Palma, which takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once there, you’ll need to then descend down a grand total of 147 (well-kept) stone steps… although there’s a good chance that you'll probably be so distracted by the spectacular view, you’ll find your toes in the sand before you know it.