Cala Varques (also known as Cala Barques) is a quiet and unspoilt beach about 12 km south of Porto Cristo on the east coast of Majorca.
The beach is around 90 metres in length and 60 metres deep, and has waves crashing against it, funnelled in from the cove. Closest resort to here is Porto Cristo to the north and Cales de Mallorca to the south.
Read about our trip to Cala Varques.
Setting & Location
It's one of the quietest beaches on the east coast, because it is so isolated. Great for independent travellers, but not so good for families - there is a 15 minute walk involved unless you come by boat. Plus there are no services so you will need to bring all your food and drink, and something to sit/lie on.
Water Safety & Clarity
The sea is that wonderful deep turquoise colour which contrasts against the white surf and golden sands.
To the south of the beach are low cliffs and interesting rock formations which are fun to explore. Follow this round and you'll come across another (tiny) beach that nudists seem to enjoy.
There is a real sense of wildness here - a welcome relief from the built up resorts that you find further up the east coast of Mallorca. The surrounding cliffs and rocky coves are popular with climbers and you will no doubt see some hardy chaps attempting to climb inside a natural rock archway to the north of the beach. Known as deep water soloing, the climbers do not use ropes and fall directly into the sea.
It is fairly isolated and the best way is to approach it from the sea. If you want to drive, you need to take the road from Porto Colom to Porto Cristo and once you have passed the turn off for Manacor, take the right hand turn that is signed to Cala Falco. Park up at a fence on the right-hand side. There is a path that will take you to the beach here (about 15 minutes).
- Hiking / Walking