Can you keep a secret?
I have found, and I’m taking full credit, the best bay in Mallorca. Hands down winner for me out of every bay I’ve seen so far, and I do mean bay not beach as unfortunately this secluded spot is lacking in sand, but what it lacks there it makes up for up for in water so if you don’t want to listen to me rave repeatedly about turquoise sea’s you should cease to read now.
Cala Figuera on the Cap Formentor road in North Mallorca is quite simply stunning to behold. We were out for a day visiting the cape and it had been a day of epic views along that dramatic coastline but on our way back from the lighthouse, a friend of mine spotted a bay way down below the road with the bluest waters he’d ever seen. He pulled over and we followed suit to take a good look. It was breathtakingly beautiful and dotted with private boats bobbing happily in the pretty secluded bay, we wanted to get closer and were cursing the unfairness of not being boat owners, when we spotted a rough path leading down from further along the road. Upon further inspection we found a wooden sign pointing ‘Cala Figuera’ into the trees, so we ditched our bikes and off we trekked.
Down a rough path that seemed to be leading in the opposite direction to that which we needed I didn’t have the greatest of faith but every now and then we caught a glimpse of that turquoise blue and kept on going. We scrambled for twenty minutes down a path clearly hewn by rainwater more than people, until eventually we emerged on rocky sea level, eye to eye with sapphire blue sea.
The beach was alas no great shakes being a small pebbly cove hemmed in on both sides by shelves of rock and the entrance to the water was chock full of spiky rocks, but out there, where the privileged boat owners were floating the sea bed was white sand under crystal clear water. We climbed up onto the rocky shelf at the left of the bay and followed it around until we reached where the seabed became clear, there we found a flat patch to lay our towels, ditched our belongings and dived into serene waters just made for floating, snorkeling and free diving, getting out was a little tricky until we found a rustic boat ramp made of logs to scramble up. We sunbathed on the rocks and watched the boats and the divers until it was time to scramble back up to the bikes, a short but steep climb which took about half an hour along very uneven and unmarked paths taking us away from our new favourite bay in Mallorca.
In all good conscience, stunning though this cove is, I can’t really take full credit, it wasn’t actually a private discovery by us intrepid explorers, it was signposted from the road and there were other people there, however due to the lack of parking and the inaccessibility there was very noticeably less people than on any other beach I’ve visited and there was a distinct lack of children, and for good reason. This beach has no sand to lie on and no lifeguard, toilet, shower or spar. The way in and out of the sea is a rock climbing mission, there is no snack bar or café or kayak rental, there is only the tiny sign post, the tricky walk down, the un-spoilt blue sea and a very over friendly, sandwich stealing goat named Garry. This is in short not a family friendly beach.
If you need easy access and family friendly head to nearby Playa Formentor but if you’re fit and able, willing to sunbathe on rock, want to escape the crowds of tourist land, and if you want to see somewhere truly beautiful, then pack a picnic (protect it from Garry), water and walking shoes, head to Cala Figuera and witness this spectacular bay for yourself.