Cala Banyalbufar - Small bay in terraced mountain landscape
The high rock face in the bay of Cala Banyalbufar is really quite something - large pillars and safety nets prevent the rocks from breaking away and slipping down onto the beach below. The short, narrow strip of pebbles and larger stones is one of the few bathing spots on Majorca's west coast. From the island's capital city of Palma the beach can be reached in around three-quarters of an hour along the winding roads of the Tramuntana mountain range. It lies very close to the small village of Banyalbufar which, with its characteristic stone terraces on the surrounding mountainsides, is embedded in one of the most beautiful landscapes in Majorca. And as if that weren't enough, in Cala Banyalbufar the water from a small mountain stream runs down the rock face creating a little freshwater shower for the beach.
From the car park above the bay a narrow path with steps leads down to the beach. The stones are covered with dried seaweed in places creating a soft surface on which to lie. The seabed is very stony and beach shoes are recommended. The crystal clear water and three small caves, which have formed in the cliffs near the bay, make it fun not only for swimming but also for snorkelling. One of the caves is completely under water.
Most of the time the small beach has few visitors - it's mainly residents of the surrounding villages that come here to cool off. Only in the summer months do a few tourists find their way to the beach. The bay is also a mooring for fishing boats and to the side there are a few small boathouses. There are no restaurants or water sports providers in Cala Banyalbufar.