The bay of Cala Varques, which is somewhat off the beaten track, offers you a rewarding alternative to the many tourist-oriented beaches on Majorca. Here you will find a bit of hippy flair, similar to many of the bays in Ibiza. Both locals and tourists come to this totally unspoiled beach. It is especially popular among young people who want to relax here in a beautiful natural setting with a laid-back atmosphere. The cliffs on the northern edge of the bay make very good natural diving platforms and a large cave in the steep coastline guarantees plenty of fun for snorkellers. Hippies sell cocktails, sandwiches and jewellery at small stands.
Cala Varques - Cliff jumping and snorkelling in beautiful island nature
You can only see everything that this bay in the east of Majorca has to offer from the water. If you swim out a little way from the beach to the open sea you can see, behind the rising cliffs, an impressive cave that has formed in the steep coastline. Snorkellers splash about here, drawing the attention of others, who follow them. Depending on how brave they are, people jump from various heights off the rocks into the turquoise water. These are up to 10 metres high, but cliff jumping is not dangerous here because the water is sufficiently deep.
Essentially the bay of Cala Varques is no longer an insider's tip because in the summer it usually has plenty of visitors, both locals and tourists. It is situated between Porto Cristo and Cales de Mallorca, at a distance of 10 kilometres from each of the two resorts. For sailboats and yachts the calm water in the bay is an ideal spot to anchor. Going by land you drive along a narrow gravel road, on which you can also park your car. From there, a path over rough and smooth ground leads you to the beach in around quarter of an hour. This lies completely unspoiled amidst a hilly landscape of rocks, bushes and pines.
On warm summer days the large expanse of sand is covered with colourful beach umbrellas and beach towels. Many young people come here, as well as families. The bay of Cala Varques is characterised by its extremely laid-back and tolerant atmosphere. Naturists will feel at home on this beach as well. There are no restaurants, but a few hippies offer food and drinks. On the rocks on the north side of the beach they will mix cocktails for you and at another stand they prepare fresh sandwiches, amongst other things. At the far end of the beach you can also buy jewellery.