About Cala Pi
Cala Pi is the perfect choice for peace, quiet and relaxation. This, the earliest known settlement in Mallorca ironically remains one of the most un-spoilt locations on the island. Cala Pi is a quiet, natural harbor on the south coast in the district of Lluchmayor and approximately 40-minutes’ drive from the airport of Son Sant Joan. We hope you enjoy this abcMallorca guide to Cala Pi to help you make the most of your visit to this idyllic location.
History and Culture
It is thought that the protection from the elements afforded by this natural harbour first attracted the earliest settlers in Mallorca to Cala Pi. The rocky coastline has also made development of any major kind impossible, so this little town remains a quiet destination for those in search of natural beauty.
Today you can still visit the Bronze Age settlement of ‘Capocorb Vell’ which is within 5 kilometres. This is considered to be one of the most important archeological sites on the island. The town of Cala Pi is small and unassuming with only the one little church of ‘Nostra Senyora des Angels’ and a scattering of hotels, shops and restaurants. The narrow strip of streets run parallel to the coastline and the beach can only be reached via steps. Cala Pi is not a good choice for those with mobility problems and is best enjoyed on foot.
Lifeguards and facilities are available on the beach so it is suitable for families, but couples and singles will feel comfortable here as well. The beach can be quite busy with people during peak season, but this is not a noisy, clubbing destination.
Shopping in Cala Pi
Cala Pi is not really for shopping, although you will find enough available to meet most day-to day and holiday needs. Those in search of a shopping day would be best served by a day trip to the nearest large town of Lluchmayor or the capital city of Palma.
Major Attractions in Cala Pi
The biggest attraction to Cala Pi is the beach and coastline, but you will have to climb down 147 rock steps to get there. Cala Pi has a beautiful beach sandwiched between two natural cliff sides. This allows for amazing views contrasting the sandy beach with the crystal clear waters, dramatic rocks and lush vegetation. The beach is only 50 metres wide but stretches towards the sea for about 100 metres, giving it a very sheltered feeling. Providing protection from the elements, Cala Pi also attracts more than its fair share of luxury yachts which anchor in the harbor. Despite its remote location Cala Pi beach can become busy during peak season, especially at the weekends as it attracts locals as well as tourists.
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There are many other attractions available within easy travelling distance, but you will probably need to book a hire car or an organised trip – south east Mallorca has a wealth of lively resorts, national parks, vineyards and quaint traditional villages to explore. Well worth a mentioning is the award winning beach of ‘Es Trenc’ near Ses Covetes and the marine reserve islands of ‘Cabrera’ a few kilometres off the south coast.
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Things to Do in Cala Pi
Cala Pi is likely to be the first choice for those who simply wish to get away from it all. Once you have rested on the beach you might try your hand at sailing or watersports or hiking and biking in the surrounding countryside. For active walkers there are a number of local sites of interest including a watchtower once built for protection from pirates.
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Restaurants in Cala Pi
There is a small selection of bars and restaurants to choose from in Cala Pi, but if you are in search of top quality gastronomy a little travelling will take you to some excellent rural restaurants and boutique hotels.
Hotels in Cala Pi
The accommodation is a little limited in Cala Pi so be sure to book early if you intend to stay in here for a holiday.
Events in Cala Pi
Cala Pi is very quiet so you will have to travel to Lluchmayor or Palma city to enjoy local festivals and events.
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Living in Cala Pi
Cala Pi is very attractive to those in search of natural beauty, but is more likely to be a popular option for second or holiday homes owners than full time residents. Because of difficulties building here, land is still available for purchase.
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Surrounding Areas to Cala Pi
There are a number of quiet towns surrounding Cala Pi such as Valgornera and Sa Vinyola. The nearest large towns are the ‘city’ of Lluchmayor, about 12 kilometres away and the market town of Campos which is a little further. Busier resorts can be found further east along the coast at Sa Rapita and Colonia de Sant Jordi and the wine region is centred around Felanitx.
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We hope you have enjoyed this abcMallorca guide about the beautiful Mallorcan town of Cala Pi and our insider tips to get the best experience of Mallorca.