About Cala Sa Nau
Cala Sa Nau is a perfect example of why beaches on the south-eastern coast of Mallorca can be so exceptional. Tucked in between the larger resort town of Cala d’Or and Portocolom and about 15 kilometres from Santanyi and Felanitx, Cala Sa Nau is a small cove beach only about 50 metres wide and 70 metres deep that is surrounded by low level limestone cliffs. It is a beautiful, tranquil spot popular with locals and tourists who love quieter beaches that are more about being in nature than being social, but you will see some families here as well.
With white sand and crystal clear, blue water, Cala Sa Nau is an ideal beach for snorkelling and swimming and as there are no other water sports for hire here, many people come here just for that. You can rent sunbeds and parasols for the day and there are facilities with showers and toilets. A local beach bar and restaurant serves up good beach fare and offers drinks, cocktails and ice cream.
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Safety and Access
Though it feels remote, Cala Sa Nau is easy to find off of the main roads by following the signs. There is a paid parking lot as well as free parking on the road in, if you can find a space. You access the beach from a stone stairway and it is about a half of a kilometre walk from the car park. A nice feature is a paved wooden walkway for disabled visitors, including handicap parking, making it accessible to wheelchairs and for disabled people. There is not a public bus stop here nor will you find tourist buses. There are showers and toilets onsite.
With its deeper waters and sandy base, Cala Sa Nau is a great spot for anchoring your boat. You can access the beach on foot along the cliffs which have paths that connect to other nearby beaches such as the tiny, Cala Mitjana.
There is not a lifeguard on duty here so it’s important to remain vigilant, especially with younger children.
Things to do on Cala Sa Nau
Snorkel and swim until your heart’s content. This is a beach for relaxing and to enjoy the natural surroundings. There are no water sports activities or paddle boats for hire. Explore the paths along the cliffs that connect with nearby Cala Mitjana, the Cova des Moro, which are beautiful, limestone caves, and it is possible to meander along the cliffs all the way to Portocolom on the Sa Ronda path, but that requires proper shoes and water as it is a long hike.
Restaurants on Cala Sa Nau
The one and only beach bar is a step up from the classic old-school beach bars along the larger, more tourist oriented beaches. Here you’ll find a bit more innovation in preparation, including fresh fruits and vegetables, milkshakes, paella, grilled fish and a range of delicious cocktails. For a bigger selection of restaurants and food choices, you’ll have to leave the beach and go to Portocolom, where there many good restaurants or Cala D’Or, where the restaurants are certainly more beach casual and family oriented.
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Hotels on Cala Sa Nau
There are no hotels along Cala Sa Nau and camping is not permitted. The nearest resort towns on the beach are Portocolom and Cala d’Or, where there are many types of hotels and accommodations, including self-catering apartments and all-inclusive hotels with pools. A bit further afield is the charming town of Santanyi, popular with Germans, and where there are some smaller boutique hotels.
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Nearby Cala Sa Nau
This part of the eastern coast of Mallorca offers a bit of rural, countryside, such as the inland town of Santanyi, with its stone buildings, church, open plaza, and markets, or Felanitx, as well as popular, resort towns such as Cala d’Or, with big hotels on the beach, where the main culture is the beach and activities are all about water sports. Nearby Portocolom retains some of its old fisherman’s village charm and there are many good quality restaurants here that make it a great place to stop for a long lunch or dinner.
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