About Cala Varques
Cala Varques is one of the most relaxed and low key beaches on Mallorca. Located in the southeast of the island, between the resort towns of Porto Cristo and Portocolom, Cala Varques has a touch of a hippy vibe to it, and indeed you might find some free spirits selling jewellery, drinks or other small souvenirs while you are there.
The secluded, cove beach is 90-metres long with white sand and deep, blue water. It is surrounded by low, rocky cliffs and trees. The beach is popular with locals and tourists, particularly couples, who are looking for a chilled out beach day. It is a favorite beach among naturists as well. There are no restaurants or facilities at Cala Varques, nor any water sports for hire, so it is less family-friendly in that regard. There are also no sun loungers or umbrellas for hire. In the peak summer months you may find vendors selling drinks and snacks but as it is not guaranteed, you must bring your own food and drinks for the day as the nearest town is about 10 kilometres away.
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Safety and Access
Cala Varques is accessible by car via a gravel road off of the main road. At the end of this road is the free car park, and then it is a good 15-minute walk through the pine woods before arriving at the beach. Because of this, Cala Varques is not wheelchair accessible, nor easy for strollers either. There is no public transport. A great way to visit is by boat, and you can anchor not too far off shore as the water is deep enough, and then it’s just a nice swim or dinghy ride to the beach. Note that there are no port facilities, the closest would be in Porto Cristo.
There is not a lifeguard on duty and there are no showers, changing stations or toilets on site.
Things to do on Cala Varques
Snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing are the most popular activities on this stretch of pristine beach. The low rocky cliffs offer some dive spots, as the water does get deep further out, and walks along the cliffs and surrounding pine forests are beautiful as well. There may be a handful of vendors selling handmade items or fresh drinks but otherwise the beach is for beach-goers.
There are no restaurants or hotels on Cala Varques. The nearest accommodations would be in Portocolom or Porto Cristo.
Nearby Cala Varques
There are plenty of other great beaches around Cala Varques including Cales de Mallorca and Cala Murada. Porto Colom, to the south, and Porto Cristo, to the north, are the nearest resort towns where there are many hotels, restaurants, shops and other amenities like a tourist office. For its relatively small size, Porto Colom has an impressive number of gourmet restaurants that make it a great place to stop for lunch or dinner if you are looking for a good meal. Named after Christopher Columbus, who allegedly was born here, this fishing village/resort town is a great base for visiting the beaches along the southeast coast. For golfers, Vall d’Or is a lovely 18-hole course with excellent facilities and delicious restaurant called Maxime’s.
Porto Cristo is also a nice, family-friendly resort town and old fishing harbour. A host of restaurants, shops and activities can be found here, making it a nice base for a holiday as well as an afternoon visit.
A favorite activity for children and adults is a visit to the Cuevas del Drac or the Cuevas d’Arta, which are an easy drive from Cala Varques. Guided tours bring you far underneath the cliffs for a look at the spectacular formations.
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