About Es Caragol
At the most southerly tip of Mallorca, along a rocky, dirt path sits Es Caragol, likely the most remote and perhaps the least visited beach on the island because of its out of the way location. The nearest towns from here include the rural town of Ses Salines and the resort town of Colonia San Jordi. Es Caragol is about 500 metres long with fine, white sand, incredible turquoise-blue water, and views that extend south and up the coast towards Palma.
There are no facilities, no sunbeds or umbrellas to rent, no water sports for hire or any restaurants! Here you come for an escape, to literally feel off the beaten path, to swim and sunbathe. This beach is popular among locals, who appreciate its authentic charm, as well as hearty tourists who like the added challenge of arriving and are looking for beautiful landscapes of sand dunes and rocks, and nothing in the way of amenities.
The South of Mallorca made-up of the coastline from Palma to Cala D’Or – a beautiful rugged coast with breath-taking sea views and unspoiled villages. […] The South of Mallorca
Safety and Access
Es Caragol is only accessible by foot. Follow the signs to the Ses Salines lighthouse, itself a long road about 10-15 minutes off the main highway. Park your car for free along this road, there is no parking lot, and from here walk another 25-30 minutes along the rocky and dirt paths that meander along the coast. Sand dunes and low, desert vegetation surround you and slowly it transforms into a proper, sand beach.
As such, Es Caragol is not a wheelchair or disabled friendly beach. There is no lifeguard on duty and the nearest services require going back the way you came.
Things to do on Es Caragol
Es Caragol offers a lot in the way of doing little. Spread out the towel and set up your beach umbrella (highly recommended in the hot, summer months as there is no natural shade nearby), bring a good book, or some cards and enjoy some serious chill time. Swimming and snorkelling in the beautifully clear waters is incredible and hard to leave at the end of the day. Bring your own food and drinks as there are zero food options here, nor within any reasonable distance without heading back home.
Hotels on Es Caragol
There are no hotels and camping is not allowed here. The nearest accommodations would be in Ses Salines, where there some lovely smaller hotels, including Finca Es Turo, or for a more beach friendly hotel, Colonia San Jordi offers many vacation rentals and hotels from lower budget to 5-star options with pools and good service.
Situated 2.5 km from Ses Salines, this 4 star hotel hosts 17 junior suites with a traditional Mallorcan style and provides excellent views due to its elevated position. Book now! […] Finca Hotel Es Turó
Nearby Es Caragol
Es Caragol is surrounded by the flat wetlands of Ses Salines, near to where some of the best salt on the Balearics is made. The natural landscapes here are stunning and it’s enjoyable to drive around in your car (or by bike if that is your thing), to appreciate its beauty. The village of Ses Salines is quiet yet charming with a surprising amount of good restaurants and food-related shops. There is a nice children’s playground here as well.
Colonia San Jordi is a family-friendly beach resort with an attractive boardwalk, restaurants and shops, and tons of water sports and activities for hire, including boat trips.
Our insider’s guide to the Mallorcan holiday resort of Colonia Sant Jordi uncovers the very best gastronomy, amazing natural wonders and the latest facilities for sports-lovers. […] Colònia Sant Jordi
History, rural splendor and much more, discover the secrets of southeast Mallorca with this essential guide to the beautiful, traditional town of Ses Salines. […] Ses Salines
More Places on Mallorca
The Balearic Island of Mallorca has a wealth of interesting towns and villages, plus the stylish capital Palma. Explore them all here!