Small unspoilt cove on the formentor peninsula
On the north side of the Formentor peninsula, in Pollensa, in the north of Mallorca, lies the small and beautiful Cala Figuera. It is a spectacular sea inlet protected on one side by a vertical stone cliff and on the other by one with a softer sandstone slope. Behind it stands Es Fumat, a 334-meter-high mountain.
The cove itself is the mouth of a torrent, forming an irregular beach about 45 m long by between 10 and 40 wide, made up mainly of boulders. At the ends of the beach there are some stone esplanades where it is more comfortable to lie down to sunbathe and enjoy the views.
The bottom in its first meters is made of boulders and sharp rocks and then gives way to a sandy bottom. Further towards the sea we find plains of Posidonia. Depending on the time of day, its clean waters oscillate between great transparency and an intense navy blue.
The environment of Cala Figuera remains virgin thanks to the difficulty of access, as we will see later. The predominant vegetation is bush and scrubland, and only a few pine trees stand up to face the winds that frequently blow this part of the island.
Between the somewhat difficult access and the presence of rocks, it is not a recommended beach to visit with children, nor for people with reduced mobility. However, these drawbacks, together with the lack of services, make Cala Figuera enjoy great tranquility even in the high season months.
How to get
To get to Cala Figuera we will first go to Puerto de Pollensa. Starting our excursion from Palma we will take the central highway Ma-13, leaving it at exit 40 towards Pollensa. Then we will take the Ma-2220 road that passes by Pollensa and we will follow it until we reach Puerto de Pollensa, at the roundabout with the structure of a seaplane.
If we are already in the north of the island, we will take the Ma-12 road, which connects Artá with Puerto de Pollensa, passing through Can Picafort, Playa de Muro, and Puerto de Alcudia. We will follow the indications to get to Alcudia where we will link with the Ma-2220 that will take us to Puerto de Pollensa. At the roundabout we will exit through the second exit, to continue along the same Ma-2220, until the roundabout of the seaplane.
From there we will follow the signs to Formentor. The road is quite winding and somewhat narrow at some points. The presence of bicycles and coaches will force us to drive with extreme caution.
At the top of the ascent is the viewpoint called Es Colomer, where we can enjoy magnificent views of the Formentor peninsula and the bay of Pollensa. We will begin the descent and after about 3 km we will reach the detour of Formentor. We will turn left to continue on the same Ma-2210 for another 4 km, when we will arrive at the Cala Figuera junction (on our left, signposted) where there is a small free parking lot.
From this esplanade a rough path of about 1400 m (also signposted) that ends in stone stairs that finally leave us in Cala Figuera. The journey is not easy, we can easily take 15 or 20 minutes to cover it, and it is recommended to wear comfortable sports shoes, since the path is rocky and somewhat steep.
If we prefer, we also have the option of public transport to get to Cala Figuera. In fact, in high season (July and August) you can only access Formentor by bus or bicycle. The stop is a few meters before reaching the parking lot. For this we can take line 353, which goes from Can Picafort to Cala Formentor passing through Playa de Muro, Puerto de Alcudia, Alcudia and Puerto de Pollensa. In the summer months, access to the Formentor lighthouse is forbidden almost all day, and can only be accessed by bicycle, or with this shuttle bus that runs between Puerto de Pollensa and the lighthouse.
To get to Puerto de Pollensa we have lines 340 from Palma, 345 if we leave from Pollensa, 352 from Can Picafort and the Alcudia bay area, and 354 and 355 that connect Can Picafort and Sóller. Finally, from the east area we have lines 445 from Portocristo, 446 from Cala Rajada, and 448 and 449 from Cala d’Or.
Access by sea to Cala Figuera is somewhat dangerous, especially if the north or northeast wind blows. It is recommended to enter the cove leaving two small islets at the entrance to port. After this, about 200 m from the beach, the depth on the sandy bottom is about 5 m.
As we have already said, the environment of Cala Figuera remains virgin and there is no type of service (showers, toilets, lifeguards). There is no access for people with reduced mobility. There is also no nearby beach bar, restaurant, or sports facility. The only construction, apart from the stairs to go down to the cove, is a small dry dock and a tiny boat shelter.
The main incentive that Cala Figuera offers us is to enjoy the tranquility in a wild and unspoilt natural setting. Its clean and clear waters are great for cooling off. They are also a good place for snorkelling, delighting in the varied marine life that lives on the cliffs that close the cove or under its sandy bottoms: many species of fish, anemones, stars and sea urchins …
On the other hand, the waters of Cala Figuera are not particularly good for diving since the wind and currents often stir the sandy bottom, clouding the water a few meters deep. To this must be added the difficulty of carrying all the necessary equipment to the cove along a not particularly easy path. A good option is to arrive by boat and start the dive from it.
A good diving point is the so-called Cap de Catalunya. It is located at the northernmost end of the cliff that flanks Cala Figuera on its north side. It is a dive only suitable for experienced divers, since it descends to about 50 m where we will find a cave that goes about 200 m into the interior of the mountain.
The incomparable setting of Cala Figuera also provides us with a magnificent hiking experience. From here we can start the trip to Cala Murta and the viewpoint of El Castellet. If we are not afraid of a cross country route, from Cala Figuera we can go around the entire north of the Formentor peninsula. The route between Cala Figuera and Cala Murta is simpler and suitable for the whole family. If what we like is climbing, in El Fumat there are several of different difficulties.
Finally, the road to the Formentor lighthouse is part of very popular cycling routes. However, the steep slopes in some of its sections makes it not recommended for all cycling fans. To this must be added the danger from the traffic of cars and coaches. In July and August the access of cars is restricted, but the strong heat adds even more difficulty to this route.
The closest accommodation to Cala Figuera is the Hotel Formentor, a luxury establishment of great international prestige. In the nearby Puerto de Pollensa we have a wide variety of accommodation: hostels, three and four star hotels, aparthotels, apartments and tourist flats, chalets and rural estates.