Cala Fornells; little corner of crystal clear waters and great views
Services and features
Cala Fornells is a small sandy cove with some rocky areas in the municipality of Calviá, in the west of Mallorca. It is next to the urbanization of the same name and very close to the tourist center of Paguera. It is about 80 m long and not very wide, just 10 m wide.
The beach is of coarse-grained sand, white to golden in color, alternating with some areas of rocks and stones
It is semi-urban, since around it there are several hotels and residential complexes, but it is separated from the area built by pine trees and some vegetation. At one end there is an artificial solarium built on the rocks and belonging to one of the hotels.
The presence of these buildings is not uncomfortable since they keep a certain distance from the beach
In addition, from there we can contemplate the entire coast to Santa Ponsa, which for the most part are cliffs covered by pine forests that preserve part of their natural beauty.
Due to its orientation it is exposed to winds between the east and the south, but they do not normally blow strong in summer.
Being protected from the Tramuntana even in winter its waters retain a relatively warm temperature. In summer, in the absence of storms, the waters remain calm, clean and crystal clear.
Cala Fornells is a perfect place to go with the family due to the tranquility of its waters and the services it has
However, it is not adapted for people with mobility problems, since access is through several stairs from the road. In the summer months there may be some crowding, but the limited parking nearby means that in general the occupancy is average.
It is a popular place for anchoring boats. The bathing area is marked out to avoid problems, although in case of wind the neighboring Caló de ses Llises is recommended, even more protected than Cala Fornells.
How to get to Cala Fornells
To get to Cala Fornells from Palma we will take the Vía de Cintura Ma-20 towards Andratx and join the Ma-1. We will take the exit towards Paguera. Upon reaching Paguera at the first roundabout, we will take the first exit, following the indications for Cala Fornells. About 600 m to our left we will find a small pine forest enabled as a parking lot. From here the beach is less than 300 m. If we are lucky in the streets closest to the beach there may be some parking, but it is not usual.
The closest bus stop is 1 km from Cala Fornells, in Paguera
If we want to get to Cala Fornells from Palma or its surroundings, we can take the Ma-1C, which connects Palma (from Cala Major, bordering the coast) with Palmanova. From there we can continue to Magaluf along Paseo Calviá, which has a good bike path, and then head to Santa Ponsa, Paguera, and finally, Cala Fornells. On this route we will find either service roads or bike lanes.
As we have mentioned, Cala Fornells is a very popular place for anchoring boats.
And precisely the main problem may be the great presence of them. In front of Cala Fornells, the bottom is sandy with a depth between 4 and 6 m. If strong winds blow from the south, southeast or east, it is better to seek refuge in Caló de Ses Llises, to the north.
Cala Fornells has some services to make our beach day more comfortable
There is a hammock and deck chair rental service, especially in the solarium area of one of the hotels next to the beach. We can also use the bathrooms in the bar, but there are no showers. It also does not have lifeguards, so we must be very attentive, especially if we go with children.
In addition to the bar on the beach, there are several bars and restaurants (some of the hotels themselves) with terraces overlooking the beach.
The clean and crystalline waters of Cala Fornells invite you to take a good dip and then dry off while we relax in the sun. The fact that there is both a sandy area and a rocky area will satisfy all bathers.
If we bring our goggles to practice snorkeling we will not be disappointed
We will be able to glimpse abundant schools of fish crossing the waters. It is also a good place to practice diving. In the nearby waters there are excellent diving spots. One of them is Na Cerdana, the point that closes the left bank of Cala Fornells. It is a dive accessible from the beach itself and where you can reach a depth of 20 m.
On the other side of the bay about 3 km in a straight line, in front of Santa Ponsa, are the Malgrats Islands, classified as a nature reserve and that present us with a wonderful underwater landscape. To the west, about 2 km, we have the cliffs of Cap Andritxol, which also provide a pleasant experience for diving practitioners.
In Cala Fornells there are no facilities to rent equipment, but in Paguera there are, as well as a diving school that organizes outings for different levels of experience: from diving baptisms to deep-sea immersion.
If we like hiking from Cala Fornells we have a couple of interesting routes to know its surroundings
There is an excursion to get to Cap Andritxol and then to Camp de Mar. There is another, also bound for Camp de Mar but passing through Caló des Monjo.
The Torre del Cap Andritxol is an almost obligatory visit. From this defense tower built in 1580 and in use until the mid-19th century, you can enjoy privileged views over the area of Paguera and Santa Ponsa on one side, and Camp de Mar on the other. The easiest path is precisely the one that leaves from Cala Fornells.
The same routes can be traveled by mountain bike, like this one to Caló des Monjo and Torres del Cap Andritxol.
For adventure lovers, the Na Cerdana area has good walls where to practice psychobloc
In fact, Cala Fornells and Paguera are areas where it is common to practice coasteering by combining trails, walls to climb or rappel down, waterfalls and caves.
In Cala Fornells the gastronomic offer is not very extensive, although next to the beach we already have a couple of good restaurants where you can enjoy Mediterranean specialties
In Paguera there is a very extensive offer of all kinds of food for all tastes and prices.
Cala Fornells has several four and five star hotels next to the beach or very close to it
As in other similar urbanizations there is also a supply of holiday rentals (mainly apartments but also some chalets).
In Paguera there is an extensive hotel and vacation rental offer, so if we don’t find anything that might interest us in Cala Fornells, we will certainly find it here. Of course, it is a more crowded place.
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