Cala Màrmols; virgin beach with dazzling white sand
Services and features
Cala Màrmols (or caló des Màrmols) is a virgin beach of sand and rocks protected by cliffs of about 20 m. It is located in the municipality of Santanyí, in the southeast of Mallorca. Located at the mouth of the Torrent des Màrmols, it has a triangular shape, forming a shore about 50 m long and up to 60 m wide.
Access to the cove is somewhat difficult since any of the paths we choose involves several kilometers of walking on dirt roads with few shadows.
Many bathers access Cala Màrmols by sea.
Due to these difficulties to get to the beach, it is not at all accessible for people with mobility problems, and it is not very suitable to go with children, especially small ones.
The beach is white sand that gives it a very bright appearance. Rocks and boulders emerge near the shore. The beach has a very gentle slope, so if we have finally come with children, they can bathe with some tranquility. The waters are transparent, acquiring a turquoise color due to the reflection of the sky. They are usually very quiet, to the point of looking like a real natural pool. If winds blow from the south or east, a slight swell can rise, in addition to dragging dirt from the sea.
How to get to Cala Màrmols
This cove is located within a private estate, so it cannot be reached by car.
There are two ways to get to Cala Màrmols along the coast: from the Ses Salines lighthouse, about 5 km long; or from Cala s’Almunia, with about 6 km.
Route from the Ses Salines lighthouse
From Palma we will take the Ma-19 motorway towards Llucmajor. We will leave it at exit 26, towards Llucmajor / Porreres / S’Estanyol. We will continue along the Ma-6015 towards s’Estanyol. At 10 km we will reach a crossroads where we will turn left to take the Ma-6014 towards Ses Salines. We will cross Ses Salines following the indications to Es Llombards / Santanyí. After about 2 km we will reach the road that will lead us to the Ses Salines lighthouse.
We can park on the shoulder at the end of the road, near the lighthouse. From here we will follow a path that will leave us next to the lighthouse, and on the left we will see the beginning of the path that will take us to Cala Màrmols. It is not signposted but there is no loss, since on one side we have the coast and on the other, the grid that delimits the farm. At about 5 km we will reach our destination.
Route from Cala s’Almunia
To get to Cala s’Almunia we will go to Cala Llombards. From Palma we will take the Ma-19 motorway towards Llucmajor / Campos / Santanyí. When we get to Campos we will follow the directions for Santanyí, and from there we will continue to Cala Llombards. We will have to park in Cala Llombards since access to the Cala s’Almunia urbanization is allowed only to residents. There is free parking.
The s’Almunia street starts right in front of the car park, and we also have directions on how to get to the cove. The road from here is about 2 km. At the end of this street we will turn left onto Llorer street. After 50 m we will turn into the first street on the right, which we will continue until the end, and again we will turn left and then right. At just over 300 m we will reach the access to Cala s’Almunia (before we will have passed the Caló des Moro).
To the right of Cala s’Almunia begins the path that will take us to Cala Màrmols, and which is signposted. In any case there is no loss either because it is limited to bordering the coast.
Neither of the two paths has any shade, so we will have to walk them outside the hours of greatest sunshine and carrying plenty of water to avoid dehydration and heat stroke.
If we want to use public transport during the summer months (from June to September) we can reach Cala s’Almunia
- Using a shuttle bus from Santanyí taking line 505
- To get to Santanyí from Palma we have line 501, which connects the capital with Cala d’Or, and which guarantees us the time combination to make the transfer
- From Manacor we can take line 495. The stop is just over 1 km from Cala s’Almunia
We have already commented that many of the visitors to Cala Màrmols access this beach from the sea
It is a good place to anchor as long as there are no strong winds between the south and the east. The bottom is sand with gravel and pebbles, and has a depth between 3 and 4 meters.
Cala Màrmols is a completely virgin and isolated cove, so it does not have any services.
If we are going to walk to Cala Màrmols it is clear that we are fans of hiking. The first great experience will be to enjoy the exceptional views that we will be able to contemplate from the cliffs that we will have to cross. On clear days you can see the Cabrera archipelago.
Bathing in the transparent waters of Cala Màrmols will be a good reward for the walk that must be done before arriving here (except if we have come by boat, of course)
But its main attraction is underwater. The clarity of these makes diving into them to explore your funds an incredible experience.
If we have arrived by boat and we bring our diving equipment, we can enjoy the sandy bottoms dotted with rock outcrops, as well as the cliffs that plunge into the sea. If we have come on foot we will have to settle for snorkeling.
On the way from Cala s’Almunia we will pass through several prehistoric sites that have hardly been studied
The most important of them is the town of Punta des Baus. Here, remains of indigenous and Punic ceramics have been found, prior to the Roman conquest. The town was abandoned precisely coinciding with the arrival of the Romans, who landed in Mallorca on these southern coasts.
If we are more curious about the prehistory of Mallorca, the municipality of Santanyí is rich in sites, in different degrees of conservation and study. In Cala Llombards, very close to the car park, is the Talayotic village of Na Nova. In conservation campaigns recently undertaken, cleaning tasks have been carried out, but it has not been possible to study them in depth. At least we can appreciate the town plan and some of the buildings that made it up.
Inland, towards Llombards, is the Son Morlà cave. The very architectural complex of the medieval walled town that is Llombards is worthy of contemplation. Leaving the town through Calle de la Estación we can see the remains of another Talayotic village.
In Llombards we can also enjoy a varied gastronomic offer that we will not have in Cala s’Almunia or Cala Llombards
So we can regain strength after the excursions to go to and from Cala Màrmols. We can choose from typical Mallorcan cuisine to international cuisine, passing through fusion cuisine. We can also complete our cultural route visiting Santanyí itself, its craft shops and its weekly markets.
In the vicinity of Cala Màrmols there is no type of accommodation
The closest are in Cala s’Almunia: chalets and villas for holiday rental. If we are looking for hotels we should go to Cala Santanyí, about 10 km by road.
Take a look at Cala Màrmols in 360º
Don’t miss this image of Cala Màrmols from a 360º drone
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