Services and Features
Cala S’Almunia is a small inlet of the sea in the municipality of Santanyí, southeast of Mallorca. Originally used as a fishermen’s refuge, a few years ago, bathers began to use the boat ramps to jump into the sea. Once in the water, the bottom is sandy, although with the presence of loose rocks. Cala s’Almunia is barely 30 m long, and the rock area, maximum about 10 m wide. On the right bank of the cove there is a small stretch of sand.
In addition to the old fishermen’s houses, there are some modern constructions, so the environment does not remain unspoilt, but even so the purity of its waters has made it very attractive to take a good dip. Different areas of flat rocks have been converted into makeshift solariums. However, the popularity that Cala s’Almunia and neighboring Caló des Moro have achieved in recent years have produced saturation problems, both in the cove itself and in the nearby car park.
It is not a cove to go with children or for people with mobility problems. The path from the car park is somewhat abrupt, including a flight of stairs carved out of the rock, and to enter the sea you need to use the ramps, which can be slippery due to humidity or the presence of algae.
How to get to Cala s’Almunia
To get to Cala s’Almunia we will have to head towards Cala Llombards. From Palma we will take the Ma-19 highway towards Campos / Santanyí. After about 20 km we will leave Llucmajor on our left, and we will continue along the same Ma-19, towards Campos for about 10 km. We will follow the signs to cross the town and continue on our way to Santanyí.
After 11 km we will have reached Santanyí, where we will take the first exit from the roundabout to enter the Ronda de Cas Canonge. We will continue straight on the first two roundabouts to follow the same round, and on the third we will take the first exit, along the Ma-6100 road. At 1.2 km we will arrive at another roundabout, we will take the second exit and 500 m later we will reach a fork. There we will turn left, and we will already be on the road to Cala Llombards, which will be only 2.3 km away. In Cala Llombards we will have to park our car, since access to the Cala s’Almunia urbanization is restricted to the residents. There is a free public parking from where we will have to continue on foot. The road to Cala s’Almunia is about 1 km.
When leaving the parking lot, we will turn right to take calle de s’Almonia and at the end of it, after about 250 m, we will turn left onto calle Llorer. Immediately after, we will turn right and continue straight for about 400 m until we reach another fork in which we will turn left to take the first street on the right after about 60 m.
At the end of this street the path that leads us to Cala s’Almunia begins. Not to be confused with access to Caló des Moro, which also begins here. Some sections are somewhat steep, it is advisable to go with sports shoes, and not with sandals, and of course it is not recommended to go with young children, or people with reduced mobility.
From the east or the north of the island, the best option is to go to Manacor or Felanitx and from there take the Ma-14, towards Santanyí. At the entrance of the town we will turn left, towards calle de na Ravandella. At the next roundabout we will take the second exit to continue along the Ronda de Cas Canonge. From there we can follow the previous indications.
To get to Cala s’Almunia during the summer months (from June to September) we have the option of a shuttle bus from Santanyí taking line 505. To get to Santanyí from Palma we have line 501, which connects the Balearic capital with Cala d’Or, and we have guaranteed the time combination to make the transfer. From Manacor we have line 495. From the stop we have a walk of just over 1 km to Cala s’Almunia.
Cala s’Almunia can also be reached by boat. In fact it is basically a fisherman’s refuge, but access is not easy. Even in calm sea, it is necessary to be an experienced skipper due to the sea bottom, since the cove is not very closed. The bottom is sandy, with a depth of between 4 and 5 m, but with the presence of loose rocks. If there is some wind blowing, you should head to the nearby Caló des Moro or Cala Llombards.
As we have said Cala s’Almunia is not exactly a virgin cove, since there are buildings, but it does not have any beach service. Everything we need for our journey we will have to carry.
The main attraction of Cala s’Almunia is its spectacular turquoise waters where the steep cliffs that flank it are reflected. Here we can take a refreshing dip.
If we are fans of snorkeling or diving, the waters of Cala s’Almunia offer us a magnificent experience. Of course, transporting the equipment with us. The sandy bottom flanked by the rock cliffs offers us a spectacle of great beauty. We can also explore the caves that go into these cliffs while admiring the underwater fauna that populate these waters.
The surroundings of Cala s’Almunia are also magnificent to explore on foot. The pine forests alternate with cultivated fields and steep cliffs that offer us landscapes of great beauty.
An easy route to explore the surroundings is the one that goes from Cala s’Almunia to Cala Marmols. Something different is this other route, also easy, that takes us to Cala Marmolsbut passing near the Cova des Drac. Another option, much longer but of little difficulty, is the route from Cala s’Almunia to Colonia de Sant Jordi. This route will take us to skirt the most southern tip of Mallorca, the Cabo de Ses Salines, and its lighthouse.
If we are curious about the prehistory of Mallorca, the entire municipality of Santanyí offers us several sites, in different degrees of conservation, to get closer to the ancient inhabitants of the island. On the routes mentioned above we will pass by the Es Bauç site. In Cala Llombards, near the car park, we have the talayotic village of Na Nova. Cleaning has been carried out in recent conservation campaigns, but unfortunately it has not been studied in depth. At least we can appreciate the plan of the town and some of the buildings that made it up.
Already inland, towards Llombards, we have the Son Morlà cave. We can also recreate in the spectacular architectural ensemble that made up the medieval walled town. And leaving Llombards through the Calle de la Estación we can visit the remains of another talayotic town.
And since we are in Llombards, we will be able to enjoy a varied gastronomic offer that we will not have either in Cala s’Almunia or in Cala Llombards. We can choose from typical Mallorcan cuisine to international cuisine, including fusion cuisine. We can also complete our cultural route by visiting Santanyí itself, its craft shops and its weekly markets.
Finally, if we are cycling enthusiasts we will have several cycle and mountain bike routes that run along the roads and paths near Cala s’Almunia.
In Cala s’Almunia we have several holiday rental accommodations, mainly chalets and villas, but it does not have hotels. In that case we must go to the nearby Cala Santanyí, about 10 km by road.