Caló des Moro: Plan your visit
Caló des Moro is on every list of the best coves in Mallorca. There must be a reason. At click-mallorca.com we are experts in excursions in Mallorca, we live on the island and we know it like the back of our hand. For this reason, in this article we are going to tell you everything you need to know for your visit to Caló des Moro: how to get there, where to park, when to go, tips…
Caló des Moro Beach
Years ago, people had not heard of Caló des Moro in Mallorca. Then suddenly, thanks to the spread of photos on social networks, the popularity of this cove began. This popularity has led to the overcrowding of the beach, especially from June to September. Many Mallorcans say that it is no longer what it was and that it is a treasure that has been lost. It has been said that Caló des Moro is one of those coves in Mallorca that has “died of success”. Being so small and popular, it is often saturated with people.
To give you an idea of the popularity of the beach, in August 2021 there were queues of 3 hours to access the beach. Almost 1000 people waiting to see the cove and swim there. It is also true that in 2021, due to Covid, there was a limitation of people on the beach. But even so, it is the perfect example of the overcrowding that occurs in Caló des Moro. We leave you this video in case you don’t believe it.
Why Visit Caló des Moro?
The big question is, then: why visit Caló des Moro? Is it even worth a visit?
Despite all that has been said, Calo des Moro is still a spectacular cove, which is undoubtedly worth a visit. Already on the way to Caló des Moro, from above, you realize its beauty in an environment surrounded by nature, greenery and rocky cliffs. It is one of those postcard coves that we have in Mallorca. (If you are interested in discovering more coves on the island, we have a guide to coves in Mallorca with virgin coves, nudist coves, hidden coves…)
From our point of view, Caló des Moro is the ideal cove to visit for a quick swim, but not to stay all day. Not only because of the aforementioned overcrowding, but also the comfort. The beach is small, there is hardly any sand and very little space. Therefore, you will have to be on the rocks, which are not smooth, so not very comfortable. Forget about a beach bar, sun bed services or a lifeguard. It must be said that sometimes in winter and early summer there is less sand due to storms and rough seas.
It is a beach to be more inside the water than outside. Its waters are spectacular: clear, clean, crystal clear, with green and blue tones… And it is its waters together with its surroundings, which have made this cove so famous. Do not forget to take with you snorkelling material. Take a dip to enjoy seeing many fish, and explore the rocks on the sides.
Another thing recommended in this cove is that there is an opportunity for cliff-jumping into the water. Probably while you go down to the beach you will see people jumping into the water from a platform-like rock, located to the right of the cove seen from below. It is a jump that is best accessed from above, that is, from the path before accessing the sand, since it is very difficult and dangerous to climb from the water. Although once you are on the edge it seems too high, there is enough depth and there is no risk of hitting stones, it is an experience that will make you enjoy the cove even more.
How to get to Calo des Moro?
The main way to get to Caló des Moro is on foot from the free car park located at the entrance to Cala Llombards. From there, you walk a distance of 1.5 kilometres to the beach, in about 20-25 minutes. Access to the area of Caló des Moro and S’Almunia is restricted to residents of the municipality. A little further down we tell you in detail how to get there on foot, and other ways to get to Caló des Moro.
Update 2022: Since November 2021 the free parking has been closed for reasons of urban permits. As of today, work is being done on its legalization, and everything suggests that it will be available again in the summer of 2022. We will update this article with information about it.
Another important detail when planning your excursion to Caló des Moro is to take into account its location in the eastern part of Mallorca. Depending on where you are staying, there may be a considerable distance:
- From Palma: 1 hour by car
- From Puerto Alcudia: About 80 minutes by car
- From Cala Millor: About 55 minutes by car
One of our recommendations if you are thinking of visiting Caló des Moro is to stay in Colonia de Sant Jordi, which is relatively close. Colonia de Sant Jordi is a very beautiful place, with beaches and coves in the surroundings, the Es Trenc salt flats and a good range of hotels and restaurants. All this, without being a very touristy place. You can for example spend one or two nights there, and explore this area.
From Cala Llombards
We must go to Santanyi, and from there follow the signs to Cala Llombards (note, not to Es Llombards). Once there, the car park is perfectly indicated for those who want to get to Caló des Moro, next to a roundabout. This is due to the fact that the streets that lead to the cove are restricted to traffic for only residents of the municipality. This measure was taken in 2017 to protect the overcrowding of some beaches and coves in Mallorca.
From here you will have to walk about 15-20 minutes to Calle Caló des Moro. Right on the curve, and next to a fire hydrant, you will see a sign that says “platja”. Taking this path, in about 10 minutes you will arrive at Caló des Moro. You will see that there is a viewpoint, from where you can take spectacular photos, and from there some stairs go down, in a fairly steep descent. By the way, if you go to the right or left from the viewpoint, you can see other spectacular views of the cove.
Important advice: do not wear sandals, better trainers or closed shoes. Better not go with children or elderly people. Caution when going down.
From Cala Almunia
Another option is to get to Caló des Moró from S’Almunia beach. To do this, from the “Platja” sign that we have mentioned, we would continue along Caló des Moro street until we reach the descent of the S’Almunia cove. From there, on the left side there is a path through which you will reach Caló des Moro. It is a more comfortable path than the previous one.
By shuttle bus
In 2019, before the whole Covid story, there was a shuttle bus to go to Caló des Moro. In 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic, it was not operating, but everything indicates that it will be activated again in 2022. The shuttle bus operates from June to September from Santanyi to Caló des Moro and Cala Almunia. With 9 trips per day and departures every 60 minutes, follow this itinerary with these stops:
The photo is from the 2019 schedules, since in 2020 it was not operating due to Covid-19. Anyway, if you click on the image, it takes you to the page with updated schedules. The cost of the ticket is €1.50.
Our advice is to leave your car at the first stop in Santanyi, where there is free parking, and from there take the shuttle bus.
For those who visit Mallorca in winter or those who do not like crowds, a good idea is to visit Caló des Moro in winter. In this sense, an excellent idea is a hiking route in which we visit this cove. We love the free Wikiloc app because it has so many routes. You can see the map of the route, the difficulty, the distance… and choose the one that best suits you. 2 possible routes are:
- From Cala Llombards to Caló des Moro following the coast
- To go from Caló des Moro to Cala Figuereta
Caló des Moro from the sea
Another excellent option, for those with less time or for those who like to go on excursions and enjoy the coves of Mallorca, is to take a boat trip passing through Caló des Moro. That way you don’t have to deal with the crowds but you still get to see the cove.
From Cala Figuera there is an excellent boat trip to Caló des Moro, Cala Almunia and Calo des Marmols. This last cove is absolutely spectacular, at the same level (or more) than Caló des Moro, but much less crowded since it must be reached on foot along a path of about 5 kilometres. It is one of the virgin coves that we have in Mallorca, with a beach of fine sand and spectacular waters.
Beaches near Caló des Moro
We think that a good suggestion is to combine a visit to Caló des Moro with other beaches in the area. As we have mentioned, Caló des Moro is very small, and with 2 hours you will have enough.
Our first suggestion is Cala S’Almunia, which we can reach by a path from Caló des Moro. It is a very small cove, without sand, with some houses on the beach and a small jetty. Ideal to visit it, take a couple of photos and refresh in its clear waters.
Another suggestion is Cala Llombards, which we can reach by car and park in the car park on the beach. It is a beautiful cove with white sand and turquoise waters. It has a lot of space and a beach bar. It is an ideal beach to spend a few hours on: relax on the sand and in the water, and have a drink at the beach bar.
The last suggestion is Cala Santanyi Beach, which is very similar to Cala Llombards, and has all kinds of facilities. From this beach, we recommend you take a walk to the natural stone arch of Es Pontas.
We hope that this article has helped you to plan your visit to Caló des Moro. If you have visited it, did you like it? Do you have any recommendation? Leave us your comment, if you liked the post, share it on your social networks,…