A Lesser Known Beach: Cala (or Calo) Des Borgit
Mallorca is famous for its miniature cove beaches. Rocky cliffs protect most of these beaches from powerful waves and help create swimming spots of perfectly see-through turquoise water.
While there aren’t miles and miles of beaches, there are a lot of unique cove beaches to choose from. Most beaches on the island are gorgeous so you need to find other factors to help distinguish between the options.
Generally, I am willing to take some extra travel time and sacrifice some of the facilities if it will help alleviate crowds. If you’ve been to Mallorca in the summer then you know that the entire island can be packed!
Cala Des Borgit is a perfect balance. It is a little bit out of the way and a little bit harder to access, but provides an AWESOME beach experience. This balance helps alleviate the crowds to allow maximum enjoyment.
Cala des Borgit Quick Facts
- Sand Quality: Fine, golden sand
- Water Color: Amazing bright turquoise water!
- Swimming conditions: Honestly, perfect! The water is very calm, hardly any waves. Perfect for families.
- Known For: Being a 10 minute walk from the more famous Cala Mondrago
- Facilities: None (trash cans only)
- Lifeguards: No
- Parking: Shared lot with Cala Mondrago for 5 euros (some free street parking)
- Cost: Free
- Other: 10 minute hike required
- Other Names: Calo des Borgit, Platja des Borgit, Cala des Burgit
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Location of Calo des Borgit
Cala des Borgit is about 10 minutes from the Cala d’or resort area where we stayed (Highly recommend staying here, we absolutely loved the location).
You will want to rent a car to be able to access this beach since it isn’t really close to any hotels.
If you are coming from Palma or the main airport it is about a 50 minute drive to get to this eastern part of the island of Mallorca.
Calo Des Borgit is a 10 minute walk from Cala Mondrago, within the Parc de Cala Mondrago. The paths each begin at the parking lot but go in opposite directions.
Cala S’Amador also breaks off from the Cala Mondrago path.
Parking at Calo des Borgit
There is a lot that is about 10 minutes away. It costs 2 euros to park, but if you don’t want to pay or if the lot is full then there is some street parking just ahead of the lot.
We parked along the street and walked the extra minute or two. I’ve also heard that the parking price is increased to 5 euros at peak times.
Accessing The Beach
From the parking lot you will see that you can follow the thin residential streets down to one of two beaches.
The paths split and you can follow the path to Cala Mondrago or Cala des Borgit. The paths are clearly marked.
The walk to each takes about the same time, but more people go to Cala Mondrago because it is bigger and has more facilities.
Most of the walk will be on paved roads but the final portion will be a well worn path down through a forest. There were a couple steep steps but it was still easy to do in flip-flops.
With less people heading to Cala des Borgit the vibe is a little more relaxed and easy going. Also, there weren’t as many kids at this beach.
Both beaches are protected from large waves, but I did like that Cala des Borgit has more spots with trees providing shade. At times it is nice to be able to get out of the intense Spanish sun.
While the beach isn’t huge, there is still plenty of space to spread out and perfect water to enjoy.
This is one area where this beach is lacking. Aside from trash cans there are no other facilities at this beach.
Remember, if needed you can walk and have all the facilities at Cala Mondrago in 10 minutes.
Conclusion: Is Calo des Borgit worth visiting?
Absolutely! This was one of my favorite “hidden gems” on the whole island.
If you are willing to sacrifice the facilities and drive a bit, then this is a great beach with less crowds (relatively remember Mallorca is still slammed with visitors).
It was only a 10 minute drive from our hotel area, which made it easy enough to access and enjoy.
What to Bring to the Beach
Dry Bag – There are some lessons you just don’t want to learn the hard way. Ruining your phone, camera, or other valuables at the beach is a very expensive lesson to learn. This dry bag is amazing and works for any and all water activities.
Reef-safe sunscreen – The sun here can be very strong. Make sure to wear a reef safe sunscreen or a rashguard.
Rash guard or long sleeve swim top – I wear the one from Skims and I love not having to worry about getting burned when I am out in the sun ALL DAY. Free people also has some amazing rash guards you can shop here.
Backpack or waterbottle sling – I am obsessed with my Beis travel backpack. I never travel without it. It is seriously the perfect size. Not too big, not too small. If you don’t want to bring a full backpack this waterbottle sling is my absolute favorite. It fits a waterbottle, iPhone 14 pro max, plus some extra space for bars or snacks or your wallet.
Packable snacks – I always travel with these That’s it bars from Amazon. OMG, they are sooo good and only have a few minimal ingredients.
Full guides on my favorite Mallorca beaches
I have visited over 30 Calas (or beaches) in Mallorca and have full guides about all of them. From which ones are best to the parking (it can be a nightmare) to how to get down to the actually beach as a lot of them require hikes.
CALO DES MORO – This is probably the most beautiful cove beach I have ever seen. It was crowded when we went (high season) but if you go during the spring or early fall it won’t be nearly as crowded.
CALA S’ALMUNIA – Amazing cliff jumping spots here. Not too high, not too small. It was just perfect in my opinion. This beach is literally a 5 minute walk from Calo des Moro. Don’t miss it! It’s beautiful!
CALA DES BORGIT – Amazing, lesser known beach. This may have been my favorite Cala we visited. It is much lesser known and wasn’t nearly as crowded as the others.
ES TRENC – Lesser known but amazing! Es Trenc is more of a traditional beach than the others on the list (no rocks or cliffs around) but more out of the way from most of the touristy things. It was another one of my favorite beaches. The water was so blue, and the sand so white! Trust me, you don’t want to miss this hidden gem.
Other Mallorca beaches we loved:
Note: We have been to every single one of these beaches. It was A LOT of work but we love it! Mallorca is one of our favorite spots to vacation in the summer. I hope you find this information helpful. Thanks so much for reading!
- CALA MONDRAGO
- CALA BELTRAN – Hidden gem. Loved this beach! You get there through a hike starting at Cala Pi Beach.
- CALA PI
- CALA SA NAU
- CALA S’AMARADOR – Voted best beach in Europe (Personally, it wasn’t my favorite) But still absolutely stunning. Just SUPER crowded in high season.
- CALA LLOMBARDS
- CALA MITJANA
- CALA SERENA
- TRENC BADESTRAND
- CALA GRAN
- CALA ESMERALDA
- CALA EGOS – Relatively unknown beach!
- CALA FERRERA – All-around awesome beach. Whole package.
- CALA SANTANYI
- CALA FIGUERA – Charming fishing village on the south eastern part of the island. No beach