Cala Ferrera: An All-Around Awesome Beach
The Cala D’or resort area has 5 different cove beaches that justifiably attract thousands of visitors every single year. Amongst these 5 gorgeous beaches Cala Ferrera, was my husbands favorite of the bunch.
Cala Ferrera is his favorite because it offers everything! A lot of the beaches are gorgeous but they don’t have facilities that will let you spend an entire day there. Aside from showers, restrooms, and lifeguards, this beach also has a place to play sand volleyball as well as relatively high cliffs for the adventurous to jump off of.
You can swim or snorkel in the perfect water, stretch out on the sand, or even stay in the hotel named Cala Ferrera that overlooks this beach. Regardless of what you do here, I’m sure it’ll be a great experience.
- Other Names: Playa de Cala Ferrera, Platja de Cala Ferrera, Cala D’or Beach
- Known For: Hotel with same name overlooking beach
- Facilities: showers, restrooms, sand volleyball
- Lifeguards: yes
- Parking: plenty of city parking and a mini lot directly in front of the beach
- Cost: Free
- Crowds: yes, but a deeper stretch of sand than most
Cala Ferrera is in the Cala D’or resort area in the Santanyi region of the island of Mallorca. It sits on the southeastern coast of the island.
If you drive here from Palma it takes about an hour. There are a lot of great and relatively affordable hotels in the area.
Another benefit of this being in the city area is that there are a lot of great restaurants, bars, and shops in the area if you are looking to take a quick break from the sand.
Even though this beach sits in the middle of a city there is plenty of street parking. While the actual beach has a mini lot, it is likely to fill up really early. Even with this lot full there is plenty of nearby street parking available.
I went to this beach on a busy weekend and had no problem finding street parking that was less than a two minute walk to the beach.
At The Beach
This beach seems to offer just about everything.
Showers, Lifeguards, and Bathrooms
A lot of the Mallorca cove beaches don’t have these basic facilities. Thankfully each of those is present at Cala Ferrera.
If you have an adventurous streak, then this could be the beach for you. The sides of the cliffs lining the beach are pretty steep and allow daredevils to jump off and into the water. Of course before you do this you should personally verify that the water is deep enough for you to safely jump.
Clear Blue Water/Mild To No Waves
The sides of the cliff walls protect the beach from wind and waves. This helps give the waters the clear blue look that the beaches of Mallorca are famous for. You will definitely get to experience this at Cala Ferrera most days.
If you want to snorkel you will likely find a variety of marine animal life in the calm waters.
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More Sand – Even Allowing Beach Volleyball
One thing that was especially unique about Cala
Ferrera is that there is more sand than a lot of the other cove beaches. While visitors
will still likely have to compete for space directly on the shore, it goes back
far enough that everyone should be able to find space to stretch out.
There is enough sand on this beach that there is even space for a sand volleyball court. While I didn’t see anyone playing, it would have been a great option if I would have brought a volleyball.
Conclusion: Is Cala Ferrera with visiting?
Of all the gorgeous cove beaches in the Cala D’or resort area Cala Ferrera is my favorite.
It is my favorite because it offers all of the facilities, is easy to access, adventure sports, as well as access to the perks of the city.
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