Cala Gran beach in Mallorca, Spain (Full guide!)

Cala Gran Mallorca
Cala Gran

Cala Gran Mallorca

The beaches of Mallorca are famous for often providing an intimate feel. They do this by being framed in by cliff walls on either side. The water winds into the island ending in a number of mini beaches. The waterways help protect against waves crashing in, which ultimately creates an awesome spot for lounging or floating in the water. It also helps the water stay clear.

Cala Gran Mallorca is a beach in the Cala D’or resort area near Santanyi that delivers that exact experience. It is one of the bigger cove beaches, and comes with a lot of amenities that the smaller beaches don’t.

Cala Gran Quick Facts

  • Other Names: Platja de Cala Gran, Cala Gran Majorca
  • Known For: Big urban cove beach with lots of crowds
  • Facilities: Restrooms, showers, concession stands, umbrella and hammock rentals
  • Lifeguards: Yes
  • Parking: Plenty of nearby street parking
  • Cost: Free
  • Other: walking paths and cliff jumping available down the sides of the beach
Cala Gran Mallorca
Cala Gran was super crowded when we were there in August.

Location of Cala Gran

This gorgeous cove beach is on the south east side of Mallorca. It is about a 1 hour drive if you come directly from the airport. It is in the Santanyi city, but sits specifically in the Cala D’or resort area. 

Cala D’or is a really popular resort area that is known for having 5 different calas littered through the city center. Cala D’or has all the amenities visitors would want, but does not feature the crazy party nightlife that other parts of the island do.

Cala Gran Parking

Parking is a nightmare at a lot of Mallorca’s beaches.

This is likely because the island has gorgeous beaches, but most of the coastline is actually rocky cliffs rather than soft sand.

Therefore, the areas with the sand often get packed, creating difficulties for parking. This is NOT an issue at Cala Gran as it is in a city area and has plenty of street parking surrounding the beach.

I had no problem finding a close spot even at a peak weekend time.

Cala Gran street parking in Mallorca Spain
Cala Gran street parking

Crowds

Crowds are by far the biggest negative of Cala Gran. It was absolutely slammed when I was there.

Aside from it being very popular, this beach offers everything. 

You are very likely going to have to compete for space to lounge on the sand, will be swimming in the water with others, or even lounging on the rocks that line the sides of the beach.

Cala Gran Mallorca Spain
Cala Gran was very crowded! We went in August.

What Else To Do In The Area 

There is plenty to do in the Cala D’or resort area.

You can explore the 4 other cove beaches in this small resort area, walk around and explore the shops, the street markets that are set up periodically, or enjoy any of the numerous restaurants in the area.

Conclusion

If you aren’t deterred by crowds, there is nothing else about this amazing beach that will disappoint you. It has all the amenities you would need: restrooms, showers, lifeguards, umbrella rentals, modest cliff jumping, vendors selling drinks etc. It is big (by cove beach standards) and is stunning!

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