There are two beaches that often go by Cala Petita on the island of Mallorca. Both of these beaches are on the east side, with one being more north and the other more south.
Both of them are gorgeous and worth a visit if you are in the area, but this will talk about the more southern one in the Cala D’or resort area.
The name Cala Petita translates to the “little little cove beach” which is a perfect description as it actually is a little cove beach.
The protected cove and small stretch of sand create a picturesque environment. It is especially appealing if you are staying in a hotel in the area and the neighboring Cala Gran is at capacity.
If it isn’t already apparent, Cala Petita being the little beach is right next to Cala Gran which is known as the big beach. Both are great.
Cala Petita Quick Facts
- Other Names: Cala Petita Beach, Platja Petita, Platja de Ses Dones (next door)
- Known For: Being another great beach in the Cala D’or area
- Facilities: no bathrooms but showers
- Lifeguards: No
- Parking: Street parking in city is easy
- Cost: free
- Other: singing vendors selling fresh fruit my favorite
This beach is in the Cala D’or resort area (this is where we stayed and loved the location! Highly recommend) on the southeastern part of the Spanish island of Mallorca. It is about an hour drive from the main airport in Palma.
Cala Petita is immediately next door to its big brother Cala Gran. As you would expect from the names, Cala Gran is a lot bigger. Thankfully the walk between them only takes 5 minutes so you can scope both out to see what you are in the mood for.
Even though this beach isn’t as well-known as some of the others, the name being used in multiple places on the island doesn’t keep the crowds away.
There are a number of great affordable hotel options in the area that attract a lot of visitors. Most of the people lounging on the beach are probably walking from their hotels.
When I was last there the beach was so full that some visitors stretched their towels out along the rocky sides to be able to have their own space.
With this beach being in the middle of a city area there is plenty of nearby street parking. I had no problem finding a spot, even at busy weekend times.
Once again, I think this is due to the fact that most of the people on the beach are nearby hotel guests that just walk over.
The Actual Beach
Like a lot of calas in Mallorca rocky cliffs protect this natural cove from strong waves. This also helps keep the gorgeous waters clear and easy to swim in.
There are tiered steps built into the sand that allow more people ot have views of the water even when the beach is absolutely packed.
Singing Fresh Fruit Vendor
While it is obviously not a guarantee to be a permanent fixture, the singing vendor selling fresh fruit was my favorite part of visiting this beach. This helped make up for the fact that the beach doesn’t have all of the other facilities like restrooms and showers.
Conclusion: Is Cala Petita worth visiting?
All of the cove beaches in the Cala D’or resort area are absolutely stunning.
This small beach doesn’t have all of the facilities that some of the others do, but if your hotel is in the area you will love spending time here.
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