Cala S’Almunia or Cala Almonia (same great beach)
Want a two for one special? Cala S’Almunia is the forgotten neighbor of Cala des Moro.
Cala Des Moro is Instagram famous for having an especially striking combination of turquoise waters and rugged cliffs. The beautiful look is continued just next door at Cala S’Almunia!
Unlike a lot of other beaches in Mallorca, this and Cala Des Moro are much less family friendly. The beach has a vibe that feels like a spring break party.
We saw lots of university age people dancing to loud music, sharing a few drinks, and loudly having a good time. For those looking to join that type of party this might be a perfect fit.
I also think more families tend to stay away because the beach doesn’t have a lot of facilities and requires a 15 minute walk to access it. If that doesn’t scare you off you will not be disappointed when you get there. There is still a ton this beach offers.
- Cala S’Almunia or Cala Almonia (same great beach)
- Other Names: Cala S’Almonia, Cala Almonia, Cala Des Moro (next door but same parking)
- Known For:
- Facilities: None, only porta potties at the parking lot 15 min away
- Lifeguards: No
- Parking: Lot is a 15 min walk away (fills up quickly)
- Cost: free, but limited spaces
- Other: gorgeous rock features and mild cliff jumping
- Youtube: Check out my YouTube clips of this beach here.
Confusing Names: Cala Salmonia vs Cala Salmunia
First off, it is worth clarifying that you will see the beach spelled both ways Cala Salmonia and Cala Salmunia. Regardless of which spelling is used, people are generally referring to the same beach.
Cala Almonia As Well
I’ve even seen the beach name spelled as Cala Almonia with no S. Once again, know that all of these names are referring to the same great beach.
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This beach is about a 45 minute drive from the main part of the island (Palma).
The biggest nearby resort area is Cala D’or (this is where we stayed and loved it!) that is about a 25 minute drive. It is located on the southeast part of the island.
Getting here without a car would be quite difficult, so we recommend renting one if you would like to visit.
The parking lot is shared with Calo des Moro (the most popular cove beach in Mallorca) so you can expect it to be crowded.
There is a free parking lot, but make sure you arrive before the peak part of the day as we saw the lot fill up and cars begin to wait for people to leave.
It was a Saturday afternoon in July when we saw the lot fill up, i.e. probably one of the busiest times of the year, but beware that you might not be able to get a spot if you don’t show up early enough, or you may have to wait for someone else to leave.
Once you get a parking spot the difficulties aren’t over. You have to trek through a residential area to get to the beach.
The walk is under a mile, but still takes about 15 minutes.
You will begin on the same path as Cala Des Moro, but they will turn left off of the residential street before you arrive at Cala S’Almunia. To get to S’Almunia you simply continue down the residential street until it ends.
At the end of the street you will come to a steep set of stairs. Seriously, these steps are quite long and quite steep. We literally stopped to catch our breath when we were leaving.
If you do want to drop people off at the steps and then turn around to park you can, though the street has signs that mark it as for residents only.
How to get to Cala S’Almunia from Calo Des Moro (Short hike)
There is a trail that connects Cala Des Moro to Cala S’Almunia. It only takes 5 minutes to walk between the two beaches. It is mainly flat and not high trafficked.
To get to this trailhead from Calo des Moro you will head down the trail that is located to the left of the concession stand. It’s just straight from there.
If you have issues or get confused on which path to take you can always ask people to confirm you are on the right path.
It is also very easy to do this hike in reverse if you want. It’s quick and easy and the parking lot for both is the same.
What to Expect at Cala S’Almunia
Even though there are some drawbacks, this Cala is still awesome and one of my favorites. To help you plan best though you should know what the pros and cons are ahead of time.
Don’t expect a lot of sand
One of the few cons at Cala S’Almunia is there is not a lot of sand…like hardly any.
You will for the most part be sitting on rock which isn’t the most comfortable. The photo below shows the one tiny spot where there is a little bit of sand.
Great cliff jumping
One of my favorite things about this Cala is that there are so many cliff jumping spots. The cliffs are not super high here (which I loved) but if you are an adrenaline junkie I recommend going to Calo des Moro for cliff jumping that will really get your adrenaline pumping.
Check out this YouTube short to see what I mean.
There are no showers and no bathrooms at the beach. If you are looking for a bathroom your best bet is the porta potties that are directly next to the parking lot.
One thing that was offered at the beach was a small concession stand where you could get cheap beers and sodas. The availability of cheap alcohol likely helps contribute to the party vibe of this cove beach.
- Looks Better In Person -It’s gorgeous, and somehow looks even better in person. There are gorgeous rock features including rock arches,that make it obvious why so many Instagrammers love this beach.
- Two Awesome Beaches at one stop – Cala Des Moro is also worth your time.
- Cheap Beers at concession stands
- Mild Cliff Jumping – for those looking for some fun without being at too extreme a height.
- You will see that a con is that this beach only has a small stretch of sand, but a pro is that there are more shaded areas. Flat rocks around trees to temporarily escape the heat if you like.
- The actual sand at Cala S’Almunia is really limited. It is quite small, which is why most people stretch out along the rock cliffs that line the sides of this cove.
- The hike is through a pretty boring residential area. While on this hike the sun feels extremely powerful. Thankfully, gorgeous waters await at the beach.
- The parking lot can fill up, so make sure you arrive early or be willing to wait for others to leave.
- Super steep steps down into the beach. I was dying, literally I had to stop multiple times to rest. Yes, it was embarrassing.
- The facilities are very limited, with less than ideal bathrooms only being available at the parking lot.
If you are looking for a spot where you can relax on a gorgeous beach with a younger more party oriented vibe, then these two beaches should be included on your next trip!
What to Bring to the Beach
Travel towel – So much easier to pack these quick dry microfiber travel towels than go without or be forced to buy one once there. We always travel with at least two of them.
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