When you are on this part of the island of Mallorca there are a lot of different calas or cove beaches that you can visit.
Of all the available options, Cala Sa Nau is uniquely special in what it offers.
While it is a little bit trickier to access than some of the others, I think it is worth figuring it out.
The drive to this beach can be a little confusing, but once you get there it is easy to access.
The beach features a wide stretch of sand, cliffs you can jump off of, refreshment stands, and even access to a super fun hike that will take you to another cala.
Quick Facts about Cala Sa Nau
- Other Names: Playa Sa Nau
- Known For: Beautiful cove beach, proximity to Cala Mitjana
- Facilities: Showers, restrooms, a restaurant and bar
- Lifeguards: Yes
- Parking: Large lot and some street parking
- Cost: Free
- Other: Starting point for the hike to Cala Mitjana
Location of Cala Sa Nau
Cala Sa Nau is located just north of the Cala D’or resort area on the eastern side of the island of Mallorca.
If you are coming from the airport, the drive will take you about 1 hour.
If you are coming from the Cala D’or resort area the drive only takes about 15 minutes.
The tricky part in accessing this beach is that you will need to drive down some thin winding roads to access.
At times this road gets so narrow that only one car is wide enough to drive down it, so if someone is coming from the opposite direction one of you will have to pull off.
Even though I was following my GPS, I passed signs that said the road was closed to everyone except locals. While I kept going past the Residents Only sign I soon discovered I could have taken a road that wound around instead. If you want to avoid the residents only roads then take the routing that goes further inland and then back out to the coast.
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Parking at Cala Sa Nau
Shockingly there is a relatively large parking lot at the top of the steps that lead down into the cala. While the lot is made of dirt, we had no problem finding a spot even at a busy time. If the lot is full, there is a little bit of street parking ahead and after the lot entrance.
What to Expect once there
The vibe of this cala seems to be very family friendly. There were a good amount of kids there, which I think was due to there being lifeguards and it not requiring a long hike.
Like a lot of calas there are rocky cliffs lining each side. This cala is one where the cliffs were steep enough and the water deep enough that there are a few different places where you can dive off and into the water if you like.
Like all calas you should expect there to be a good amount of people in season, but this one didn’t seem to have as many people as the 5 urban calas of Cala D’or. One of the times we went was at 6 pm thinking it would be cleared out, but it was still full of crowds of people lounging on the beach, ordering drinks from the bar, or swimming in its perfect waters.
What Else To Do In The Area
The parking lot is also the starting point for the hike to Cala Mitjana.
Technically there are two ways you can access Cala Mitjana, but starting here is the much better option. I LOVED this hike; while Cala Mitjana is smaller, it being harder to access means that you will likely encounter very few people there.
You can also see the 5 Cala D’or cove beaches in the area. They are only about 15 minutes away.
Cala Sa Nau is an all around great cala for a visit. Given that it has a ton of facilities and different things you can do, I highly recommend it as one worth spending a whole day at!
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