In the northwest of Mallorca, on the peninsula of Formentor, you will find Cala Figuera, a fantastic cove that stands out for its unspoilt surroundings and its crystal-clear waters of an intense marine blue, due to its posidonia meadows.
It is a U-shaped sea inlet set between high cliffs and behind it rises Es Fumat, a 334-metre high mountain.
As the cove itself is the mouth of a torrent, the terrain is somewhat uncomfortable, but at both ends you will find stone esplanades where you can lie in the sun and enjoy a day of peace and quiet in this haven of peace.
Bear in mind that there is also another beach with the name of Cala Figuera in the south of the island, in the municipality of Santanyí. Don’t get them mixed up!
How to get to Cala Figuera
There are several ways to get to Cala Figuera, but the best option is to do it with your own vehicle or a rented one, as the cove is located in an unspoilt environment with no services nearby.
Cala Figuera is about 13 kilometres from Puerto Pollença, so the first thing you will have to do is head towards this municipality from wherever you are on the island.
Once there, take the roundabout by the plane (you’ll see which roundabout it is, right away) and head towards the road that goes towards Formentor, as if you were heading towards the lighthouse.
The road to Formentor is quite meandering, has a lot of curves and is somewhat narrow at some points. It is usually quite busy with buses and cyclists, so be careful.
Once you leave Playa de Formentor on your right, continue for about 4 km until you reach the Cala Figuera crossroads, at kilometre 13.5, where you will see that it turns off to the left. The site is well signposted.
Until a few years ago, you could park on an esplanade at the end of the road, but nowadays it has been closed with stones to prevent you from passing, so you will have no choice but to park in the ditch.
Once there, you will have to walk for about 20 minutes along a dirt path and descend the steps down to the beach on foot. Wear good shoes!
Getting to Cala Figuera by public transport
Between 23 June and 15 September, access by car to the Formentor Lighthouse is restricted for most of the day, specifically between 10am and 10.30pm.
During these months, you can only get to the cove in your own vehicle by getting up very early in the morning, or by taking a bus from Alcudia or Port de Pollença, which is the most recommendable option.
Line 334 runs throughout the summer and has a stop at the beginning of the path, so you can enjoy the beaches of Cala Figuera and Cala Murta without any problems.
Getting to Cala Figuera by boat
Cala Figuera allows boats to anchor in its waters. However, access is somewhat dangerous as it is very exposed to north and north-easterly winds, and it can be difficult to manoeuvre close to the beach if you are not experienced.
The nearest port facility is in Port de Pollença, some 10 nautical miles away, where you can hire a boat and get to Cala Figuera.
In this case, our advice is to hire a boat with a skipper, as Cala Figuera is an exceptional beach to enjoy from the sea, but access can be difficult.
Check the weather forecast carefully and, in case of difficult sea conditions, leave it for another day!
What to do in Cala Figuera
Due to its difficult access and lack of services (inaccessible for people with reduced mobility, no beach bar, no showers, etc.) it is not the best beach to visit with children. Be that as it may, remember to take with you everything you need for the day, as you won’t be able to buy anything.
These inconveniences, far from being a problem, mean that Cala Figuera remains unspoilt and enjoys a low influx of people, even in the summer months.
Forget about hiring activities or practising water sports. Get away from the noise, relax and enjoy a day in nature. Do you want to know what to do in Cala Figuera? Here are some ideas!
Enjoy the peace and quiet and cool off
The transparent waters of Cala Figuera are incredible for cooling off. However, the entrance to the sea is complicated, as the first few metres are rocky and quite choppy.
Further on, the floor transforms into sand, making bathing much more pleasant. This can be easily solved by wearing a pair of clogs. Believe us, you’ll thank us!
The spectacular seabed of Cala Figuera will amaze you.
Cala Figuera is known for having a lot of marine life. If you like snorkelling, you will be amazed by the fauna and flora you will find: posidonia meadows, many species of fish, starfish, anemones… The waters of this cove are very clear, with areas of sand, rocks and marine vegetation. A real spectacle!
On the other hand, the waters of Cala Figuera are not good for diving as the bottom can be rough, in addition to the difficulties you will have when transporting the equipment. Nearby, a good dive site is Cap de Catalunya, only suitable for experienced divers.
Do a hiking route from the cove
The surroundings of Cala Figuera also offer endless options for hiking enthusiasts. From Cala Figuera itself you can start an excursion to its neighbouring beach, Cala Murta. If you decide to do it, let us know which of the two coves you choose!
Also, from the beach, you can start a route that takes you to El Castellet viewpoint or, if you are not one of those who suffer from vertigo, climb the El Fumat mountain and marvel at the spectacular views of the Bay of Pollença.
Discover the Formentor peninsula by bike
However, some of its sections have steep slopes and little shade, in addition to the danger of riding between buses and cars, so it is not recommended for amateur cyclists.
You can rent your bike on-line with the company Bike Experience and pick it up at their premises in Puerto de Pollença or ask them to bring it to your accommodation, anywhere on the island.
Hotels in Cala Figuera
As we were saying, the beach of Cala Figuera is very close to Port de Pollença, a charming fishing village that we recommend as a place to stay on the island.
This area is frequented by families, above all, who enjoy a type of quiet tourism in contact with nature. Couples and sportsmen and women also often stay in the town, which has recently become very popular for cycling tourism.
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