Cala Mondragó, a gem tucked away in the southeastern corner of Mallorca, is a beach lover's paradise. Just a short 10-kilometer journey from the charming town of Santanyi and the bustling beach resort of Cala D'Or, you'll find this stunning natural haven. The beach, awarded the prestigious Blue Flag status, is a testament to its pristine condition and commitment to environmental preservation. Since its declaration as a natural park in 1992, Cala Mondragó has been shielded from excessive development and mass tourism. Despite its popularity during the summer, the beach retains its tranquility and cleanliness, with visitors appreciating and respecting its natural allure and eco-friendly ethos.
Cala Mondragó, also known as Caló de sa font de n'Alis, is a cove-style beach stretching 75 meters between two rocky promontories. The beach boasts white sand and serene, crystal-clear water. The backdrop of pine trees and desert flora offers scenic trails for leisurely strolls or a shady retreat from the sun. A mere 400-meter walk away, you'll find Cala Mondragó's larger sibling, Cala S'Amarador. This beach, spanning 145 meters, was crowned Europe's 'best beach' in 2008 by onbeach.com. Like its smaller counterpart, Cala S'Amarador is enveloped by the lush Mondragó Natural Park.
Both Cala Mondragó and Cala S'Amarador offer a limited number of lounge chairs and umbrellas for rent, but there's plenty of space to lay out your towel on the sand. The water is shallow near the shore, gradually deepening further out, and is typically calm and clear. Aside from a few paddle boats, there are no water sport rentals, making these beaches an ideal spot for snorkeling. Amenities are basic, with no showers and only a few portable toilets available.
Cala S'Amarador features a single beach bar, while Cala Mondragó boasts two beachfront restaurants and a pair of beach bars. These establishments offer a variety of snacks, beverages, tapas, and traditional Mallorcan dishes. Alternatively, you can bring your own food and enjoy a picnic in the park. The beaches attract a diverse crowd, from locals to tourists, including many Germans who frequent nearby Santanyi. Families appreciate the calm waters, but people of all ages enjoy the serene beauty and absence of loud water sports or music. These are not party beaches; they're places to relax and appreciate nature.