The rock gate in Cala Varques
Cala Varques is located between the towns of Porto Cristo and Cala Romantica. Access to the cove is not easy, as there is no direct road connection. Visitors have to walk for about 15 minutes through a pine forest to reach this remote place. However, this somewhat arduous path has the advantage that Cala Varques is not overcrowded and thus offers an oasis of tranquility. You could almost say that Cala Varques is still one of the few insider tips of the locals. The clear water is ideal for snorkeling, and the surrounding rocks offer perfect conditions for
Climbers. Near the bay there are also several caves that can be explored.
The blue window in the rocks
The most striking feature of Cala Varques is without a doubt the impressive rock gate that rises majestically from the sea. This natural monument was formed over thousands of years by erosion and the constant action of wind and water. When the sea is calm, adventure seekers can even swim or dive through the gate and explore the fascinating underwater world.
The blue window rises about 20 m above the water, and can be reached after a short hike (in summer, be sure to bring enough water for the walk). You can walk over the rock formation and many people use the spot for a nice photo. For the hike it is best to bring sturdy shoes and a hat/capi.
If you like to admire this kind of small natural wonders, also have a look at “Sa cova foradada” in Portocolom.
Arrival and hiking tips:
By car: If you arrive by car, enter “Cala Varques” in your GPS. This will lead you to a dirt parking lot near the bay. Note that the parking lot can fill up quickly, especially in the summer months. It is recommended to arrive early in the day.
On foot: From the parking lot, an approximately 15-minute walk through a picturesque pine forest leads directly to the bay. The trail is well signposted and although it is not particularly demanding, you should wear sturdy shoes. The trail winds through the forest and offers some beautiful views along the way.
By boat: Some companies offer boat tours to the secluded coves of Mallorca, including Cala Varques. This is a great way to see the coast from a different perspective and get right to the bay without the walk.
Tips for visiting:
- Since there are no facilities like restaurants or toilets in Cala Varques, you should bring enough water, snacks and other necessary things.
- The bay is especially popular in the summer months, so it is advisable to arrive early in the day to find a good spot.
- Remember to take your trash with you and respect the natural beauty of the place.
An insider tip in the vicinity; Cala Falcó….
Just a stone’s throw from the famous Cala Varques, lies Cala Falco, a lesser known but equally charming cove in southeast Mallorca. Surrounded by low cliffs and dense Mediterranean vegetation, Cala Falco offers an intimate atmosphere ideal for those seeking tranquility and seclusion.