Mallorca is one of the five Balearic Islands, and it is definitely the biggest and the most popular.
This wonderful island is very much loved by tourists and it is a big sensation in the summer. People love its white sand and discovering some of its 150 beaches and coves. It is a great place to visit on a yacht since you can anchor in different places and enjoy the crystal clear waters. But, which are the best coves to anchor in Mallorca? In this post, we will tell you the best options.
Rules to anchor in the island
The Ministry of Environment of the Balearic Government established different areas of anchorage that everybody visiting needs to keep in mind. This was the result of several projects to protect the ecosystem of the island, especially the Posidonia meadows (Mediterranean tape weed) that were endangered for the increasing number of boats anchored on the island. Therefore, now you can find 3 different areas for anchorage available. More info>>
- In these zones there is an extensive growing of Posidonia, so it is completely prohibited to anchor in here.
- In this area we can anchor freely without any problem, just following the safety regulations.
- Regulated with buoys: in these areas, you will find buoys of different colors indicating the type of boat that has allowed to anchor there. Red for boats with less than 8 meters length; white for 8 to 15 meters boats; yellow for 15 to 25 meters; and green for 25 to 35 meters.
Where to anchor in the east coast of Mallorca?
Once you know the regulated areas, it will be easier to spot great places. The island has a lot of beaches and coves available to anchor freely, and all of them had wonderful clear waters, white sand, and an incredible natural beauty that will take your breath. But of course, some of them have a better reputation than others, so let’s see which the best coves to anchor in Mallorca.
If you are looking for turquoise water, white sand, and a very calm environment, you need to visit Cala Brafi. It is perfect for shallow draft boats and its seabed is 5 to 7 meters deep. It is really easy to anchor here, but be careful about the winds coming from the E, NE, and SE.
On land, you can have a relaxing time with friends and family, and since it is a secluded place, it is ideal for nudists. This Cala is perfect for different activities, like practice snorkel or scuba diving, or go fishing since it is allowed (there is no pier here but you can practice from the rocks).
If you want a place that offers different activities, you can visit Cala Varques. It is a very popular place in the summer and its beauty will keep you hypnotized. With white and soft sand, turquoise water, and impressive flora, this Cala offers you two incredible virgin beaches to enjoy. Its seabed is around 3 to 5 meters deep, so anchoring is really easy.
You can practice snorkel, diving, and fishing. You can also go on land and enjoy the beach, sunbathe nude, do trekking, and explore the prehistorical caves that are around. This cove has the biggest cave net in Europe.
Caló des Moro
If you want a place that isn’t crowded, then we recommend you Caló des Moro. This beautiful cove has just 30 meters and it has difficult access by car, so it is a very quiet place with just a few people, especially if you visit between June and September. It is a virgin paradise with incredible nature, white sand, and crystal clear turquoise water.
This cove is located in the Natural Park Mondragón and it is a protected area. It was declared Natural Park in 1992 and it is a special zone for birds. The Cala Mondragó or Ses Fonts de n’Alís is one of the most beautiful and best places to take a bath. Its waters are shallow and clear, so a lot of people love it to swim, enjoy with the family, practice snorkel, and more. It is surrounded by white sand, rocks, and pines. It is truly a beauty to see and enjoy.
If you want to visit several coves at the same time, you need to go to Cala d’Or. These are different coves grouped under the same name and they are very popular. However, the cove named Cala d’Or that is in the group is one of the best coves if you like still waters. It is a small cove with 40 meters very protected from the wind and waves, perfect to anchor and enjoy the water. It has a very familiar environment and you can enjoy different services on land.
If you want a place that is almost empty so you can enjoy it with your family and friends, you need to visit Cala Mitjana. The access is complicated so not many tourists know about it. It is a clear turquoise water cove with white sand and a very relaxing environment. Looking like a truly virgin paradise, this is the perfect place to enjoy with privacy.
No matter what cove you choose to go, we can assure you that all of them are wonderful and you will enjoy it a lot there. All of these coves offer different services and have interesting places to visit if you go walking. Definitely, all of them are great to enjoy with your family or friends. More info about Mallorca>>