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Cala Anguila

Cala Anguila

Cala Anguila - enchanting bay at Porto Cristo

About 10 minutes in the car from the port town of Porto Cristo on the east coast of Mallorca, you will find the enchanting bay of Cala Anguila. The bay is bordered on both sides by low cliffs, which are overgrown with Mediterranean plants and pines. The fine white sand in Cala Anguila shines brightly in the sunshine. The beach is only 50 m wide but extends about 120 m inland. Due to its location between two rocky headlands, the beach and bay form a closed area, which is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

Bay of Cala Anguila

Location of Cala Anguila
Cala Anguila bay is part of the settlement with the same name on the east coast of the island. It is located in the municipality of Manacor, which is the second largest city in Mallorca and also the famous pearl processing centre. Manacor can be reached from Cala Anguila in just 20 minutes by car. The bay is enclosed by two rocky headlands. To the west is the Cape Punta de Cala Anguila, while the eastern headland is called Na Vermella. Porto Cristo is another tourist hub on the east coast of Mallorca about 10 minutes’ drive away from Cala Anguila.

The bay is relatively easy to find. From the main road connecting Porto Cristo with the village of Cales de Mallorca, two side roads branch off that lead to the coast. Cala Anguila is a part of the resort of Cala Romantica, which is signposted from the main road. There is free parking available near the residential development as well as several small parking lots and street parking. There is also a bus stop near the beach. Access to Cala Anguila is via several small steps. The sheltered location of the bay also makes anchoring by boat a simple option.

Facilities on the beach
The 50 m long beach in the Cala Anguila offers typical infrastructure for Mallorca. There are several rows of sun loungers and parasols, which are rented out by the day. At the beach section right by the water's edge, bathers can spread their towels or blankets out. In the high season, the beach is monitored by a lifeguard, who can help if necessary. There are also fresh water showers and sanitary facilities.

At the back there is a restaurant serving simple dishes and a variety of drinks. As parking in the nearby settlement is limited, it is advisable to arrive early. Especially in the summer months, a large number of visitors arrive, and parking spaces become occupied quickly. Since the settlement is located above Cala Anguila behind the pine groves, the beach manages to avoid feeling claustrophobic compared to many beaches on the island.

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Activities in Cala Anguila
If you want to rent a paddleboat or take a surfing course, unfortunately Cala Anguila probably isn’t the best place for you. There are no water sports here due to the very limited amount of space available however the rocky headlands on both sides of the bay are an attractive snorkelling area. There is hardly any swell thanks to the sheltered location and the visibility under the water surface is excellent. You just have to swim out a little before you get to see any underwater life due to the poor visibility by the water’s edge where the sand tends to whirl around making salty underwater clouds when the tide catches it.

The beach at Cala Anguila is child friendly. Although there are no designated activities for the little ones, children can safely play in the shallow waters. In summer, water temperatures climb up to 25 degrees. The white sand and the turquoise waters in the bay create a fascinating contrast with each other. Just a short walk along the rugged coastline will take you to the neighbouring coves of Cala Anguila. Cala Mandia and S'Estany d'en Mas bay are also within walking distance and are true treasures with their scenic cliffs and white sandy beaches.

Accommodation in Cala Anguila
Cala Anguila has an urban settlement just behind it that belongs to the village of Cala Romantica. The range of accommodation consists mainly of a large number of apartments and holiday chalets. All of these self-catering options are extremely well equipped for the more independently minded holiday maker on the east coast. The equipment of most apartments and holiday homes is extremely comfortable and up to date.

In Cala Romantica there are a few hotels that actually look more like apartment buildings. The village of Porto Cristo, located around 10 minutes by car from Cala Anguila, offers a wider choice of hotels. The port is a tourist centre on Mallorca’s east coast and the hotels are mostly designed for package tourism.

Places to visit in the area
Cala Anguila is a prime location for visiting the attractions of the east coast. Just a stone's throw away from the bathing bay are the so-called Dragon Caves (Cuevas del Drach). The stalactite cave is one of the top attractions on the island and houses the largest underground lake in Europe. The tour through the rock leads past spectacular dripstone formations and ends with a boat trip over the underground Lake Martel.

A day trip to the Dragon's Cave should ideally be combined with a detour to Porto Cristo. The port town has a 300m long sandy beach and a bustling centre with numerous boutiques and restaurants. Take in the romantic atmosphere of the marina and enjoy a cappuccino in one of the many street cafés. In Porto Cristo itself, glass-bottomed boats depart for various offshore excursions, and a diving school offers courses and guided underwater adventures.

Around 20 minutes inland by car from Cala Anguila is the pearl capital, Manacor. The second largest city on Mallorca is a pearl processing centre. Jewellery made from Majorica pearls is an export hit that helps make the island famous. In the Majorica Perles factory, you can learn details about the production of the cultured pearls and you will be able to watch the craftsmanship during the manufacturing process. In the on-site shop you can buy the finished pieces of jewellery directly. Chains, rings, bracelets and brooches are popular souvenirs from a holiday in Mallorca.

We hope that with this contribution has sparked an interest in the enchanting Cala Anguila cove. Why not include a short detour to the fine sandy swimming paradise next time you’re in Mallorca and let yourself be enchanted by the Mediterranean ambience?