Cala Marcal Beach
Cala Marcal – updated 24 January 2023.
Cala Marçal is known for its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The town is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a variety of outdoor activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and hiking. The Cala Marçal beach is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sun, while the nearby cliffs offer a beautiful view of the sea. This Blue Flag spacious beach is located on the eastern coast of the island 1km south of the marina and village of Portocolom.
The 500 m beach lies within a beautiful well-protected bay with rocks on both sides, fine white sand and clear waters. It is very popular, particularly during the summer months when it can get quite crowded.
One of the main attractions in Cala Marçal is the lighthouse, which was built in 1857 and offers a panoramic view of the town and the sea. Visitors can also explore the nearby caves, which are home to a variety of marine life. The area is also popular for scuba diving and fishing.
Ideal for families
Cala Marcal is ideal for families. The soft sand slopes into the sea, which is shallow and deepens gradually providing lots of space for the kids to swim and play.
On the beach, you will find all of the facilities you could need such as sun lounges, parasols, showers and toilets and during the summer peak season, the beach is also supervised by a lifeguard. There is also one large beach bar serving a good assortment of drinks and snacks.
Cala Marcal is popular with snorkelers because of the rocks but mostly, this is a beach for families, it is very safe and around the beach you will find everything you could need including shops, bars & restaurants.
Taking the car to Cala Marcal is easy, parking is available in the streets just south of the beach.
The local village of Portocolom is a sleepy, attractive traditional fishing village located on the east coast and is claimed rather dubiously as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, although there is little evidence to support this.
Resisting the usual tourist onslaught associated with picturesque coastal villages, Portocolom is a maritime town located on a beautiful deep natural harbour in a large horseshoe-shaped bay.
In addition to the beach, Portocolom is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars where you can enjoy local cuisine and nightlife. The village also has a rich history and culture, and there are several monuments and landmarks to explore such as the church of Sant Antoni de Portmany and the lighthouse of Portocolom.
Fishing village charm
Lying 12km north of Cala d’Or and within the district of Felanitx, Portocolom has retained much of its traditional fishing village charm with fishing boats, sailing boats and the occasional luxury motor yacht anchored in the calm waters of the bay.