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Cala Gamba
Palma
Type of beach sand
Cala Gamba

Cala Gamba is situated at nine kilometres. This sea inlet is a small sheltered bay, with some rocks and some coarse-grained greyish sand. The ground is rocky, with some vegetation on it and not very deep. This is why diving is recommended, but anchoring boats is impossible. If you want to anchor, you are recommended to reach a distance of 400 metres south of the entrance to Club Nàutic de Cala Gamba, where there is a depth of 150 metres and there will be no swell if the wind blows from southeast-south-southwest.

Es Carnatge (“bait” in English) is the landscape reference between Cala Gamba and Can Pastilla. The name of this Área Natural de Especial Interés (four hectares) can be explained by the activity here until the end of the 19th century: Skinning the corpse of the animals, using the skin for different reasons and the bones for the elaboration of soap. In front of this area we can see the small island of sa Galera, where there is one of the few commercial Punic settlements in Majorca.

Because of this beach?s situation and exposure to winds, you must pay attention to weather conditions that make swimming and mooring boats unadvisable.

When the beach has a lifeguard service, you must follow the lifeguards? instructions and the warnings on flags. A red flag indicates dangerous swimming conditions and means that swimming is not permitted. A yellow flag indicates that precaution must be taken, but that swimming is permitted. A green flag indicates that swimming is permitted. An orange flag is used to indicate that the lifeguard is absent. Act cautiously when no lifeguard is present or the service is not available and enjoy the beach without taking any unnecessary risks.

For health and safety reasons, the municipal ordinances ban pets on beaches.


Information about this beach may change. To confirm the data or consult changes or new features, please contact the municipal tourism office below:
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Municipality information Palma

The municipality of Palma is situated in the southwest of Majorca, and it is the most important municipality in population. The city of Palma is the political, administrative and business centre of the Balearic archipelago. The service sector, tourism and construction lead the economy since the sixties of the 20th century. Quinto Cecilio Metelo founded Palma in 123 BC after conquering Majorca for Rome in order to definitely control the Mediterranean basin. Medina Mayurqa, the Arab name of Palma, was integrated in the omeyan state of Al-Andalus at the beginning of the 10th century. The Christian king Jaume I d'Aragó conquered the island on the 31st of December 1229, calling it Ciutat de Mallorques. In 1230 it became the capital of the Regne de Mallorca. The landscape is characterized by an extensive coastal stretch (with a high rocky western area and a low sandy coast toward east), Serra de Tramuntana (western limit: Pujol des Gat, 510 metres high), the interior of Pla de Palma (northern area, concentration of agricultural land), Pla de Sant Jordi (eastern sector, irrigated agricultural land) and transition areas toward sa Marina de Llucmajor and Pla de Mallorca (eastern end, with some wild and some cultivated high areas). This municipality is irrigated beach some torrents that flow into the sea on its coast, with Torrent de sa Riera flowing through the city centre.

The cultural variety includes the old town of Palma (Roman, Arab, Jewish vestiges, stately palaces and courtyards), Castell de Bellver (round military fortress of the 14th century, at 112 metres to guard the bay of Palma), la Seu (gothic cathedral with the later intervention of the architect Antoni Gaudí and the painter Miquel Barceló), Palau de l'Almudaina, Convent de Sant Francesc (with the tomb of Ramon Llull), Consolat de Mar (seat of the Govern de les Illes Balears), sa Llotja, Ajuntament de Palma, Consell de Mallorca, Gran Hotel, Palau Solleric, Palau March or Fundació Joan i Pilar Miró, where a big part of the graphic works of Joan Miró are guarded.
The municipality has 13 beaches.
Main technical data
  • Length of the beach: 
    100 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    25 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No
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