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Cala Gran
Caló Gran
Santanyí
Blue flag
Type of beach sand
Cala Gran also known as Caló Gran

El Caló or Cala Gran is situated at 15 kilometres from Portocolom. The name comes from the fact that it is the biggest of all the coves that belong to Cala d'Or. Here was the disembarkation of the Moor troops in the 14th century who conquered Santanyí for the first time.

This beach is very narrow, with steep cliffs, white fine-grained sand, a wonderful pinewood, the calmness of its water and the beautiful anchoring places.

The best area for anchoring boats is at an entrance on starboard side, before the cove begins to narrow, on a sandy ground with seaweed, with a depth that ranges from five to ten metres. El Caló Gran is the most sheltered from the wind that blows from the east, although the entrance is open to these sea currents. The nearest port facilities are located at Port Esportiu Marina Cala d'Or, at 0,3 nautical miles.

This natural environment is surrounded by some houses that are well integrated into the landscape, with some big hotels located at the rear, on the right side, and this is why Cala Gran is the most developed beach of this area.

This double exploitation explains that the beach is very crowded by local visitors and tourists who concentrate at the coast, whereas at the rear a playing area for children can be found. The accessibility by car is easy and the beach can also be reached by bus, the nearest stop is at about a hundred metres from the beach.

Information about this beach may change. To confirm the data or consult changes or new features, please contact the municipal tourism office below:
Tourist Information - Cala d´Or
General information on the island:
Tourist Information - Mallorca

  • Ramp for disabled
  • Phones
  • Showers
  • Toilet
  • Restaurant
Municipality information Santanyí

The municipality of Santanyí is situated in the southeast of Majorca, Cap de ses Salines is the most southern territory of the island which is at 150 kilometres from Africa (it suffered the north African pirate attacks between the 14th and 17th centuries). The origin of the name is uncertain (three options, Latin, Arab or Mozarab). King Jaume II named it town in 1300.
The landscape goes from the interior to the sea, between unirrigated agricultural land and natural vegetation. This ecological and ethnographic richness explains that in 1992 Mondragó (782 hectares) was declared natural reserve by the Govern de les Illes Balears. The northern area includes the last part of Serres de Llevant (Penya Bosca, 280 metres high) and the southern includes a marina (3,5 kilometres toward the interior) and a coastline which is 35 kilometres long and where torrents flow into the sea, like s'Estany de ses Gambes (a water storage of 41 hectares) and es Pontàs (arch-shaped emerging rock).
Since the fifties of the 20th century the tourism began in this municipality, increasing commerce, construction, marès, gravel and pedra de Santanyí quarries (used since the Islamic period and in the most important historical buildings of Majorca, Almudaina, Castell de Bellver, Llotja or la Seu, and exported to Catalonia, France and Italy).
The municipality has 19 beaches.
Main technical data
  • Length of the beach: 
    40 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    100 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No
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