Cabrera Beaches that you MUST visitOn Cabrera Island there are certain areas that are off limits to the public, for both those already on the island, visiting Cabrera on foot and those sailing to the island by boat. That’s why in this article we do not mention the beaches of Cala Santa Maria, Cala Gandulf and Calo des Macs. But we must make a special mention of the Blue Cave, which, although is not a beach, is one of the top spots for a swim. So if you book an excursion to Cabrera, be sure to make sure that a swimming stop at the Blue Cave is included.
Es Moll Beach in CabreraAs soon as you disembark from your boat at Cabrera at the Es Moll Harbour, you will be received by park rangers in charge of the national park, to give you a run down of the rules and regulations of the island. Right by the harbour you find the beach of Es Moll. It is situated in front of the office of the national park and the canteen: the only place on Cabrera to buy food and drinks. Es Moll is a small beach and, from our point of view, the least charming of Cabrera’s beaches. Though it is a good option for people visiting the island in the summer months, as you can hike up to the castle and afterwards, have a refreshing beer and a quick dip in the sea.
Beach close to Cabrera HostelClose to this small beach area in Cabrera, you can find the old military barracks, built in the 1940s. The beach is around ten minutes’ walk from the harbour and is in the cove of Caló de ses Güies. The beach is known by the same name. Here we find Cabrera’s hostel; the only place you can stay overnight on the island and which opens from May to October. The hostel of Cabrera has a maximum capacity for 12 persons distributed between four rooms: the Tramuntana room with 4 places, the Llebeig room with 4 places, and the Migjorn and Ponent rooms with 2 places each. There are also communal dining room and living room and shared bathroom with outdoor showers.
Cabrera’s most famous beach: Sa PlatgetaThis is without a doubt Cabrera’s best beach, and the most famous. The beach is an absolute marvel in every sense: clear waters, practically a virgin beach, no noise, no rubbish, with fine sand and a spectacular view. If you’ve seen photos of a beach in Cabrera on Instagram or Facebook with a gorgeous view, amazing patches of blue and turquoise in the sea, and boats and yachts in the background, then it was certainly this beach. This beach and the next beach we mention are the largest on Cabrera. In the area behind Sa Platgeta Beach, there is a picnic area with shade. This is an ideal spot to enjoy your lunch, which you must either bring with you or buy from the canteen by the harbour. From here, if you follow the narrow track to the left, you will reach the interior of the island and you will see the building of the old bodega, which nowadays houses the Museum of Cabrera, where you can learn about the dark history of Cabrera, the flora and fauna of the island and about the national park’s natural resources. Continuing, you will pass old fields of cultivation and you will reach the monument dedicated to the French prisoners that were held captive here between 1809 and 1814 during the Napoleonic Wars. 9000 prisoners were held here and, due to the unforgiving conditions, only 3600 lived to return home.
S´Espelmador BeachIf you continue walking along the coast from Sa Platgeta Beach, you will arrive at the last of our recommended beaches for Cabrera. This beach, like the previous one, is a mix of sand and pebbles. The sand on the beaches comes from the calcareous shells of organisms that live in the Poseidon meadows. The pebbles have been transported by the scarce torrential activity in Cabrera. S’Espelmedor is the most tranquil beach on Cabrera, and is the one we recommend for snorkelling and to discover the fantastic seabed of the island, with its Poseidon meadows and more than 200 types of fish. In fact, at all of Cabrera’s beaches you can see the seabed very clearly, with sandy areas and areas of Poseidon. This is thanks to the distance from urban areas and their pollution that intoxicates the sea, and to the lack of rainfall on the island. The rain that does fall is practically absorbed by the vegetation and the karstic rocks.
How to get to Cabrera’s beaches?There are two ways to reach Cabrera:
- By sailing there on your own boat, for which you must apply for a permit to sail, to anchor and to swim. You can get this online here.
- By taking an excursion on one of the tourist boats that depart from Colonia de Sant Jordi in Mallorca.