Cala Mesquida Mallorca: A Visitor’s Guide

After visiting the Maldives, I didn’t think I’d be so easily impressed by a beach anymore, but Cala Mesquida in Mallorca took me by surprise. Then again, the clarity and the color of the sea do resemble Maldives, so maybe not so surprising in the end.

In this post, I’ll lay out everything you need to know before visiting what I believe is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mallorca.

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Cala Mesquida on Mallorca Island

General info about Cala Mesquida

Mallorca is well known for its beautiful calas, which are usually small, picturesque bays surrounded by rugged cliffs (cala actually means cove in Spanish).

Mesquida is not a tiny bay, nor does it have tall cliffs guarding its ends – in fact, it’s a fairly long and wide beach, however, it’s still being referred to as a cala. It has really fine, golden sand and extremely clear water.

It is mainly accessed through a set of steps from the hotels’ side, but nothing extreme.

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Cala Mesquida viewed from the access stairs

There are some rocks in the water near both Cala Mesquida’s ends, but aside from that, you’ll mostly encounter fine sand, so you don’t really need to bring your aqua shoes.

An unusual feat of the beach is that there’s an area where the water only reaches your bottom even though most people need to swim to reach it – in the photo above you can see a few people that look like they’re walking even though they are quite far into the water.

Also on the opposite end of the area with the access stairs there is a nudist section of the beach. But even outside of this area, there were people changing clothes in plain sight or going topless. I’m not saying this is bad or good, each to their own. Just be aware of it.

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One thing that took me a bit by surprise is that Cala Mesquida was very busy even though it’s not near a big resort town and we visited it just shy of the last week of August.

I guess I was used to the beaches in Greece that tend to be less crowded near the end of summer.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that there are jellyfish warning signs on the beach so I can only assume they’re a regular here.

I only saw a few random tiny ones during our visit there, but even so, my fiance was still stung by one while he was swimming. It didn’t hurt too bad, but it still made me a bit anxious about them.

Having a drink from the beach bar at Cala Mesquida in Mallorca

What facilities you can find at Mesquida Beach

There’s a small beach bar and a lifeguard onsite, but I’ve seen no showers or toilets despite a sign indicating they should exist. I’d suggest ordering something at the restaurant located further inland (near the hotels) and using the bathroom there.

The beach also has sun lounges with umbrellas. However, these seem insufficient for the number of visitors, so either be there really early or bring a towel to sit on the sand (there’s ample space for that).

When I visited, two lounges and an umbrella went for 16 euros, so also a bit pricy.

How to get to Cala Mesquida

To get to Cala Mesquida you’ll either need to rent a car and drive there yourself (my recommendation) or take the local bus.

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Our rental in Mallorca

Renting a car + parking information

We spent 9 days in Mallorca and hired a car for three of them to do some sightseeing, including visiting Cala Mesquida. We got our rental from a local company in Can Picafort for 196 euros (with full insurance), but there are many other alternatives.

I’d suggest checking Discover Cars and choosing the best option there. Check my Mallorca road trip itinerary for more information on this, as well as other places worth visiting on the island.

One thing you need to be aware of in order to avoid receiving a fine is that you’ll receive a document from the rental company that you need to display at all times in a visible place (usually the dashboard).

This paper states that the car is a rental together with other identification data.

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Parking lots near Mesquida Beach

As for parking near Cala Mesquida, there are a few options though they tend to get occupied quite fast.

When we arrived the parking lots closer to the beach were all full, but we found a spot in the shaded parking area marked with a yellow car icon on the map above. It was free – we also confirmed this with a local as we couldn’t quite believe it.

Know that this lot doesn’t really look like a parking space (it’s an unpaved area under some trees and I don’t remember seeing any official signs), but you’ll likely see cars already there.

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Traveling to Cala Mesquida by bus

No matter what part of the island you’re coming from, you’ll likely have to change several buses to get to Mesquida. And this can take a lot of time out of our day.

Basically, you need to find a way to get to Cala Agulla first (use Google Maps, I found it quite accurate on Mallorca) and from there, you can take bus 422 to Cala Mesquida.

As a comparison, we were based in Can Picafort and it took us about 40 minutes to reach Mesquida Beach by car, but if we were to visit by bus, the journey would have been more than double in time (approx 1.5 hours).

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