It is likely that the name of this beach, Cala Varques, is derived from Catalan word for cows, “vaques”. Once upon a time they were the most common visitors to the beach, wandering down from the local farm to take in the scenery. Things have changed a little since those days.
Despite the remote location and fairly convoluted access Cala Varques has become quite popular over recent years. Probably a victim of its own Instagrammable appeals, gone are the days when you could pretend you were on a desert island.
What does remain though is the same pristine white sand beach and almost luminous turquoise water. The setting is quite stunning too - a small bay of shallow water backed by dense greenery. What is more, there is nothing man-made here. There was until relatively recently a little chiringuito (beach bar) but that has since been removed. Some say this was an attempt to reduce the visitor numbers, but also possibly to restore the beach’s unspoiled natural charms.
On the subject of returning to nature, Cala Varques is known as a spot for naturists. There is a little cove within the bay where you can find a bit more privacy.
As we have alluded there is nothing in the way of facilities at Cala Varques. This means you will have to bring (and take away) everything you need for the day. Water is essential as are a decent pair of shoes as the hike down to the cove is quite rough going.
There is no lifeguard either but the shallow, sheltered bay is generally very safe for swimming.
The rugged coastline beyond the bay at Cala Varque has been shaped into some weird and wonderful forms over the milenia. If you head out towards the northerly headland of the bay to Es Caló Blanc you will find a stunning natural bridge. Further along the coast are numerous rocky grottoes but the real highlights are the caves, particularly the Cova des Pirata (Pirates Cave).
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