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CALA DEIÀ NOCTILUCA, THE LIGHTS OF THE SEA

Cala Deia Noctiluca, the lights of the sea  

The island of Mallorca is known for its natural landscapes, some of the most stunning coves in the Mediterranean Sea, its cuisine and its fascinating culture. It’s most definitely an idyllic destination perfect for exploring these unspoilt coves enrobed in picture-postcard natural surroundings.

Cala Deià stands out, as despite being only 70 metres long, its beauty makes it well worth discovering. It’s known for its crystal-clear, blue waters, sheer cliffs and little stone houses serving excellent food.

Make the most of the day and visit the town of Deià, the most charming spot in Mallorca, thanks to its fantastic location, surrounded by both mountains and sea. It’s known to be one of the most bohemian towns on the island, which could be due to the many painters and artists who visited this spot in the 60s in search of inspiration.

Stay at our Boutique hotel in Palma Posada Terra Santa to enjoy the charming island from the comfort of a traditional mansion, with all the home comforts you’ll need. It’s located in the heart of the historic centre in the capital and with excellent transport connections to Mallorca’s best beaches.

If you’re after a more select accommodation option, at Samaritana Suites you can treat yourself to our luxury suites. Nestled right in the heart of Palma de Mallorca, they also have good connections. If you want to spend the night surrounded by nature, why not go for Hotel Son Catxo? The house dates back to 250 years ago and is perfect for enjoying the most traditional Mallorcan experience.

It’s time to discover one of the most magical, stunning coves on the island, with a welcoming and somewhat hippie feel. This is the perfect spot if you love the coast and charming natural surroundings.

CALA DEIÀ: KEY FACTS

Cala Deia Noctiluca, the lights of the sea

The picturesque Cala Deià stands out for its rocks and mountainous surroundings, located at the mouth of the Torrent Major. The crystalline water is what makes this cove so attractive. It isn’t a sandy beach, so it isn’t the best spot for families, and it has moderate waves.

At 40 metres long and just 15 metres wide, its small size makes it especially charming, as it’s surrounded by sheer cliffs. In summer it’s often packed with tourists, so it’s best to get there early.

Keep in mind there are often influxes of jellyfish during the hottest months, but only on specific days. The best time of year to visit this cove is in spring, when the colours at sunset are simply beautiful. You’ll be able to enjoy this peaceful spot without being surrounded by lots of people.

This cove doesn’t have lots of services to offer, as it’s known for being a charming, unspoilt beach. There’s no parasol or sunbed hire, nor does it offer toilets, showers or lifeguards.

However, Cala Deià does have two restaurants, both of which receive rave reviews from visitors thanks to its top-quality food, from fish to paella or tapas. And of course, its charming views. One of the restaurants is located right on the beach itself, and the other is slightly further from the cliffs, offering a more refined menu.

The natural surroundings make this cove one of the best beaches in Mallorca.

HOW TO GET TO CALA DEIÀ

Cala Deia Noctiluca, the lights of the sea

Cala Deià is a secluded cove in the northeast of Mallorca, close to the mountain town of Deià in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana. Despite being small, it’s one of the most-visited spots thanks to its crystal-clear water and natural surroundings.

This cove is located 30km from Palma de Mallorca (Mallorca in 2 days). To get to this stunning cove from the island’s capital, you’ll need to take the MA-1110 to Valldemossa, and then continue towards Deià. Another of the most common starting points to get to Cala Deià is Sóller (what to see in Sóller), located 12 kilometres away.

It’s important to keep in mind that the route off the main road is narrow and steep, especially close to the cove. Some stretches of this road are not suitable for two cars.

The cove has a small car park (for a fee), but it tends to be full, even early in the morning. The best option is to park in one of the public car parks in the town of Deià.

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From the town itself you can easily get there on foot, following the signs, whether you choose the same road or the older route, known as Des Ribassos. It’s just a short walking distance (1km), but it isn’t suitable for people with mobility issues.

There is no access to the cove by bus. There are several buses that can take you to the town from anywhere on the island, but you’ll have to walk to the beach from there.

The access to the beach itself can be somewhat challenging, however, it’s worth the walk or the patience while looking for somewhere to park. It’s enrobed by nature and hasn’t lost its essence.

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY AT CALA DEIÀ

Cala Deia Noctiluca, the lights of the sea

This small paradise in the Serra de Tramuntana is the perfect spot for enjoying water sports. Snorkelling and diving are the most typical, as its crystalline waters welcome you in to explore its rich marine life. You’ll have to bring your own diving gear, as there’s nowhere on the beach offering equipment hire.

If you have your own kayak or paddle surf board, it’s worth bringing it. Some of the caves are only accessible by swimming and bringing them along can help you explore more of the stunning natural spots. These secluded caves are truly unique. The crystalline water makes them picture-perfect.

You can also enjoy a walk from Deià to Cala Deià, which takes about 30 minutes. It’s an easy route and you’ll be able to explore the stunning surroundings.

Enjoying the calm water, good food, sunbathing, and having a refreshing dip at Cala Deià are, without a doubt, the best activities on offer here. What more could you ask for?

CALA DEIÀ: MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Cala Deia Noctiluca, the lights of the sea

A night-time dip during the hot summer may surprise you! The best option is to choose a cove without any lights, which is why Cala Deià is the best spot. 

We’d recommend booking a table at restaurant Ca Es Patró March, tucking into some delicious prawns and fresh seasonal fish for dinner in these idyllic surroundings. What a treat! The location itself and the panoramic views at sunset are some of the best plans to enjoy on the island.

Before heading back to the town with a full stomach, don’t miss out on the chance to lay out a towel on the old pier to treat yourself to the chance to see the stars. Why not take a refreshing dip under the starry sky?

If you’re lucky enough, you might even enjoy the well-known “sea ghosts”, or glow worms. These fluorescent lights emerge from the sea. They’re caused by the plankton and offer an authentic show. This often happens on some of the coves in summer, and if it does, remember not to swim in the sea.

Enjoying a delicious dinner and experiencing this natural wonder under the stars is one of the most unforgettable experiences Mallorca has to offer.

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*Esqueletos: In 1980s children’s slang, this referred to the sandals of the time (usually flesh-coloured footwear used to walk around on rocks that had a skeletal look).

*Sea sparkle: A name used for Noctiluca scintillans. Fluorescent lights that appear in the sea, produced by plankton.

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