Cala Esmeralda – Majorca Stand Up Paddleboarding

Cala Esmeralda is a stunning beach along the southern coast of the Balearic Island of Majorca. With its crystal clear water, sandy beaches and pine fringed shore it quickly made it’s way onto our SUP it List for a future Stand Up Paddleboarding adventure.

The Main Points

  • Location – Cala Esmeralda, Majorca Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Cost – Free beach access with limited metered parking
  • Conditions – Seawater Beach
  • Other users – Swimmers and Beach goers
  • Entry Point – Sandy Beach
  • Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Resort Village of Cala D’or with hotels, restaurants and cafes



Cala Esmeralda Majorca -  a cove with crystal clear water, sandy beach and fringed with pine groves
Afternoon at Cala Esmeralda in early March

A Wee Blether

When we were staying in Majorca we had a beautiful picture on the wall of our hotel room. It was of a stunning rocky cove surrounded with pines and a sandy beach at one end. I was determined to find it! This lovely little spot turned out to be Cala Esmeralda in the Resort Village of Cala D’or.

We were lucky to arrive in the late afternoon in that we had the beach to ourselves. It was also early March so much of the island was still coming to life for the summer. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to get out on the boards as we still had to get back to our resort to return our rental car. The great thing about that though is that we’ve got a reason to go back! Cala Esmeralda has become a dream Stand Up Paddleboarding location on our SUP-it list.

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Majorca with rocky cliff line
Stand Up Paddleboarding in Majorca Spain

If you are looking for accomodation packages Jet2 does holiday deals to Cala Esmeralda. We have travelled with them on several occasions now. (See our posts on Spain and Croatia).  What appeals to us is that the cost of the package includes a checked luggage allowance of 22kg. Perfect for your inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard. Please note that we are not getting any benefits from promoting Jet2 – we’ve just enjoyed their holidays!

We have also discovered that there are many alternatives to Cala Esmeralda. The Resort Village of Cala D’or has lots of holiday accomodation and the beach at Cala Esmeralda is quite small. We imagine this wee beach gets pretty busy in the summer. Stand Up Paddlers may be more comfortable finding a quieter beach further afield such as the nearby Cala des Moro.

Majorca beach -  a cove with crystal clear water, sandy beach and fringed with pine groves
The nearby Cala des Moro is a quieter alternative

If Majorca is on your SUP-it list it is certainly worth while hiring a car for a couple of days during your visit. That way you can go Stand Up Paddleboarding whenever you discover a nice little out of the way beach!

Couple on beach at Cala Esmeralda perfect for Stand Up Paddleboarding
Cala Esmeralda – a dream Stand Up Paddleboarding location

Stay tuned, next week when we visit Sarina Beach, Queensland Australia. Do you have a favourite SUP location that you think should be added here?  Contact us on the ‘Contact’ tab and we’ll include it in a later post.

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