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Exactly How to Hike to Cala Murta and El Castello, Mallorca

Located near the northernmost tip of Mallorca, Spain, Cala Murta is a gorgeous beach reached on a short hike. Hike a bit further along the coast to reach the incredible rock formation of El Castello.

In this article we’ll share exactly how to visit Cala Murta and what to expect when you’re there. Dave and I walked to this beach and El Castello during the off season in November of 2023.

If you are spending the day in the area, we recommend combining your visit to Cala Murta with the walk down to Cala Figuera. Make sure to check out our 3 day Mallorca itinerary.

The view of El Castello

Quick Overview Cala Murta and El Castello

Cala Murta

Cala Murta is on the Formentor peninsula in northern Mallorca, and a few kilometers to the northeast lies the renowned Cap de Formentor viewpoint.

Nestled within a secluded bay encircled by cliffs, Cala Murta is a small and slightly off-the-beaten-path beach. Measuring a modest 80 meters in length and 20 meters in width, the beach is both rocks and sand. Noteworthy is the absence of significant waves, creating an idyllic setting for leisurely swims.

Apart from a handful of tables and benches for picnics, the beach lacks additional amenities. Despite its pristine beauty, Cala Murta is not heavily frequented, offering the possibility of solitude even during peak seasons. The serene ambiance and the limited presence of fellow beachgoers make it an ideal destination for those seeking a tranquil escape.

Murta Beach, Mallorca

El Castellet

El Castellet is a rock cliff formation just to the right of Cala Murta. To take the short but rocky hike to this beauitful overlook, look for the start of the path just to the right when you arrive at the beach. The path follows along the hillside before reaching the end of the point. From here you also have views to the south of the cliffs and shoreline.

Hiking to El Castellet after visiting the beach

Hiking Trail

Distance: 3.2 miles
Elevation: 400 feet
Difficulty:

The trail to Cala Murta is easy walking on a wide and mostly flat road that descends steadily but gently to the beach. The trail starts across the street from the parking lot. The trailhead can be confusing as it appears to be private land. The trail is open to the public but you must stay on the trail as it passes through private land and certain activities (like driving a car) are not allowed on the trail.

The trail passes through a pretty and shady forest gently downhille for just over a mile before reaching the small but pretty Cala Murta.

To get to El Castellet follow the rocky trail to the right on the beach along the steep hillside until you get to the point. Use caution as there are some cliff areas along the trail. Good hiking shoes or sneakers are recommended for this walk.

Once you’ve enjoyed the views, retrace your steps up the trail.

*There are several hiking trail shown on maps of the region that cross private property. Always double check the trail and follow posted signs.

The start of the hiking trail

Map of the Hike to Cala Murta and El Castellet

Note that many of the trails in the map below are private trails and not open to the public.

Things to Know about Hiking to Cala Murta Mallorca

Where to Park for the Hike to Cala Murta

Park on the Cala Figuera parking lot (by the MA-2210) and walk to the house across the street. There is a lot of signage that makes it confusing whether this trail is open to the public, so make sure to read the updated signage if needed.

The parking lot is relatively big and a bit rough. You may have trouble getting into the lot with a low vehicle.

Best Time of Year to Hike

This area can be hiked all year long, but is best in the spring and fall. The beach is small and while not often visited, it can be crowded with just a few people.

Is the Land Private?

Some of the land leading to Cala Murta is private. Follow all posted signage and stay in the trail.

Is Cala Murta Worth it?

We loved the walk down to Cala Murta and the variety it offered from some of the mountain hikes we did in Mallorca. This is a pretty walk with lots of shade for a hot day. We suggest visiting both Cala Murta and Cala Figuera.

The view back to the beach

Details of our Walk to Cala Murta and El Castello

Dave and I hiked to Cala Murta during an especially warm November day. Since we spent our visit staying in Soller, we took the morning and drove out along the coastline. We walked to the beach right around 12 and spent just over and hour enjoying the hike and taking in the views.

Since we were also visiting Cala Figuera, we decided not to swim at Cala Murta. During our entire visit, we only saw a few other people either on the trail or at the beach. We did see several goats.

Cala Murta and El Castellet

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