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Cala Gracio and Cala Gracioneta: away from it all

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Where and what?

Just north of San Antonio, if you keep on going after the Sunset Strip runs out, you will eventually Cala Gracio and Cala Gracioneta. They're the first sandy spots after Caló des Moro, and the next beach after the pebbled cove of Cap Blanc, where you'll find the aquarium.

Why go?

These are easily the most picturesque beaches within walking distance of San Antonio, especially Cala Gracioneta. Although easily reached, both are far enough out of the way to feel like a bit of a hidden gem. Once there, you will wonder why you didn't bother venturing out a little sooner.

Things to do

The shallow waters and naturally sheltered coves are ideal for children to frolic around the water and snorkelling is great around the rocks - you could even swim from beach to beach, they're that close. At the very rear of the Cala Gracio beach there is a volleyball net where locals and holidaymakers play. Join in if you fancy getting involved.

For eats, head to the Chiringuito Cala Gracioneta for lunch or an early dinner - try the fresh fish and seafood. All should head to either of these beaches to watch one of the best sunsets around.

How to get there

Cala Gracio and Cala Gracioneta are easily accessible by foot - just don't go at the hottest time of day. You can walk there in around 15-20 minutes from the main tree lined promenade. You can also get the L1 bus at San Antonio's bus station, dropping you off a few hundred meters from the beaches. The extra adventurous, can even trek along the coastline, Make sure you have rugged footwear and drinking water if you do.

Top tip

We particularly like the flattened area by the fishermen's huts at Cala Gracio for a good laying down surface if the beach is crowded. You won't be finding sand in hard to reach places later either.

Words Steve Hunt

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