Altitude 7m a.s.l
Just like Lulworth!? ;o) © Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH
Cala Barques is the most popular DWS crag in Mallorca. There are five areas to explore. The first is a short walk along the left side of the bay (looking out to sea), which brings you to an awesome stalactite cave known as the Cova Area. At roughly 14m high, this cave gives you the opportunity to push your limits without risking a huge fall. Further along the cliff are two more caves: left is the Metrosexual Area and right is the Snatch Area. Both lead into a giant grotto, which can also be accessed from the top of the cliff. On the same headland but a bit further over is another cave with a bulging wall to its right. This is the Tarantino Cave, the largest cliff in Barques, which contains some of the most challenging routes on the island. Further on is the impressive Muscles Cave which so far only has one route.
Parking: You can no longer park on the private lane which leads to the metal fence. You must park in the lay-by on the main road and walk down. The private road has boulders placed along it to prevent parking and signs at the entrance as well as a gate where it adjoins the road which can be closed.
The usual informal camping spot for climbers; please make an effort to keep it clean though as it's showing signs of its popularity.
|Visited August 2019 and worth the trouble. The parking shown on UKC map was not accessable, the dirt road was closed with a gate at the main road. All parked 500 m. down the main road, which brings the walk to about 3 km to get to the crag. NOT 15 min as told in the RockFax app, more like 45 min. I don't know if it's open other times of the year.
KennSchneider - 09/Aug/19
|As of 7th October 2017, parking enforcement appears to be in place if parking down the track. You can drive down to drop gear and then one person drive the car back to the road to park. It's worth the extra walk in, what a place! Amazing...
Michael Porter - 08/Oct/17
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