Sometimes crazy ideas become a great experience.
Last year (2015) I went to a really beautiful place, and I think it would be rather selfish if I don’t talk about it. So today I’m going to share this experience with you. This place is a small cove with a difficult access but very nice. If you look for this place in Googlemaps, the name will be Cala Fonda but is known as Cala Waikiki. It’s a nudist and quiet cove, placed in the province of Tarragona, in The Costa Dorada. It’s very small and hiden so you should know where it is if you want to go there.
I went there with my friend Patricia, with whom I found out this nice place because of a photo in Instagram. We really liked it and we thought it will be a good idea to camp overnight. So one Friday, we put all the stuff that we needed into the car and we went there to spend a day and a night at the beach.
¿How to get there?
If you are in Barcelona is possible to arrive there taking the AP-7 or C-32, and you’ll spend about half an hour (both are toll roads). ADVISE: There’s a free road, N-340, but it will take a bit more than half an hour.
If you’re travelling from Tarragona it will be easier and you’ll arrive there in 20 minutes taking the N-340.
The cove is located in the Marquesa’s forest, this mean that you’ll have to leave the car a bit further from the beach and walk. We wanted to spend the night at the cove and we thought it would be safer to leave the car in a free residential area. There’s a map below with the exact location where we parked.
There are two campings, one on each side of the forest.
From the Camping Torre de la Mora (the area where we parked) you have to follow a path to the north until you arrive to an entrance which is on your left side. Be careful once you’ve started the route because there are lots of paths and it could be messy. You’ll reach the cove in half an hour, unless you get lost, as it happens to us. However, the paths are not to difficult to follow and they’re well-marked.
On the other side (west side) there is Camping Las Palmeras, where is also possible to leave the car. Then you have to follow the path through the forest that reaches the cove.
If you’re in Barcelona, the easiest way to go there is taking a train to Tarragona (Price: around 15€ and 20€) and then take the bus number 12 (I explain it below). But, if you don’t have a car, I recommend you to go to other nice beaches and coves near Barcelona. Furthermore, here you have the Renfe’s website, the official train’s company in Spain, then you can check both, the price and timetable.
If you’re in Tarragona, is easier and faster . You can get the bus number 12 in the city centre and then you’ll have two options: the first one is stopping at Mas Rabassa, that is just in front of Camping Las Palmeras, and walk for half an hour to the east through the camping and the forest. The second option is stopping at La Mora and walk to the west to the entrance that I already explained above (it takes a bit more than half an hour).
Some interesting information about the cove:
- Difficult access. The access is quite complicated because, after the paths, you have to walk down a slope full of rocks and trees. I don’t recommend it for those with reduced mobility.
- It’s a nudist beach. This doesn’t mean that you must go naked, but you’ll probably see some nudist.
- There’s another cove close by, called Playa de la Roca Plana. You can arrive there walking along the paths that are in the forest. It’s smaller than Cala Waikiki but it’s also beautiful. If you’re coming from the east, you’ll see this cove first, but I recommend you to reach Cala Waikiki, it is worth it.
- There aren’t bars of any other service because is a natural beach.
For the ADVENTUROUS ONES, in this area there is a bit of the famous Cami de Ronda, from Tarragona to Altafulla. This path is 2km long and goes from Playa Larga to Punta de la Mora, passing by Cala Fonda (Cala Waikiki) and Playa de la Roca Plana (the other small cove). The starting point could be both from the east and from the west and runes along the coast. You’ll spend about half an hour from one side to another, or a bit more if you stop to enjoy the views.
I know it’s so difficult to appreciate this beautiful cove just with the photos, so here you have a video that we made when you went there:
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