BEST BEACHES IN MALLORCA
DISCOVER THE BALEARIC BEACHES DREAMS ARE MADE OF…
In recent years, Mallorca has taken on a new, glamorous style – five-star hotels are replacing budget accommodation and the beautiful island of white-sand beaches and soaring mountains is becoming one of the Mediterranean’s most chic holiday destinations, attracting avid sun-seekers, yacht-residing glitterati and cultural enthusiasts alike.
With this guide to the best beaches in Mallorca you’ll be basking on the Balearic beach of your dreams in no time.
As the largest of the Balearic Islands, it boasts miles of intriguing coastline, from stark and imposing cliff faces to seemingly endless stretches of powder white sands so if you’re looking for the perfect place to set up your sun lounger this summer, look no further than Mallorca. With this guide to the best beaches in Mallorca you’ll be basking on the Balearic beach of your dreams in no time.
1. CALA LLOMBARDS
A petite cove on Mallorca’s southeast coast, the white sands of Cala Llombards are framed by pine trees and rickety boatsheds, perched atop rough rock cliffs. A beach-hut bar and sun loungers shaded by palm-leaf umbrellas make it all too easy to lose days lounging blissfully by this beach. The view is soul-satisfying – turquoise waters, a sandy beach and the reddish rocks of the cliffs that lead like a promenade towards the sea. Sick of your sun lounger? Why not go snorkelling in the clear water or walk around the coast towards Cala Santanyí.
2. CALA D’OR
Considered one of the top-drawer spots to weigh anchor in the Balearics, this is a popular haunt for locals and visitors. Spend the day sunning yourself in one of Cala d’Or’s stunning sandy coves before wining and dining in the bustling bars and restaurants lining the marina. The pine fringed cove is a great spot to take a shallow dip in the turquoise waters and bask in the sun from the white sands or on the warmth of the rocky cove.
3. CALA DEIA
The beach at Cala Deià is a mixture of sand, shingle and, well, rock stars. When you hear A-listers are heading to the Balearic beaches, this is where they come to bask. A world away from the bustling towns in the south, Deia is a gorgeously quaint part of the island’s west coast. With clear waters and rock pools this is one of the few beaches on the west coast. Located 10 kilometres from Sóller, between Punta de Son Beltran and Sa Pedrissa, these turquoise waters are just too enticing. The snorkelling here is impressive, with swimmable tunnels and fish-filled caves all waiting to be discovered underwater and if you fancy a break from beaching yourself, take a stroll and see if there’s anyone famous on those yacht moored by the jetty.
4. PORT D’ALCUDIA
Earning a place on the list of The World’s Best Beaches in 2012, on a trip to Port d’Alcudia you’ll discover a long stretch of white, fine sand on which to park your parasol and bliss out. The largest resort on the north coast of Mallorca, this beach stretches between Playa de Muro in the south, to Xara in the north. It’s completely and fully serviced with lifeguards, Red Cross, toilets, showers, sun lounger hire and has a wealth of bars and restaurants too. The palm trees at one end of the beach give a tropical feel to the place with the soft sea breeze and even softer sand creating an ideal place to cool down and chill out.
5. PLAYA DE MURO
On the north coast of the island near the resort of Alcudia, a 60km drive from Mallorca’s international airport in Palma, Muro is a never-ending stretch of fine, golden sand, flanked in parts by dunes and juniper trees. This blue-flag beach is perfect for swimming and the shallow waters are safe for younger children, who will love playing in the dunes. Neatly sandwiched between Alcudia and C’an Picafort, this is a great way to escape the crowds in the busy resort towns. You can hire a pedalo, try all sorts of watersports or take a boat trip. It’s often a bit breezy, so good for kiting too. If you need a bit of peace and quiet, paths lead to the Albufera nature reserve, which is the largest wetland area on the island.
6. PLAYA DE FORMENTOR
An unforgettable destination in the North of Mallorca; With its crystal clear waters and soft white sand, Playa de Formentor is absolutely breathtaking in a way usually reserved for the most unspoilt secret spots. Hardly what one would call a secret though, this beach tops most tourist lists and as such is packed full of amenities. The trip along the stunning, mountainous peninsula to Formentor offers some of the best views on the island. After winding up into the craggy hills of the Serra de Tramuntana you’ll arrive to a beautiful cove with extraordinary views over Alcúdia.
7. ES TRENC
There are so many stunning stretches of golden sand in Spain, that to pick one as the county’s best beach would be tough. But Es Trenc, in the south of Mallorca is a strong contender for the coveted title. Its long stretch of bright sands and clear turquoise water alludes more to the Caribbean than it does to the Balearic Sea. As it’s not part of a resort, you won’t find a concrete backdrop to this secluded gem, but a protected area of sand dunes and wetlands. What the beach lacks in depth is easily made up for in width, and the shallow shore stretches out for some way to the anchored boats bobbing in the distance, making it great for children. Walk a little off the beach and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch – the red shrimp are a speciality here. Wall-flowers, or anyone who values their modesty best be careful, certain parts of the beach have been frequented by nudists for years, so you may bump into someone strutting their stuff.
8. PLAYA DE PALMA
Despite being one of the hotspots, Playa de Palma remains one of the nicest, most accessible and most popular beaches on the island. The gently sloping beach, the clear water and the wide choice of activities are the perfect mix for a delightful day on the beach.