Mallorca beach guide

Mallorca has beautiful beaches; long unspoilt beaches in the north such as the bay of Alcúdia and the famous beach of Es Trenc in the south.  However, the island also has many small bays, some of which are difficult to access or may only be reached on foot. In return, the reward is crystal-clear water, fewer crowds and, with a little luck, sea urchins or small fish. If the ground is rocky, as is the case on the west coast, we recommend you wear aqua shoes. Here you’ll find a selection of beaches that are suitable for families with children, bays for romantics and natural, unspoilt beaches with nudist areas. Mallorca has something for everyone. By the way, you will only find deserted dream beaches on Mallorca in the early and late season or in the evenings at sunset in summer.

Beaches Mallorca

Cala Agulla

This pretty sandy beach shaded by pines, is located to the northeast of the island, in the area of Cala Ratjada, next to the Cala Lliteres urbanization. One of the favourites and most popular beaches in the area, you’ll just love the cleanliness of the beach and the tranquillity of its waters. In addition, as the water depth increases gradually, it’s ideal for families with children. Services available include sunbed hire, lifeguard, a beach bar, a restaurant and a moderately priced car park. The presence of rocks on the seabed and the strong Tramontana wind makes the area unsuitable for mooring, the nearest marina being the Club Náutico de Cala Ratjada just 3 nautical miles away.

Cala Mondragó

Cala Mondragó is one of Mallorca’s best Blue Flag beaches. Also known as Caló de sa font de n’Alis, this cove beach of some 75 metres in length has white sand and calm, clear water. Bordered by backed up by pine tress and desert plants, you’ll find a lovely series of paths to wander or find a bit of shade if needed. Just 400 metres you’ll also find Mondragó’s larger, sister beach, Cala S’Amarador. Cala S’Amarador is larger at 145 metres long and is also surrounded by Mondragó Natural Park, full of pine trees and plants. You’ll find a small number of lounge chairs and umbrellas for rent at both Cala Mondragó and Cala S’Amarador. The water remains quite shallow at first and then gets deeper further out. It is generally quite calm and clear. Except for some paddle boats, there are no water sport activities for hire, but it is a perfect place to go snorkeling. Facilities are minimal at both beaches with no showers and only a couple of portable toilets. Families with kids appreciate the calm waters, but you’ll find all range of ages here, from young to old, who appreciate the quiet beauty of the area and lack of loud water sports or music.

Cala Romántica

Also known as S’Estany d’en Mas, this prettly little cove is located on the east coast of the island.  Here, you’ll find several restaurants and shops to complement the perfect day out. S’Estany d’en Mas is the largest of three nice cove beaches in the area including Cala Anguila and Cala Mendina. Though it is quite touristic in peak summer months, particularly among German and British families, S’Estany d’en Mas remains a beautiful beach of about 160 metres long, with fine, white sand and clear waters. Winds can pick up on this side of the island bring small waves and currents which are fun for swimming. You’ll also find sunbeds and umbrellas available for hire and there are showers and toilets. There are not many water sports activities apart from paddle boats. There is a beachfront restaurant and a snack bar at the beach and a couple of smaller cafes further inland on the streets. The beach is protected on the sides by cliffs that are covered with pine trees. There is free parking along the streets and in a small lot at the entrance of the beach. There is a ramp for disabled access and there are places to sit on the edge of the beach with some shade. This is a safe, family-friendly beach with calm waters and a lifeguard on duty during the peak summer months.end of the beach you can see the resort of Cala Romántica. There are sun loungers and parasols for hire, and you’ll also find a variety of beach restaurants. To the right of the beach, there is a three-kilometre hiking trail leading to Cala Varques, one of the most beautiful coves on the island, inaccessible by car.

Cala s’Almunia

S’Almunia is situated at nine kilometres from Santanyí. The name comes from the nearby Cala es Maquer and this rocky sea inlet. This part of the coastline of Santanyí is a jetty eroded by the sea and the wind on the rock, and the few flat areas are used as solarium by the swimmers. The access to the water has to be done by the ramps to introduce the boats into the sea. You will have to be careful because of the presence of slippery green seaweed. Getting there on the seaway on a quiet day needs a good navigator. In s’Almunia there is a depth that ranges from four to five metres on a sandy ground, with some rocks, and a sandbank which you have to keep an eye on. The presence of sea currents and winds from the southeast-east-southwest make anchoring normally impossible. But the beautiful underwater area is very popular amongst divers. The nearest port facilities are located at Port de Cala Figuera de Santanyí, at 2,1 nautical miles. The accessibility by car is easy to s’Almunia. Once you have parked the car for free next to the houses of sa Comuna (at 1,1 kilometres from the beginning of the road that leads to this rocky area, and at half a kilometre from the sea), you have to walk for 200 metres, going down the steep stairs, and turn left to reach this beautiful piece of coast. This problematic accessibility explains the low influx of visitors. No services available, not apt for the disabled.

Platja es Dolç

Following a 5 minute walk, heading east, from Colònia de Sant Jordi, you’ll arrive at the charming little beach of Platja d’es Dolç. Located in a nature reserve, it offers a landscape of wooded dunes, idyllic waters and wonderful views of the distant fishing port and yachting port marina of Colònia de Sant Jordi. Amenities include a beach restaurant, a deckchair and parasol rental service and public toilets. In the depths of the ocean, some 300 metres from the beach and heading for the island of Na Guardis, divers can explore the remains of a Punic merchant ship and a Roman galley at a depth of between two and six metres.

Palmanova – Cala Blanca

Platja de Palmanova, or Cala Blanca, is situated between Punta Nadala and es Carregador. This sandy area forms part of the three beaches of the tourist resort of Palmanova, together with the Son Maties beach and es Carregador. This beach has an extension of half a kilometre and, with its fine-grained white sand and calm waters, is ideal for families with children. You’ll be able to park free of charge in the surrounding area. On being located in a tourist resort, you’ll find all the services and facilities you could possibly need including, restaurants, bars, shops, showers, toilets, lifeguard service and sunbed and parasol hire.

Cala Mesquida

This fine white sandy beach, flanked by an extensive dune system covered with pines and mastics, forms a small cove open to the north; hence exposing it to the Tramuntana and north and northeast winds. This means that when the wind gets up the water can get quite rough and favour the presence of return currents that are a potential danger to bathers. As such, we recommend you take care when with children. In summer this beach is very popular due to its easy access from the urbanization and as such tends to get quite crowded. However, if you head for the right-hand margin of the beach, you’ll find there are fewer people. Services available include sunbed and parasol hire, a bar and a restaurant at the foot of the beach and a lifeguard. There is a parking area just 200 m from the beach, although unfortunately no access for the disabled is available.

You can also hire sports equipment (pedal boats, snorkelling and scuba diving equipment), although you’ll find that there are no watersport designated areas to avoid bothering bathers. In fact, there are restrictions as to the type of activity allowed to preserve the natural environment of the area. This beach is the perfect place to take a dip, stretch out on the sand and relax beneath the Mediterranean sun. If snorkelling or scuba diving are your thing, you’ll enjoy exploring the seabed and observing the wide variety of fish and squid present.  We particulary recommend the area on the right-hand margin of the cove. Don’t worry, if you haven’t brought your own equipment you can hire it. The cove also offers you the possibility of taking a tour of the bay in a pedal boat or an excursion to adjacent coves in kayak. On windy days, the cove provides the perfect setting for windsurf and kitesurf enthusiasts and in the low season when there are fewer people, for surfers.

Playa de Muro – Casetes des Capellans

Es Capellans, Caseta or Casetes des Capellans is situated at two kilometres from the centre of Can Picafort and at 10,2 kilometres from Muro. The name comes from the fact that this piece of coast used to be the centre of small holiday houses for the summer, some of them used by priests (English translation for capellans) of the parish of Muro. Nowadays it is a small village with small houses and sandy streets. This very long sandy area is the prolongation of Platja de Can Picafort and the beginning of Platja de Muro es Comú. Es Capellans is the natural border between both municipalities and is located next to the Parc Natural de s’Albufera. Like the rest of the beaches in the municipality of Muro, the water is transparent, and the swell is moderate or quiet, the sand is fine-grained and golden, ideal for all types of visitors. It has a thick vegetation of bushes and pine wood. Services include sunbed and parasol hire, toilets, disabled access, and kiosks.

Port de Pollença

This highly popular beach, nestling at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains, traces the curve of the entire port. Its promenade, full of shops, apartments and restaurants, is paved and has several wooden walkways facilitating access to the beach for the disabled. As you get further down the beach, the buildings fade; transporting you to an extensive area, shaded by trees, that invite you to take a well-earned rest from the sun and enjoy a picnic. Due to its ample and varied offer, this beach is very popular with families; a few of the services available being sunbed and tiki parasol hire, showers, toilets and changing rooms. Its turquoise-blue waters are generally calm, however at times the north wind can stir them up a little, something which generally attracts a few surfers in search of emotion.

The beach bars spread throughout the entire length of the beach offer a wide variety, either to eat in or take away and on the promenade and side streets you’ll find various styles cuisine catering to all tastes. This beach is also the ideal spot to practice a wide range of watersports and activities such as SUP, banana boats, jet ski, water skiing, windsurf and kayaks. There are also several points where you can hire all the necessary equipment should you need to do so. The beach also has several volleyball courts and a children’s playground.

Son Serra de Marina

Highly popular amongst the locals, Son Serra de Marina is considered, by many, to be the best beach in Mallorca. Practically virgin, it alternates sandy areas with rocky and is flanked by a protected dune system. This beach, with its turquoise clear waters, is ideal for a dip, followed by a relaxing stretch on the sand, particularly towards the right hand side, far from the nearby buildings. The beach’s rough, dark golden sand forms a gentle slope, hence making it ideal for families with small children. However, precaution should be taken when bathing due to the presence of potentially dangerous return currents that could sweep you seawards, and as such particular care should be taken when with children.

There is no sunbed or parasol hire service available, however there is a lifeguard service in the area nearest the village. Certain areas of the beach dispose of showers and toilets and in the part nearest the village you’ll find an access for the disabled. There are 3 beach restaurants, however in the village itself you’ll find a small, but adequate selection of restaurants catering for all tastes.

Popular with snorkel and paddlesurf enthusiasts, you’ll find a point nearby where you can hire all the necessary equipment should you need to do so. Son Serra is also perfect for canoeing and exploring other beaches along the Bahía de Alcúdia and when the wind rises, its the ideal spot for windsurf, kitesurf and even just surf.

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