"Why don't you try Majorca? It's paradise, if you can stand it," wrote the American writer Gertrude Stein to her friend. It was a declaration of love to an island that has multiple sides to it. On the one hand, you have the vibrant metropolis of Palma and many tourist hotspots waiting for guests looking to explore the island. As beyond the big resorts, there's a deserted landscape of vast plains, jagged rocks, green mountains and quiet beaches with few tourists.
This hidden side of Majorca, and the milder climate in the middle of the island, means tourists can make more of their holidays there and pinpoint idyllic spots to stop. Majorca has more than 100 beaches and coves, each with its own character and unique location. Many are located near hotels and provide guests with an excellent infrastructure such as transport links and facilities. Others, for example, can only be found with the help of our guide. In order to discover the untouched, secluded beaches in Majorca, you often have to walk or take the water taxi. But you are rewarded with picturesque, fine sandy beaches, dreamy bays and crystal-clear water.
Beyond the big holiday centres, the serpentine road MA-2141 meanders through the impressive Tramuntana mountains. Even the journey to the Cala Tuent beach is spectacular: past deep valleys and impressive mountain landscapes. Spectacular panoramas await you around almost every corner. Hikers can each the stretch of coast from the Mirador des Barques on a nearly four-hour long tour along the cliffs. After arriving at the bay, the wooded rocks rise in the background and give the secluded beach on the north-western coast of Majorca an idyllic ambience.
The approximately 170 metres long and 30 metres wide strip of sand near the towns of Port de Sóller and Port de sa Calobra is mixed with pebbles. Toilets and parking are available. Thanks to the relaxed atmosphere, those seeking peace and quiet, as well as families with children who can play in shallow water, get their money's worth. Sunscreen and beach chairs must be brought along. Beach bars are not available on this natural beach. However, a terrace restaurant offers local Majorcan specialities.
Cala Llado is a small bay on the Isla la Dragonera. It is an offshore island to the west of Majorca: its 288-acre area is reminiscent of the shape of a dragon. However, the name could also refer to the numerous small, almost tame lizards that live on the otherwise uninhabited island. If you want to visit Cala Llado on La Dragonera, you can drive to the Majorcan ports of Sant Elm or Andratx. After a 20-minute crossing, the pretty cove is about 300 metres west of the harbour.
At the destination you will find an almost deserted bathing area. A lush green of pine forests and shrubs surrounds the bright stone plateaus. Here, lots of colour fish splash around the rock outcrops. And so, it is hardly surprising that snorkelling and diving in crystal-clear water is at the top of the leisure list of many visitors. Since the uninhabited island offers no infrastructure, you should take a day's worth of provisions with you.
On the way from the village of Port de Pollença to the tip of Majorca, the Cap de Formentor, narrow serpentines lead to one of the most remote bays - Cala Murta. A picturesque, dreamy coastal landscape welcomes holidaymaker: green, pine-covered hills generate a beautiful contrast to the emerald-coloured water.
Cala Murta is nestled like a deep fjord in the southern coast of the peninsula, on both sides of which towering cliffs protect this secluded beach in Majorca from wind and waves. In between, there is a 70-metre long and 25-metre wide, light gravel strip. Bathers decide whether they want to rest in the partial shade of the metre-high canopy of the trees or under a parasol. There are no service facilities on the natural beach, but this is the perfect place to relax, swim and snorkel. If you arrive by car, take the road from Port de Pollenca to Cap Formentor and park your car at the car park signposted Possessió Cala Murta. An almost 1.7 km long path leads to the bay on foot. Alternatively, Cala Murta is also accessible by boat.
The sea shines a bright blue, white sand stretches to a dense pine forest, behind this the dunes, overgrown with thistles, junipers and shrubs, stretch into the land. Cala Mitjana, on the north-east coast of Majorca is hidden between the urbanisation of Cala Mesquida and the unspoiled landscape of Cap Farrutx. A wonderfully quiet beach in Majorca within a cove, nestled into the rocks with a length of 100 metres and a width of almost 80 metres. A place full of originality and naturalness, which must not be cultivated due to lack of fresh water. Therefore it is often deserted here, away from any service and entertainment provisions; so every visitor is quickly able to find their favourite spot on the beach. On top of that, bathers can drive right to the beach and park in the shade of meter-high trees.
One of the last insider tips on the Balearic island is Cala Marmols. Due to its remoteness, it is usually only the yachtsmen and boats who stop at the quiet bay. It can also be reached by land: on the main road between Colónia de Sant Jordi and Cala Santanyí motorists follow the Camino del Far of the Cap de Ses Salines. You leave your vehicle at the lighthouse and walk for about an hour along the coast.
The beach is dreamy in the midst of a wild and romantic rock landscape. With a width of only about 40 metres, but a depth of at least 30 metres, Cala Marmols is located at the end of a fjord-like bay on the south-east coast of Majorca. Here there is no service or entertainment, but fine, white sand, which invites you to sunbathe between the marble cliffs and stone plateaus. The sea has a relatively shallow entry and shimmers light turquoise on the shore. Just behind, the water shines intensely blue, and the depth drops quickly by between three and four metres. Those who would like to visit this paradise, should have at least enough to drink and snorkel gear in their backpack.
South of Porto Cristo on the east coast of Majorca, there are several enchanting bays, including the Caló d'es Serral. The turquoise waters sparkle splendidly in the Spanish sunshine and invite you to bathe. The bizarrely shaped rock cliffs are part of the nature reserve Cales Verges de Manacor: its backdrop is sometimes barren and sometimes lush green. Caló d'es Serral can only be reached by boat or on foot. The best way to get to the estate Son Josep de Baix is by car. Then, it's on foot on a trail through the original Majorcan nature. After about one and a half kilometres, the small patch of sandy beach flashes between the craggy rocks. With a width of 6 metres and a depth of 12 metres, the bay is not large, but heavenly quiet and with an unobstructed panorama of the open sea.
Countless olive and almond trees grow on the slopes: about eight kilometres from the charming mountain village of Valldemossa, Cala S'Estaca is nestled into the rocky Tramuntana coast. It is one of the many bays with romantic beaches in Majorca, which are ideal for snorkelling or diving to explore the fascinating underwater world on the coast. But what makes it unique: above the plateaus, the small, rustic stone houses of fishermen on the azure Mediterranean provide for extraordinary impressions.
This unique character already begins upon arrival: if you turn off after the Valldemossa exit onto the serpentine road MA-1131, you can park your car in the designated car park for milestone no. four. From there you continue on the descending footpath Camino de S'Estaca, from where you will enjoy again and again excellent views of the imposing mountain landscape and the endless expanse of the sea. After about a 60-minute hike you will reach Cala S'Estaca. Those who have a bit more time can enjoy the breathtaking sunset at a later hour.
Which beaches in Majorca are still insider tips? For example, Cala Font Celada, located in the middle of nowhere on the north-east coast, is known only to insiders. It scores points with its charming, original landscape and its seclusion. Likewise, this secluded bay in Majorca is an ideal stopover on a hike.
Crystal clear and turquoise shimmering water and fine sand offer the best conditions for a refreshing swim and a long break by the sea. Flat sloping rocks frame the 40-metre-long and 30-meter-wide bathing bay, in the vicinity of which nudists also feel comfortable. Cala Mesquida, the next village, can be reached on foot after three to four hours or after 5 km. Alternatively there is the car park at the Cala Estreta beach: from there it is only a one-hour walk along the beautiful coastal path. Nevertheless, when doing this trip be sure to take plenty of food and water, as well as sturdy shoes and sunscreen.
About 10 km from each of the two resorts: Porto Cristo and Cales de Mallorca, the natural Cala Varques is nestled into the east coast of the island. The approximately 100-metres long and 70-metres wide bay is surrounded by gentle rocky outcrops with shrubs and pine trees.
In between there is a secluded beach which spreads across Majorca, sloping flat into the turquoise blue, crystal clear Mediterranean. Both locals and travellers alike appreciate this bay where nudists and dogs are also welcome. The cliffs on the northern edge are a delightful destination, especially for young people, making them ideal as natural diving towers. No less attractive are the snorkelling passages along the rocky outcrops. On the outward journey, follow the road MA-4014 and park your car on the gravel road. From there it is about a 15-minute walk to the beach over hill and dale.
On the peninsula Cap des Pinar, the beach of Coll des Baix lures you in with plenty of space and tranquillity to relax and sunbathe. It is not even full during the summer peak season. It is best to park your car at the end of Carrer de la Muntaña, behind the Alcanada Golf Club in the resort of Alcudia.
This pristine, secluded beach in Majorca is set within a captivating setting: surrounded by lush green cliffs, the 230-metre long and 50-metre wide bathing area sits amidst breathtaking mountain scenery. Even the way there is an unforgettable experience - and a small challenge: approximately a 45-minute walk through rough, but wild and romantic terrain. Arriving at Coll de Baix, the emerald green sea and the bright sand-gravel mixture compensate for the effort. Our note: Since access to the water is via a steep slope, the bathing pleasure is only recommended for experienced swimmers.