Like much of the Balearics, the beaches in Majorca can be neatly categorised into spacious sandy beaches or secluded calas (‘rocky coves’). The choice is yours!
Blessed with around 300 days of sunshine every year (commiserations to anyone who’s had the misfortune of visiting during one of the other 65 days), Majorca is unsurprisingly a hotspot for sun-seekers looking to top up their tan whenever, wherever. Majorca has some 200+ beaches, with over 30 boasting Blue Flag status, so you won’t be short on places to enjoy the island’s extensive, picturesque coastline.
Let’s start with one of Majorca’s calas, shall we? The protected Caló des Moro
on the island’s south eastern corner is one of the most picture-perfect coves on the island, light on visitors and endowed with gorgeous, glistening waters. A small beach, Caló des Moro
is better for swimmers rather than sunbathers. The private foundation which has been looking after it describe it as ‘one of the last paradises of Majorca’. They’re not wrong.
Cala Mondragó is another protected spot, located on Majorca’s east coast. A spectacularly sandy double bay, Cala Mondragó is worth a visit if you’re particularly fond of stunning natural surroundings, impossibly turquoise sea and fine white sand. So, that’s pretty much everyone, right? One of Majorca’s Blue Flag beaches, it’s a great choice for anyone bringing the little ones along with them.
Head to the north of the island for one of Majorca’s most remote, relatively crowd-free (outside of peak season) beaches – Cala Mesquida. This bay enjoys wide-open views and crystal clear waters, and a small resort with several shops and restaurants to ensure there’s always a bit of a buzz. Another protected beach in Majorca, Cala Mesquida is home to some rather unusual wildlife in the form of a gull and cormorant colony, as well as a family of roaming goats… be careful not to leave any sandwiches unattended or they might be gone before you know it!
Also found on the north side of the island is Playa d’Alcudia, a Blue Flag, white sand beach located in one of the island’s biggest resorts. Port d’Alcudia is one of Majorca’s most popular tourist destinations, and its this beach alone that’s responsible for the resort’s popularity.
If you’re looking for a white sandy beach with plenty of space to relax, then look no further. As the largest beach in the Balearics, it has 7km of sand on which to sip cocktails and soak up the sun. The end closest to the resort is where you’ll find most of the beach’s facilities… and crowds. Head towards Playa de Muro for a much quieter experience.
Want something closer to the city centre? The Balearic capital doesn’t disappoint. It’s big, it’s brash and it’s busy, but Playa de Palma is the perfect place for getting your beach fix when staying in Palma – it’s within comfortable walking distance from the centre of town.
With recent investment bringing fresh facilities, shops, beach bars, hotels, water sports and an attractive promenade, this place has it all. A visit to this stretch of sand might not make for the most relaxing day at the beach, but it’ll be plenty of fun.
At the other end of the Majorca busy-beach spectrum is Playa Es Caragol, because this remote patch of golden sand at the southernmost tip of the island is one of Majorca’s least visited beaches. Once you’ve parked up by the Cap de Salines lighthouse (stick around for some good photo ops), walk along a sandy and often rocky path to reach the beach. It’s a bit of a mission, but you’ll be rewarded with a practically unspoiled beach complete with rolling dunes and spectacular sea views. Oh, and the water is – as you might expect – a brilliant shade of blue, perfect for both swimming and snorkelling. There aren’t any facilities here, and the lack of crowds will have you feeling like a castaway. Escapism doesn’t get much more beautiful than this.
Playa de Muro is located next door in the beautiful bay of Alcudia. It is here too that lovers of beach activities get their money's worth. Whether you're surfing, playing volleyball, diving, banana boating or sailing, Playa de Muro has it all.
One of the most enchanting beaches – not only in Majorca, but throughout Europe - is Playa Es Trenc. Between the small fishing village of Sa Rapita and the holiday village of Colonia de Sant Jordi runs the dream beach of about 2.5km. It exudes an almost Caribbean atmosphere, which is due to the wide dunes and the cream-coloured sand. In addition to the beach, the hinterland is now under conservation.
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