The largest island in the Balearics, and with a hefty amount of coastline to play with, it should come as no surprise to learn that Majorca is the perfect place for all sorts of water sports.
Beach holidays have evolved. No more does a trip to the Med mean flopping down on a sun lounger and whiling away the days topping up that tan, people watching, and reading a good book (or two.) Oh no – more and more people are heading to the Mediterranean in search of a more fulfilling and adventurous type of holiday, and what better way to get active abroad than by learning a new (water) sport?
Watch the video below for an intro to water sports in Mallorca.
Read on for our guide to making the most of the warm weather and water in Mallorca.
Best spots: Bay of Pollença, Palma and Alcúdia. Beach Son Serra de Marina near Can Picafort
Head to the north of the island and seek out Mallorca Kiteboarding (Carrer Club Sol-Puerto, 7, 07460 Pollença, Illes Balears, Spain) in the Bay of Pollença for a proper adrenaline rush. Unlike in some parts of the Mediterranean, kitesurfing is not banned in Mallorca, making it the perfect place to ride the waves. There are kitesurf Mallorca schools all over the island for those who’ve never tried this extreme sport before, but anyone looking to go kitesurfing in Mallorca should head to the north. Why? Because it enjoys the lion’s share of ideal weather conditions.
However, Palma and Alcúdia bays are great alternatives thanks to their constant winds. If you can’t make it there, then beaches like Cala Millor, Cala d’Or, Can Picafort (nearby Son Serra de Marina is a known hotspot for kitesurfers and windsurfers) and Magaluf – among others – are all places where you’ll find kitesurfing readily available.
Best spots: Port de Pollença or Port d’Alcúdia
If you fancy some more traditional aquatic adventures – y’know, the ones that involves boats and not a nerve-shredding combination of surfboards and kites – then stick around on Mallorca’s regularly windswept northern coast for some good old-fashioned sailing. If you’re feeling adventurous, stop by Sail & Surf Pollensa (Passeig Saralegui, 134, 07470 Pollença, Illes Balears, Spain)in the Port de Pollença, hire a yacht/catamaran (delete as applicable) and take to the open waters for a different way to see the island.
Outside of Pollença, you’ll find decent sailing opportunities all over the island – Palma, Port d’Andratx, Santa Ponça, Port Calanova, and Port d’Alcúdia are all home to schools where you can learn or develop your sailing skills.
Best spots: Bays of Pollença and Alcúdia
With its reefs, coves, caves and stunning crystal-clear waters, Mallorca is the land of opportunity when it comes to diving in the Balearics. The island’s waters contain some 70 dive sites, and the quality of these reefs, wrecks, caves and underwater nature reserves has earned Mallorca a reputation as one of the best diving destinations in the Mediterranean.
The best Mallorca diving sites can be found in the bays of Pollença and Alcúdia, but you’ll be able to get up-close-and-personal with Mallorca’s underwater residents at spots around the island.
Never so much as looked as a set of flippers before? No worry. If you’ve got time on your hands, you can visit one of the many diving schools in Mallorca for introductory lessons in shallow waters, or for a chance to improve what you already know.
And if you can’t commit to learning how to dive, then there’s always snorkelling. The island’s rocky cala make for great snorkelling spots, and with snorkelling equipment available from many resorts and sports shops, you’ve no excuse
The whole family can enjoy snorkelling, a great way to begin your underwater adventures without travelling too far away from the comfort of the waters’ surface. Many of the tourist shops in the resorts sell any snorkelling gear you need or try a sports shop if you want to invest in some better-quality gear.
Best spots: Port d'Alcúdia and Port de Pollença
You’ve probably seen a flyboard before but haven’t strapped yourself into one. For the uninitiated, it’s a bit like a jetpack, except you’d be wearing oversized boots that shoot water at high pressure through two jet nozzles.
So, where can you try this weird and wonderful water spot for yourself? Head to Flyboard Mallorca (Avinguda de Joan Miró, 327, 07015 Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain) in Palma and strap yourself in for a ride you won’t soon forget. Other flyboard hotspots include Port d'Alcúdia and Port de Pollença.
Best spots: Can Pastilla, Cala Mesquida
Mallorca might not be an obvious destination for surfing, but that doesn’t mean you should disregard it completely. Surfing is still Majorca’s favourite water sport, after all, with tonnes of courses and surf shops available on the island.
If you’re a complete surf novice, learn in the calmer, shallower waters near Palma at Bonaona Surf School (Carrer dels Palangres, 7, 07610 Can Pastilla, Illes Balears, Spain), before trying your newfound surfing prowess at some of Mallorca’s best beaches.
Once again, head to the North of the island for wide-open, relatively crowd-free beaches that – most pertinently to surfers – enjoy consistent breaks all year round. Cala Mesquida is the place to go, but alternative surf spots include Peguera, Playa d'Alcúdia, Cala Major and Ca’n Picafort.
If you’re looking for more Mallorca activities, look no further than our guide to some of the best food on the island. Eating is an activity, after all. We’ve got a few more guides to this brilliant Balearic island as well, from the best beaches in Mallorca to its nightlife capital Magaluf.
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