Probably one of the most appealing aspects of Mallorca, and certainly the reason many people travel to this wonderful Island is the beautiful sandy beaches with their crystal clear waters. From tiny, secluded coves to large shop and café lined stretches, these beaches attract thousands of visitors, both tourist and local alike.
Cala d’Or is always a popular choice with many holiday makers and its beautiful beaches are certainly a major contributing factor. Cala d’Or spreads out along a fairly long stretch of coastline and has five beaches situated in small coves, or calas as they are known in Mallorca. These beaches are Cala d’Or, Cala Esmeralda, Cala Serena, Cala Ferrera and Cala Gran.
These beaches are as stunning as they are popular, so during the summer peak it can be a tight squeeze due to their small size. But with the fine white sand, tranquil clear waters and a close proximity to shops, cafes, hotels and a range of water sport opportunities, it does end up being worth it.
Aside from the hotels, many of the Luxury Villas to Rent in Cala d’Or are also located near the beaches many of which are frontline with uninterrupted views out to sea.
These beaches are also perfect for families, especially those with small children. Because the beaches are small it means that parents can relax knowing that children cannot wonder too far. Each of these Cala’s also tend to have a long shallow area before a steady incline into deeper water again meaning children can paddle at the waters edge without getting out of their depth.
Further down from Cala d’Or is the stunning beach Cala Mondrago. Despite its remote location, this beach has become extremely popular due to its beautiful natural setting. The small beach is located in a Cala and is lined on both sides by a pine forest and situated within Mondrago National Park, making it perfect for walking under the shady trees and looking out over the ocean. The sand is silky soft and slopes gradually into clear blue water that is excellent for those who enjoy swimming and snorkelling.
This truly wonderful beach is a gem, one that many visit during the holiday seasons so it can get very crowded and sun loungers are often full if you don’t get there early. There are also ramps for the disabled, lifeguards on duty and a bar and restaurant, meaning there is no need to move far once you have arrived.
Parking is the only downside to this beach, as the car park closest to the beach is very small, so it’s always worth getting there early in the mornings. If you don’t have a car to worry about however, buses are available as well as boats such as the Starfish Glass-bottomed boat, which also stops off at various bays along the East coast.
If Mondrago is too busy for you, then S’Amarador is perfect. This award winning beach can be accessed by following the curved path on one side of the cove’s cliffs and has all the best aspects of Mondrago, if not more, but isn’t as crowded due to it being less easily accessed.
The glorious sandy white beach is small and sheltered, framed by cliffs and pine forests. Sun loungers and parasols are available to rent and there’s a small bar for refreshments too.
The colour of the sea here is truly breath taking and is the perfect place for swimming, snorkelling and canoeing. With many of the surrounding bays being popular with yachts, it’s a great spot to sit back, relax and watch them all go past.
Should relaxing get a little too boring, there are a number of walking trails in the area which are highly recommended and are a great opportunity to explore the coastline and witness the true beauty of this part of Mallorca.
If however, you want a change from the usual sandy white beaches, Cala Llamp Bay near Port d’Andratx is the perfect place. Tucked just around the corner from the port, this Cala is simply stunning, with its calm, crystal clear waters and serene views. The Tramuntana Mountains create high cliffs all around which have formed this quiet crescent bay. Despite its lack of sand, there are still many sunbathing options on the flat stone terraces, so long as you bring your own loungers or lilos. This Cala however, is probably more suited to those more interested in swimming, snorkelling and exploring the rock pools as opposed to soaking up the sun.
If you want a little more luxury, you could always visit the Gran Folies Beach Club. Set adjacent to the stone platform shelves, it offers sun loungers, parasols, a swimming pool and a restaurant. You have to pay to access it, but if you want that extra something in a stunning, tranquil setting then it’s well worth it.
One of most popular beaches in Mallorca is Playa Oratori de Portals, the local beach for Puerto Portals and Portals Nous. With its fine golden sand, clear water and a small Island in the middle of the bay to swim out to, this beach is truly special. You can easily hire sun loungers and parasols, lifeguards are on duty and there’s an area set aside for volleyball.
The best thing about this beach though, and what sets it apart from all others, is the wonderful Roxy’s Beach Bar. Located at the end of the beach on a small rocky platform, this casual, friendly place offers fantastic views of the beautiful bay and the Puerto Portals marina further out. With chill-out music and amazing cocktails, not to mention the special house sangria, this has that Ibiza feel that makes it very popular with both the international crowd and the locals.
These are but a taster of the fantastic beaches on the island, and the vast majority are close to the many hotels and luxury villas to rent in Mallorca, meaning it’s exceptionally easy to visit and experience their beauty for yourself.