Mallorca’s Best Beaches
From rugged and secluded coves to wide sandy stretches boasting a host of facilities, Mallorca is home to a fantastic range of beaches.
Widely celebrated for its beautiful Mediterranean shores, Mallorca is the perfect escape for sunseekers looking to top up their tans on some of the world’s most picturesque beaches. With over 120 beaches and coves dotted along its coastline, it can be hard to find that perfect slice of paradise. Luckily our guide is here to help narrow down the options.
Occupying a cove framed by rocky cliffs and pine forests, Cala Deià is a small but beautiful shingle beach on the north west coast of the island. Reached by car or on foot from the village, the beach is often frequented by celebrities staying in nearby villas who come to appreciate the glass-like clear blue water and natural beauty of the area. Attracting foodies, the beach is home to one of the best fish restaurants on the island and the inspirational views also draws many artists to the area.
This Caribbean-like beach in the north east part of the island is definitely worth the detour. Backed by dunes, this beautiful sandy stretch of beach is home to one of the biggest seabird colonies in the Balearics. Favoured by surfers, Cala Mesquida can produce good waves and there are several other water sport options available, as well as some small snack bars.
Just a short drive from Santanyi on the south east of the island, Cala Llombards is hidden in a pleasant spot flanked by two rocky outcrops covered in pine woods. With fine sand and shallow water, the beach is great for families but mostly frequented by locals and guests staying at nearby villas. The crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and it is also a good spot for cliff jumping. A beach shack nearby serves delicious cocktails whilst a short stroll up the coastal path brings you to a fantastic viewing point above Es Pontas, an arch-shaped rock in the sea which looks like a man-made bridge.
PLAYA DE FORMENTOR
Located on a mountainous peninsula at the island’s northernmost point, Playa de Formentor is a Blue Flag beach set against a backdrop of pine and oak forest. This long, narrow beach offers white sand and crystal clear waters as well as incredible views from the vantage point of the lighthouse. There are plenty of shady areas for picnics and many great spots for snorkeling. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, the little island of Illot de Formentor is worth exploring. It is also possible to rent pedalos and jet skis and there are several beach bars and restaurants to choose from.
Reachable only by boat or a 15 minute walk on foot, Cala Varques is a postcard-pretty beach about 12 km south of Porto Cristo on the east coast of Mallorca. Quiet and isolated, the beach is surrounded by pine woods, and the white sand and crystal clear waters more than make up for the lack of facilities. There’s a real sense of wilderness here and the surrounding cliffs and rocky coves are popular with climbers.
PLAYA DE MURO
This superb 6 km stretch of fine, golden sand is situated in the north of Mallorca, near the popular resort, Alcudia. This Blue Flag beach has many facilities and its shallower waters close to the shore are ideal for children. Flanked in parts by sand dunes, pine trees and juniper bushes, there are many parts of the beach which are quieter and unspoilt. Often breeze, Playa de Muro is popular for kiting and there many watersports on offer too. It is possible to hire a pedalo or boat or if you feel safer on land, paths lead to S’Albufereta de Pollensa nature reserve, the largest wetland area on the island.
Set underneath the peak of Puig Major, Mallorca’s highest point, Cala Tuent is a lovely stony cove in the north-western part of the island, well off the tourist trail. With mountains and coastline colliding, the beach has a breathtaking backdrop and with crystal clear waters is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There are no restaurants at the beach itself, but plenty above the cove offering spectacular views.
Named after an islet that rests just off shore, S’illot Beach is a quiet cove in the north of the island with crystal clear water for swimming and snorkeling. Sheltered by pine trees, the beach has a low key vibe and with no sunbeds, parasols or lifeguards, a very un-touristy feel. There are plenty of paths among the trees that are popular with hikers too.