The Mallorca (Spain) island has beaches that dreams are made of: expanses of pure white sand, crystal clear azure sea, intimate coves below dramatic cliffs
From sand to gravel to rock to pebble, it's not hard to find a beach to suit all tastes on Mallorca, an island with plenty of things to see and do. Here's a guide to 10 of our favourites sand beaches. Have a look and see which one you like best!
Cala Agulla in the north-east of Mallorca boasts fine, golden-brown sand, perfect for beach games such as volleyball. Surrounded by pine forests and mountains, it lies in a protected area but still has the main facilities such as lifeguards on duty, sunbeds to hire, toilets, beach bars and a restaurant. It is 520 metres long, and averages a width of 50 metres. The sea is crystal-clear and shallow, great for the whole family to swim and play in.
How to get there: It is best accessed from Capdepera, 1.8km away. To get there, you should travel in the direction of Cala Ratjada before turning at the signpost, which takes you to a pay car park.
This unspoilt beach in the south of the island is ideal for families, with mostly fine soft sand, dunes, shallow waters and the main beach facilities. There are some rocky coves with crystal clear water, which makes it popular for snorkelling. You can also take a tour in a boat with a glass bottom, with stops to go for a lovely swim.
How to get there: Despite being tucked away in the south of the island, Mondragó is still relatively easy to get to: by car, bus (about 30 minutes from Cala d´Or) or tourist train (from Porto Pedro, summer months only). Free parking is available.
This is arguably Mallorca's most famous beach. Es Trenc offers almost 2 km of pure white sand and transparent water. In this remote, natural setting, there are still beach facilities such as sunbeds, toilets, restaurants and ramps for the disabled. Children can have a great time playing in the shallow water.
How to get there: Located in the south of the island, Es Trenc is a 15-minute drive from the village of Campos. You can either drive or take a bus. If you drive there from Campos, follow the road to Colònia de Sant Jordi (Ma 6040), until you see the signpost ‘Es Trenc’ on the right, which will take you to a pay car park near the beach.
This northern beach may be 1 km long, but its average width is a mere 8 metres. The turquoise water offers an invitation you can’t refuse. With pine forests and mountains surrounding it, you can relax on the finest white sand, in the shadow of trees overhanging the beach. At the same time, you can make use of good facilities and even rent pedalos or jetskis. To truly disconnect and enjoy maximum comfort during your holiday, you can rent one of Majorca's villas near the beach.
How to get there: The closest village to this beach is Pollença (at a distance of about 6 km). There is a pay car park, although some people choose to park along the road and walk to the beach from there. Alternatively, you can go to Formentor by bus. Another fun way to travel to this beach from Port de Pollença is by boat.
Playa de Muro
Another north-coast beach, this stretch of soft white sand and dunes has many facilities. You have to wade out quite far to get out of your depth, which makes it a very family-friendly beach. The favourable winds and characteristics of the bay make it a great place for water sports, such as sailing, jet ski, paragliding, scuba diving and water ski. Boat trips are also an option.
How to get there: You'll find the Blue Flag Playa de Muro in between the resorts of Alcudia and Can Picafort, and close to S’Albufera natural park. Because of the proximity of the park and pine forest, access is limited to both ends of the beach, the only places with roads nearby. If you go by car, try to go as early as possible in order to find a parking space nearby, especially in the busy summer months (July and August) or on a Sunday. Alternatively, you can go there by bus. The bus stop is located about 100 metres from the beach.
Canyamel is a quiet resort in the north-east of the island, suitable for families with younger children. It is approximately 290 metres long and 80 metres wide and protected by a bay, with mountains and pine forests around it. This natural, Blue Flag beach with fine golden sand and clear turquoise water has no promenade but offers all the main facilities, such as lifeguards and showers. There are a couple of beach bars for those who wish to enjoy the views with a drink. If you are looking for a bit more action, you can rent a pedal boat or even take lessons in water sports, with sailing, surfing or diving to choose from. Or you can simply enjoy the crystal-clear water and go snorkelling between the rocks. After a great day like this out on the beach, you will be happy to relax in the comfort of one of apartments or villas in Majorca.
How to get there: Canyamel is a 10-minute drive from Capdepera. You should be able to find a free parking space. There is also a bus service that takes you there.
Port de Pollenca
Port de Pollença is situated on Mallorca's north-east coast. The fine sand is golden and the water pleasant and calm, as the bay protects it from strong winds. The view is stunning, with the Tramuntana hills in the background. Water sports are popular here, including windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. Apart from good facilities, it offers a very nice promenade, a marina and plenty of bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the relaxed vibe of this family resort.
How to get there: You just travel 6 km east from the inland town of the same name to reach it. You should have no problem in finding a parking space, as you can park in the streets near the beach, free of charge. There is a bus stop at just 20 metres from the beach.
Cala Millor is another sandy white beach with shallow clear blue water. Great for families, it's about 1.8 km long and 40 metres wide. It has developed into a lively resort, the largest on the island's east coast. Apart from all the beach facilities, it has a wide promenade with bars, restaurants and shops. There are plenty of possibilities for entertainment, such as a tourist train, boat tours and all kinds of water sports. It is also great to visit in non-summer months, when you can enjoy its beauty with fewer people around.
How to get there: This beach has easy access by road from all sides. It is located just 3 km from Son Servera. Car parking is available and you can also get there by public bus.
Playa de Alcudia
This beach is located in the north east of the island. It's also one of the resorts which is most popular with tourists and families, because of its many facilities and great size (3.5 km to 8 metres). The water is calm and pleasant, its gentle currents making it a great place to dive, go parasailing, ride water bikes, jet skis, water ski, etc. Staying in one of our holiday homes gives you the opportunity to fully enjoy all these things every day of your Alcudia holidays.
How to get there: You will find Playa de Alcudia just 2 km from the historical town of Alcudia. If you come by car, it is easy to park in the streets behind the beach, except maybe in the busier summer months.
Small is beautiful in this north-eastern haven. The beach of this natural cove is about 350 metres long and 130 metres wide. It is truly picturesque, with white sand and a wooden walkway, as it lies in a protected area with sand dunes and pine trees to the east, and rocks on both ends. There are no high buildings, just a small resort with some shops and restaurants. Cala Mesquida is popular with surfers as the waves are bigger here than at other nearby beaches. Transparent water gives this beach a tropical feel.
How to get there: Cala Mesquida is located near the medieval town of Capdepera. You can catch a bus from there or from Cala Ratjada (5 km to the southeast). There is a car park just 100 metres from the beach. Try to get there early to secure a parking space, especially during the weekend. These beaches will tempt you every day of your holiday in Mallorca, but don’t forget that the capital of La Palma is also worth a visit.