More than 50 km of paradise. They are part of the 500 km of coastline that outlines the island. With crystalline waters, some with rocks, others with fine white sands, in total, Mallorca has 262 beaches ideal for disconnecting and enjoying the pleasant warmth of the Mediterranean.
All are beautiful but there are some that will capture your heart and stay in your memory forever. Here is a short list of the essential coves to visit:
Caló des Moro.- Until a few years ago it was one of the secret coves where only the locals visited, specifically the neighbours from the neighbourhood. It is only 6 km from Santanyí and so small that if you don’t get there early it is nearly impossible to find a space. Actually, it is just a narrow channel that ends in a high slope from which you can admire the beautiful turquoise waters. It is a very quiet cove, without waves and protected from winds and currents. It is difficult to access since we have to descend the slope, a matter that is made far more difficult if you are carrying all the beach toys. In this case, remember: less is more.
Caló des Moro, Picture by Morfheos
Portals Vells.- Located on the west coast of Mallorca, this is a quiet beach with a family atmosphere to which both locals and tourists come. It has a small beach bar where you can enjoy a meal (always better to book, especially in high season) or snacks and an aperitif. The sand is fine and its waters are almost always calm and crystalline, the perfect place to spend the day with the children.
Playa Formentor.- Enjoy this picture postcard that is also one of the best beaches in Mallorca. Away from the areas of mass tourism, facing the bay of Pollensa and surrounded by vegetation and beautiful pine forests. This cove is highly recommended if you want a combination of sun and shade and if you are looking for some privacy and tranquillity as it is never overcrowded. The best way to get there is by car, which can be left in a nearby car park (for a fee).
Playa Formentor, Picture by Rodrigo Gómez Sanz
Son Serra de Marina.- One of the great wonders of the north of Mallorca. Its beauty and tranquillity is spectacular. Surrounded by a coastline with small villages dotted along it, not far from Can Picafort and located a little further east is the famous Playa de Muro. Often you can find the seaweed Posidonia accumulated on its shoreline, which is the reason why the waters of Mallorca are so crystal clear and have that immaculate turquoise blue colour. Parking is easy to find and it offers fine sand, perfect for spending the day sunbathing.
Cala Varques.- Famous amongst the youngsters and psicobloc lovers since here there are ideal cliffs for climbing. It usually fills up with people in high season but that does not detract from its charm. To get there you have to leave the car on the access road and then enter through a path between fields until you reach the sea. The cove is small in size but its waters are crystal clear and the atmosphere is always lively.
Cala Varques, Picture by Morfheos
Cala Llamp.- Very close to Andratx, this beautiful cove is formed by large sheets of rock that enter the sea, creating a kind of natural pool where you can spend a day of absolute relaxation. To get to this cove, you have to enter through a beach club that is located right on the waters edge, here you can eat or simply have a sunset dip and enjoy a cocktail.
Es Trenc.- Although its fame has turned it into a tourist trap it still retains its magic. One might believe you if you said that it was not on the island of Mallorca but rather a beach located somewhere on the Caribbean. Its sands are incredibly white and its seabed so deep that you will not need to walk a long way out to sea until you are completely submerged. Its turquoise colours dazzle all those who visit. Furthermore, it’s sunsets are unique.
Es Trenc, Picture by G.E.O.R.G.E
Cala Torta.- With its neighbours Cala Mitjana and Cala Estreta this area is a true paradise. Three untouched coves located in the northeast of the island, next to the famous Natural Park of Llevant. Surrounded by nature, far from hotels, houses and buildings of any kind. It is not easy to access but it is worth it if you want to disconnect from the world and enjoy again the authentic beauty of Mallorca.
Cala Deià.- It is just as charming as the town, this cove is one of the best picture postcard examples of the Mediterranean. Small, quiet and semi-circular, surrounded by beautiful cliffs that protect it from the winds, it is also one of the most symbolic places located along the Serra de Tramuntana. It has a lively beach bar with a great atmosphere where you can eat and drink. The beach may be pebbled but it is still comfortable as the seaweed that accumulate on the shore forms a comfortable mattress on which you can sunbathe.
Cala Deià, Picture by Xisco Órtiz
Son Verí Nou.- Beyond the Playa de Palma to the south, in the municipality of Llucmajor, you will find this residential area that has the fortune of being on a coastline full of small coves. These are often the favourites of the Palma locals and all the neighbouring towns, as they offer clean water unlike many of the more popular beaches. In addition to its crystal clear waters, you can see one of the best sunsets on Mallorca from the Tramuntana, just opposite.
Sa Calobra: This cove surrounded by two cliffs of more than 200 metres in height stands out for its beauty and its crystal clear waters.
It is located in the Tramuntana mountain range, at the mouth of the Torrent de Pareis (in Mallorca there are no rivers, there are only gorges) and although it is a cove which is incredibly difficult to access, it is one of the most spectacular on the island. It can also be reached by boat from the Port of Sóller or by car through the winding road that descends from the Tramuntana.
In addition to parking, this beach has restaurants. The pedestrian tunnel, which you have to walk through to access the cove, has incredible views, just another reason not to miss this cove.
Sa Calobra, Picture by Morfheos