The best Mallorca beaches won’t be near your hotel. While the chances are that your accommodation is a stone’s throw from a decent beach, if you’re seeking a stunning stretch of sand to spread out your towel, you’re going to have to go further afield. But trust us, these beaches are worth it.
Boasting some 262 or so beaches, it’s a no-brainer as to why Spain‘s Balearic island of Mallorca is one of the most popular European summer spots in the Mediterranean.
And yet when people think of a sun and sand holiday in Mallorca, the first destinations to come to mind are generally the most horrible over-developed beach resorts. What’s with that?
We recommend getting off the beaten track to the more secluded, wild, windswept beaches or the tranquil, aquamarine coves, bobbing with fishing boats. These are our favourites of the best Mallorca beaches…
The Best Mallorca Beaches
Off the Beaten Track Mallorca Beaches
The best Mallorca beaches are the most off-the-beaten track beaches. They’re also the most unspoilt stretches of sand, obviously, because they are the least accessible. Reached by a rough road through a mountain range, some of the most undeveloped and most alluring beaches on the island are Cala Torta, Cala Mitjana and Cala Estreta.
While only a short distance northwest of the lovely Cala Mesquida, the only way to access these lesser-visited beaches is by car from a sign-posted track off the beginning of the Artà to Capdepera road which travels through the Parc Natural de la Peninsula de Llevant. Cala Torta is the most beautiful, with a tiny beach bar. Snorkelling is a must-do at all.
Slightly easier to get to, in the south not far from Santanyi, Cala Mondrago boasts two sandy coves with clear water. Protected by sand dunes, the second cove is quite a walk from the first but is obviously more tranquil.
We also love Es Trenc, a 5km-long stretch of snowy sand, also backed by dunes, that feels more tropical than Mediterranean.
Breathtakingly Beautiful Mallorca Beaches
Far from deserted like the Capdepera beaches, but nowhere near as crowded as the beaches around Palma, Calvia and Pollença, some sandy coves are simply so charismatic that they warrant the extra bit of effort to get to.
Expect slow-going drives along narrow, winding roads, and sweaty walks from the car park to the sand to reach Cala de Deià, Cala de Sa Calobra, Platja Formentor, and Cala Sant Vicenç, four of the island’s most enchanting beaches. These can easily be visited if you do our Mallorca road trip through the Tramuntana.
Their crystal clear waters and spectacular settings make the sticky hikes to these lovelies worthwhile, but note that these beaches still get busy in summer. Travellers to Mallorca don’t seem to mind a bit of exertion if their efforts are rewarded with such breathtakingly beautiful beaches.
Laidback and Charming Mallorca Beaches
These stretches of sand may not be the best Mallorca beaches and certainly aren’t as gorgeous as some of those above. However, they are easier to access and have a laid-back atmosphere year-round, even when busy. They also have a certain character that comes from their low-key style and charming settings.
Cala Santanyí near Cala Figuera, a whitewashed fishing village, is lined with fishermen’s cottages and boathouses, while the bay at another picturesque fishing village, Porto Colom, is dotted with diminutive pine-backed beaches frequented by foreigners renting beach houses here.
The beach at Porto Cristo, near Coves del Drac, gets crowded in summer and has a few fast-food places and souvenir shops on the road above it, but its delightful setting within a small shimmering bay with swimming pontoons surrounded by cliffs is one of Mallorca’s loveliest.
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