Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. It’s blessed with countless stretches of sandy beaches, making this island a favourite getaway and one that we’ll soon be exploring for ourselves.
From stone and rocks to silky golden-brown sand, it won’t be hard to find a beach to suit our tastes. In advance of our upcoming trip, I’ve circled a few of our picks.
1. Caló des Grells
This secluded beach is probably the closest to Palma’s city centre which will make it handy to get to for this couple. You access the beach by a small flight of wooden stairs. It opens to a small cove of stone and rocks located at the end of ‘Paseo Maritimo’ towards Andratx. It offers a stunning view where sea, city and mountains all meet together. We’re not fans of stone beaches but it’s apparently quiet and less crowded with tourists which makes a great option.
2. Cala Agulla
You can trade the stoney beach of Caló des Grells for the finer, golden-brown silky sand of Mallorca’s north-east coast. Cala Agulla lies in a protected area surrounded by pine forests and mountains. Here you’ll find lifeguards on duty, sunbeds to hire, restrooms, beach bars and a restaurant. And of course, crystal-clear shallow water.
3. Cala Mondrago
Located in the south east corner of Mallorca, Cala Mondrago is considered to be one of Mallorca’s most prized beaches. The calm, clear turquoise water (great for snorkelling) is surrounded by fine soft sand dunes, pine forests, beautiful coastline and rocky coves. Sun loungers and parasols are available to rent as well as a bar and restaurant and washroom facilities.
4. Port de Pollença
Port de Pollença is a quiet and beautiful resort area located on the north-east coast. The beach offers fine golden sand and calm clear water and it boasts a stunning view of Tramuntana hills in the background. Sun loungers and parasols are available to rent. There are lots to see and do with a marina, plenty of bars and restaurants as well as a few exclusive hotels. It would be very easy to spend an entire day here.
5. Cala Comtessa
Another very popular beach and close to Palma is Cala Comtessa. You can access it easily from Palma by bus, line 3 towards Illeta. It stops on the hill some 200 meters from the beach. It’s a small white sand beach with crystal waters and facilities like bathrooms, showers and a chiringuito (beach bar). It also offers sunshades and sunbeds during high season.
6. Cala Millor
Cala Millor is a gorgeous resort town sporting one of Mallorca’s finest beaches. Although it’s a bit of a hike from Palma (about 70 km), the drive there will be worth it. You can spend the whole day enjoying the white sandy beach and shallow clear turquoise water. If you like walking the beach, this is the place as it stretches almost 2 kilometres. In the evening you can enjoy the traffic-free promenade with a variety of shops, restaurants and bars.
7. Playa de Alcúdia
Alcúdia beach is the king of all the beaches in Mallorca. Actually it’s the largest beach of all the Balearic islands. It’s fluffy white sand stretches 7 kilometres from Port d’Alcúdia along a ‘golden mile’ of hotel-backed coastline. It boasts a wide range of facilities from beach bars, restaurants, public washrooms, showers, sunbeds, parasols and even WiFi connection.
8. Illetas Beach
Illetas is a small resort just 9 kilometres south-west of Palma in a sheltered bay. The beach is small compared to most, with a length of around 100 metres and 50 metres deep. You can expect soft golden sand and crystal clear water. It boasts a wide range of facilities from beach bars, restaurants, public washrooms and sunbeds and parasols are available to rent.
9. Cala Mesquida
This beautiful small beach in the island’s north-east is set in a natural cove about 350 metres long and 130 metres wide. Transparent water here gives the beach a tropical feel, but it’s the waves that attract the surf crowd. There are no high buildings in the area, just a small resort with a few shops and restaurants.
10. Palma City Beach
This is the closest beach to the city centre of Palma at Ca’n Pere Antoni. Obviously this beach is very convenient if you’re staying in Palma and you’re looking for a quick beach stop. The views of Palma Cathedral from here are stunning. The beach may be small, 750 metres long by 30 metres deep, but it offers silky fine sand and clear warm water, so who’s complaining. Washrooms are available and you’ll find a few bars and restaurants at the eastern end of the beach.