If it’s the warm weather that draws you to a country like Mallorca, you want to know that you’re going to be able to enjoy the glorious Spanish sunshine. And what better way to do that than to kick back and relax on a beach while you feel the sun on your skin. Plus, with the sand between your toes, there’s no better feeling. Here are 5 of the best beaches in Mallorca.
Did you know that there are over 200 beaches in Mallorca? At least 30 of those are designated as ‘Blue Flag’, which means that the water and sand quality is high but there’s also bathroom facilities, lifeguards and other tourism services close by.
The beaches in Mallorca are a mix of long stretches of golden sand to quiet rocky coves. On the island, the bigger beaches tend to be found in the north and the south. However, there are some quieter ones located further off the beaten track. The east coast is well known for having pretty little coves while the west coast cliff edges that create a rugged mountainous coastline.
Here are some of the most popular beaches to visit in Mallorca.
Surrounded by stunning pine forests and the breath-taking mountains of Llevant Natural Park, there’s no wonder Cala Agulla is named one of the best beaches in Mallorca. Located in the municipality of Capdepera, it is found approximately 80 kilometres from Palma. The sparklingly clean water that shines a glorious light blue perfectly complements the fine golden sand, which is just one of the reasons why Cala Agulla has been awarded Blue Flag status.
Measuring 500 meters long, it is the largest beach on the eastern tip of the island. It is the ideal spot for swimming and other water activities such as stand up paddleboards, kayaks and banana boats. What’s more, there are well-connected paths that make it easy to access Cala Mesquida - a quiet beach resort shaped like a bay that features a long stretch of sandy beach.
Playa de Formentor
Situated in the north west of Mallorca is a lovely narrow beach lined with pine trees. Found on the Formentor peninsula, there’s a stunning backdrop that provides visitors with some of the best views on the entire island. The beach itself is adorned with a very fine white sand while the turquoise blue sea is crystal clear.
It’s found approximately 10 kilometres from Port de Pollenca and stretches along 1 kilometre of the Mallorcan coastline. Also known as Calla Pi, this beautiful Blue Flag beach is long and thin. Thanks to the shallow waters, it means that there are rarely any big waves here, making it the perfect spot to come with young children. It’s also ideal for snorkelling and there are water activities for hire such as paddle boats, windsurfing and SUP equipment.
Cala Santanyí is low key and makes for the perfect place to come and soak up some Spanish sun. The fine white sand and crystal clear water help to make this gently sloping beach found on the south east coast a great spot to come and relax. Part of this Blue Flag beach is overlooked by hotels and villas while an inlet is lined with rocks scattered with pine and juniper trees.
This 130-metre long beach can get quite busy during peak seasons but the clear and calm waters are ideal for snorkelling, paddle boating and kayaking. Santanyí itself is a charming village found around 10 kilometres away from the beach. It’s one of the most authentic and historic locations in south east Mallorca, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Located on one of the most eastern points of Mallorca is a lovely, small and relaxed coastal resort. In Canyamel, the beach stretches just under 300 meters along the coast and is known for being one of the best places to come and escape from the hustle and bustle of it all.
The golden sands of this Blue Flag beach extend from an estuary and wetland at one end to a rocky coastline backed by picturesque pine forest at the other. Although it is relatively isolated, this beach can occasionally receive heavier winds that cause bigger waves. Despite this, it remains a popular spot for people of all ages.
Port de Pollenca
In the north of Mallorca is the sandy beach of Port de Pollenca. At nearly 1.5 kilometres long, the Tramuntana mountains and craggy hills of Formentor surround this Blue Flag beach. This dramatic natural landscape adds to the beauty of this area and helps to make it a place that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
The shady promenade is long and gently falls off, featuring various sections that are dedicated to a wide range of water sports. Because of its location, the water here tends to be quite calm and boasts a deep bluey green colour that glistens beautifully when the sun shines down on it. Northern winds can create choppy waves at times, but this creates the perfect conditions for windsurfing and sailing.