Spain Guide


Mallorca Beaches

Mallorca has more than 70 beaches from wide, sandy bays packed with tourist facilities to tiny rocky coves only accessible on foot or by boat. Go banana riding at Magaluf or seek out a fresh fish restaurant in one of the tiny coves untouched by tourism.

Explore the coast by catamaran or marvel at the multi million pound yachts moored in some of the world's swankiest marinas.

The main tourist beaches offer every kind of water sport and leisure activity imaginable beach volleyball, water ski ing, jet ski ing, windsurfing, parasailing and much more besides.

The major twin resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova, on the island's south west coast, have long fine sandy beaches with a vast range of activities to tempt you to part with your money.

There's a full range of watersports, glass bottom boat trips and countless shops, bars and restaurants along the wide seafront promenades.

The two areas more or less merge into one with the official dividing point being the rocky headland which juts out between the two beaches.

Palma Nova is the quieter of the two, with less high rise hotels and more traditional Spanish restaurants than you'll find on the Magaluf promenade which is awash with burger bars, pizza joints, fish and chips and Kentucky Frid Chicken.

You'll find other long, sandy beaches well served with tourist facilities around the island including the busy beach of Alcudia in the far north. The tourist centre of Alcudia is a bit like Blackpool but the port area is in a lovely setting and offers many excellent restaurants.

If you're staying in this area, take a trip out to Platja de Coll Baix a stunning, remote and completely unspoilt pebble beach surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of rocks. UFO fans say there's an underwater base just off the coast here which may explain the many unusual sightings in the area!

Puerto de Andratx, at the south west tip of the island, is virtually untouched by the package holiday market and attracts millionaire "yachties" who favour the unspoilt beaches along this stretch of the coast. The beaches of Camp de Mar and San Telm are surrounded by pinewoods and benefit from the shelter of Dragonera Island.

Some of the best secluded coves and beaches are to be found along the east coast. Es Trenc, on the south east coastline, is one of the best preserved beaches in Mallorca thanks to a fierce campaign by environmentalists who have fought to have it protected by law. Here you'll find three and a half kilometres of powder fine sand surrounded by woodland.

Platja de Formentor at the northern tip of the island is a wonderfully unspoilt paradise of sand, stretching for one kilometre and fringed with virgin pinewoods. You can reach it be road along the Cabo Formentor peninsula or by ferry from Puerto de Pollenca.

Luxury motor cruisers, yachts and catamarans are available to hire for exploring some of the most remote corners of the island.

From the harbour at Colonia St Jordi, at the south east tip of Mallorca, you can take a boat trip out to the archipelago of Cabrera which has been declared a National Maritime Territorial park. Visit some wonderful, unspoilt beaches and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Blue Grotto on your return journey.

The wealth of marine life here makes the area a magnet for scuba divers and snorkelers. Diving clubs and schools are dotted around the coastline offering excursions to various dive sites including underwater caverns and wrecks.