There are 262 different beaches on Mallorca with 25 of them flying the Blue Flag. We think that there are a few of these beaches that 'stand out from the crowd' and require a special mention and each month we will post nine of our favourites on this page.
Cala Varques is one of the loveliest beaches on Mallorca’s east coast with an unspoiled white-sand beach and deep turquoise sea. The beach is nearly 100m long and is classed as being a wild beach; which means there are no services or facilities. With a 100% natural cove including caves, Cala Varques is picture-postcard-perfect and due to its relative remoteness, it is not swamped by too many tourists. The beach has a relaxed and laid-back vibe to it and is framed by low, rocky cliffs and pine trees. It is not child-friendly due to the depth of the water and lack of facilities but is very popular with couples looking for a quiet beach day and it is also popular with naturists.
Cala Tuent is a tranquil emerald-green cove beach shadowed by the majestic mountain of Puig Major in the northwest of Mallorca located halfway between the towns of Sóller and Pollensa. The pebble and shingle beach has spectacular views and is around 100m long with crystal clear sea water that is either light green or blue depending on the season and sunlight. Cala Tuent is located close to the neighbouring beaches of Cala Sa Calobra and Torrent de Pareis but is much quieter because tourist buses do not stop there and also because it is not particularly suited for young children. The beach consists of hard pebbled sand and there are zero facilities on-site, you should bring your own food and drinks >
Es Trenc is the largest undeveloped beach on the island and also one of the best known beaches and runs for 10km along the south of the island. The beach is a perfect example of how pretty the Mallorcan coast was prior to over-development and has long stretches of pristine white sand, Caribbean blue waters, wild beauty and soft sand dunes. A major draw for visitors is the water; which is shallow and calm with just the occasional wave. The location is also attractive because the beach is backed by a 1500 hectare natural wetland called Salobrar de Campos, which contains the salt flats, ‘Ses Salines’, a small lake and an abundance of birds.
The closest beach to Palma is at Ca'n Pere Antoni; which starts just beyond the cathedral. It is a golden, sandy beach that is very popular with the locals and visitors who are staying in Palma and fancy a quick dip in the sea. With Palma Cathedral as a backdrop, the beach has incredible views, it also has a Blue Flag award for cleanliness. Being located in Palma, the 750m long and 15m wide beach can get very busy during the summer season so the advice is to get there early to claim your piece of sand. If it is too busy, don’t worry, there is another beach just 1/2km further along at Portixol. You’ll find everything that you need there including toilets, showers, lifeguards, sunbeds and parasol hire plus a good selection of bars and restaurants including two beach clubs; which provide top-notch food and entertainment.
Cala Deià is a small, picturesque shingle beach framed by the stunning Tramuntana mountains and located on the northwest coast of Mallorca. The rocky, rugged beach has very clear 6m deep waters and is only around 70m long. The tiny cove beach is mostly made up of large rocks and small pebbles with glistening rock pools and great views. It has two restaurants; which both provide local cuisine such as tapas, paella and an assortment of fish. Located just outside the beautiful village of Deià, the beach is very popular with locals and visitors and is a favourite destination for artists. It is not unusual to see the occasional celebrity on the beach. Cala Deià is an ideal location for swimming, snorkelling and diving due to the crystal clear waters; however there are no equipment rental facilities on the beach >
Oratori is simply a great beach and the Editor’s favourite. You couldn’t wish for a better location, right next to glamorous Puerto Portals with its numerous bars, cafés & restaurants & home of probably the best beach bar on the island, Roxy's Beach Bar. Oratori is a Blue Flag beach located between Puerto Portals and the small community of Bendinat in the southwest of the island. The beach is very popular with the younger crowd due to its proximity to Portals and the associated foodie and nightlife scene. The beach is also popular with families because of the superb nearby amenities and facilities. You’ve got 250m of golden sand, clear blue seas and even an island to swim to should you find the energy to do so. Facilities include sun loungers and parasols, showers and toilets and lifeguards.
The Blue Flag spacious beach Cala Marcal is located on the eastern coast of the island 1km south of the marina and village of Portocolom. The 500m beach lies within a beautiful well-protected bay with rocks on both sides, fine white sand and clear waters. It is very popular, particularly during the summer months when it can get quite crowded. Cala Marcal is ideal for families. The soft sand slopes into the sea; which is shallow and deepens gradually providing lots of space for the kids to swim and play. On the beach, you will find all of the facilities you could need such as sun lounges, parasols, showers and toilets and during the summer peak season, the beach is also supervised by a lifeguard. There is also one large beach bar serving a good assortment of drinks and snacks.
Sa Colobra is a well-known remote beach on the west coast of Mallorca situated a short walk away from the incredible rocky river gorge, ‘Es Torrent de Pareis’. It is a small and undeniably attractive white-pebble cove with blue-green crystal clear water and is one of the most famous spots on the island. There are two beaches in the cove, the first one is small and stony and is not the beach that everyone comes to see, that can be found by taking the paved path on the right-hand-side; which takes you through a short and narrow tunnel. If you are planning to stay at the beach for a while, you’ll need to bring along some things to make you comfortable as there are no facilities there including a lifeguard. You will find bars and restaurants back at Sa Calobra where you will also find public toilets and first aid.
Cala Llombards is a beautiful petite cove defined by rough rock walls and framed with pine trees. With its sandy beach, turquoise waters and red cliffs it truly is a picture-postcard setting. The secluded cove beach is located in the southeast of the island close to the small village of Es Llombards and around 10km from the handsome inland town of Santyani. Just 55m long but nearly 150m deep, Cala Llombards is not a big beach but it is truly beautiful. It is surrounded by steep cliffs and has rocky areas, pine trees and bushes plus soft white sand and really crystal clear water; which is ideal for snorkelling. With the exception of those who live or rent in the surrounding area, the beach is not well-known and therefore it escapes the tourist crowds.