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Paradise Found: Best Beaches in Palma de Mallorca

Discovering the best beaches in Palma de Mallorca is a nature-imbued adventure for lovers of white sandy beaches and transparent water. With locations featuring coves and blue, crystal-clear waves, the authentic essence of the Mediterranean awaits. During a trip to Mallorca, the heritage and charming scenery of this paradise-like Balearic island are must-see attractions.

Begin your journey at the Hotel Boutique Posada Terra Santa in Palma de Mallorca’s old town, ideal for exploring the best coves and the 7 best beaches. Whether you opt for Luxury Suites, Samaritana Suites, or a Countryside Villa like Mallorca Son Catxo, these accommodations offer all the amenities for a perfect Mallorcan holiday.

Utilize the map of the best ones to get your bearings while staying at a city hotel. From super crowded spots to little secluded beaches, each day by the beach promises sun, sand, and sea. The weather in mid-May and early October is ideal for swimming in warm water without the intense summer heat.

Renting a car allows you to explore the secluded beaches with ease, following the beach signs around Palma. My personal picks include a sunset catamaran cruise that’s definitely on my to-do list for an amazing experience.

Playa Del Mago, The Essence Of The Mediterranean

If you’re seeking the prettiest and wildest coves in Palma de Mallorca, Playa Del Mago is a must-visit. Nestled among rich vegetation that extends to the shore, this beach is famously associated with the film The Magus, starring Anthony Quinn and Michael Caine. This oasis surrounded by pine forests offers transparent waters perfect for a tranquil escape.

As a nudist beach, it attracts nudists, but beware of voyeurs and textiles who occasionally disrupt the peace. Located near Magaluf, just 25 minutes away from the capital city of the Balearic Islands, this quiet and beautiful spot spans 28 meters and provides spectacular views.

Playa Del Mago

The city hall has designated El Mago as a naturist beach, ensuring it remains one of the most serene and wild beaches in south of Palma de Mallorca. With its two distinct beaches, it’s a hidden gem that embodies the essence of the Mediterranean.

Formentor Beach, The Sierra De Tramuntana’s Expanse Of Sand Dunes

Imagine a beautifully calm sea flanked by mountains in the north of the island; welcome to Formentor Beach, a jewel among sandy coves in the Sierra de Tramuntana. Enclosed by a lush forest of pine trees and holm oaks, this spot offers some of the most exclusive beaches and spectacular natural landscapes in northern Mallorca.

The clear waters are a significant draw, making it one of the top beaches and a favorite European holiday destination. Despite a car park fee of 12 euros for the whole day, the stunning views at Cala Formentor and Playa de Formentor are worth every penny. Visit late in the day to enjoy the evening light, which makes the scene incredibly pretty.

Formentor Beach

Watching the boats drift lazily in the warmer water is a delight, especially if you combine it with a drive to the Cap de Pera Lighthouse for a breathtaking sunset. This trip could easily become one of your favorite drives, hitting two favorites in one trip.

Es Trenc, The Mediterranean Caribbean

Experience one of the most beautiful beaches in Palma de Mallorca at Es Trenc, a two-kilometres stretch of white sand blending seamlessly with the sea. Its crystal-clear waters boast a mesmerizing palette of blues, making it feel like a little piece of the Caribbean right in the Mediterranean.

Palma de Mallorca at Es Trenc

This virgin stretch of beach is untouched by buildings and shadows, offering a purely natural experience. Es Trenc is divided into three sub-beaches: Arenal den Tem, Arenal den Tenc, and Playa de Es Trenc, with the latter being the closest to Colonia de Sant Jordi. The unspoilt environment is truly captivating, perfect for water activities like snorkelling.

Playa De Muro, An Idyllic Beach For Families

When exploring Mallorca’s largest sandy beach, Playa De Muro stands out as an ideal for families destination. This beach is incredibly accessible and offers a wide range of restaurants and facilities, making it perfect for a day out with the kids. The shallow water creates a natural swimming pool that remains completely safe even 50 metres out, allowing children to play freely. Located south of Alcudia in the northeast, it boasts ample parking areas even during the high season, solidifying its reputation as the best choice for families.

Playa De Muro

The Delta, Wild Coves

Discovering The Delta is like stepping into a hidden paradise with its stunning cliff-faces and former quarries forming serene inlets of blue water. This area features an impressive Sea Club complete with a pool situated right next to the sea, offering an unparalleled sight of cliffs and breathtaking sunsets. The small beach within this spectacular cove remains relatively unfrequented even during the high season, making it a perfect retreat.

A 20-minute walk from the charming Posada Terra Santa reveals incredible views that are truly worth the walk. Located just a 15-minute drive from Palma, The Delta is an unmissable destination for those seeking tranquility and natural beauty.

Cala Deía, A Paradise In The Middle Of The Sierra

Known as a true paradise, Cala Deía offers an escape that even Gertrude Stein and Robert Graves, the renowned British poet, cherished. Nestled in the northwest of Mallorca, this cove is framed by dramatic cliffs and boasts some of the most spectacular natural landscapes on the island. At its shoreline, you’ll find the charming rustic restaurant Ca’s Patro March, famed for serving fresh fish and shellfish.

Cala Deía

Although the 70 metres of beach can fill up quickly during the high season, it’s definitely worth it to get up early and secure a spot. Close to the Port of Sóller, Cala Deía encapsulates the serene beauty and allure of Mallorca’s hidden gems.

Playa S’amarador, In Cala Mondragó

Imagine a beach with exceptionally clean turquoise waters and surrounded by pine trees, offering views of both the sea and the countryside. This is Playa S’amarador, a fine-grained sand beach located within the Mondragó Natural Park, home to a diverse flora and fauna. Situated in the south of the island, it boasts a free car park and amenities like a beach bar, swimming spots, and sun loungers.

The surroundings of S’Amarador are truly unforgettable, making it one of the best places to visit in Palma de Mallorca. From impressive beaches and small coves to immense stretches of white sand, the area is perfect for those who wish to hire a car and explore with complete freedom.

Playa S’amarador

You can also discover hidden-away coves and tour by boat, experiencing the purest essence of the Mediterranean. With natural sand dunes, forests, and rocky coves instead of resorts, the park features three beaches: S’Amarador, Cala Mondrago, and Cala d’en Borgit. As my favorite beach, S’Amarador is accessible by car and offers a lively atmosphere where you can walk to other beaches, making it an ideal spot for a birthday trip or a visit from Sóller.

Cala Pi, Authentic Mallorca

One of the best beaches in Palma de Mallorca is Cala Pi, a beautiful cove located in the municipality of Llucmajor. Accessed via a descent that feels like stairways to heaven, this sandy beach is nestled among pine trees with a scattering of stones adding to its rustic charm. For those seeking an authentic Mallorcan experience, Cala Pi offers a serene retreat with its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere.

Cala Mayor, Crystal Clear Water In The Western Area Of Palma

For those in search of the best beaches in Palma de Mallorca, Cala Mayor is an excellent choice. This turquoise water beach boasts white sand and stretches 200 metres long and 80 metres wide. Surrounded by hotels, it offers the convenience of nearby amenities while maintaining a picturesque setting with high palm trees swaying in the breeze. Visitors can rent sun loungers and parasols, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing Mediterranean afternoon.

Cala Mayor

Cala Blava, White-Sanded Cove

Nestled in a picture perfect cove, Cala Blava offers an idyllic retreat just 20 minutes away from Palma by car. Sharing its name with a nearby resort, this beach can be accessed by descending a flight of stairs that lead directly to the white-sanded shore. The stunning beauty of this cove will make you want to stay forever, soaking in the serene surroundings and crystal-clear waters.

Cala Blava

Es Calo des Moro Beach in Southern Mallorca

Often considered the most beautiful beach in Mallorca, Es Calo des Moro is a hidden gem that many visitors to the island have on their to-do list. Featured on Heart My Backpack, this stunning spot defies the typical super crowded tourist beaches, offering secluded beaches that are quiet and serene, especially in mid-May and early October when the island is quieter.

Es Calo des Moro Beach

The perfect weather during these months is ideal for swimming in warm water without the oppressive hot sun of peak summer. To truly explore secluded beaches, it’s best to rent a car for easy driving around Palma with minimal traffic and clear beach signs. Many of my personal picks and clear favorites include sun loungers, restaurants, and the charm of secluded beaches.

Make sure to plan your visit, as the sunset catamaran cruise is amazing and offers a unique perspective of the island’s coastline.

Cala Mesquida Beach in Northeastern Mallorca

Among my favorite beaches in Palma de Mallorca, Cala Mesquida stands out with its long beach stretching 300 meters and shallow water perfect for knee-deep paddle ball. This beach features a small resort and a beach bar near the entrance, while the other side remains protected due to its importance to bird life and natural sand dunes. Surrounded by pine trees, even at the height of summer, you can always find a quiet spot to relax and enjoy the natural beauty.

Cala Mesquida Beach

Sa Calobra Beach in Western Mallorca

If you’re up for an adventure, Sa Calobra Beach in Western Mallorca offers an unforgettable drive with breathtaking drops and tight hairpins that are a highlight in themselves. Upon arrival, the beautiful setting greets you, accessible through a long tunnel carved into the mountainside. The beach, with its small stones and clear water, is perfect for swimming alongside numerous fish, all framed by surrounding cliffs that provide dramatic views. Visiting this beach is a nostalgic experience that captures the wild beauty of Mallorca.

Sa Calobra Beach

Cala Banyalbufar Beach in Western Mallorca

Among the best beaches in Palma de Mallorca, Cala Banyalbufar is a hidden gem where you can admire the pretty views and inviting water. The surrounding views include terraced vineyards cascading into the sea, creating a beautiful and serene atmosphere. This beach is perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Western Mallorca.

Cala Banyalbufar Beach

Where To Stay In Mallorca

Exploring the best beaches in Palma de Mallorca means finding the perfect place to stay, and I’ve had the pleasure of staying in six different hotels on the island. None of these were resorts, yet each was conveniently located near some of my favorite beaches. These accommodations provided a blend of comfort and proximity to stunning coastlines, ensuring a memorable stay without the resort atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for serene retreats or lively beachfronts, these hotels offer the ideal base for your Mallorcan adventure.

These were my favorite places to stay:

Cala Figuera

Among the best beaches in Palma de Mallorca, Cala Figuera in southeastern Mallorca stands out as my favorite place to stay. Its proximity to Calo des Moro and S’Amarador, along with all the Mondrago Natural Park beaches, makes it an ideal location for beach lovers. During my visit, I stayed at Hostal Can Jordi, which offered an amazing view over the water and exceptional value. It was the cheapest place I stayed on the island, yet it was also one of the nicest.

Colonia de Sant Pere

Colonia de Sant Pere in northeastern Mallorca is a quiet coastal town that perfectly captures the charm of the island. Located near Cala Mesquida and Cala Formentor, two of my favorite beaches, this town offers a serene escape. During my stay, I lodged at Hotel Solimar, which boasted a lovely garden, a pool, and served an amazing breakfast. This combination of tranquility and proximity to stunning beaches makes Colonia de Sant Pere an ideal destination for beach enthusiasts exploring Palma de Mallorca.

Sóller

I spent 4 nights in Sóller, a charming town in northwestern Mallorca. While not close to many sandy beaches, it is conveniently located near two of my favorites: Sa Calobra and Cala Banyalbufar. The drives from Sóller to other parts of the island were breathtakingly beautiful, making it an ideal base to explore and reach different beaches. The stunning scenery and convenient location truly enhanced my beach-hopping experience in Palma de Mallorca.

Palma

I actually really loved staying in Palma, Mallorca’s capital city, which offers the perfect blend of Spanish city life and beach relaxation. With many nice beaches nearby, including Cala Pi, you can easily enjoy the best of both worlds. I stayed at Hotel Colon, located in a really nice area of the city and within easy walking distance to all the main sites, making it a convenient and enjoyable base for exploring Palma de Mallorca.

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