It is the birthplace of tennis legend Rafael Nadal, the adopted home of Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miró, and a source of inspiration for writers and poets from Agatha Christie to Jorge Luis Borges. For centuries, Mallorca has lured visitors to its shores, from the Phoenicians and Romans who first colonized the island to the European beach-goers who flock to the Balearic Sea each summer.
But with more than 300 miles of shoreline and 200 sand and pebble beaches to choose from, a visit to the Mallorcan coast can be an overwhelming proposition. How can you know what the best beaches in Mallorca are?
Consider spending a morning at one of these five local favorites—you’ll wander untouched shores, swim in quiet coves, and admire some of the most spectacular beach landscapes in all of Europe.
Perched on a hilltop in Mallorca’s rugged northwestern reaches, Deià has the look of a place that has been locked in time. The town’s ochre stone homes and stunning seaside backdrop look much as they did when the English poet Robert Graves made his home here in 1932, but Deià and its nearby beach have since become a chic hideaway for the well-heeled and in-the-know.
Simply follow the road down from Belmond La Residencia to find a bay sheltered by cliffs, a small pebble beach, and a pair of restaurants concealed in the rocks. Arrive early to find space for your towels and spend the morning floating in the perfectly clear water.
On an island so beloved by visitors from Europe and beyond, solitude can be a valuable and elusive quality on the shores of Mallorca. But chances are that you’ll have Cala Figuera all to yourself, thanks to its discreet position on the road to Cap de Formentor.
Not to be confused with the town of the same name down south, Cala Figuera is hidden on the island’s northeastern tip, offering nothing in the way of parking, toilets, snack bars, or paved walking access.
So why go, you ask? Your reward for bushwhacking and rock-climbing down the hill is the bluest cove on the entire island—and one that you won’t even have to share.
Torrent de Pareis and Sa Calobra
Carved over eons by the Torrent de Pareis, or “twin streams,” the beach of Sa Calobra sits at the mouth of a limestone gorge on the island’s northern coast. Hidden in the shadow of towering cliffs, this impressive natural setting has inspired artists for generations—but it has also (understandably) attracted tourists and cyclists to crowd the nearby roads.
So do yourself a favor and make the journey on foot, following the five-mile Torrent de Pareis trail from Escorca. This challenging five-hour scramble through the gorge is not for the weak of heart, but it will give you a new appreciation for the island’s rugged landscapes—and for the cool water that awaits you at the beach.
Where Sa Calobra is well known and loved, the cove of Cala Tuent feels almost uninhabited just four miles west. Scenically surrounded by dense pines, the peaks and ridges of the Serra de Tramuntana, and views of the 4,741-foot summit of Puig Major, Cala Tuent and its tranquil bay are ideal for families, nature lovers, and visitors in search of quiet relaxation.
You won’t find visitor services or lounge chairs at this sand-and-pebble beach, but the nearby Restaurante Es Vergeret is known for its seafood, paella, and commanding views of the water below.
Known to few besides island locals and guests in the surrounding villas, Cala Llombards is a picturesque and narrow inlet that was seemingly designed for snorkeling, swimming, and floating in the shallow water. Located near the island’s southern tip, this small sandy beach and its surrounding rock ledges are particularly popular among divers, families with children, and beachgoers in search of sunbeds and parasols.
An added bonus? The laid-back beach bar offers cold beers, a mellow soundtrack, and delicious fresh fish for afternoon snacks, thus cementing it as one of the beautiful beaches in Mallorca.
Featured photo courtesy of Johannes Schwaerzier
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