Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches in the Southwest, South and Southeast
Many guests from all over the world, who come to Mallorca every year, love the diversity of the island with its natural habitats, surrounded by beautiful coast, mountain ranges, extensive greenery, tourist centres, pretty villages, vibrant market towns, small fishing ports and various exclusive marinas. The majority of the guests seek the proximity of the sea for recreation and leisure activities or a combination of both. Particularly popular are the many diverse beaches that exist island-wide. There are the large sandy beaches near the famous resorts, as well as small, almost untouched bays, which you can often only reach by foot, or from the sea.
Every year, high quality beaches are awarded Blue Flags by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). This award stands for cleanliness, safe bathing, water quality, environment management and a good infrastructure.
Other coloured flags have signal function: green = safe bathing, yellow = only for experienced swimmers, red = dangerous conditions and absolute ban on swimming due to strong currents, or bad weather conditions. Minkner & Partner introduces you to the most popular beaches in the southwest, south and southeast of the island, where our customers and friends prefer to live.
Beaches in the Southwest of Mallorca
Playa de San Telmo
The beginning of our trip visiting beaches along the Southwest, South and Southeast coastal line begins along the charming coastal town of San Telmo, which is well frequented during the summer months, but practically closed during the winter months. The Playa de San Telmo is divided into two parts, one of which is about 120 meters long and the other 80 meters long. About 800 meters from the beach is the protected island of Dragonera (120 m long and 35 m wide), which can be visited by ferry. The flat sloping beach merges easily into the water and makes the beach particularly popular with families with children. A promenade with shops, cafes and restaurants offers a good infrastructure.
Camp de Mar
The beach of Camp de Mar which extends over a length of 180m and has a width of 60m is touristy and very busy. Because of its shallow access to the sea and its mostly calm waters, the beach of Camp de Mar is very popular with families. There are various restaurants, as well a beach club in the area and a parking area is located between the golf course and the beach.
Playa de Santa Ponsa
The Playa de Santa Ponsa is 1.3 km long and 100m wide, the beach unfortunately is mostly surrounded by not very attractive buildings which are dated from the sixties and seventies. In the summer months, this beach is always very crowded with tourists from Germany and the UK. In recent years, much has been invested in the infrastructure (showers, toilets, tourist office). In the immediate vicinity there are also many diverse gastronomic establishments orientated to the tourist audience.
Even though Portals Nous is known for its prestigious harbour, there is also a 100m long x 15m wide man-made sandy beach, which attracts mostly international tourists. The access to the beach is located behind the shipyard at the end of the Port. On the end of the beach on the East side there is a Beach Club.
The bay of Portals Vells is located close to the Urbanisation of Sol de Mallorca, and only a few kilometers away from Magalluf. There are four small beaches surrounded by dense pine forests and the beaches slope straight into the sea. There are a few beach bars and small, summer restaurants with a good choice of meals, tapas on offer. Sunbeds and pedallos are also available. The bay of El Mago ( FKK /nudist beach) was also featured in a film “The Magician” starring Anthony Quinn and Michael Caine and was filmed in the year 1967.
Beaches in the South of Mallorca
Playa de Palma
Playa de Palma is known internationally as one of Mallorcas most famous beaches. The beach is 5km long and is divided into 15 “Balenarios,” (bathing areas) commonly called “Ballermann 6”. In the last 20 years, the beach promenade has been developed and extended and many Palm trees and Mediterranean plants have been newly planted. Most of the hotels are located in the first and second line to the sea. The Playa de Palma begins in Can Pastilla at the Balneario 15 and the sandy beach here is almost 100m wide. The beach ends at Balneario 1, where it merges into the beach of Arenal. Playa de Palma is still known for “drinking tourism,” although a group of entrepreneurs are in the process of trying to enhance the image of the area. Even with the renaming into “Palma Beach” and the modernisation of the beach bars, it is still not enough.
When someone speaks of Mallorcas dream beaches, Es Trenc is always the first one that comes to mind. It is the largest natural beach in Mallorca, stretching six kilometers from the small coastal villages of Sa Rapita to Colonia de Sant Jordi. The beach area with its many sand dunes and salt works, ( which are worth a visit,) is under nature protection. Some over ambitious builders, who tried to build there, were heavily fined and had to pay dearly. The protected area covers 1,500 hectares and there are 170 species of birds. There are 3 Beach Bars (Chiringuitos) for food and drink. Nude bathing is allowed in some areas of the beach. At Ses Covetes there is also a barrier-free access. The beach is difficult to reach by car because of insufficient parking, but there is a Shuttle Bus service from nearby Campos.
Beaches in the southeast of Mallorca
Cala Sa Nau
The much praised Cala Sa Nau beach in the southeast of the island is located between Cala d`Or and Porto Colom. The access road is sign posted from S’Horta. Many guests attribute the bay with an Ibiza flair, which is due to the fine, white sand, the turquoise waters and the beach bar with chillout music. On the weekend there is a DJ and musical entertainment which ensures that the bay is always very busy.
Just a few kilometers from the market town of Santanyi is the Mondrago Natural Park which is home to the bay of Cala Mondrago. Known for its white sandy beach and crystal-clear waters, framed by woodland and flat rocks ensures this a favourite location with both international and Spanish teenagers. There is a beach bar with drinks and snacks and a parking area close to the beach.
Calo de Moro
The Bay of Cala de Moro is in an idylic location and is a super attraction for many beach lovers, too many in fact as most of the time the beach is too full! The Bay cannot be reached by car and its approximately 100 meters walking distance to reach the steps you have to climb to eventually reach the beach! The reward is a small, white beach (approx. 30m wide) and turquoise colour sea. There are NO restaurants here.
Cala Llombards beach is located between Santanyi and Llombards and is approx. 60m long and 150m wide. The bay forms a fjord-like cut into the wooded outback. There is an almost Caribbean flair with the small beach bars, the variety of snacks, drinks and also fresh fish offers. Many describe this beach as one of Mallorcas finest. There are flat rocks around the edge of the beach for those who want to sunbathe and relax. Sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented.
Away from the tourist bustle between Porto Cristo and Cales de Mallorca (both belonging to the municipality of Manacor) with its impressive caves and shielded by a mighty pine forest, the Cala Varques beach is about 70 meters long and 50 meters wide. The gently sloping beach is characterized by its quiet location and particularly fine sand. The beach is framed by bizarre, up to 10 m high rocks, which are frequented by climbers in every season. Daredevils especially like to jump from the rocks into the turquoise blue water. Also popular is the small neighbouring bay of Cala Blanc.