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The most beautiful beaches and bays in Mallorca

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There are more than 200 beaches along Mallorca's beautiful coastline. But which are the most beautiful? Read our insider tips.

The fact that so many people are permanently drawn to Mallorca is not only due to the island's diverse flora and fauna and excellent infrastructure, but above all to its many waterfront locations.

The beaches on Mallorca range from long, golden sandy beaches that glide into shallow, blue seas to calm, rocky bays with crystal-clear water. Many of the larger beaches have been claimed by resorts, but there are many more to discover away from the tourist magnets.

The north and south have the largest sandy beaches, while the east coast is filled with pretty little coves with sheltered turquoise seas. The west coast is famous for its rugged, mountainous coastline, cliff edges dominate the landscape, meaning there are few small beaches to visit.

Beaches in the north of Mallorca

The north of Mallorca is a truly beautiful spot on the Balearic island - old fishing villages, small bays and breathtaking blue water characterise this part of the island.  While the rugged coastline in the north of Mallorca will not delight lovers of fine sandy beaches, they will find kilometres of sandy beaches, especially in the north-east of the island.

Cala Formentor

Cala Formentor is one of the most beautiful beaches on Mallorca and is therefore very popular. It is located in the north-west of Mallorca and offers a breathtaking backdrop of pine forests and views of the mountains. The turquoise blue sea is crystal clear and the beach consists of very fine white sand. It stretches for around one kilometre. Trees overhang the beach, so there is plenty of shade in the hot summer months.

Cala Figuera - the ideal bay for snorkelling in Mallorca

However, there is one exception: although Cala Figuera near Pollença cannot compete with the beaches on the east coast and the bathing bays in the south in terms of sand quality, the secluded bay is an insider tip for snorkellers. The reason for the abundance of species is the stony substrate - it provides the necessary support for aquatic plants and harbours fish and other marine animals.

If you want to explore the bay, you should definitely take bathing shoes with you to protect your feet from sharp stones and sea urchins on the seabed.


Alcúdia beach is a beautiful, fine, white sandy beach that stretches from Port d'Alcúdia along a "golden mile" of hotel-lined coastline. The holiday resort of Port d'Alcúdia has long been popular with Mallorca holidaymakers, which is mainly due to this beach. Thanks to its 7 kilometres of sand, Playa de Alcúdia is the largest beach on the Balearic Islands.  

Playa de Muro

In addition to the popular holiday resort of Alcudia, Playa de Muro is one of the most beautiful beaches on the (north) east coast. With a total length of 6 kilometres, this is the longest sandy beach in Mallorca and is not only ideal for long walks, but also delights locals and tourists with its white sand, natural dune landscapes and turquoise blue water on its four stretches between the towns of Alcudia and Muro.

This paradise is considered the most beautiful beach in Mallorca, especially for families, as there is plenty of space for digging and playing and nothing stands in the way of carefree bathing fun. Shallow, clear water and moderate surf invite even the smallest islanders to splash around - always under adult supervision, of course.

Cala Millor's beach is also one of the most family-friendly on Mallorca, even if it is more heavily characterised by tourism than the more spacious Playa de Muro.

Cala Llombards: for many the most beautiful bay

Cala Llombards, located near Santanyi in the south-east of the island, appears in many travel reports as a tip. If you want to secure a spot here, you should arrive in the morning. Even though the beach is always busy, the idyllic bay is still quiet. You won't find any water sports here; instead, visitors come to Cala Llombards to sunbathe, cool off in the calm, clear water or go snorkelling.

Many of the bathers reside in the nearby villas and this is also reflected in the range and prices of the small beach bar. Here you can enjoy a glass of champagne or a cocktail with your fresh fish before letting your gaze wander over the lush rocks and pretty little boathouses. This view of almost untouched landscapes instead of huge hotel complexes is reason enough for many locals and Mallorca fans to describe Cala Llombards as the most beautiful bay in Mallorca.

Beaches in the east of Mallorca

Anyone looking for beaches in the east of Mallorca will quickly find what they are looking for. The almost wild beaches on the east coast of Mallorca are reminiscent of beautiful postcard motifs and immediately convey a feeling of being on holiday. 

Cala Mesquida - naturist beach on Mallorca

Cala Mesquida is located in the north-east of Mallorca and offers a fairly secluded beach with beautiful white sand and crystal-clear water. The beach is 300 metres long and over 100 metres deep. The area is protected because of its importance for birdlife - it is home to one of the largest colonies of gulls and cormorants in the Balearic Islands. Therefore, the area to the east of the beach consists only of natural sand dunes and pine trees, with hills in the background that are free of development.

Families appreciate Cala Mesquida just as much as fans of naturism. If you are looking for a nudist beach on Mallorca, the right-hand side of the bay is the place to be.

Cala Varques

Cala Varques is a quiet and unspoilt beach around 12 km south of Porto Cristo on the east coast of Mallorca. The beach is around 90 metres long and 60 metres deep and is characterised by mostly high waves that crash in from the bay. The nearest holiday resorts are Porto Cristo to the north and Cales de Mallorca to the south.

Beaches in the south of Mallorca

Secluded natural beaches are not uncommon in the south of Mallorca - but there are also plenty of exclusive bays that exude a touch of glamour.

Cala Pi

Cala Pi is a beach straight out of a picture book, with golden sand and turquoise-coloured water that glistens between two rocky cliffs. It takes its name "Pi" from the pine trees that surround it. The cliffs on both sides give it a feeling of seclusion and protect it from the wind. From time to time, yachts dock at the end of the bay, which only adds to the attractiveness of the beautiful cala. It is a busy beach, especially at weekends, but it has a very relaxed atmosphere. It attracts both locals and tourists and is suitable for both families and solo travellers.

Es Trenc

The stunning beach of Es Trenc is not connected to any resort, so it is quite isolated and has a wild and natural feel. There are 2 kilometres of fine sand and crystal-clear water - it is often referred to as Mallorca's answer to the Caribbean. 

Playa Oratori de Portals

One of the most beautiful beaches in Mallorca is Playa Oratori de Portals, the local beach for Portals Nous and Puerto Portals. The location of the beach is second to none, with all the wonderful restaurants and bars in Puerto Portals a few minutes walk away. Access from Portals Nous is via a small lane and then down some steps.

Three-finger bay: Cala Portals Vells

Picturesque sandy beaches in a wooded landscape: the three-finger bay is located at the southern tip of Mallorca and belongs to the municipality of Calvia. As the name suggests, the bay offers three different natural bathing options. The beaches are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing. Platja del Rei, Platgeta de Portals Vells and Platja del Mago are surrounded by heavenly scented plants.

Platja del Rei

Wild and quiet at the same time: the 30 metre long coastline is an insider tip for those who want to avoid noise. The small beach, covered in light-coloured sand, is surrounded by a pine forest that stretches right down to the water's edge and transforms the bay into a paradisiacal place. The rocks on the eastern side of Platja del Rei make the bay popular with snorkellers.

Platgeta de Portals Vells

Fine, white sand is the hallmark of the Platgeta de Portals Vells bay. But the water, which shimmers in various shades of blue, is also a talking point. The fine sandy seabed and gently sloping beach make this heavenly place attractive for families. The magical bay is surrounded by pine forests that grow right up to the shore.

Platja del Mago

Very close to Santa Ponsa is the natural beach cove Platja del Mago near Portals Vells. White sand meets calm waters on this picturesque beach. The bay is protected from the wind and waves by the surrounding rocks and is surrounded by nature. Platja del Mago is officially a nudist beach. Impressive nature awaits you around the bay: pine forests and shrubs completely surround Platja del Mago. The place is particularly suitable for families with small children, as the beach slopes very gently into the water.

Playa de Santa Ponsa

The sandy beach of Santa Ponsa is one of the most popular beaches on the entire island: it is located in the centre of the town and is a delight for many reasons. The pearly white sand combines with the turquoise-coloured water to create a heavenly sight. Thanks to the rare swell and shallow water, Santa Ponsa beach guarantees carefree bathing fun for families with children. The marina of Santa Ponsa, which is located in a natural bay on the beach of the same name, is particularly beautiful. The newest and most beautiful sailing boats and motor yachts are lined up here.

Sant Elm

The beach is only 130 metres long and 30 metres deep and is actually divided into two areas. The more popular beach is characterised by its white sand. Sun loungers and parasols are available for hire here, as are pedalos. The smaller beach is rather pebbly and therefore quieter. Further into the village you will find a number of restaurants with sea views that specialise in fish. 

Beaches in the west of Mallorca

The west coast of Mallorca is home to countless charming beaches that offer a breathtaking backdrop and a unique panorama.

Cala Deia

Cala Deia is a very beautiful small pebble beach with clear water and rock pools - one of the few beaches on the west coast of Mallorca. It's quite a rugged beach, so you may need to bring a chair or air mattress to lie on. There are a number of terraces which are very popular with artists as they set up their easels for a day of painting. The sea is wonderfully clear and inviting and perfect for cooling off in on a hot summer's day. The beach is mainly rocks and pebbles with a few patches of shingle. There are two excellent restaurants on the beach serving fresh seafood and traditional Mallorcan food where you can sit and enjoy the spectacular surroundings.


The harbour of Soller offers the only sandy beaches on the west coast of Mallorca. This pretty little town offers two beaches along its horseshoe-shaped bay, all with golden sand and clear blue sea. With marvellous views of the sea and the surrounding Tramuntana mountains, these beaches offer views of some of Mallorca's most beautiful scenery. 

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