With over 200 beaches lining its coast, Mallorca is an island paradise that offers visitors the choice between popular family-friendly playas and idyllic, off-the-beaten-track calas. Under piercing blue skies and the heat of the Mediterranean sun, this Balearic gem entices you to lap in the rays of the sun as you discover swathes of golden sands and the glistening blue beyond.
1. Playa de Formentor
A journey to Playa de Formentor means making your way through some of the most dramatic landscapes on the island. Divided into three sections, each with its own vibe, the beach is both beautiful and calm, it’s water shallow with rarely any waves. Stay for what may be the best sunset on the island or head to nearby Cap de Pera Lighthouse, where the evening light fades from blue to orange to pink hues.
2. Cala Santanyí
If you’re looking to explore the waters beyond the comfort of the shore, Cala Santanyí is for you. Good means it’s a popular dive spot with a variety of fish waiting to be chased and sea caves calling to be explored. By hiring a paddleboat, you’re able to see the majestic Es Pontàs, a rock arch carved by the wind and tides that rise from the sea.
3. Cala Mesquida
Set amongst the sand dunes and pine forests of the northeastern coast, Cala Mesquida is a designated ‘area of special interest’ owing to its wild beauty. Popular with tourists due its easy accessibility, the beach is quick to fill with umbrellas and loungers available to hire. Arrive early to secure a spot on the fine grain sand and wade in the waters that remain shallow metres offshore.
4. Cala Mondragó
Designated a Blue Flag beach in 1992, Cala Mondragó remains protected from development and mass tourism. While popular, it remains relatively low-key and clean with visitors respecting its white sands and calm, clear waters. Don’t forget to bring a good book and snorkel mask, as it’s the perfect place for those looking to blend relaxation with adventure.
5. Playa d’Alcudia
Stretching nearly 3.5km long, the sands of Playa d’Alcudia have something for everyone. This family-friendly beach is patrolled by lifeguards for extra peace of mind when swimming and with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and paddleboats available to hire, there’s an activity on offer for everyone.
6. Es Trenc
Located in the south of the island, Es Trenc is one of the most popular beaches on the island famed for its Caribbean blue waters and almost blinding, white sand. While this relaxing beach tends to draw families and a younger crowd, there is plenty of space to find the perfect patch of sand you’re wanting to call your own.
7. Cala Varques
Known as one of the more low-key beaches to be found on Mallorca, this secluded cove beach boasts a free spirit atmosphere in addition to its deep, blue water and opalescent, white sands. Besides swimming and sunbathing by the shore, the deeper water further out is home to waters teeming with fish. Put on a snorkel and swim amongst its friendly inhabitants.
8. Cala Deià
If there’s one Balearic beach on top of your list, it’s Cala Deià whose onshore natural beauty is enough to warrant a visit. Hidden between pine-covered cliffs, its relative seclusion means a peaceful ambience to take in the panorama. Feast on some fresh and locally caught seafood served at one of the chiringuitos nearby.
9. Cala S’Amarador
Located in Mondrago National Park, Cala S’Amarador is surrounded by rocky coves, lush forests and serene sand dunes instead of resorts. Only accessible by car, it remains relatively quiet yet lively even in the summer peak. If you’ve finished swimming for the day but not ready to leave, head for a walk on one of the several trails to discover the majesty of the national park.
10. Cala Sa Calobra
The drive to Cala Sa Calobra is a highlight in itself with breathtaking drops and dramatic hairpin turns boasting spectacular views. You’ll be welcomed by crystal-clear, turquoise water that’ll have you running and undressing at the same time. While the beach is more pebble than sand, it’s comfortable enough to relax on as you watch yachts cruise by in the distance.