Mallorca Beaches and Resorts
(Mallorca / Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain)
With around 80 beautiful beaches spread along the island's sunny coastline, Mallorca is the perfect place for a holiday, whatever your age. Magaluf is favoured by young package holiday makers, with the famous Punta Ballena strip being close by and packed with nightclubs and bars.
There are also many private and secluded beaches located around Mallorca, suiting families with young children. Palma Nova is a popular place for sunbathing and swimming, while Portals Nous, within the municipality of Calvia, is conveniently close to the Marineland attraction. Located within the Mondrago Natural Park and on the south-eastern coastline, S'Amarador is well worth looking out for and is considered by many to be Europe's finest beach, boasting unspoilt scenery, easy accessibility, endless sunshine and fine white sand.
During the peak summer months, lifeguards are a regular sight on the principal beaches, with water sports often being available. These include everything from water skiing and jet skiing, to inflatable banana boats, wind surfing, sailing and canoeing.
Palma, the capital of the island of Mallorca, has some excellent beaches. Locals particularly enjoy the C'an Pere Antoni and the others situated along the Badia de Palma.
Palma Nova Beach
Palma Nova is without doubt one of the best beaches on the Badia de Palma. With dense greenery surrounding the beachfront and hiding many of the large hotels and buildings, this is also an excellent base for families holidaying in Mallorca.
The famed Magaluf resort ranks amongst oldest in Mallorca and still remains ever popular with visitors to the island. Highlights nearby include Aquapark (with excellent water slides), numerous restaurants, bars and lively nightclubs. Interestingly, much of Magaluf featured in the 2011 teen comedy blockbuster - The Inbetweeners Movie.
The beach of Portals Nous is situated on a long narrow cove, with golden sand and good facilities.
Cala Portals Vells
This small beach remains untouched and the bay has one of the more quiet beaches in the area, although it can still become busy at times, during the high tourist season.
The small bay of Cala Major boasts an enticing stretch of golden sand, lined by houses and hotels. This is one of the best beaches in this area of Mallorca.
El Mago is one of the island's three nudist beaches. This small expanse is situated in a secluded bay and is probably the most popular nudist spot around - the perfect place for an all-over tan.
At the eastern end of Plata de Palma, this beach is one of the most popular resorts in Mallorca. S'Arsenal has good facilities and also features a fun amusement park called Aquacity, which has pools, slides and rides.
The local beach of Ca'n Pastilla is similar to S'Arsenal and there are beach chairs and umbrellas for hire. There is also a children's playground and a small tourist train that connects the beachfront to the S'Arsenal area.
Platja de Palma
The Platja de Palma is a long stretch of sand around 5 km / 3 mile in length and during the peak tourist season, this beach can become very busy. With clear waters, clean sand, cafés, bars and clubs, it is easy to see why this spot is so popular.
This relatively small beach is located rather off the beaten track. Despite its lack of easy access and general facilities, the Ses Illetes beach can still become busy at peak times.