The Balearic Islands off the eastern coast of Spain is a spectacularly beautiful Mediterranean haven, with pristine white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Mallorca is the largest of the islands that comprise the archipelago and is home to some of the top beaches as well.
So, to help our readers plan the perfect visit to the island, our expert local guides have created a list of the best of the best you will find on the island. Check it out.
The Best Beaches In Mallorca
To enjoy this beach you will need to walk 15 minutes from the parking. This is not a typical sandy beach since it is less than 100 meters long and part of it is covered with stones, but the waters are simply amazing, and since there are no services it is a less frequented beach (though its popularity has increased). There are no water sports nor bars or restaurants.
This beach is fantastic if you enjoy snorkeling since there are many caves that serve as home to fish. This beach is frequented by people selling jewellery and drinks and you can also expect to find naturists.
Driving to Sa Calobra beach by car is not easy and should even be disregarded if you do not enjoy driving or are fearful of getting sick (driving in Spain is generally easy but this is a clear exception!). Having said this, you will for sure enjoy a fantastic reward once you reach Sa Calobra. The road is best enjoyed during the top tourist season when there are fewer large buses getting up and down.
What does Ça Calobra mean?
As a matter of fact, Ça Calobra means the snake road and once you have enjoyed it you will for sure agree with this description. The road was built in 1932 by Italian designer Antonio Paretti, and the top highlight in the road is the bow tie, a loop of 270 degrees, a truly dramatic curve.
Best way to visit Ça Calobra
Another option, probably the best one, is to get to Sa Calobra by boat from Port Soller (see tour options below). There are daily ferries and excursions that will take you there in an enjoyable tour. If you decide to drive we can only say that driving the winding roads that lead to Ça Calobra is one of the best experiences to enjoy in Mallorca. The steep cliffs, the blue sea and the winding roads ahead….
What is so special about Ça Calobra?
Ça Calobra is one of Spain´s best-known beaches. Getting here is almost an adventure and many people talk about it when they return from their visit to Mallorca.
There are in reality two beaches, both in a fantastic setting. What makes it such a fantastic place is its location.
Hiking in Ça Calobra
The most popular hike to enjoy in Ça Calobra is the one to get to the Torrent de Pareis beach. This is however a short hike of no more than 15 minutes among pine trees and with fantastic views.
Is it really worth visiting Ça Calobra?
The beach is located at the point where the canyon Torrent de Pareis reaches the Mediterranean sea. Through some rock tunnels, you will arrive at the second of the beaches.
Nestled among mountains from the Sierra de Tramuntana, Ça Calobra is not the typical family summer beach, but a kind of adventure-like beach. There are not many services and you should not expect this to be the most relaxing beach day for you bearing in mind the drive plus the fact that the beach receives a good number of visitors, and that the beach is composed of a mix of sand, gravel, and rocks (not the best for small children).
We would recommend you take your visit to Ça Calobra as an excursion to a major tourist attraction, and not just a beach day. Having said this, the sea gets amazing turquoise colors and you can enjoy there a great beach day too!
Are there restaurants and services in Ça Calobra?
You will find a few restaurants and bars near the beach, not the top quality in our opinion though.
Next to Sa Calobra you will be able to reach to Torrent de Parlós, a larger beach that can be accessed from a cave in the cliffs.
An overall exciting experience to enjoy a great beach day!
Caló des Moro is a virgin beach located 6 kilometers drive from Santanyí. The beach is not easy to access but it is small (30 meters in length and 20 meters of width) Its size explains why it is rather crowded despite being difficult to reach. Pines and bushes besides its crystal waters make Caló des Moro one of the most beautiful beaches in Mallorca. It is a great beach to enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling in Mallorca. Its depth ranges from 3 to 4 meters.
For those arriving from the sea, Caló des Moro is open to winds from the southeast. If you arrive by car you will need to walk for over 1 kilometer (some 15 minutes) to arrive at Caló des Moro. Leave the car at Cala Lombards.
This beach is located in a protected area. The beach is long, with over 2 kilometers, and has white sand, soft dunes, and crystal clear water. There are no shops nor restaurants aside from a beach bar and you should expect to walk a long distance from the parking, which is a paid parking.
Since this is a very famous beach, many people are eager to visit it and a few do not always comply with basic education rules in an attempt to bring filth into paradise-like areas.
There is no shade available in this beach so we recommend strongly bringing water.
Cala Agulla is a beautiful beach surrounded by mountains and lush green pine trees. It is located in the municipality of Capdepera, about 80 kilometers from Palma, in the northeast of the island.
The water is crystal clear and a vibrant shade of light blue. It is an excellent choice if you want to go for a swim or snorkel. At the beach, you will find a chiringuito (beachside shanty restaurant) and a parking area. The beach is also well connected by pedestrian paths to Cala Mesquida, neighboring Cala Moltó, so you can investigate the area with ease.
Portals Vells is a great option especially if you are traveling with kids in the south of the island. This beach is particularly popular with locals.
This secluded cove features numerous caves to explore and beautiful turquoise water. There is a small beach-side shack and a restaurant if you need a bite to eat. There is, however, limited parking options, so you might want to get up bright and early to get a space.
Cala Santanyí is one of the best beaches on the Balearic islands southeastern coast. Surrounding this idyllic beach are several hotels and villas.
The beach features fine white sand, a gently sloping shoreline, and crystal clear water and is lined with rocks scattered with pine and juniper trees. During the summer months, it can get crowded but as long as you get there early, you can find a nice patch of sand. You can also rent paddle boats and kayaks.
Canyamel is a 300 meter long, low-key little beach in the northeast of the island. Here you will find golden sand that extends from the estuary and marshlands at one end to the rocky coastline at the other.
This secluded little slice of heaven is surrounded by a picturesque pine forest and it is the perfect place for a bit of snorkeling. You will find a beachfront restaurant, sun lounger rental, and watersport equipment hire.
Camp de Mar is probably the swankiest beach on the island. It is surrounded by upscale hotels and luxury holiday homes. The beach is polished and untouched, with fine sand, lovely calm water, and picturesque views along the dramatic rocky coastline.
A few meters of the shores is a small islet called ‘La Illeta’. You can reach the small island on a narrow wooden walkway. Here you will find a spectacularly romantic restaurant. The Illeta restaurant was recently featured on Netflix Hit White Lines.
Port de Pollensa is a great beach for a more active day out. It is a well-known windsurfing destination on the island.
Puerto Pollensa has a long shady promenade is long, that descends gently toward the shore. You will also find some great restaurants, bars, cafés, and shops. Port de Pollensa is widely considered to be one of the best beaches on the island, and it has inspired several different poets and painters.