7 of Majorca's best beaches & bays
Majorca has been a favourite sunbathing spot of the glamour pack for decades, and with good reason. The Balearic island has more than 200 beaches to choose from across its 550 km of coastline, which means there's a beach for everyone.
From calm and clean shorelines for the family, wild and adventurous coves for thrill seekers, to swathes of unadulterated sand for body bronzers, Majorca* has it all.
But how do you know which beach is the best for you when there are so many playas to choose from? Luckily, our expert has rounded up a selection of Majorca beaches to suit all tastes and tan lines.
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Best for families: Playa de Alcudia
Perfectly placed alongside some of the island's most family-friendly resorts in the north of the island, Playa de Alcudia* is set up for families
It's the longest beach on the island, stretching several kilometres, which means there's plenty of room for towels, deckchairs, beach games and impressive sandcastle creations.
The beach is dotted with volleyball nets, children's play areas, windsurfing and SUP rental kiosks, meaning older children and teenagers are catered for as much as toddlers.
There are lifeguards on hand to ensure safety in and around the water, too. Need a little respite from the sun? Stroll the promenade where you'll find restaurants and cafés serving up snacks and chilled drinks.
Best for snorkelling: Cala Santanyí
If you're in the market for marine life spotting, then the quiet resort of Santanyí is the place for you. The Blue Flag beach in the southeast of Majorca benefits from a sandy beach and clear waters, ideal for snorkelling straight from the shore.
Interestingly, the bay here also includes many underwater caves and inlets, which team with fish and sea life. If you want to dive deeper, this is also a great place to do it, as the dedicated diving centre in the town can kit you out and guide you to the most interesting spots.
With a small resort and hotels behind the main beach, facilities are also pretty good, meaning toilets and places to eat and drink are plentiful.
Best for sunbathing: Es Comú, Playa de Muro
Due to its lack of thrill-seeking facilities and requiring a little walk to get to (although nothing too strenuous), Es Comú is ideal for those wanting a touch more peace and quiet to soak up some rays.
You'll find it can get quite busy during high season with sun worshippers, and some families, but the all-out blissful nature of the soft sand and clear water more than make up for a few towel neighbours.
Best for sundowners: Magaluf
Forget everything you think you know about Magaluf*. Gone are the gaudy venues and tacky tourist touts for which the resort on the island's south coast became so infamous.
In their place, you'll find stylish beach bars, feet-in-the-sand lounges, and swanky beach clubs.
The local authorities have made a concerted effort over the last few years to clean up the beach and the surrounding area, making it a good spot to sip a cocktail and see the sun go down with friends, all within a pebble's throw of the beach.
Best for an all-over tan: Es Trenc
If you like your beaches, and your sunbathing, au natural, then you should set course for Es Trenc. It's part of a natural park, meaning there are few facilities here and the beach and surroundings are just as nature intended.
You'll be treated to more than 2km of white sand and crystalline water, it looks almost Caribbean. There are dedicated sections for naturists along the beach, as well as a few chiringuitos (beach bars) to get a bite to eat and self-service lounger rentals.
Other nudist beaches on Majorca include Sa Canova in the north and Es Carbó to the south.
Best for sunsets: Sa Calobra
While it's true that you get pretty epic views of the sunset from most of Majorca's beaches, the secluded coves of the west coast lend the atardecer a wonderfully romantic quality.
Make the journey down the winding road from the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains to Sa Calobra. It has two beaches, one near to the car park and the small restaurants on the front, and a second, the one you'll want to go to, a short walk around the headland.
You'll venture through rock tunnels and appear at the mouth of the Torrent de Pareis valley. The vertiginous rocks that bookend the beach here offer the ideal frame for catching the sun disappearing over the Mediterranean.
Best for sea swimming: Cala Esmeralda
Forming one of the five small coves that make up the Cala d'Or* on Majorca's east coast, Cala Esmeralda is ideal for those who love to swim in calm, clean seawater.
Its name might mean emerald, but the sea here is nothing but serene blue topaz. The beach is small, only 25 metres long, but when the weather's warm, you're best bobbing up and down in the deep blue.
If it gets busy, you can always head to nearby Cala Serena or the larger Cala Ferrera for equally satisfying swims.
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