Mallorca’s top five beaches
When it comes to beaches, this family-friendly island offers celebrity yacht spots as well as some lovely Blue Flag beauties. Here are our favourites:
The beach experience… Small and shingly, this beautiful cove on the precipitous northwest coast is popular with locals as well as more internationally-renowned faces – Deià village is one of the chicest places on the island. It’s a favourite of the sailing crowd who come by boat for lunch at the two excellent beach restaurants. Yachts moor up at the jetty to allow their fortunate passengers to disembark; mere mortals have to drive down the narrow, winding cliff road, but it’s certainly worth the effort.
Where to stay nearby… Ca’n Antuna, a pretty farmhouse just a short stroll from Fornalutx’s many restaurants.
The beach experience… This fantastic Blue Flag beach is 6km long. At the Port d’Alcudia end, there are all the restaurants, sports and beach facilities you could want, backing the soft pale sand which shelves gently into turquoise shallows. Moving away from the resort, the development gives way to dunes, pines and juniper trees and the protected, unspoilt beauty of S’Albufera Natural Park.
The beach experience… A-list fans of Formentor have included Winston Churchill and Audrey Hepburn – and it’s no wonder. This beach is truly lovely – a long, narrow stretch backed by pine forest, lapped by aquamarine water and with excellent facilities – but you’ll need to get here early. At barely eight metres wide, it can get very busy at peak times. If you want to get out and about, combine a trip here with a drive along the Formentor cliffs.
Where to stay nearby… Enjoy a taste of traditional finca style at Villa Corralet or the well-located Can Fullós just a few kilometres from Pollença. With four bedrooms each, they offer generous amounts of space to invite grandparents or family friends along with you.
The beach experience… This former fishing village has become a friendly resort and its three small, clean sandy coves are made for building sandcastles. The rocky coastline means that the water is superbly clear and it’s great fun to hire a pedalo and take your mask and snorkel a little way off shore to see what you can find. There are also plenty of beach services and places to eat and drink in the village.
Where to stay nearby… The stylish family-friendly Villa Raconet, within walking distance of the beach.
The beach experience… A horseshoe-shaped bay with the backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains, this peaceful family favourite has very calm water, ideal for the very young who are just getting used to waves. The Pine Walk is a lovely spot for a drink right at the water’s edge. Book ahead during peak season as the restaurants are always busy.
Where to stay nearby… The charming two-bedroom Ca’n Mercer for a tranquil retreat that’s also just a ten-minute drive from the beach or Els Parats a comfortable cottage for two with lots of character.
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