Mallorca's top five beaches

Mallorca's best beaches offer something for everyone, from celebrity yacht spots to pristine Blue Flag beauties ideal for watersports and family holidays. Here's our guide to some Simpson favourites:

 

See and be seen: Cala Deià

Fall in love with… The underwater experience. Great visibility makes for fascinating snorkelling.

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 restaurants.

Watersports and wildlife: Playa De Muro

Fall in love with… The ease of having something for everyone.

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.

Where to stay nearby… Sa Rota Nova, a stylish, family-friendly villa and the romantic, one-bedroom Sa Teulada are both around 15 minutes from Playa de Muro by car.

 

A Mallorcan must-see: Playa De Formentor

Fall in love with… The island’s most famous beach.

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… Ca’n Prital, a beautiful country house set in spacious grounds for families and Ca’n Bobis a private romantic hideaway for couples. Both are near Pollença/Puerto Pollença and a 25-minute drive from the beach.

Sandcastles and sunsets: Cala San Vicente

Fall in love with… Spectacular sunset views over to the impressive Formentor Peninsula.

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 & drink in the village.

Where to stay nearby… The stylish family-friendly Villa Raconet, within walking distance of the beach.

Family-friendly: Puerto Pollença

Fall in love with… Blue Flag beauty with excellent shops, cafés and restaurants nearby.

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… Ca'n Jaume Barretes a spacious four-bedroom villa with a very large pool, or, for couples, Els Parats is a comfortable cottage with lots of character.