Discover 10 best beaches in Mallorca

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People go to Mallorca for perfect sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, turquoise waves of the Mediterranean Sea, and an attractive Spanish vibe.

Almost the entire coast of Mallorca is an endless series of beaches, but we will tell you about the most popular resorts on the island.

The most popular place in Mallorca is its capital, Palma de Mallorca. Most of the island's guests settle here, and no wonder - Palma welcomes visitors with shady parks, ancient squares, cobbled streets, and luxurious sandy beaches.

The most popular beaches in Mallorca: 

Cala Mayor beach

Cala Mayor

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Palma's public beach, Cala Mayor, is located 6 km from the city center. This is the best beach in the capital and it is located quite close to the center, which is both positive and negative. There are all the necessary facilities and it is quite easy to get there. But the beach is rather crowded and it may not be that easy to find a cozy spot near the sea.

On Cala Major you will find:

  • rental of sunbeds and sunshades
  • changing cabins
  • showers and restrooms
  • cafes and restaurants
  • sale of beach accessories
  • beach sports equipment rentals

The best hotels near Cala Mayor beach

The most popular options near Cala Mayor beach are:

  • budget three-star BQ Belvedere Hotel, which offers magnificent views of the mountains. The hotel offers big pool with a comfortable terrace, a wonderful tropical garden, and excellent service;
  • comfortable four-star Eurostars Marivent, located in minutes walk from the sea. There are cozy rooms, a pool surrounded by palm trees, nice restaurants, and big shops within walking distance.
  • luxury five-star Nixe Palace Hotel, which is located next to the beach so you may enjoy the play of the waves right from your balcony. You will enjoy modern rooms, three restaurants, and a thermal spa here.

Playa de Palma beach

Playa de Palma beach

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Playa de Palma is located 7 km from Palma de Mallorca. It stretches for almost 10 km between El Molinar and another popular resort called El Arenal. The beach is equipped with everything you need for a perfect beach holiday. A promenade framed by beautiful palm trees passes by the beach. There is a wide variety of cafes and restaurants, good selection of grocery stores and souvenir shops, and bicycle rentals where you can take a bicycle and ride to neighboring towns and beaches.

On Playa de Palma you will find:

  • rental of sunbeds and sunshades
  • changing cabins
  • showers and restrooms
  • cafes and restaurants
  • grocery stores
  • beach shops
  • beach sports equipment rentals
  • bike rentals

The best hotels near Playa de Palma

If you're looking for a budget option, check out:

  • nice Houm Plaza Son Rigo offers spacious apartments with kitchenettes;  
  • Hotel Amic Miraflores is one of the more affordable options. In each room, you will find a private terrace with a perfect view.

If you prefer hotels of a higher class, pay attention to the next options:

El Arenal beach

El Arenal Beach

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El Arenal is one of the most famous resorts on the island situated 14 km away from the center of Palma de Mallorca. This beach is popular because of its soft white sand, gentle slope into the water, crystal clear sea, sprawling palm trees planted along all the coast, and stylish cafes with spacious terraces overlooking the sea.

On El Arenal beach you will find:

  • rental of sunbeds and sunshades
  • changing cabins
  • showers and restrooms
  • cafes and restaurants
  • grocery stores
  • beach shops
  • beach sports equipment rentals
  • bike rentals
  • Aqualand El Arenal water park
  • night discos

The best hotels near El Arenal beach

There are many good 3-star options in the El Arenal area, such as Planet One Hotel, whose rooms are decorated in a laconic urban style, and the comfortable Hotel Fenix ​​and  Hotel Gracia, both located a minute walk from the beach.

Magaluf beach

Magaluf Beach

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Magaluf Beach is a famous hangout spot. Beach party lovers come here from all over the world. The town of Magaluf is located 18 km from the center of Palma de Mallorca, so it is easy to get here by public transport or taxi.

It is a 900 meters long beach with fine-grain sand, clear blue water and perfect service.

Magaluf has all the facilities you need:

  • sun lounges and sunshades
  • restrooms and showers
  • wide variety of bars and cafes
  • beach shops
  • water sports rental spots

Here you may enjoy water skis, jet skis, and parasailing, visit Western Water Park and have fun all day and night long.

In the mornings, people come here to sunbathe and swim in the aquamarine waves. In the evenings, lights are lit in seaside cafes, night clubs are opening the doors, music sounds louder and cocktail rivers are starting to flow. The most popular DJs come to Magaluf, so connoisseurs will definitely not fall asleep. The most popular clubs here are Bananas, Boomerang, Buffalos, Honeys, BCM Planet Dance, and Tokio Joes.

Nikki beach is a luxury beach club that combines all kinds of art together - music, fashion, dining, and dance. Here the best private parties and the most exquisite events are held, so come if you want to become a part of it.

The best hotels near Magaluf beach

The most popular options include:

Colonia de Sant Jordi resort and Des Caragol beach

Colonia de Sant Jordi

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The resort Colonia de Sant Jordi is situated 55 km from Palma de Mallorca. People come here to visit perfect beaches, such as Platja des Dolc, Platja es Dofi and Platja des Carbo. Another must-see place here is the Far del Cap Salines lighthouse. The most famous beach of the resort is located 8 km from the city and is called Des Caragol.

The beach is not equipped, but extremely picturesque. The coast of fine white sand is washed by the waves of the sea on one side and framed by rocks on the other. There are usually not too many people here so you will relax and feel harmony. Take some food and drinks with you and choose a picturesque place for a picnic. For example ​​the Far del Cap Salines lighthouse, which is just 5 km from the beach.

The best hotels in Colonia de Sant Jordi

People usually come here for a couple of days and choose one of the hotels near the sea. The best of them are the four-star Universal Hotel Marques and Hotel Honukai, located by the sea.

  • Hotel Honucai offers a perfect location at the beach, rooms decorated in Mediterranean style, an outdoor pool, and wonderful service.
  • Universal Hotel Marques is situated on the seashore so you may enjoy breakfasts with a seaside view on your balcony.

Cala Millor

Cala Millor

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Mallorca is not only its elegant capital but also dozens of other resorts. Among them is Cala Millor, located 72 km from Palma de Mallorca. And this place is really worth visiting. Cala Millor is a coastal town with comfortable hotels, cozy cafes, and clean and uncrowded beaches. The most popular beach, Platja de Sant Llorenc, stretches more than 2 km along the city.

Lovers of nature and tranquility will enjoy wild beaches that are easy to find to the right and left of the main beach.

On Cala Millor you will find:

  • rent sunbeds and sunshades
  • changing cabins
  • showers and restrooms
  • cafes and snack bars
  • sale of beach stuff
  • rentals of water sports equipment
  • sports grounds
  • playgrounds for children

It is better to come to Cala Millor for a few days. You will certainly find something to do because there are several excellent beaches with all the necessary facilities, beautiful parks with emerald lawns, nice cafes and restaurants, sand dunes, and even a small castle.

The best hotels near Cala Millor beach

There are many hotels in the city, so you will have a lot to choose from. The city has a wide range of Hipotel hotels, the most popular of which are the five-star Hipotels Hipocampo Palace & Spa, located on the territory of a tropical garden, and the four-star Hipotels Flamenco, which has direct access to the beach. Another four-star option is the Iberostar Cala Millor, also located right on the beach.

Calo des Moro

Calo des Moro

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One of the most beautiful resorts in Mallorca is located in the bay of Calo des Moro, 55 km from Palma de Mallorca. The beach of Calo des Moro is surrounded by rocks that are covered with greenery. The sand on the beach is white and soft, and the water in the sea is crystal clear. There is one minus - a huge number of people, which is due to the fact that recommendations to visit this place can be found in almost every guidebook. If you are planning to come here in the summer, come to Calo Des Moro for beautiful photos, and then go to the beach next door to swim and relax. If you come in spring or autumn you will definitely find a nice spot near the sea.

The beach is not equipped, and there are no sunbeds and sunshades for rent, as there are no showers and restrooms, but there are magnificent views and many places for diving enthusiasts.

If you want to enjoy the local beauty, stay at one of the hotels in the neighboring towns of Cala Llombards or Cala Santanyi. The most popular option is villa for rent, for example Ca Na Marina with three bedrooms, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center with a hot tub, or the stunning Villa Rosa surrounded by pines and sea.

Alcudia resort

Playa de Muro in Alcudia

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Alcudia is located 55 km from Palma de Mallorca. People come to this small town looking for beautiful views, intricate medieval streets, old fortresses, spacious beaches, inexpensive hotels and perfect service. And they find it all.

The city beach of Alcudia

The beach of Alcudia stretches for 2 km along the city. The city beach is equipped with everything you need for an unforgettable beach holiday.

Here you will find:

  • rental of sunbeds and sunshades
  • showers and restrooms
  • changing cabins
  • cafes and restaurants
  • rental equipment for water sports
  • playgrounds for children
  • sports grounds

Playa de Muro in Alcudia

Another popular beach in Alcudia is located next to the city beach and is called Playa de Muro. It has all the same facilities as the city beach, but the views are even more picturesque.

If you are looking for a hotel in Alcudia near the beach, keep in mind that the closer to the sea the hotel is, the more expensive it is. But the town is small, so wherever your hotel is located, the walk to the beach will not take long.

Popular coastal options include the luxurious four-star Grupotel Alcudia Suite with a big swimming pool and stylish rooms overlooking the sea, the four-star Iberostar Playa de Muro, which also offers all-inclusive service, and the Iberostar Ciudad Blanca Alcudia aparthotel, which offers spacious apartments with their own kitchen.

Playa Formentor

Playa de Formentor

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The cape and beach of Formentor are one of the most remote attractions of Mallorca. Usually, people come here by car or take a tour. The key points of the route include the observation deck, the beach and the lighthouse at Cape Formentor.

The beach is situated 18 km from the famous resort of Alcudia, 10 km from the city of Porto de Pollensa and 55 km from Palma de Mallorca.

These places amaze travelers with a combination of yellow rocks, white sand, emerald greenery, and deep blue sea.

The beach differs from other Mallorca beaches. Majestic pine trees grow along the coast. This combination is very unusual, especially the fact that fragrant needles fall on the sun-warmed sand and create the atmosphere of natural SPA. You can rent sunbeds and sunshades on the beach.

The best hotels near Formentor

The hotels closest to Formentor beach are situated in Alcudia and Port de Pollensa. Pay attention to the comfortable Hotel Illa d'Or which offers stylish rooms overlooking the sea, an amazing restaurant, an outdoor pool with sea view and a spa. Hotel Eolo is decorated in a pleasant Mediterranean style and has access to the beach. Flawless Playa Mar & Spa offers bright rooms with nice balconies, tennis court, outdoor pool with spacious terrace and spa where there is everything to relax. All these hotels are located in Port de Pollensa, 10 km from Formentor Beach, which can be reached by public transport or taxi.

How to get Playa Formentor

By taxi or transfer

Not the cheapest, but the most convenient and fast way is a taxi or a transfer. You may choose the best option for you. 

By bus

Buses do not go right to the cape and to the lighthouse. But if you are planning a trip to the cape by public transport, you must first get to the city of Porto de Pollensa. Bus number 340 goes from Palma de Mallorca to Port de Pollensa, which departs from the Palma city bus station. Travel time is about 1 hour 30 minutes. Tickets should be bought from the driver. When you arrive, you can try to take a bus to Formentor beach, but keep in mind that it goes literally once a day around 10 am and only in summer. The easiest way is to take a taxi, the price won't be high.

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