- Try and stay in the south east region of the island where there is a large selection of beautiful beaches, amazing hiking and fewer tourists in comparison to the beaches in the north.
- Skip out on the fancy hotel and rent a flat/house/room.
- Rent a car so you can easily hop from one beach or town to the next. Car rentals can be as low as 4€/day with OK Rental.
- Drive through the sand coloured villages, where all of the houses and buildings have green shutters and are made of stone.
- Check out the town of Colònia de Sant Jordi for dinner and/or gelato especially after a day at Es Trenc. There's dairy free gelato at a place called Hostal Colonial!
- Walk around Cala Figuera and have lunch along the marina.
- Forget an up-to-date, detailed map or GPS. While roads run all around the island, there's a lack of signs and it can be hard to tell which road goes where, especially when trying to get to the beaches.
- Be surprised by naked sun bathers. When in Europe!
Being one of the cheaper beach destinations in Europe (especially from Germany) there was no question about taking a weekend trip to Mallorca. Before arriving, I decided to do some research on the best beaches around the island, only to find that there is an overwhelming amount of beautiful 'platjas' and there was no way I would see them all...sigh..
However, after chatting with my airbnb host, I experienced a sense of relief when he told me how many of the beaches were swarmed with hotel tourists (especially in the north) so I wouldn't want to see them all anyway. Luckily, we were staying in es Llombards, far away from the resorts, and extremely close to some of Mallorca's best bronzing spots.
After spending 4 days exploring the coast, these are the beaches you won't want to miss during your stay in Mallorca:
Platja des Trenc (Es Trenc)
Es Trenc will make you feel as though you've taken a holiday to the Caribbean with it's endless white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. Grab some sangria at one of the beach bars and enjoy the day! This beach is closest to the towns of Campos and Colònia de Sant Jordi. Parking is 6€.
Cala s'Almunia may not be known for it's sandy beach, but it's beauty comes from the rocks and trees that frame this cove. Since the sand area is really small, people tend to find a spot alongside the rocks and spend time sun bathing or jumping into the water. This beach is near Cala Llombards and is accessible via a local road and a steep set of stairs.
Caló Des Moro
Caló des Moro is just a small hike from Cala s'Almunia, but once you look over the cliff to see what's ahead, your eyes will be glued. Even though it's one of the more secluded coves, you'll want to make sure to get here on the earlier side, as this beach is rather small and space fills up fast.
Platja des Caragol
Platja des Caragol is about a 25 minute walk from Cap de ses Salines. It's a vast and very untouched beach with nothing but large sand dunes and scattered trees lining the coast. It's the perfect place to escape the crowds. Make sure to pack some food/drink especially if you're going for the day as there are no restaurants or markets in the area.
Cala Llombards is tucked away, providing a more calm and quiet beach scene. Cliffs and pine trees frame the beach and a few old boathouses remain from past fishing days. The clear shallow water makes Cala Llombards a perfect destination for snorkeling and the beach is mainly frequented by locals.
Cala Agulla is located in the north east part of the island and surrounded by pine tree covered mountains. Beach volleyball seems to be a popular activity here and there are several bars along the beach. Depending on the time of year, this beach could be really quiet or completely crowded (summer months tend to be more crowded). Parking is 3€.