For some reason this post was oddly difficult for me to write as Mallorca holds a very special place in my heart and I don't really like giving away my secret beach spots. However, from the first time I stepped foot on this lovely little island to present day, tourism (and Instagram) has definitely discovered Mallorca and it's local gems, so better to hear it here first! On this trip, we were lucky enough to stay in Colònia de Sant Jordi at THB Sur Mallorca, which is located in the southeast part of the island, and personally where I think all the best beaches are. I've become quite the beach snob over the last several years, and while large, sprawling, seemingly never-ending beaches definitely have their charm, I have become absolutely obsessed with little coves or 'Cala/Calo' as they call them in Spain. The 3 cove beaches that are definite must-sees are Calo des Moro, Cala s'Almunia and Cala Llombards. Other notable beaches in the area are Cala Figuera and Es Trenc. Es Trenc is a larger beach that will make you feel as if you've taken a right turn and ended up in the Caribbean with it's fine white sand and crystal clear shallow turquoise water. The only downside about Es Trenc is the fact that it's not protected, so when winds tend to pick up in the later afternoon, the water gets pretty choppy. If it happens to be a particularly windy day, I'd recommend skipping it.
Now back to the real reasons you should go to Mallorca - the coves. Whether you've decided to stay in the southeastern part of the island (because it's the best and most authentic area on the island) or back in the 'bustling' city of Palma, I'd recommend renting a car so that you have the freedom to roam around and see as many of these beautiful coves as possible. Calo des Moro is going to leave you in awe, and will fill up fast in the summer months as there's almost no beach to begin with. However, unless you travel in packs, I've never had an issue finding a spot to lay my sarong down no matter the time of day. If for some reason you can't find a spot, just hike over the hill to it's neighbor Cala s'Almunia, where you can sunbathe amongst the rocks. Definitely bring a cooler or some snacks to these beaches as there are no places to purchase food or drink and you're going to want to stay on the beach for the majority of the day.
I would have easily said that Calo des Moro was my all-time fav beach during my first trip to Mallorca, but since then, I've become a bit older and wiser and have found a new favorite - Cala Llombards. There's just so much room for activities and again, the water is ridiculous! You're really going to have to see it for yourself! Oh, and don't forget your floatie and snorkel! You can thank me later.
P.s. I had a really hard time narrowing down photos, so you're just going to have to deal with the semi-duplicates. Soz.