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Calas and beaches

Discover all the coves of mallorca

Mallorca has 555 km of coastline where there are more than 250 coves and beaches

Along it we can find hundreds of coves and beaches of all sizes: from extensive sandy areas several kilometers in length to hidden coves just a few meters wide. The coast of Mallorca can provide the experience that any visitor is looking for.

Several tourist complexes have grown up in different parts of the coast

To provide tourists with all possible comforts in terms of safety, comfort, leisure options … But it is also possible to find secluded and lonely beaches, practically unknown, a few kilometers away, where you can enjoy the tranquility.

What is common to all of them is the enjoyment of the usually calm waters of the Mediterranean

And a mild climate with many sunny days a year. That sun that combined with the sea of ​​Mallorca creates a unique light in the world and that for decades has attracted painters from all over the world to try to capture it.

vista desde el aire de Cala d'Or
View from the air of Cala d’Or. From left to right we have; the Marina of Cala d’Or, the beach of Cala d’Or or Caló de ses Dones, Cala Gran and in the background, at last, Cala Esmeralda.

Its waters, navigated since the most remote antiquity, still harbor secrets to discover

Hundreds, if not thousands, of ships ended up at the bottom of these waters, victims of storms or pirates, before reaching the refuge provided by the many natural harbors scattered along the coast of Mallorca.

Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Christians, Ottomans …

For centuries the coasts of Mallorca were a stopover and trade point for all Mediterranean civilizations. And also a battlefield. Pirates who established their bases here. Pirates who attacked coastal towns in search of loot and slaves. Empires from Europe, Asia and Africa that landed in coves and beaches along the coast of Mallorca in their power struggles. The entire coast of Mallorca is dotted with historical moments, many of which have left traces that we can also visit.

Beaches and coves full of history, of charm

To relax or to have fun; to practice sports or to lie quietly under the magnificent Majorcan sun. All that and much more you can know in Mallorqueando, but the important thing is that you discover it and experience it for yourself. Do we mallorque?

Calas and beaches in the north area

The north of Mallorca is divided into two large areas that share common characteristics: the bays of Alcudia and Pollensa

Both are exposed to the north wind and this has created shallow, gently sloping beaches. In the bay of Alcudia there are more than 15 km of sandy beaches, including some of the most beautiful beaches in Mallorca. We can also find small coves in the capes that close both bays.

In that area we can find some of the most important tourist centers in Mallorca

Puerto de Pollensa, Puerto de Alcudia, Playa de Muro and Can Picafort. In these towns we can find both bustling tourist areas with entertainment venues, restaurants and shops, as well as secluded and discreet places where you can quietly enjoy the sea and the sun.

vista aérea de la playa de Alcudia
Aerial view of Alcudia beach. And in the background to the left we see the bay of Pollensa.

We can also take a tour through the past of Mallorca

Since prehistoric times, with the great necropolis of Son Real; the Roman period, visiting the ruins of the great city of Pollentia; or the medieval and Renaissance times, touring the historic center of Alcudia; to mention just three outstanding examples of the many that we can find in these lands.

And we cannot forget the natural heritage. In Alcudia we have the Albufera de Mallorca, the largest wetland on the island, a stopping point for migratory birds between Europe and Africa, apart from housing native species. In Pollensa there is his little sister, Albufereta. And further north the magnificent Formentor peninsula, a natural setting of singular beauty that captured visitors from all over the world before the invention of tourism.

Calas and beaches in the east area

The east of Mallorca is dominated by the Sierra de Levante

In its northernmost part, the Artá ​​Massif stands out, which rises abruptly from the sea, thus giving rise to small coves flanked by cliffs. Towards the south the relief is softer and it is where we have some sandy beaches.

Although these lands were populated since prehistoric times, large inhabited nuclei did not develop until very recent times

In fact, small fishing ports became large tourist centers just 50 years ago: Cala Ratjada and Cala Millor would be the most prominent in the north. Towards the south we would have Portocristo, Cala Romántica and Calas de Mallorca. Practically small hotel cities with all kinds of facilities and services to make the stay of tourists more comfortable.

Puerto de Cala Ratjada
Port of Cala Ratjada

But among these large holiday resorts there are also small coves away from the hustle and bustle

Half hidden among pine forests, where you can enjoy great moments of relaxation. Nature lovers cannot miss the Levante Peninsula Natural Park. Its more than 1,400 Ha include several typical Mediterranean habitats with very characteristic fauna and flora. Next to the Park there is a Nature Reserve that houses several virgin coves.

There are two other natural jewels that we cannot miss

One is the majestic Caves of Artá: the fruit of thousands of years of, normally, the silent work of nature, molding capricious shapes in this limestone subsoil. And the other, the Cuevas del Drac, a spectacular set of partially submerged caves that has one of the largest underground lakes in Europe.

Cuevas del Drach
Caves of Drach

The east of Mallorca offers experiences for all types of travelers

From those who seek leisure and fun to those who seek tranquility, or those who seek to discover the traces of our ancestors. Among small coves, hills topped by castles and sanctuaries and small villages recently taken from the Middle Ages, the region of eastern Majorca is a must.

Calas and beaches of es Migjorn

The southern region of Mallorca provides us with a great variety of landscapes

The most southeastern area is made up of wild coasts with small cliffs where winding coves open up. In the extreme south, in Santanyí and Ses Salines, the relief is much softer, and from here we mainly find large sandy areas such as Es Trenc, Sa Ràpita and Cala Pi, between which hidden coves alternate, formed mainly by mouths of torrents.

Along its coast some important tourist centers have flourished

Cala d’Or at one end and Arenal de Llucmajor at the other. In between there are many small fishing villages that have been including a lot of tourist offer. Portocolom, Portopetro or Colonia de Sant Jordi would be some of the most prominent.

En primer plano tenemos la playa Des Peregons, seguido de la playa de Es Trenc y al fondo Sa Ràpita.
In the foreground we have Des Peregons beach, followed by Es Trenc beach and in the background Sa Ràpita.

Populated since prehistoric times, these lands have known all the vicissitudes of the turbulent history of Mallorca

Scattered here and there we will be able to discover deposits of its primitive inhabitants. On these coasts the Roman conquerors landed, and also the Arabs; in Llucmajor the last battle of the Kingdom of Mallorca was fought; the Bourbon troops arrived through present-day Cala d’Or to put an end to the War of Succession. All these events have left their mark on this area in the architecture of its towns and cities, the sanctuaries, forts and defense towers.

But we cannot forget nature. In the southeast is the Mondragó Natural Park: more than 700 hectares of pine trees, bushes and dry crops that have shaped the landscape for centuries. Here you can meet dozens of native species and migratory birds, but also learn about traditional agricultural uses.

cala s'amarador en el parque natural de mondragó
Cala s’Amarador in the Mondragó Natural Park

Except for a couple of well-known towns and the most popular beaches, in general the south of Mallorca is a great unknown that deserves to be discovered. The natural environment, the towns, both on the coast and inland, the festivals, markets and traditions … there are many reasons to venture into this part of Mallorca.

Calas and beaches of the Bay of Palma

The bay of Palma is undoubtedly the main tourist center of Mallorca

Palma itself includes the large sandy areas of Can Pastilla and s’Arenal (grouped together with Cala Estancia under the name of Playa de Palma), but it also has a good number of other smaller beaches but equally perfect for sea bathing and Sun. In addition to the beaches of Palma, at one end of the bay, the Arenal de Llucmajor and several small coves of sand and rock must be added. And on the other, some of the best known beaches in Calviá such as Palmanova and Magaluf.

foto aérea de Palmanova al amanecer
Palmanova at sunrise. As we can see, the beach is well prepared and prepared to receive hundreds, if not thousands, of bathers of the day.

Most of these beaches were urbanized in the 60s (in the first tourist boom), or in the 70s

Given the proximity to the airport and the large hotel plant that was built in Palma and the surrounding areas, the entire bay became a first-class tourist destination worldwide. The price was the deterioration of the natural environment in various areas, and that some beaches had to be artificially regenerated. Currently, although urbanization cannot be reversed, measures have been taken to ensure that both the beaches and their waters are of the best quality for maximum enjoyment.

But the bay of Palma is not only sun and beach

Along the entire coastline there is a huge leisure offer of all kinds: nautical sports, maritime excursions along the coast, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shopping centers … and a few minutes away we have the center of Palma, with its shopping centers, areas of leisure, neighborhoods of craft shops …

Paseo Marítimo de Palma de Mallorca by night
After our day of calas, beaches and sun we can enjoy the nightlife on the Paseo Marítimo de Palma

For culture lovers, a two-thousand-year-old city like Palma, founded by the Romans on earlier primitive settlements, is a real gem. Built one level on top of another, it is possible to recognize the different levels of the city in its street map: Roman, Arab, Christian, Renaissance, and modern. Each period has left its legacy: the Arab baths, the Almudaina palace, the Cathedral of Mallorca and a multitude of churches, the Bellver castle, the fish market … not to mention the hundreds of unique buildings and stately homes scattered here and there.

Palacio Real de La Almudaina
Royal Palace of La Almudaina

La bahía de Palma es un destino turístico de primera categoría a nivel mundial, capaz de satisfacer las expectativas de prácticamente cualquier visitante.

Calas and beaches in the southwest area

The southwest of Mallorca is a small summary of what the whole island is. At that western end we can find large sandy areas, hidden and virgin coves, inland towns with their agricultural lands, coastal tourist centers and mountain villages. And just in 10 km around.

Vista aérea de Sant Elm
Aerial view of Sant Elm

This area basically includes part of Calviá and Andratx

Here is the southern end of the Sierra de Tramuntana, with some notable elevation such as Puig de Galatzó. Starting from Cabo de Cala Figuera, which closes the bay of Palma to the west, the coast becomes steeper and many small coves appear, although there are also notable sandy beaches such as Santa Ponsa and Camp de Mar.

vista panoramica de es Port de Andratx
Panoramic view of Es Port de Andratx

As in other areas of Mallorca and throughout the Mediterranean, the main towns were built inland to protect themselves from pirates.

But well into the twentieth century, with that threat disappeared, the coastal nuclei took hold. The relief and vegetation constitute a perfect environment to enjoy some privacy, and not a few celebrities and millionaires established their residences here. This attracted luxury tourism that was responded to with first-rate facilities, such as Puerto de Andratx or Port Adriano.

At the same time, small fishing villages such as Sant Elm continue to coexist

And there is also a place to enjoy nature. In front of this town is the island of La Dragonera, converted into a natural park. To the north is the nature reserve of La Trappe: an old Trappist monastery where you can discover the natural environment of this part of the coast of Mallorca and examples of traditional architecture.

Calas and beaches of the Sierra de Tramuntana

The Sierra de Tramuntana is the main mountain range in Mallorca and runs along its entire northwest coast

Its elevation (up to 1436 m at Puig Major) protects the Pla de Mallorca from the tramontana, a cold and turbulent wind coming from the north that frequently blows in the winter months. This wind has shaped the maritime slope of the Sierra for millennia, both from a geological and biological point of view.

Vista general del Puig Major
In the foreground we see the Cúber reservoir followed by the Gorg Blau reservoir. And in the background, at the top, the Puig Major with its famous radar.

The Sierra de Tramuntana is a landscape jewel that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011

Not only for its natural landscapes but also for those created by man over the centuries: terraced crops, water distribution, stone buildings that blend into the environment …

Inhabited for millennia, on the slopes of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains we can find some of the most picturesque villages in Mallorca

Deià, Valldemossa, Fornalutx… to mention just a few, world-famous for their surroundings and for the impressive landscape in which they are located.

The mountains and valleys are a paradise for hikers, with a large number of routes of various difficulties but all of great attraction. Fans of more extreme sports such as canyoning or caving will also find a good number of attractions here, such as the imposing Sa Fosca ravine or the cave called Sa Campana.

Some of these ravines and streams flow into coves of great charm where you can enjoy the waters of the Mediterranean in an incomparable setting. The most famous is undoubtedly the Torrent de Pareis and its mouth, Sa Calobra.

Vista panorámica de Valldemossa
Panoramic view of the beautiful town of Valldemossa