Extensive, urban and megaturistic beach
The beach of Can Picafort is a long sandy ground of 1.4 km located in the municipality of Santa Margarita and practically in the center of the bay of Alcúdia. Next to him has grown the important tourist center of the same name.
The beach itself is composed of fine sand with an amplitude of between 20 and 30 meters. Being open to the prevailing winds of the north, it has a very gentle slope, even entering many meters in the sea the depth is scarce. At the same time the waters are calm and there is hardly any swell, which makes it perfect to enjoy with children, and also for the elderly or with mobility problems.
The history of the tourist center dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when wealthy families from Santa Margarita began to build their summer residences around the beach. One of those owners was Jeroni Fuster, nicknamed Picafort. Until the 70s Can Picafort was a small nucleus of about 200 inhabitants, among fishermen and summer residents of the municipality, but with the tourism boom it became one of the largest complexes in Mallorca, with about 10,000 hotel beds.
Parallel to the beach runs the seafront, full of hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, souvenir shops … In the months of high season, especially July and August, the area may be saturated, but the rest of the year given its length It is possible to easily find quiet places where you can enjoy its fine sand and clean waters with tranquility.
To reach Can Picafort from Palma we will take the Ma-13 motorway to Inca, taking exit 27 (Inca / Sineu / Llubí). We will continue along the Ma-3240 towards Inca and take the first exit of the roundabout towards Calle Llubí, leaving the hospital on our right. From there we will follow the Ma-3440 road towards Llubí. Then we will follow the same road but following the indications to Santa Margarita.
Upon reaching Santa Margarita we will not get into the town but we will follow the Ma-3410 road towards Can Picafort. Once there we will have directions to reach the beach. We can park in the streets of the town without many problems.
Can Picafort is well connected by public transport. From the airport, the A32 line reaches Can Picafort. From the city of Palma we can take line 390, and from Inca, 395. If we are in the north, line 352 connects Can Picafort with Puerto de Pollensa, passing through Playa de Muro, Puerto de Alcudia and Alcudia.
In summer, lines 353 are also active, which goes from Can Picafort to the lighthouse of Formentor; 354, from Can Picafort to the Port of Sóller; and 355, which links Can Picafort and the Tramuntana mountains (Lluc monastery and Sa Calobra, among other locations).
As an eminently tourist place, Can Picafort is equipped with all the services to provide all the comforts and security to the visitor. On the beach there is rental of hammocks (with safe) and umbrellas. It also has showers and public toilets, and in the summer months there is a lifeguard service.
As we have said, next to the beach there is a seafront where there is a wide variety of bars and restaurants where you can eat or cool off.
The shallow water depth in Can Picafort makes it perfect for a visit with children or people with mobility problems. But being such a long beach (more than 1 km of sand) there is room for many more activities than simply taking a dip and lying in the sun.
Among the water sports we can practice are windsurfing, paddlesurfing, canoeing, sailing, scuba diving … with a good offer to rent the equipment if we do not have it. In the area there are also several academies where we can start in these sports.
Halfway between sports and recreational activities we can practice water skiing, parasailing, or ride a banana boat. There are also facilities to rent jet skis and motor boats.
But we also have a good range of activities on land. Along the seafront there is a bike line, and also Can Picafort is the starting point or transit of several tourist bike routes through the municipality of Santa Margarita.
Along the promenade there are also fitness facilities. And at the most eastern end of the beach there are the remains of a nest of civil war machine guns that the sea has been eroding and that is used as a trampoline, but it is in very bad condition and is very dangerous, so it is not advised jump into the sea from there.
If our option is the tourism of nature and culture from Can Picafort we have several walking routes to visit different enclaves. At the east end of Can Picafort beach we will find the area of Son Bauló, a small virgin beach formed by the mouth of the homonymous torrent. Next to this beach is the Son Real necropolis (also called the Phoenician Graveyard), a unique archaeological site in the western Mediterranean dating from the 7th century BC.
Next to this site is the Son Real public estate. It is an ancient possessió (old manor house and estate) in whose grounds there are several more archaeological sites, apart from examples of Mallorcan rural architecture.
And going west we can visit the dunes of the natural area of Playa de Muro and a few kilometers beyond, the natural park of the Alcudia lagoon, the largest wetland in the Balearic Islands and declared a Wet Zone of International Importance as a place of transit for several species of migratory birds between Africa and northern Europe.
As we have already mentioned, Can Picafort is a top-level tourist destination and offers almost 10,000 hotel beds of all categories. There is also a wide range of aparthotels and tourist rentals, both apartments and single-family homes and rustic estates.