Mallorca with its more than 550 km of coastline and nearly 300 beaches is one of the preeminent paradise locations in the Mediterranean, where you can enjoy a holiday filled with sun and relaxation. If that's what you’re planning for this summer, keep reading – we've prepared a small guide to let you discover the best beaches in Palma de Mallorca, the island capital, and its wonderful surrounding areas.
The 6 best beaches in Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Balearic Islands and the main city on Mallorca. Apart from its more urban, cosmopolitan side and its great variety of leisure and culture, Palma also offers a perfect set of incredible coves and beaches where you can enjoy your holiday. Some of these beaches are in fact just steps from the city centre, which makes them ideal if you want to combine a day of shopping, museums, and terraces with a bit of tranquillity by the sea.
Can Pere Antoni
The beach Can Pere Antoni is the Palma city beach par excellence. It's located just steps from the heart of the city and from here you also get a beautiful view of the Cathedral of Mallorca. It's a beach with golden sand, about 750 metres long and always lively. Groups of locals gather here daily to sunbathe, play volleyball, play sports... There are all kinds of services available and plenty of bars and beach clubs nearby. You can get here by bike too, as it's right by the city promenade.
The Portixol area is the continuation of Can Pere Antoni beach. This used to be the fishermen’s neighbourhood, with low houses by the sea. It has now become one of the city's trendy areas thanks to this proximity to the sea, and the beautiful coves. Along the entire neighbourhood, and through the next called Molinar, you can enjoy a pleasant bike ride or walk by the sea. You’ll pass plenty of outdoor terraces and restaurants, all of them offering a good atmosphere. As you move along the coastline you can also choose from plenty of small coves with sand and rocks, crystal-clear waters, and a calm sea. These coves don’t provide services such as showers and sunbeds, but all are accessible and lovely.
Ciudad Jardín beach
If you continue your walk to the south, you'll see how the coves in Portixol and Molinar come to an end and instead you arrive at a large sandy beach. This is the Ciudad Jardín beach, a favourite among families living in Palma, but also for surf lovers, as there's a part of it that's ideal for surfing on days when a wind blows across the bay. This beach does have basic services such as showers and lifeguards, and there’s easy parking in the neighbourhood.
The beach Cala Estancia is about 11 kilometres from the centre of Palma de Mallorca and you can reach it both by car and by bike, or even walking, as the city promenade extends all the way out there, along the beaches already mentioned. Cala Estancia is a very quiet beach, with almost no waves and it’s sheltered from the wind, so ideal to visit any time of the year. The water here is very calm, the sand is white and fine, and there's sun here throughout the day.
The beach in Can Pastilla is the neighbouring beach, just some steps to the south, past the San Antonio de la Playa Yacht Club. This location by the club makes this beach very popular among those who practice sailing, paddle surfing and kite surfing. It’s a large beach with fine sand and perfect orientation if you want to see the sunset, and the atmosphere here is always lively thanks to the numerous bars and restaurants around it.
Playa de Palma
Playa de Palma is the extension of Can Pastilla to the south. This large, sandy beach – one of the largest on Mallorca – joins the famous Arenal de Llucmajor and creates a huge oasis of sun and Mediterranean Sea that continues for more than five kilometres. Just like the other beaches mentioned so far, the promenade runs along it and offers all kinds of services to the visitors: from the usual showers to the famous 'spas', meaning beach clubs where you can have a drink or eat just a few metres from the sand.
On the other side of the Bay of Palma you'll find another beach that features among the most popular beaches of Palma de Mallorca. This is the beach Cala Mayor, a 200-metre-long beach with white sand, rocky areas on both sides and easy access for children and the elderly. This is a city beach, but it keeps a certain charm: the atmosphere here is lovely and the water is clean and calm.
How to get to Palma de Mallorca
If you're staying at one of our hotels in Palmanova or Andratx, getting to Palma de Mallorca is very easy: the capital is about 20 minutes by car from Zafiro Palmanova, Zafiro Palace Palmanova and Zafiro Rey Don Jaime, and it’s 30 minutes from our exclusive Zafiro Palace Andratx.
If you've decided to enjoy your holiday in the north of Mallorca, the journey to get to Palma will take about 40 minutes from Puerto Alcudia, or an hour and a half if you leave from Zafiro Cala Mesquida.
Before you book your hotel in one area or another, take a look at our accommodation offers on Mallorca. You'll see that if you book directly with us, you'll also be able to enjoy a series of advantages that will make your trip even more special.
Things to keep in mind when visiting Palma
- Parking in the centre of Palma can be complicated, so it's a good idea to leave the car in the area between the beaches Can Pere Antoni – Portixol and rent a bike from there, visiting the beaches from the bike lane.
- Palma is a city full of life and it's worth spending at least a morning or an afternoon exploring its streets, visiting shops and enjoying restaurants.
- The sunset seen from the Palma beaches is stunning: you can see the entire bay, with the cathedral in the background. Make sure you take some selfies!
Other must-visit beaches on Mallorca
Apart from the beaches near the city of Palma, there are other amazing beaches on Mallorca that deserve to be included on your list of places to visit during your holiday. Take note:
Alcudia Bay and kilometres of beach
Did you know that Alcudia Bay has 35km of coastline? Located in the north of Mallorca, it is one of the most beautiful parts of the island, and the huge bay is home to several municipalities, a port, a yacht club and Albufera Natural Park.
The calm waters are ideal for numerous water sports, including great windsurfing or kitesurfing, especially when the wind blows from the north. The shallow waters off the huge beach make Alcudia Bay the ideal place for a relaxing day at the beach with the whole family or friends.
In the heart of Puerto de Alcudia, just a few metres from the beach, the 5-star Zafiro Palace Alcudia hotel is a paradise with 11 pools from which to choose at any time of day. Spacious and comfortable suites with direct access to a private pool or terrace with a jacuzzi, shower and Bali bed from which to admire the stunning views of the bay. We have also taken all the measurements defined by the authorities to ensure that your stay is as safe as possible and extremely peaceful.
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Es Trenc, the beach for Instagrammers
Would you like to disconnect from the world? This is the beach for you. Lying on the sand alongside the sea with the islet of Cabrera on the horizon is a priceless experience. Located in the south of the island, it consists of more than 2 kilometres of fine white sand and stunningly intense turquoise seas.
Our recommendation is that you visit in the afternoon and stay to watch the sun go down. This is a magical moment in which time seems to stand still in this corner of paradise. And don't hesitate to immortalise every moment - this beach is one of the top beaches for Instagrammers. You’ll get hundreds of likes and quite a lot of friendly envy from your followers!
Formentor, paradise for dreamers and romantics
The combination of sea and mountains make this beach one of the most beautiful treasures in the whole of Mallorca. Located about 10 km from Pollensa, the road to the beach runs through the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains, passing from one side of the mountains to the other, alongside cliffs that take your breath away, lush pine forests, and spectacular views over the bays of Pollensa and Alcudia.
The beach is very easy to get too, and there are two restaurants and a large car park. But the most impressive things are the views from the beach and the crystal-clear waters. Don't forget your goggles and flippers, this place is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
Have you ever had the feeling of never wanting to leave a place? Formentor is one of those places.
Cala Mondragó, wild and exotic
This choice of beaches has to include one of the wildest beaches on the island, located within the Mondragó Natural Park in the southeast of the island, about 10 km from the town of Santanyí.
Surrounded by a pine forest that reaches almost to the shore, the sea is simply amazing due to the transparency and clarity of the water. There is a car park, beach bars and a picnic area.
Next to Cala Mondragó there is another spectacular cove, S'Amarador, which is also part of the Natural Park, totally wild and unspoiled. Even though you have to walk for a few minutes, it is a place you really have to visit. We can assure you that the experience is definitely worth it.