Mention Mallorca to anyone and it’s almost guaranteed that the image they conjure up will be of the notoriously trashy party scene thumping away in Magaluf— not too dissimilar from the neon and vomit themed Full Moon Party on Koh Pha Ngan, just conveniently located in Europe. Just like you’ll find in Thailand, though, there is so much more to this popular island than drunk teenagers and alcohol poisoning. If you’re willing to spend a little time and petrol exploring beyond the city centre, you may just find that Mallorca and it’s incredible beach will steal your heart.
We stayed here in an amazing AirBnB that had sprawling ocean views from the balcony, and we absolutely loved it. Not terribly far from the main city of Palma and the airport, yet a world away from the partying, this is a somewhat upscale area that has fantastic food and lovely beaches. We stocked up at the supermarket to save on eating every meal out, but we still splurged on dinner one night at a waterfront restaurant that had incredible seafood (ceviche!) and routinely indulged in ice cream, because we were on holiday and we deserved it.
Despite not really cracking any of the popular lists of best beaches in Mallorca, I absolutely fell in love with Mallorca from the moment I saw the ocean from our balcony in Port d’Andratx. The little beach below us (basically just a patch of sand) was protected from any heavy waves by the natural rock cliffs that also shelter the port, and the result was glass-like, crystal-clear water that seemed hardly there because you could just see all the way to the ocean floor. Coupled with the lack of crowds at the beach, I honestly loved the beaches in Andratx and would recommend paying this cute little port town a visit on your way through— that is, if you don’t stay there! (Hit me up for the AirBnB details if you want an inexpensive studio apartment with ocean views and direct beach access!)
Mallorca’s “best” beach, even according to our Mallorcan friend, is about 40 minutes southeast of Palma and certainly not a well-kept secret. We had to pay 7€ for parking, and I really wasn’t thrilled about the number of people there, but I think I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to beaches because I live on the coast in Wollongong and it’s not hard to find empty beaches (because Australia literally has no people). Even I had to admit that the water was absolutely gorgeous, though, with its infinite shades of blue and green over white sand.
Katy and I spent several hours splashing around in the water and taking several hundred photos, because we just couldn’t believe how clear the water was! We brought our lunch with us, but there were a couple of vendors wheeling huge carts of fresh fruit and cold drinks around too, so it’d be easy to spend the entire day at the beach and be pretty satisfied with life. Crowds aside, I still really enjoyed swimming here and laying out in the sand, working on my sunburn— I mean tan— and it’s truly not a spot to miss if you’re touring the island in search of the best beach.
Colónia de Sant Jordi
After our afternoon on the beach, we made a quick 10 minute detour to this tiny town, where we enjoyed views onto the little lighthouse and the scraggly coastline. We sat and read our books here for a while, but were soon frightened off by a few drops of rain that never actually materialised into a storm, despite the ominous colour of the sky. In better weather, this is a great spot for a coastal walk past the lighthouse and even offers nice little stretches of sandy beach that could totally be enjoyed for the better part of an afternoon.