Best Beaches in Majorca
Majorca is home to a diverse range of beaches to suit the needs of different travellers. Seeking escapism? The quieter east coast could be just what you’re looking for, whether you go for the quaint town of Porto Cristo or the tranquil retreat of S’illot. 24-hour party people can head to Magaluf Beach to be surrounded by fellow revellers. But if you value your personal space head to Playa de Muro - as it extends for 6km! For a bit of everything, the capital Palma has culture, history and sand.
1. Porto Cristo Beach
Porto Cristo is a quaint port town that's considered to be a bit of a hidden gem. It boasts charming cobbled streets, with sandy-coloured buildings providing a distinctive flair. The 350m long beach is located on an inlet, offering views across the harbour in one direction and buildings perched on cliff tops in the other. The shallow calm waters provide the perfect place for younger children to safely splash around in. If you wish to spend the afternoon relaxing under the Mediterranean sun you may choose to rent a sunbed. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active you may choose to hire a pedal boat.
Porto Cristo is also home to the renowned Caves of Drach. A tour of the complex takes around an hour. The paths lead you on a journey through an underworld full of beautifully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. Plus, there’s an underground river leading to a large lake-filled cavern. The best bit is you’ll be invited to take a seat in a natural concert hall, as musicians treat your ears to some soothing sounds.
2. S'illot Beach
S'illot is a charming coastal town located to the north of Porto Cristo. It strikes a perfect balance between a bustling beach resort and a tranquil retreat. This small and intimate destination boasts a leisurely and laid-back pace of life, making it an ideal choice for those seeking relaxation. The nightlife here is also low-key, providing a peaceful ambiance for evening strolls or enjoying a drink at a local tavern.
The main draw in S'illot is its pristine white sandy beach, which stretches for 350m along the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Beach lovers are guaranteed to be enchanted by the tranquil beauty and the opportunity to soak up the sun in a serene environment. The sandy stretch is backed by a range of restaurants and cafes, perfect for little travellers who can’t wait for their lunch.
3. Magaluf Beach
Magaluf is famous for its vibrant nightlife, making it a popular destination for holidaymakers seeking a lively getaway. The sandy stretch here extends for 1km and the crystal clear waters tempt sunseekers into the Mediterranean to cool off. You may choose to try your hand at jet skiing, banana boating or parasailing.
The resort is home to the renowned Oceans Beach Club, with live DJs and themed pool parties, as well offering you the chance to chill with a premium cocktail on a king size Bali bed. As it’s very popular you’ll need to reserve your spot in advance to avoid disappointment. Music lovers should consider booking a Majorca holiday in mid-May, when the annual Mallorca Live Festival takes place. Previous headliners have included The Black Eyed Peas, The Kooks, Muse, Christina Aguilera and Franz Ferdinand.
4. Playa de Muro
Playa de Muro extends for more than half of the 11km distance between Can Picafort and Port d'Alcudia, so if you like a long walk on the beach this is the best spot in Majorca for you. But with multiple bus stops along the route and plenty of places to park, you’re not obliged to hike. The sea is fairly shallow but slightly deeper than at other beaches on the island, making it a great place to take kids who have learnt how to swim.
The list of watersports on offer are endless. If jet skiing isn’t adrenaline-filled enough for you, there’s parasailing or you could ride the Crazy UFO (a circular inflatable tied to a speed boat). If you want an activity that won’t make your heart race there’s dolphin safaris and beach horse riding.
5. Palma City Beach (Ca'n Pere Antoni)
There can’t be many beaches in the world with a backdrop of a gothic cathedral but Palma has just that. At 750m long this blue-flag stretch of fine sand isn’t the longest or shortest in Majorca, but being adjacent to the capital it’s both easy to get to and has plenty of amenities nearby. It’s the perfect place to spend a couple of hours after a day of sightseeing in Palma’s Old Town. If you stay until sunset you’ll be rewarded with some breathtaking views, whether you’re looking out across the bay or inland towards the cathedral.
At the eastern end of the beach, there’s an abundance of bars and restaurants, a beach club with volleyball courts, and a kayaking rental service. If you don’t want to walk back into the city centre you can make use of the handy bus service.