There are no deserted beaches on Mallorca in the high season for a long time. We present the ten most beautiful bays on the island – some of which are less visited.

Cala Figuera – the rough north

Cala Figuera, not to be confused with the fishing village of the same name in the southeast of the island, is a beautiful little bay in the north of the island. In addition to Cala Figuera, the Cap Formentor peninsula offers other low-lying, little, rarely visited bays such as Cala Murta. For visitors who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Ballermann on the island and are looking for the “other Mallorca”, Cala Figuera and the other bays in the north are well suited. The winding approach keeps many tourists off, but you should avoid lunchtime if you don’t want to share the bay with many holidaymakers. With the clean and fine sand and the breathtaking views, you are tempted to extend your stay in the north of Mallorca.

Dream bays: These are Mallorca's most beautiful beaches

Platja de Muro – the beautiful tall one

The Platja de Muro is located on the Bay of Alcúdia in the northeast of the island. The fine sandy beach is over four kilometers long and 30 meters wide. With the shallow entry into the sea and the moderate swell, the Platja de Muro is also suitable for children and sports enthusiasts: banana boat rides, kitesurfing, sailing, diving and surfing are offered in the water, and volleyball nets are set up on the beach. The water is very clean, but often churned by the wind. The dune landscape in many sections and the shade-giving pine trees create a feeling of nature. Umbrellas and loungers can be rented, and there are freshwater showers. There are many pubs and bars on the beach promenade, so that after a day at the beach you can experience the Mediterranean up close with a beer in the evening.

Cala Torta – between the hills and the sea

Cala Torta is a clean bay about 130 meters long and 200 meters wide, which can be reached from the town of Artà in the northeast of the island. Behind the beach, which has a good mix of sand and stones, there are many natural hills. The water in the bay is turquoise and there are occasional seaweed deposits. The Cala Torta falls deep into the sea and is therefore still one of the relatively moderately visited bays in Mallorca. Parking is limited. A small beach bar opens in midsummer and nudism is tolerated. Its two small sub-bays, Cala Mitjana and Cala Estreta, are also among the most beautiful bays in Mallorca, where visitors can enjoy a lot of peace and nature.

Dream bays: These are Mallorca's most beautiful beaches

Cala Agulla – the young wild one

This beach is clearly the most beautiful of the many bays around the resort of Cala Ratjada. Crystal clear water, fine sand and a pine landscape are not everything. The Cala Agulla is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts: the windy bay attracts every sport grouch to surfboard, banana boat or at least a pedal boat. If you don’t find your sport here, you only have to go one bay further, as Cala Ratjada’s beaches offer a lot of recreational sports. At the 500 meter long Cala Agulla there is lounger rental, a beach bar, freshwater showers and of course a lifeguard. In the secondary bay of Cala Gat, nudism is tolerated in summer. The beaches around Cala Ratjada are well frequented due to their excellent sports facilities, but are still more beautiful and quieter than Palma’s beaches.

Cala Varques – the quiet one

This secluded beach is located exactly between Porto Cristo and Cales de Mallorca on Mallorca’s east coast. Behind the 70 meters long and 50 meters wide beach is a large pine forest. The fine sand is a dream, especially children have fun on the gently sloping beach. Free climbers can often be seen on the rocks and cliffs that surround the beach. Cala Varques has a small side bay, Caló Blanc, which is just as beautiful. The number of visitors is moderate and there are some nude swimmers. Be sure to take provisions with you as there is no beach bar!

Dream bays: These are Mallorca's most beautiful beaches

Cala Sa Nau – the hidden one

This small natural beach on the east coast of Mallorca is popular with the locals and hardly known to tourists. Compared to the rather overcrowded beaches in summer, Cala Sa Nau is an insider tip. The paths to the bay are narrow and parking is limited on the sides of the path. There is now a small beach bar, a freshwater shower and parasols and loungers for rent. The beach of Cala Sa Nau is only 35 meters wide and around 80 meters deep. The beach slopes gently into the sea and the water is turquoise. The bay is almost completely surrounded by pine forests and cliffs with caves, so that one has no view of the open sea from the beach. But Cala Sa Nau is very sheltered from the wind and clean.

Cala Llombards – surrounded by rocks

This small bay offers shade in the mornings and is characterized by its flat beach as the perfect bathing bay. The clean Cala Llombards is located in the southeast of the island, between Santanyí and Llombards. The bay is bordered by old pine trees. Music can be heard from the small, legendary beach bar, giving visitors a real summer feeling. There is beer, long drinks and various snacks here. If you are looking for a little more tranquility, there are many ways to spread your towel on the sometimes very flat rocks next to the bay. The beach is also very popular with the locals, who dampen the tourist feeling in Cala Llombards. Loungers and parasols can be rented in the high season.

Dream bays: These are Mallorca's most beautiful beaches

The island’s absolute dream beach stretches for six kilometers on the southwest coast between Sa Ràpita and Colònia de Sant Jordi. The hinterland with its well-preserved dunes and salt pans is under nature protection. In the northernmost section of the beach, the bay is partly still very rocky and natural. In some areas of Es Trenc, loungers can be rented under fixed straw umbrellas. The beach also has a nudist section. In the south, in Ses Covetes, there are several beach stalls, but also more tourists and many unfinished holiday homes. It is almost impossible to get a free parking space near the beach.

Portals Vells – four bays in one go
Around eight kilometers south of Magaluf are the bays of Portals Vells – four small dream beaches on the edge of a pine forest. The fine sandy beaches drop gently into the sea. Here the waves are gentle and the clean water invites you to snorkel. Thanks to the nearby settlement of Sol de Mallorca, beach visitors have many other options for eating and drinking in addition to beach bars. The nearest parking lot is in the immediate vicinity of the El Mago bay, a popular nudist beach where the 1967 film “The Magician” with Anthony Quinn and Michael Caine was filmed. Visitors can also find a bit of history: on the coast there are still remains of the moor’s tower, built in 1580.If you want to get to this small, 50 meter long beach, you will get to know a special piece of Mallorca: The stony bay can be reached by car via a breathtaking, 13 kilometer long serpentine road with a height difference of around 780 meters. The bay is located in the north of the island, between Pollença and Sóller. The old trees on the beach offer plenty of shady spots and there are a few small bars in the immediate vicinity.

In the high season, the beach and the village of the same name are very well visited at lunchtime – many tourists come by coach. However, if you are not afraid to come very early or climb a bit over rocks, you will get an unforgettable impression of Mallorca’s natural landscape and its rugged cliffs. Free parking is unfortunately scarce, but recommended, as the paid parking lot can be expensive due to its minute intervals.

Emily Wong

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