Mallorca is beautiful when it comes to the coast. Inland? Not so much. It kind of reminded me of the dirty parts of southern California: a dry and distressed desert. So if you’re headed to one of the largest of the Balearic Islands be prepared to rent a car if you really want to explore its beauty and don’t hesitate to stay overnight in just one place. MOVE AROUND. The island has so much to offer.
Two of my favorite resources we’re Virtual Mallorca & See Mallorca. Unfortunately, the descriptions are vague and somewhat off. “Virtual Mallorca” gave me more of a visual of the island and “See Mallorca” gave me a little more of a modern insight.
With that said, if you’re headed to Mallorca you’re probably antsy to hit a beach. We rented a car and hit the top ones on our list, and then some, so here are some of the TOP TEN BEACHES IN MALLORCA as well as things to see and not to see:
1. Unless you’re a british 16 year old that wants to get wasted every night, stay away from Magaluf. If you’re not, you’re going to want to kill yourself past 10pm. We love our nightlife so through that alone we were veered to stay in Magaluf from mutual friends and little research. We stayed at the luxurious Melia Hotel called the Beach House. I really wanted to rage at Nikki Beach Mallorca (which was amazing if you don’t mind $20 a drink and $80 for a hookah) and this hotel happened to be right next door. Other than that the hotel really wasn’t worth the price (service was slow, etc). Magaluf is like a cheesy carnival. Think vegas lights but not…with hundreds of drunk brits and terrible bars. We did have fun during the forth of July at The Daiquiri Palace in Magaluf. They had live music on the beach and it was a really good time. I’m all about beach parties so that was definitely the most fun for me 🙂 . BCM Planet Dance is in Magaluf as well so if there are any big performers they’re most likely going to play there. Another reason we opted to stay in Magaluf was due to the fact that Calvin Harris was performing there LIVE. Aside from all the activity, the beaches aren’t as nice as the rest of the ones listed. Not even close. But the location isn’t bad from the airport at 40 euros to get there one way
2. Our Favorite Beach was the infamous Cala Mondrago Beach in Cala d’or. This area is lovely and about an hour and a half from the airport. Not as “beachy” as Alcudia, but the windy roads and high terrain is adorable and Mondrago beach was by far one of the coolest and prettiest beaches we saw. If we stayed anywhere for a few nights it would here and we would have rented a boat to hit the whole coast. The coves are to die and the water is so many different shades of blue. Random places to cliff dive, however, the beaches can get very crowded in the summer. Just another reason to experience this place on a boat. Worth every euro 🙂
3. If you want to relax: visit or stay NORTHEAST on the island near Alcudia Beach or Formentor Beach listed next: This beach had the most crystal clear water, white sand that stretched for miles and wind that picked up fast enough for plenty of Kite surfing. para-sailing and other wind sports. Definitely a place to stay and relax in peace. This beach is long enough for it not to get too crowded in the Summer but you have to find the right spot. The closer you are the port, the more crowded it gets so spread out if you can! You can walk out into the ocean for a while. It reminded us of Hawaii a little. (Note that if you’re not renting a car, it’s about 60-80 euros from the airport to this location so it may be worth just renting a car for a few days. It’s about an hour-ish by car from the airport).
4. IF YOU WANT IT ALL head to Formentor beach (also known as Cala Pi de sa Posada). We hit it on the way up to Cap de Formentor. Celebrities are spotted here for a reason. If you only have a few days this would be the spot to be around. If you’re renting a boat or have a car you have so much to see: plenty of hidden coves, the “Cap de Formentor”, amazing restaurants, an adorable town, plenty of wind for wind sports & ports galore as well as Parking and facilities. This is where I would head if you only have a few days and really want to see all of what the island has to offer all-around in one location.
5. Cap de Formentor wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Don’t be fooled by the pictures on Trip Advisor. The one at dawn is lovely but who’s up that early? In fact, the Cove of Cala Figuera was the prettiest part of the drive. You pass it on the way up to Cap de Formentor. You can’t miss it. There will be signs and lots of sketchy parking. It’s the prettiest cove with crystal blue water. We didn’t have time to park and walk down there but it would have been well worth it- especially by boat. The Cap de Formentor can be nightmare to park. Be prepared to wait if you’re there around noon. There’s a little building on top with a restroom as well. The roads are windy on the way up but you can park anywhere there and back for pictures. I have no idea how they get buses up there. Our car barely fit.
6. IF YOU WANT TO STAY CLOSE TO THE AIRPORT BUT AWAY FROM TOURISTS TRAPS stay in Portals Nous. Great shopping, a huge Marina and some of the best restaurants and bars. Only 10 minutes from Palma de Mallorca and Magaluf but with a more ritsy feel and prettier. We had the best sushi in the world at TAHINI. If you’re a huge sushi fan this place is to die for. Worth every penny and right next to the marina. Head to Ritzi after for fabulous drinks and music on the weekends.
7. Unless you’re German and trying to rage, avoid S’Arenal. Don’t even bother unless you’re aiming for cheap accommodation and a crowded beach. You’re better off staying in Magaluf. In fact, it’s gotten so bad they’re trying to weed the German trash out. “We will transform the appearance of the Playa de Palma,” Alvaro Gijón, Palma’s deputy mayor for tourism, told the German tabloid Bild in an interview published on July 21.
That’s a wrap! All in all, choose your location wisely but no matter what you do, plan on renting a car to get the most for your money from this island….