The north of Mallorca, around Puerto de Pollensa, boasts a huge variety of beaches and coves, from the long sandy expanses of Alcudia and Playa de Muro, to tiny coves carved into the rock of the Tramuntana.
Mallorca is a little hill of land surrounded by water and its beaches are simply stunning. 200 in total with about 40 Blue Flag beaches, which can refer to water quality and beauty but also beach services like ifeguards and showers.
In the north of the island, where we are based, there are a whole variety; some very popular, some remote and some just perfect for watersports.
We will give you valuable information on how how get there and which beaches are easy to reach on foot or by car. Worth noting is that given the popularity of the island, some of the most beautiful beaches in the north of Mallorca are small hidden coves reached only by foot after a long walk.
Playa de Formentor, Cala Murta and Cala Figuera
Formentor peninsula is a strip of land at the northernmost point of the island, the dragon's tail of the majestic Tramuntana Mountains. The road from Puerto Pollensa to Formentor is clearly signposted and can be seen snaking up the mountainside north of town.
A 5 Km drive or cycle will get you to the lookout (mirador). From here the road winds back down to the largest beach of the peninsula, Playa Formentor, 14 Km from Puerto Pollensa. Optimal for anchoring boats, Playa de Formentor beach is an idyllic spot with miles of fine white sand lapped by a gentle sea and shaded by pine and oak trees that reach almost to the water. Paid parking is available by the hotel but prices are steep. Alternatively just park off the road anywhere you can find a space.
Following the road towards Formentor Lighthouse for 4 km, we find two smaller beaches, one on each side of the peninsula. Cala Figuera on the left is accessed down a short, steep path to a pebbled beach flanked by sheer rockfaces. On the other side is Cala Murta, a small sandy beach surrounded by rocky cliffs but more accessible on foot. In the middle of August you can still enjoy unspoilt and empty beaches in north Mallorca.
Pine Walk, Marina, Yacht Club and Llenaire Beach
Large and small sandy beaches border the Bay of Pollensa. On the northern side of Puerto Pollensa, along the Pine Walk, there are a series of small, safe sandy beaches enclosed on either side by stone piers. These are the most family friendly beaches in north Mallorca, particularly apt for families with young children as the water is shallow and the sand is shaded by the old pine trees.
On the southern side of Puerto Pollensa the beach is a long sandy stretch, the perfect spot for watersports and sailing. In fact there are several schools and local rental outfits located on the beach itself, which will rent you all the kit and give sailing and surf classes to children and adults alike.
Beach bars on the sand offer food and drinks throughout the day and live music at sunset, and on the southern end of Puerto Pollensa, on Llenaire beach, kitesurfers paint the sky with their colorful kites.
One of the most family friendly beaches in north Mallorca
Playa de Alcudia is a 3,4 km long stretch of white sand and shallow sea, hotels and beach cafes which runs down the east coast of Mallorca from the Port of Alcudia to Playa de Muro. One of the most family friendly beaches in north Mallorca, the area boasts all the services and facilities you could dream of. A wooden walkway along the back of the beach provides easy accessibility for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Parking is fairly easy here in the free parking areas and roads behind the beach. Life guards on duty, an array of eateries and a children's playground on the sand make this beach in north Mallorca a favourite family holiday location.
Six Kilometres of Blue Flag and Fine White Sand
Playa de Muro beach lies between Alcudia and Can Picafort. Divided into 3 sections, Playa de Muro is possibly one of the best beaches in north Mallorca in terms of facilities, accessibility and beauty.
In the first section of the beach you can rent sunloungers, there are toilets, showers, cafes and restaurants and it is easily reached by car from the Alcudia side.
The middle section backs onto the Albufera wetlands and natural park and is slightly less busy but still has beach facilities and a few hotels and cafes line the beach.
The furthest section is hardest to reach. You can park on either end and then will have to walk. It's worth the trouble however, as you find yourself in a completly unspoilt golden sandy beach with juniper bushes and no buildings at all. A rare find for beaches in north Mallorca!
Scubadiving, sailing and jetskiing are popular and can be hired on the Can Picafort end.
Cala Barques, Cala Clara, Cala Molins and Cala Carbó
The beaches of Cala San Vicente or Cala Sant Vincenç, as they are known in locally, are located midway between Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa, on the northern coast of Mallorca. Four bays: Cala Barques, Cala Molins, Cala Clara and Cala Carbo form this small beach resort, surrounded by the sheer rockfaces of the Tramuntana mountains and the emblematic mountain of Cavall Bernat.
This is one of the quieter coastal beaches in north Mallorca and although it gets busy in the summer season, the Cala San Vicente beaches are still pristine and of exceptional natural beauty. In the two larger beaches you can rent kayaks and cafes and restaurants around the beach provide snacks throughout the day.
One of north Mallorca's best kept secrets
A 45 minutes walk from the road to Formentor in Puerto Pollensa you will land you in the Boquer cove, one of the most unspoilt beaches in north Mallorca. It is a place of immense ornithological value and largely unknown as one the beaches of northern Mallorca. Small and rocky, this is a place to enjoy nature in its wildest state.