Marc Gonlalez has been coming to visit his family in Mallorca for over 15 years and here he shares his insider's guide to finding Mallorca's best beaches. Whether it be peace and quiet or activity beaches Marc covers a good selection of beautiful spots around the island. With 230km of varying coastline Mallorca has a fix of pretty coves, long sandy beaches and rock cliff heads.
To the south of the island the best spots are Cala Mondrago, Es Trenc and Es Dolc. Marc says "the water at Cala Mondrago is so beautiful with two sandy coves, one backed by sand dunes and you can park your car at the other smaller one. There is a small beach bar when you get hungry!" You can find this little gem by heading towards Parc National Mondrago. Es Trenc is backed by over 5km of wonderful sand dunes with the water giving you a feeling that you have travelled well beyond Europe! Marc says "popular with the locals in the summer so get there early." Turn right just after Campos to find this beach. Walking distance from the chilled out resort of Colonial Sant Jordi is the lovely beach of Es Dolc. Crystal clear waters and backed by sand dunes this beach is a great place to unwind. "Walk around the corner and you can find some unspoilt beaches" says Marc.
Heading to north of Mallorca highlights have to be Platja Muro on the east side and Cala de Deia on the west. While Alcudia's beaches are very busy in the summer months Platja Muro is a lovely long stretch of sandy beach just to the south. "You tend to get more winds at this end of the island and will often see kite surfers" marc says. The coastal road along the north west coast of Mallorca is one of the most stunning coastal drives you will find in Europe. The magical Deia is a very famous spot with many celebrities residing their over the summer months. As you leave the town heading north to Soller you will see a small left turn just after the Olivo Restaurant. At the bottom of this road you will find the most beautifully blue clear water and a small pebble beach. Sit back and relax at the beach bar and enjoy the wonderful views that surround you.
Whatever your purpose while on holiday in Mallorca there are over 80 beaches to chose from. Hiring a car in Mallorca is essential for those who want to explore the island. Summer 2009 has proven to be expensive as cars are in high demand. People have been paying up to £600/ week for a economy car so do make sure you book well in advance. June and September are great times to visit Mallorca and you can often find bargain holiday villas and apartments.