We’re delighted to share a guest post with you about one of our favorite countries in the world, Spain.
Located about 100 miles east of Valencia in the Mediterranean Sea, Majorca (also known as Mallorca) is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands and has a longer coastline than both Ibiza and Menorca put together. With this in mind, it will come as no surprise that the island’s coastal regions are jam-packed with hidden gems, as well as plenty of not so well-kept Balearic secrets.
The best way to explore the island’s extensive coastline is to peek behind the curtain of its coastal towns and villages. Away from the large resorts of Magaluf or Alcúdia you’ll find some of Majorca’s more authentic locales, characterized by a slower pace of life and endless beauty around every corner.
The entire coastline is 344 miles, so it’s not possible to cover it all in one visit. Instead, whether you’re spending just a few nights or are planning a longer stay on the island, we recommend you pick out a few must-see spots to add to your itinerary. Wherever you are on the island, you are sure to find plenty of beautiful places waiting to be explored.
Here are our top three suggestions for coastal spots that are sure to give you an authentic taste of life on the island.
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Cap de Formentor
If this was a beauty contest, very few spots across the island would come close to Cap de Formentor. It can be found on Majorca’s northernmost tip, where the imposing Tramuntana mountains meet the Mediterranean Sea. It is well worth putting the time aside to drive to this stunning part of the island, particularly if you’re staying in one of the northern resorts like Alcúdia or Pollença.
For the most breathtaking views, head to the peninsula in the early hours as the sun begins to rise – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a prettier sunrise anywhere in Majorca. Afterwards, it will be impossible to resist a dip in the crystal-clear waters, said to be some of the purest found anywhere around the island.
Whether you want to use it as a centerpiece for your photos or you’d prefer to get a little closer and inspect it for yourself, be sure to check out the Formentor lighthouse, which sits proudly on the windswept cliff edge. Unfortunately it’s not open to the public but, standing at 689 feet above sea level, you won’t be able to resist adding to your vacation photo album at what is one of the most photographed spots on the island.
Around 37 miles from Palma along Majorca’s south-eastern coast you’ll find Cala Figuera, a small, traditional fishing village which is home to one of the most stunning coastlines on the island.
There aren’t too many beaches in the vicinity, but you will find a small sandy stretch at Cala Santanyi, measuring just 229 feet in length. The beach can get busy in the summer, but you’re still likely to find a more relaxing pace of life in this quaint corner of the island compared to the far busier resorts.
Any visit to Cala Figuera won’t be complete without a trip to one of the heralded harbour restaurants, which stock freshly-caught seafood alongside many other local delicacies. Kick back at one of the bayside eateries and indulge in traditional Majorcan cuisine, in and amongst the hustle and bustle of the fisherman going about their daily tasks. You can’t get more authentic than that.
Calo des Moro
Travel slightly further along the south-eastern coast from Cala Figuera and you will land at the beautiful Calo des Moro. If you want to experience a beach day like a local, then this small cove is the perfect place for you.
This stunning virgin beach can be difficult to find, thanks in no small part to its diminutive size, but once there you will be treated to a small slice of paradise. Try to resist the lure of the unblemished turquoise waters, perfect for a spot of snorkeling – flanked by rugged cliffs, the waters here are very calm. The beach is not recommended for children, however, due to the steep descent leading down to it, as well as the lack of space to play on the sand.
It’s worth noting that there are very few facilities in the surrounding area, so be sure to pack any food or drinks you might require during your stay on the beach.