PLACES MENTIONED ON THIS PAGE
This largish island has too many beaches for me to visit during my short stay, but the nicest section of coast I saw was just south of hell-hole Megaluf.
PLAYA DEL MAGO
One of the tiny beaches in the inlets of Portals Vell is Playa del Mago, Mallorca's original official nudist beach
#107 bus from Palma city or places along the way like Megaluf. This terminates at the Casino. Walk down the road and take the 2nd right - a dirt road that heads downhill. This turns into a track which drops thru the bush to the sea. Second inlet is Playa del Mago. Maybe a 10+ minute stroll from bus to beach.
I walked in from Megaluf - it has way more buses from Palma. On account I kinda got lost in the bush south of Cala de Cap Falco it took the best part of 2 hours.
Playa del Mago is a very compact beach. When I arrived it was super crowded - an overflow of people had spread along the rocks at the side of the inlet. About a quarter of the beach goers were "textiles" but nudists aren't offended by this in Spain, unlike some hard-core naturist destinations. There is a nice restaurant/bar just behind the beach, very crowded. Note the beach had some shade on the southern side after about 1300 for mean dudes like me not prepared to pay for a sun lounge/umbrella. Water was clear despite the boat traffic. The inlet shelves gradually which makes this a good beach for kids.
I haven't got any pix: naturists get nervous abt single males taking photos at their beach. Okay, I could have hiked along the headland and got a distant shot - but I was tired from my "lost in the bush" routine.
Getting further south from here by road involves a lot of back-tracking, so bush-meister tezza took off along one of the dirt tracks on the far side. I thought I knew where I was going (there are many cross-tracks along the way) but when I eventually popped out at a road and asked a tradesmen loading a van to check his phone's GPS (tezza's phone is a MK 1 and doesn't even have a camera, and I'm too mean to buy an overseas sim card. Hell didn't need a phone in the old days - don't need one now. Except maybe when I get lost) it turned out I was a km or so short and west of where I thought. Duh!
This area is infamous as party central for hedonistic Brit lads and ladettes on package holidays. Wasted people and bad behaviour are not in short supply. However my visits mid morning and late afternoon didn't reflect this - things were pretty quiet. Most of the l+lts around were showing signs of wear and tear and were relaxiing on the beach or in beachside restaurant/bars in preparation for another night's revelry. No doubt I'd form a different impression if I visited after mid-night when the clubs and bars hit top gear.
I kinda like Brit package holiday destinations: you can always find really good deals on English breakfasts, other meals and pints of beer. Brits always seem in good humour and people watching is good value if you are not put off by lotsa ink and the occasional display of too much pink skin. I was struck by the number of guys who obviously hit the gym, although the emphasis seemed to be on chests/shoulders which was enhanced by the no-body hair thing: I personally think they should spend more time on back and leg definition. There were some very attractive girls but maybe the cut-offs zipped open at the front to show the low-riding bikini is a bit last decade. And ladies over 40 - this look just doesn't cut it.
Spanish girls are very edgy fashion-wise and tend to wear short tight shorts with a finished leg-hem. Zipped.
You may be thinking: who am I to appoint myself a fashion critic? Hell I'm an Olympic-class people watcher (comes with the territiory of doing so much single travel) and have impeccable taste. This doesn't apply to my own casual wear - $3 Bali Billabong knock-off board shorts; oversized long sleeve business shirt to keep the sun off, big Aussie bush hat and a pair of elcheapo K-Mart joggers. Okay, I look a total dag but it's inexpensive, sun-protective, and to tell the truth I don't give a damn what people think. Which is maybe the case for those over-40s babes.
Megaluf is fact is a pretty nice beach - clean sand, calm (at least in summer) fairly clean water and with a walking promenade in back with lotsa competitive restaurant/bars. No shortage of water sport activities if water skiing, banana boating and wind surfing floats your boat. Some day trip party boats were cruising the bay.
An interesting point is that there were way fewer topless bikini babes here than any other beach I visited in Spain. Lady tezza reckons this is because of the Anglo Saxon males' dodgy habit of snapping such ladies on their phone cameras, then posting to mates, social media and voyeur sites. This begs the question: why are so many Spanish girls on beaches they frequent topless or naked? I reckon it's partly because they don't give a damn having done this all their life and partly because Spanish guys are so used to naked/semi naked women they too don't give a damn; and can't be bothered wasting time snapping and posting.
I noticed the headland road between Megaluf and Palmanova had a concentration of competitive bar/restaurants and seedy looking clubs offering all sorts of inducements to high season travelers (no doubt there are similar backstreets behind Megaluf beach). Wonder if they are still open for the oldies?
There are very frequent buses into Palma city from this area - look for #106 from Megaluf and a whole bunch of others from elsewhere on the south-west peninsula.
PLAYA ES TRENC AND OTHER BEACHES AROUND COLONIA DE SANT JORDI
The major access to Es Trenc is via the resort town of Colonia de Sant Jordi in the south or small Ses Covetes at the north end. There is also a big car-park behind beach-central.
People walk from Sant Jordi to the southern beaches of Ses Roquetes E sDolc) and Es Carbo. I believe quite a few people park therir cars along the bush tracks behind these beaches and a lot of boaties moore in the shelter of that small islet and come ashore for some beach time.
At top of frame the start of a similar in appearance to Es trenc but quieter 1km long beach can be seen. I extends north from Ses Covetes to the slightly bigger settlement of Sa Rapita.
Whitehaven (wait if clicked). For such a busy beach the sand had little trash. The water was clear and shelved gently making this a good beach for kids. Tidal range seemed tiny meaning if you park in my favourite location close to the water you don't have to keep moving yer towel/sarong. That dark stuff in the water was finely ground sea weed, probably a remnant of winter storms. I don't like weedy beaches but overall this was no problem.
The beach has life-guard towers, change facilities, a number of beach bar/restaurants, lotsa beach chair/umbrella hire areas although there is no lack of space for dudes like me to spread a towel or sarong. Sometimes a bit close to others if privacy is yer thing - I personally don't give a damn.
Nudists can be found most places along here but are concentrated from about 20% on from the camera to the 50% mark. Once again, plenty of "textiles" in the mainly nude area, and nobody cares. As nobody cares abt nudists in the mainly textile areas. I wish people in Oz were as cool as the Spanish in this respect.
Colonia de Sant Jordi
#502 buses run up to Sant Jordi every 60 to 90 minutes weekdays in high season. The trip takes about 80 minutes except if traffic is bad - I got the impression half the population of Palma city head to this area on Sundays.
Details of this image will be clearer if you click expand.
Beaches to the south of Sant Jordi
TOWN BEACH OR PORT BEACH
SOLLER AND THE BEACHES OF PORT DE SOLLER
Soller is a lovely regional town a few km inland of the central north-west coast of Mallorca, on the far side of the Tramuntana mountain range from Palma city. Originally a service town for the region's agriculture particularly citrus, it is now more important as a tourist destination. Nearby Port de Soller has some okay beaches and also can stand alone as a tourist destination.
Port de Soller is on a classic horse-shoe bay book-ended by two high headlands and closely backed by the imposing Tramuntana mountains. Note the location of the town bus "station" (just a row of seats on a roundabout) - you can get buses back to Soller, Palma city and other places here - take the widest street from the northern half of the bay promenade and walk abt 10m to the second roundabout.
.....to a nice viewpoint overseeing the bay. A short distance down-slope is a section of restaurants overlooking the marina. Seems to be a fair bit of pension-type accommodation in this area.
The northern beach - not real long and a bit skinny but okay for a town beach. Sand seemed clean but note it was renewed in the late 90s after getting muddy from winter discharge of a stream behind the camera. It is not fine grained. For a beach near a harbour, the water was not too bad but not pristine.
Ditto the southern beach which is longer, a bit wider and more popular
The bay side esplanade is lined with cafes and restaurnt/bars. Nice area.
FAR NORTH BEACHES
After a pleasant few hours at Port Soller, I jumped on the 1500 (3pm) #354 bus to the far northern beaches. This traverses the wonderful Tramuntana mountains on a kind of Tour de France type mountain section to Port Pollenca and then works its way south to Can Picafort which is on the bay near the southern-right border of the image. I was a bit short on time and jumped out at Port Alcudia.
The mountain road twists and changes height constantly. Several times we had to stop to allow oncoming vehicles to clear a tight corner. The road seems a favourite training run for serious cyclists on racing road bikes. There are plenty of hiking paths across the area and trekkers were using the bus to transfer locations. Above is the first view of the north coast.
The first beach reached was Port Pollenca. Short of time, I stayed on the bus but this appeared to be very similar to Port Acudia which I detail below. Port Pollenca is apparently popular with Brit families and couples - as such there are sure to be great deals on English breakfasts and pints of beer. The town itself looked pretty relaxed - no Megaluf.
btw - the rugged Formentor peninsula extends north-east from this part of the island and a beach there popularly known as Playa de Formentor is said by some to be the best on the island.
Google Earth gives the impression that Port Pollenca's beach extends the full 6km across the Bay of Pollenca but the middle and southern sections are rather thin an unattractive. But not to kite surfers and similar.
The main road between the Bay of Pollenca and the Bay of Alcudia skirts around the old section of Alcudia town. Originally established by the Romans as a good viewpoint for both bays, the old town has 14th century walls. It has been restored and pedestrianised and is heavily visited - unfortunately I didn't have the time.
PORT ALCUDIA BEACH
Port Alcudia has been a tourist destination for some time but has experienced rapid recent deveopment. Newish hotels and apartments line the main road in back of the beach for around 6km. I didn't bother walking that 6km, instead.........
THE PORT BEACH
CAN PICAFORT AND BEYOND.
My original intention was to grab a direct bus from Palma city to Port Pollenca, hire a bicycle and tour the Formentor peninsula plus the long section of coast to the south-east, including Can Picafort and the coastline beyond which turns into a series of smaller beaches. Some of these are nudist friendly according to the naturist websites. However a change of schedule by Vueling demanded an earlier flight out of Mallorca to San Sebastian, so I had to give it a miss.
PLAYA (PLATJA) DE PALMA
This long beach starts about 6 km south of Palma city and stretches another 5km to the south-east. It was my home beach in Mallorca, not because it is above average, but has closeness to Palma city and the airport plus a big range of good value accommodation - the latter partly because it was one of the first package tourist beaches to be developed on the island and as such has a very big variety of 70s and 80s built hotels and apartments. It reminded me of Australia's Surfers' Paradise during the 90s. I liked Surfers' in the 90s - I like it now with all the snazzy new buildings. So how come Playa de Palma hasn't seen similar redevelopment? I figure so many other areas of Mallorca have been developed in the interim that there was little need for new places on Playa de Palma.
Note that platja is the Catalan version of the Spanish playa. Most signs on Mallorca are in Catalan although many dual (or more) language signs are present.
I staggered in from the Ibiza ferry at 0400, 10 hours before check in and the night manager offered me a room immediately plus the buffet breakfast for that morning. True, the room was a single whereas I booked a twin (there were no singles showing at my early time of booking) but it was adequate in size, clean with comfy bed, had a tv, safe, quiet aircon and a spacious bathroom. Despite being in a wing closest to the main road, traffic noise didn't worry me. Neither did aircraft noise. And I'm sensitive to these issues.
CAN PASTILLA BEACH - PLAYA DE PALMA
S'ARENAL BEACH - PLAYA DE PALMA
The most I saw of the town was from the ferry arrival pier at 0330 (note how far from town-central it is: the ferry companies don't run shuttles unlike at the bigger Greek ferry ports) and from wandering the main drag for an hour or so after exiting the underground bus station at Estacio Intermodal at Placa d'Espanya (you can also get trains here which run along two metro and 2 country lines) in the wrong direction. I wanted a bus down near the Cathedral and ended up near the top of the image. From my wanders I learned that the various cafe restaurants/bars are as price competitive as Barcelona.
GETTING TO MALLORCA
I came in by ferry from Ibiza. There also ferries from nearby Menorca island and many more from the mainland, particularly Barcelona. Many ferries carry vehicles.
Mallorca's modern airport is extremely busy with flights from all over Spain and plenty of international locations.,
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