Following on from this post featuring our Easter holiday in Mallorca, I thought I’d share some of our favourite places on the island with you, including a few lesser known hidden gems.
Mallorca really is a wonderful island, we come here a lot and absolutely love it. We have a place in South West Mallorca, near Camp de Mar where we spend a lot of our time, but we love venturing out and about, exploring the rest of the island too. So without further ado, here are some of our favourite haunts.
Cap Falco //
Situated on the southwest coast, about 6-7 kilometres south of Magaluf, Cap Falco is a hidden gem. Surrounded by a pine forest, Cap Falco offers everything you need for a fun day out in the sun; a gorgeous sandy beach, clear, shallow water, and an amazing beach hut/restaurant that serves up the most delicious fresh food.
Cala Mondrago //
This stunning sandy double bay is located in the protected area of Mondragó and is one of the most beautiful spots on the East coast. Ideal for families with small children, the form of the bay gives it natural shelter and it really is gorgeous with its pine wood backdrop, turquoise coloured sea and fine, white sand. There is also a beach bar offering snacks and refreshments and a big public car park.
Illetas Beach //
This small sheltered beach has crystal clear water and soft golden sand, and is one of the more attractive beaches on the coastline to the southwest of Palma. It’s not very big, so I’d recommend arriving early to claim your patch of sand/grab a sunbed or you can head to one of the two good beach clubs (Virtual Club and Las Terrazas) instead.
Es Trenc //
Often referred to as Mallorca’s answer to the Caribbean, Es Trenc is stunning. With 2km of white sand and crystal clear waters, Es Trenc isn’t attached to a resort, and is backed by the peaceful Es Salobrar de Campos nature reserve. There are sunbeds and parasols for hire and numerous beach bars and restaurants too.
Cala Formentor //
At the other end of the island to us, but definitely worth a road trip, Cala Formentor is one of Mallorca’s best loved beaches. Situated in the Bay of Pollensa, Cala Formentor has it all; a stunning backdrop of pine forest, views to the mountains, turquoise blue seas and a white sand beach.
Camp de Mar //
Our local beach, Camp de Mar is brilliant for families and is a huge hit with our Boden-clad clan as you can see below. The sea is crystal clear, calm and shallow and there are little rocky coves that the kids love to explore. At the back of the beach there’s a playground and numerous restaurants, but the most eye-catching restaurant (and our favourite) is Illeta, which is on an island in the sea that can be accessed by a wooden bridge from the beach.
Cala Portals Vells //
Portals Vells is well off the beaten track but it’s a gorgeous beach that is perfect for families. Located down an unmarked road from Magaluf which leads through pine woods, this beautiful cove is well worth a visit. There is a gentle incline to the shallow, clear water making it ideal for little ones and there is a brilliant restaurant to boot. Just make sure you call ahead to reserve you sunbeds, parasols and a table for lunch as it does get busy.
Ca’n Eduardo, Palma //
If you love seafood, Ca’n Eduardo has the perfect location right above the fish market. Open from lunchtime until late, the seafood is unsurprisingly delicious and you can gaze out at the cathedral and harbour views as you enjoy your dinner.
La Boveda, Palma //
A favourite with locals and visitors, La Boveda combines a busy tapas bar at the front of the restaurant with a slightly more formal dining area behind and serves the most amazing tapas in Palma.
Ca’s Patro March, Deia //
Made infamous by ‘The Night Manager’, Ca’s Patro March is located in an idyllic spot, perched at the side of the rocky Cala Deia in the Tramuntana mountains. The furnishings are simple and rustic, but the seafood and location are hard to beat. Just make sure you book well ahead and check the weather forecast for the day you visit as the ‘roof’ over your head wouldn’t fair well in a sudden downpour!
Sa Roqueta, Portixol //
Sa Roqueta doesn’t look much, but the seafood is amazing, especially the lobster, and Portixol is really lovely for a wander.
Sumailla, Port d’Andratx //
With its stunning waterfront location, Sumailla is one of my favourite restaurants in Mallorca. Situated in Port d’Andratx, Sumailla offers the most delicious Japanese food and I’m currently daydreaming about their soft shell crab rolls and black cod!
Marc Fosh, Palma //
Located in the old town of Palma, Marc Fosh is a superb michelin-starred number. It’s not cheap by any means, but ideal if you want a perfect meal with top notch service.
Diablitos, Puerto Portals //
Offering pizzas & tex-mex to salads & pastas, Diablitos has a great atmosphere with a DJ on the terrace. The only downside is that you can’t book so expect a lengthy wait in peak season.
Flanigan, Puerto Portals //
Specialising in fish and tapas, (they also do a mean Paella), Flanigan is one of our favourite restaurants in Portals.
Roxy’s Beach Bar, Puerto Portals //
Roxy’s is a super cool beach bar located on the water’s edge. It’s the perfect place for post-sunbathing cocktails and sangria.
Abaco, Palma //
Located in a 16th century converted palace in La Lonja, Abaco is a bar like no other! Filled to the brim with mountains of fruit and flowers, Abaco serves delicious cocktails in fabulous surroundings.
Tim’s Bar, Port d’Andratx //
A popular spot for sundowners and open until late, we love Tim’s Bar with its fab music (often live) and great atmosphere.
My ‘Guide to Mallorca // Part Two’ will be posted next week and will feature places to stay and things to see and do on the Island.
A huge thanks to Boden for sending us all some lovely threads to wear on our jollies!