This Island Has Some of the Best Beaches in Europe (and It's Close to Barcelona)
For an island as postcard-perfect as Majorca, it's surprising how wildly reviews vary from traveler to traveler. To some, like We the People's Jessie Bush, it's home to "hands down the most beautiful [place]," while others regard the Balearic Island as a hotbed for resort-hopping tourists. The truth is that both descriptions are correct, which is why a curated guide with insider tips is crucial if you want to see the best Majorca has to offer. For those spending a few days in Barcelona, jumping across to Majorca is a no-brainer—it takes just an hour by plane and costs about $30 to $60 round-trip. After landing in Palma, you'll realize why the Spanish love this island. It's rich in history, effortlessly beautiful, and has some of the most incredible, crystal-clear waters you'll ever see in your life.
But don't take our word for it. We tapped Spanish locals and seasoned travelers to find out how to see the very best of Spain's jewel island, Majorca.
If you want to see the very best of Majorca, be sure to hire a car for the duration of your trip; public transport is inconsistent, and many of the best beaches are tucked out of the way.
Cala Llombards: Travel and style blogger Jessie Bush, who splits her time between Barcelona and London, regularly vacations in Majorca, and she says Cala Llombards is one of the best beaches. "[It's] a ridiculously idyllic cove surrounded by red-hued cliffs and a pine forest," she says. "Getting here is easy as the road is well sign-posted; just follow the dirt road and grazing sheep until you hit the water."
Delta: New Yorker Jess Fried lived in Majorca for two months and now returns every year. She says of all the beaches, Delta is her favorite. "You can get there by entering Mhares Sea Club as your destination in Google Maps. Then hike down and you'll reach beautiful flat rocks. It's the clearest water you've ever seen!" she tells MyDomaine.
Deià: "It's like Tuscany on the seaside," says Clique Media Group President of Digital Alex Taylor, who recently returned from a vacation in Majorca. The small coastal village in the Serra de Tramuntana is rich in fragrant olive and orange groves. Taylor recommends stopping at Valldemossa—a charming mountain town with quaint cafés and boutiques—on your way there.
Cala Anguila: This swimming spot is "the epitome of what makes Majorcan beaches so damn good," says Bush. Picture a "spacious beach with soft white sand, calm turquoise waters, a ramshackle beach bar, endless rocks for leaping off, and plenty of parking nearby."
Cala Varques: Both Taylor and Bush agree—this hidden beach is a must-see. A local favorite, this off-the-beaten path beach is well worth the long hike. Go early to swim in the azure sea before others arrive.
Ceramics by Joanna: There's more to do in Majorca that beach-hop. Visit this local ceramics store for gorgeous handmade bowls, tiles, and more.
Santa Catalina Market: Pick fresh seafood and vegetables, and have them grilled in front of you at this local marketplace. It doesn't get more authentic than that.
Ca's Patro March: Taylor and Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now swear by this local favorite, which is nestled in a cave. "Go for lunch," says Taylor. "Better yet, go by boat!"
Mercado Gastronómico San Juan: Fried describes this market as a "high-end indoor version of [Brooklyn's] Smorgasburg, but with Spanish food and unreal wine."
Restaurante Sa Vinya: A great option for affordable, homemade dishes, Bush says this restaurant "will make you wish your mother was Spanish."
Hotel Sant Francesc: This award-winning hotel is located in the center of Palma, and it has a beautiful rooftop where you can watch the sunset.
Predi Son Jaumell: If you have a few days in Majorca, it's well worth spending some time outside of Palma. "The Capdepera area is close to all of the beautiful crystal cove beaches and is surrounded by wineries and old farm-style villas," says Taylor. This tranquil luxury hotel has 24 suites, many with stunning standalone tubs.
Belmond La Residencia: Fans of Spanish Surrealist Miro will love the hotel's art collection. Located on the islands peaceful northwestern coast, it also boasts a gorgeous spa, a stunning outdoor pool, and excellent food. Taylor recommends chartering a boat from the nearby harbor during your stay. "It's like Spanish Portofino: You can snorkel, explore sea caves, and jump off cliffs," she says.
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