The islands of Majorca and Menorca are Mediterranean paradises with incomparable blue beaches and calm, crystalline waters, most of them enclosed as swimming pools between rock walls and green forest. If you add to this the comfortable accommodation, the proximity between all places, the ease of movement and a rich culinary art, the success of your vacations is guaranteed in the Balearic Islands. For now, we are going to show you 12 of its most spectacular coves.
14 kilometers from the Mallorcan town of Pollensa there is an inlet called Cala Pi de la Posada and also Cala Formentor, a charming beach with fine white sand and pine and oak fronds touching the water. The place is famous for the Hotel Formentor, a favorite resting place for great personalities. If you can stay there, maybe you get the room where John Wayne, Octavio Paz or Sir Winston Churchill once stayed
Not far away is the tip of Cabo de Formentor, the northernmost point of the island of Majorca, which the locals call the “meeting point of the winds”.
Cala en Porter
This natural pool in Menorca stands out for its calm waters and white sand. It is located between large cliffs that temper the waves and make it an ideal place for the whole family. The place is extremely comfortable and safe, with a lifeguard and a first aid station. In the restaurants on the beach itself you can enjoy a specialty of Menorcan sea cuisine, such as a lobster stew. If you prefer a sobreasada, the island’s typical pork sausage, you can also order it.
To the southeast of the island of Majorca, in the municipality of Santanyí, there is a much-visited natural park, Mondragó, where there are some coves with clear turquoise blue waters and surrounded by cliffs, pine trees, oaks and scrub, which give the small inlets an idyllic atmosphere. One of the most beautiful coves is Mondragó. Only 6 kilometers away is the town of S’Alqueria Blanca, which has excellent accommodation and restaurants. The beach has good services.
Cala del Moro
When you drive from Palma de Mallorca in the direction of Llombards, if you are a bit distracted, you may miss the access to Cala del Moro, which is somewhat hidden. It would be a pity, since it is one of the most beautiful coves in Mallorca. It is somewhat narrow, so you have to arrive early to find a place. It is an ideal place to anchor yachts and other vessels. Nearby is the town of Santañy, with its cozy main square.
Getting to this cove is an adventure, due to the more than 800 curves on the road, including the famous “Nudo de la Corbata”. Already safe and sound in the place, you find yourself with a marvel excavated over the millennia by the Pareis torrent, opening one of the few accesses to the sea in the Sierra de Tramontana. The beautiful and narrow Mallorcan beach is between high cliffs of more than 200 meters high. If you go in summer, maybe you can enjoy the Torrente de Pareis Concert, an outdoor event in La Calobra.
This cove is in the south of the central part of Menorca, so it is easily and quickly accessible. Near the beach there are comfortable hotels and apartment villas, with restaurants where you can delight yourself with some of the island’s star dishes, such as some baked cockles or a salad with Mahón cheese, Menorca’s dairy emblem, with controlled designation of origin . A 20-minute walk from Mitjana is Galdana, another beautiful cove, more extensive and with a more massive influx.
The erosion of the water on the rocky coast of Mallorca sculpted this narrow cove, which is a work of art chiseled by nature. There are still some slippery rocks at the bottom, so you have to walk carefully. If you want to arrive from the sea, it is better that the pilot of the boat is an expert, but it is not a good place to anchor due to the winds of the place. It is only 9 kilometers from the town of Santanyí, where you can stop to eat a Majorcan fried food, closing with an ensaimada, the typical sweet of the island.
Macarella and Macarelleta
They are two coves that share the same cove with clear and calm waters, separated by a short distance. The blue of the sea rivals in color with that of other inlets on the island of Majorca. It does not have many services, so you have to be prepared. In a few minutes on foot you can go from one cove to another. Macarelleta is the smallest and is frequented by nudists.
This cove was formed by the fall of the Son Amer torrent on the rocky coast. It is located near the urbanization of Llombards, where some Mallorcans have their beach houses. It is an appropriate place to anchor boats. One of its attractions is the viewpoint of El Puentazo (Es Pontas in Catalan), a rock in the sea that the waves have carved as a bridge. From the cove you can go hiking through beautiful landscapes and nearby villages.
If you want to bathe comfortably in a marine pool, this is the appropriate place. The Moltó cove is not among the most popular in Majorca because its sandbank is very small, but instead it offers its calm crystalline waters and its atmosphere of absolute peace and beauty. In the place there is still a bunker that dates from the times of the Spanish Civil War. The area is good for bathing but not for anchoring boats, due to its stony bottom and changing winds.
Its name is not due to the turquoise blue of its waters, as many people believe, but rather it is one of the terms formed several centuries ago by the incursion of Turkish pirates in Menorca. Its landscape is typical of the Menorcan coast: beautiful bays surrounded by cliffs and pine and holm oak forests. It is appropriate for anchoring boats with a maximum draft of two meters. You have to walk about 10 minutes from the parking lot.
On the road between Porto Cristo and Portocolom, at the end of the small city of Manacor, is this Mallorcan cove. Its clean and clear waters are perfect for you to practice your favorite aquatic entertainment. Nearby there are several caves with remains of stalactites and stalagmites. And since you are in Manacor, you can take the opportunity to visit its imposing monuments, such as the Church of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, or the nearby Cuevas de Hams, one of the great attractions of the town.