Southwest Mallorca – beaches

I like Majorca, particularly as its being an island means beaches are in abundance.  My friend and I, September 2017, visited beaches around the southwest-west side of Majorca.  However, while noting that none of these beaches are amongst the consistently nominated “best beaches” of Majorca, none of them for me tick the majority of what I increasingly realise is my excessively long list of requirements for a favourite beach, but all had their appeal, not least for the clean, warm sea.

Port d’Andratx is a lovely place for dinner, restaurant tables laid out along half of the cove.  It’s quite posh.

Cala en Cranc is miniscule, secluded and a scramble to get to but it catches the morning sun beautifully.  This photo is pretty much the extent of it.

Es Camp de Mar is where I swam most mornings, when the sea wasn’t rough, usually with only one or two other people around.  The view in my photo is the non-resort side of the village where goats often climbed and ate their way up the rocks and shrubs.

Cala Deia is tiny and at the end of a tree-lined path.  The small beach was full, as was the famous restaurant on the rocks, used in scenes from The Night Manager.  This photo is of the side of the cove without either beach or restaurant; too many people in the photo otherwise.

Paguera was a resort beach with lovely sand and great for swimming but full and touristy, largely catering for German tourists (the menus in restaurants beyond the beach reflecting this, assuming you had failed to notice mainly German spoken).

Serra de Tremuntana looked stunning but that’s obviously more a cliff area than a swimming beach, but the photo does reflect that a lot of the coast is rocky rather than beachy.

The Sant Elm in my photos was the non-resorty part of the town.  The bathing beaches were busy.  It was poised to rain when we were there so not looking its best but I appreciated that while the obvious beach areas were really busy, a few tens of metres away it was quiet.

Port de Soller is a pretty, fancy marina with lots of expensive cafes, hotels and shops.