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The south east coast of Mallorca is as close as you will get to the other Mallorca; medieval towns perched on hilltops, fishing towns with working harbours, restored and only slightly modernised, the tacky tourism Mallorca is sadly so well known for never reached the south east and the result is a pantheon of beaches, each more idyllic than the last.
There are other smaller beaches and coves on the southeast coast of the island, but for the purpose of this guide, and because we can take you to these by airport transfer, we have only included the following 4 beaches.
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Sa Coma is primarily British, purpose-built with an exceptionally long sandy beach where you can practice all kinds of watersports or rent a pedalo. This is family based resort, where most entertainment happens in the hotels. If you want more nightlife, Cala Millor, 5 minute's drive up the coast, is much livelier, and if you want less, go south to the tiny fishing village of S'illot and go swimming in the breathtakingly clear waters at Cala Moreya nearby.
Porto Cristo, 65km from Palma de Mallorca airport, is very much a typical fishing village and thanks to its large natural harbour it is now seeing an incresing amount of yachts and pleasure crafts in the area. Low-key and modest in character, it attracts families and a middle aged crowd and offers simple accommodation and a few cafes and restaurants but not much entertainment.
Cala Varques is 13 km from Manacor, between Calas de Mallorca and Cala Romántica, on the southeastern coast of the island. A wild, natural cove with turquoise water and surrounded by pine forest, completely unspoiled and with no facilities or services of any kind, this is a beautiful place to spend the day. There are several caves in the vicinity and in the summer, it is fairly common to see cows on the beach.
Calas de Mallorca is a modern tourist resort with three coves: Cala Antena, Cala Domingos Gran and Cala Domingos Petit, which offer daytime watersports and pedalos for hire. This area is possibly the furthest from the airport, a 1,5 - 2 hours journey and best reached by transfer. Entertainment is mainly hotel-based and concentrated around the comercial part of town, though there are a few cafes and restaurants too. Nearby the town of Felanitx hosts a weeekly Sunday morning market, considered one of the best on the island.
If the south east coast of Mallorca doesn't sound like what you're after, have a look at other areas on the island with our easy to use, Mallorca beach guide!
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