This is part of Mallorca combines the Majorca that we see in the tabloids; bustling party beaches, club land, naughtyness and revellery, along with the smartest and most exclusive high end marinas and golden stretches of beach. The southwestern coast of Mallorca is surprisingly varied, swaying dramatically between the rumpus at Magaluf and some of the most up-market boatie areas and pristine coves on the island. And of course, there is Palma, the city capital, cosmopolitan and cultured, bang in the middle, with the yacht club, marina and beaches decked with trendy beach bars.
Magaluf beach is the epitomy of a Mallorca's mass tourism, full of apartments and highrise hotels, nightclubs, bars and parties, it appears in the press periodically and gives the rest of the island a bad name. The beach however, is a beautiful mile long stretch of fine white sand and clear blue sea with the Porrassa Islet, a small island just off the coast, where the troops of the Catalan King Jaume I are said to have taken refuge before they stormed the island at Santa Ponsa in 1229. Little is left of its historical heritage, the beach and surrounding area now offering booze-fueled summer holidays to a mainly British, 20 to 30s crowd.
Portal Nous beach - Playa Oratori de Portals - in Puerto Portals is accessed down a narrow lane and set of steps to the sand. The town is up a above and Puerto Portals, Mallorca's most glitzy yachting area and port is just 15 minutes dive away. The beach is fabulous, soft white sand, clear blue see and Roxy's Beach Bar right on the rock, on the water's edge.
180 metres long and 60 metres wide, Camp de Mar is not huge, but big enough to feel spacious and the sea and sand are clean. It is one of the island's Blue Flag beaches, a distinction based on a number of factors, like cleanliness and amenities. It can, like most of the areas' beaches, get fairly busy in July and August and it is very popular with families. There is a wooden bridge on the sand leading to a restaurant set on a rocky islet, so a great spot to eat and spend the whole day on the coast.
Palma Nova, not to be confused with Palma capital, has 3 safe, family-friendly beaches: Son Maties, Na Nadala and Es Carregador and a marina at Son Caliu. Not quite as upmarket as Portals Nous, nor as decadent as Magaluf, this is a popular area with expats and retired British holiday makers, with hotels and accommodation along the coast and all the usual tourist beach facilities.
Sant Elm (San Telmo in Castilian Spanish) was once a tiny fishing village, named after the Patron Saint of fishermen, dramatically located on the far SW edge of the island, at the foot of the Tramuntana Mountains and overlooking the island of Dragonera. It is a beautiful spot by any standard and the town has retained its more traditional, though now also trendy, feel. The beach is divided into two separate coves, one a longer sandy stretch, the other smaller and rocky.
Portals Vells' three beaches: Sa Caleta, El Mago (Mallorca's official nudist beach) and Playa del Rei offer golden sand, clear blue water, rocky cliffs and pine forests, and are the favoured playground of the yaching set, who moor in the sheltered coves and get dinghied to shore, to eat in the trendy restaurant on the beach.
If the south west coast of Mallorca doesn't sound like what you're after, have a look at the other areas on the island with our easy to use CONDE TRANSFERS Mallorca beach guide!
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