Port des Canonge, Port de Valldemossa, Cala Deià and Port de Soller
On the edge of the Tramuntana Mountains, in western Mallorca, there are some wonderful coves and small beaches etched into the steep rock face of the island's most remote and inaccessible coastline. You won't find long Caribbean-like expanses here, there just isn't enough space, but these are beautiful calas, often pebblely and always pristine, belonging to the island's mountain villages. Some are iconic, the setting of old photographs of celebrities that made this area their home, some have been featured in films, ads, books and songs. Eclectic and cosmopolitan, the west of Mallorca has a small collection of towns, each with its own access to the sea.
Port des Canonge is littlemore than an inlet of sand and pebbles on an otherwise inpenetrable coastline. The beach is shared with the fishing boats which have to be pulled up the wooden slats to safety. This is a wild and harsh part of Mallorca where the winds hammer the side of the Tramuntana and boats cannot be docked. Due to its relative remoteness (though you can reach the beach by car) this is a welcome spot in midsummer, with few visitors and a feeling of old-school beach holiday about it. Port de Canonge is 12 km from Esporles.
Valldemossa is a small honey hued mountain village in the very heart of the Serra de Tramuntana, possibly Mallorca's prettiest village and one of the few to have direct access to the sea on this side of the island. It's port, Port de Valldemossa is about 7 km from the village, down a driveable yet tricky path. There is a rocky beach, Cala Sa Marina, a small fishing mooring harbour, a few private homes and a lovely little restaurant, Es Port. That's all. There are 2 more beaches nearby, El Caló de S'Estaca and Sa Font Figuera, which can only be reached on foot.
Cala Deià is a small rocky beach, 70m long and 6m wide, etched into the side of the mountanous coastline, just outside the village of Deià. Lapped by crystalline green-blue waters and with very little room for sunbathing aside from the flat rocks around the beach. There are no sunloungers and only basic beach facilities, it has however a natural, hippy feel to it and 2 excellent restaurants, Restaurante Ca’n Lluc literally on the beach and Ca’s Patro March, which was featured recently in the Night Manager series.
Port de Soller (Puerto Soller) is the coastal resort linked to the mountain village of Soller, deep in the Tramuntana Mountains, and possibly the most popular hiking and cycling destination on the island. Famous also for its historic tram, which links it to Soller town, and its vast natural bay. It is the most important marina on the north west coast of Mallorca, practically the only place to find safe harbour on this stretch of rocky and mountainous coastline.
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