blue water, white sand & paella

We visited a new beach almost every day we were in Mallorca and they were all amazing, with their own unique attributes.  One thing they had in common?  Crystal clear, sparkling, multi-hued blue waters...sigh.  It was so spectacular - I was content just to sit and stare out into the sea.

The first beach we visited was Cala Pi.  It was a narrow beach at the bottom of a cove surrounded by pine trees.  There were quite a few stairs to go down to get to the beach, but parking was really close to the top of the stairs, which was nice.  Sorry, no pictures from that beach because we used the film camera and left the digital in the car.

After a wonderful afternoon at the beach we went back to Colonia Sant Jordi (where we were staying) for dinner.  One of the staff at our hotel recommended Restaurante Antonio, just a short walk away.  The restaurant was average in appearance, but we got a table on the terrace, with an ocean view - very nice.

We ordered calamares ajo (garlic squid) to start, along with olives, aioli & bread.  The calamari was my favourite part of our meal.  It appeared to be lightly dusted with flour, then flash fried and served with a drizzle of garlic-herb oil.

We were told the house specialty was paella, so we picked seafood paella for our main course.  Sadly, it was very disappointing.  The crawfish and prawns were incredibly dry and overcooked.  The shellfish mixed into the rice was just okay and in general, the dish lacked seasoning and flavour - some house specialty, huh?  Oh well, you can't win them all.

Nature made it up to us by rolling out a gorgeous sunset. 

The next day we spent the majority of the day at Es Trenc, one of Europe's best beaches. It's largely undeveloped - there are just a few beach bars sprinkled along the white sands - and no huge hotels looming behind. The beach is technically a nudist beach, but people in all degrees of (un)dress are welcome. The fine white sand stretches for about 3km and the beach slopes off gently into the mediterranean. We were way out in the sea and the water was still only just above my head (which also means all the huge sailboats and yachts have to anchor a long way off the shore). It was paradise...I could have spent our whole vacation enjoying the warm sun at Es Trenc.

lunch on the beach - perfect

Don't all those beach umbrellas lined up on Es Trenc look great?

Next up: Cala Mondrago. A really nice beach on the eastern coast surrounded by rocky cliffs & pine trees. The beach is at one end of a cove then along a short paved path is another beach: Cala S'Amarador.

We set up our umbrella on Cala Mondrago, and it turned out to be the busier of the two beaches, but it was still awesome. We had brought along a little picnic, but there were beach bars there if necessary.  The water got a little deeper more quickly at this beach, so when we went for a swim the water was probably around 20 feet deep, but you could still easily see the bottom.  Another awesome beach - the only downside was that the free parking was a 10 minute uphill walk away.  

The last beach I can comment on is the area around Cap Ses Salines.  We didn't actually swim there, I just wanted to see what was down there near the lighthouse.  When we were driving in there were lots of cars parked along the road, so I think there must be some great beaches in the area.  We walked along the coast near the lighthouse and it was very rocky, but the view was great.  I think if we would have kept walking (about 30-45 minutes) we would have come to a sandy beach: Es Caragol.  A beautiful and completely undeveloped beach.  

Near the lighthouse at Cap Ses Salines

Near the lighthouse at Cap Ses Salines

As you can tell, Mallorca has many gorgeous beaches - it seems like there's something for everyone.  I found a great website that gives descriptions of many beaches and rates them - if you're planning a vacation to Mallorca any time soon, it's worth checking out.