Always a firm favourite is the Formentor you can go by boat which you pick up at the restaurant Stay but equally enjoyable by car as the views are truly fabulous, once you arrive at the entrance to the beach and hotel the security guard will be advising everyone to park to the left. If you can speak a bit of Spanish then there is another car park nearer the beach further along. If they let you through carry on along this road until you see the stables on your left and a small car park on your right you will have to pay the attendant 10 Euros to park but it is well worth it as you at the best end of the beach, and you have to pay the same in the other car park which is a lot further from the beach, you can use the ticket for a discount on food or drink at one of the restaurants although the food prices are also very expensive. You have access to the hotel beach bar which is always an experience in itself, especially to people watch and “celebrity spotting”. If you go through the gate out of the car park heading towards the beach turn left and follow the footpath that runs along the side of the hotel grounds
Keep going until you can’t go any further this should bring you out onto a jetty where you can access the best and quietest part on the beach.
If you fancy pitching up on the beach in front of the beach bar the sun beds are 30 Euros per day and include the hire of a towel!! Expensive but the beach is one of the best on the Island.
Cala Sant Vincenç
There are three small beaches at Cala Sant Vincenç, Cala Molins is the most popular there is a car park opposite and beach bar along side, there are a number of other cafe bars close by. It is also a popular spot with divers particular for first timers, a couple of local dive schools use the beach for training. It can become very busy in July and August. Be careful there can be strong under currents a little further out. It faces north so looses the sun earlier than some other beaches.
Cala Barques is the first beach you come to, it is accessed via steps alongside the hotel Don Pedro and Hotel Nui. There are several good restaurants along the steps serving good seafood. Around the corner from Cala Barques, a short walk around a rocky path is Cala Clara, a tiny sandy beach.
There are several good walks from Cala San Vincenç which we will cover in another section, but the most popular is the walk to Puerto Pollensa over the mountain which takes approximately 40 minutes.
Puerto Pollensa Beaches
The wide sandy beach at Puerto Pollensa is the most popular, over 2km long it caters for the many families that visit the area, there are plenty of supermarket, restaurants and a beach bar or two along the strip. Never over crowded you will always find plenty of space. There are good shower and toilet facilities and plenty of water sport activities, sailing, water skiing, doughnut and banana rides, paragliding, boat trips, fishing etc. If you have a young family then this one is the easy choice. Along the Pine walk you will find dozens of small sandy inlets that are very popular with people staying in the hotels and apartments here, these can be a little more congested as they have limited space, also worth taking in the amazing sand sculptures that are created close to the Mirador, especially at night when they light them up with tea light candles.
Es Mal Pas Beaches
Sant Joan and Sant Pere beaches are located in the Es Mal Pas area, the beaches cater for mainly local residents and the odd tourist looking for a bit of peace and quiet away from the bigger and more popular beaches. Both have small beach bars which are reasonably priced and sun bed hire is also inexpensive. Great views looking out to the Cap de Formentor, both are reasonably small in size but rarely get overcrowded. Slightly of the beaten track but with good access from the road.