Cala Deià, near Sóller
One of the few beaches situated on the rugged west coast of Majorca, its pebbles and coarse sand are sheltered by cliffs and pine forests. The beauty and special light quality of Cala Deià are celebrated by artists, who set up on the terraces above the secluded rock pools. The clear water is ideal for snorkelling and swimming – writer Robert Graves once lived nearby and visited the little cove for a daily dip.
Playa de Muro, near Alcudia
For something completely different, head for the north coast and its miles of golden sands. Watersports enthusiasts will love Playa de Muro, which boasts excellent facilities and disabled access. Edged by pine and juniper trees and backed by dunes, this Blue Flag resort is close to the Albufera nature reserve, the island’s largest wetland expanse. With its shallow waters and hotels opening on to the beach, the bay is perfect for families and young children.
Cala Torta, near Artà
If the thought of turquoise-blue sea and fine white sand makes you happy, choose the north-east side of the island. The intermittently windy conditions of Torta make it popular with surfers, and its deep crystal-clear water attracts snorkellers. You can strip off or not, as you prefer, as this destination is laid-back but not designated as solely a nudist area. Reach it by way of a bumpy car ride and a walk through the dunes.
Make for the more sheltered south coast for this well-known strip with a Caribbean feel. Despite its isolation the natural beauty of this resort-free location attracts crowds, but in this protected zone you’ll find solitude among the sand dunes, tamarind trees and wetlands, home to marine vegetation and migratory birds. Windsurfing is the main activity, with facilities including lifeguards and disabled ramps, while others will appreciate its tradition as an unofficial nudist beach.
Ciutat Jardí or Ciudad Jardín, Palma
Combine the history, Art Nouveau architecture, elegant shops and general buzz of Majorca’s capital with breath-taking views of the Bay of Palma from this appropriately-named city garden. Stroll or cycle along the promenade as far as Arenal or act cool on rollerblades. The shallow sea is safe for small children who will also appreciate the large playground, while the extensive facilities on offer will suit families, with disabled members well catered for.