Amidst the bustling tourism you’re looking for a place to disconnect, listen to the waves and dip your toes in the sand? Then this is the perfect guide for you! We show you 10 almost deserted beaches on the Balearic Islands to get lost. The best beaches and coves wrapped in the Mediterranean landscape of the islands to which you will want to escape alone or accompanied.
Coves that blend with the rock formations of the landscape, long shores of white sand, turquoise blue waters, Mediterranean forests at the foot of the coast… Between Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and the archipelago of Cabrera there are so many beaches that you could spend half of your life visiting them. And, almost certainly, you would not get to know them all. To make your life easier we have selected 10 secret spots at which to soak your feet (and the whole body).
At the foot of the iconic Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, there is a small (and quiet) white sand beach with panoramic views from Cap de Formentor, the northernmost point of the island. Located in the northeastern corner of Mallorca, this beach, located within one of the most virgin and spectacular places, has been mentioned numerous times in prestigious media such as The Times as one of the best in Spain. Surrounded by pine forests and brilliant turquoise blue waters, Formentor beach is one of the most exclusive in Mallorca.
Cala del Barceló Illetas Albatros
Those who value privacy above all will find their perfect cove next to the Barceló Illetas Albatros hotel. This small corner of sand facing the sea is one of the best kept secrets of the ‘adults only’ Mallorcan. The small cove, which has umbrellas and hammocks for hotel guests, has two entrances. The first is at the pool area and thanks to which you can enjoy all the amenities offered by the hotel. Another entrance is by the rocks of the adjacent cove, in the area of Ses Illetes. It allows visitors to enjoy without any problem the exclusivity of the small and cosy cove.
Archipelago de Cabrera
Sa Cova Blava
This is a cave excavated by the sea in a block of calcareous materials. You can not miss it if you visit Mallorca, since it is only 50 kilometers away. If you plan to visit this 20 meters deep cave, do it in the middle of the afternoon. Then the sun’s rays illuminate it producing spectacular light and color effects. In the submerged part, the widest entrance allows the water to shine through the range of blues and project the reflections of the water onto the ceiling. A real treat for the eyes!
If there was a price for the most turquoise waters, Cala Macarella on Menorca would surely be among the finalists. It is one of the smallest on the island. It only takes 10 minutes to walk from one end to the other. A real treat for the senses that is worth visiting (despite its overcrowding) to access Macarelleta. This is small beach is right next to Cala Macarella. It can be reached walking in about 5 minutes.
The Barceló Hamilton Menorca hotel, the ‘adults only’ of reference on the island, always recommends its guests one of the coves preferred by the locals. And coves in which it is very rare to meet tourists or excursions. One ideal destination for travellers seeking tranquility is Cala Pregonda. To get to this cove of crystal clear water and reddish sand, you have to park about 30 minutes from the shore. So you should be prepared for a short walk before you can lie in the sun. With this in mind, the hotel offers its guests stylish carrybags. These are full of a selection of gourmet sandwiches, fresh fruit and refreshing drinks. So when you get to the beach you can recharge and enjoy without any worries!
One of the most isolated beaches on the island is also one of the most charming thanks to its turquoise waters and white sand. It is Cala Escorxada, located in the southern area of Menorca near Cala Mitjana. To access this paradisiacal cove you must first park your car near Cala Mitjana, Santo Tomás or Es Migjorn Gran. From there you then walk for a little less than an hour until you reach the sea. However, the small excursion is worthwhile as you will be rewarded with unique views and a beach day almost alone lying on the warm sand. No surprise that this beach is under the top 10 almost deserted beaches on the Balearic Islands.
The islets of Cala Xacarra
This attractive cove at the foot of a small cliff of red earth is known for being the cove with the most crystalline waters of all Ibiza. It can’t be missed on the list of the best 10 almost deserted beaches on the Balearic Islands because it is the perfect place for diving lovers. Furthermore, its extraordinary beauty has made it a place frequented by bathers. However, the rock formations that are in front of it are a little paradise. You can reach them by swimming and spend a quiet day surrounded by marine fauna with the sound of the sea and seagulls in the background.
Cala de Portinatx
Located in the quiet north of the island, Portinatx is a beautiful cove with crystal clear turquoise waters. Its privileged location, away from the nightlife and busy atmosphere of the south, makes it a very quiet and romantic cove. A few meters away is the hotel Barceló Portinatx Adults Only. A perfect boho-chic refuge to spend a zen holiday enjoying a different leisure on the island with more atmosphere of the Balearics. Undoubtedly, the perfect alternative for those who wish to immerse themselves in the authentic essence of Ibiza. Surrounded by its culture and an atmosphere reminiscent of the hippy years of the seventies.
Cala de Es Ram
This is another rocky cove and it’s located in the nature reserve of La Mola on Formentera. It is surrounded by pine trees and vegetation. And its crystal clear waters with white sand bottoms are perfect for snorkelling. Thanks to its difficult access, it is one of the by tourists least frequented coves. It is definitely worth a visit, not only because of its waters. But also because of its rocky landscape that is reminiscent of the hidden and tiny coves of the Amalfi coast.
Platgetes des caló
This magical place is a series of small coves of fine white sand and turquoise waters that are interspersed with rocky ledges in the eastern area. Perfect for sunbathing alone while enjoying its marine fauna. Of course, remember to wear shoes to move between the rocks. A true paradise!
Text and photos by Fly me to the Moon for Barceló Hotel Group