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Peguera – lively seaside resort in the southwest of Mallorca

Peguera (Catalan Paguera) is a lively resort in the southwest of Mallorca. Almost 4,000 inhabitants live in the touristy seaside resort in the municipality of Calvià. Peguera is dominated by mass tourism in contrast to neighbouring Port d 'Andratx.

Peguera beach in MallorcaThree fine sandy beaches provide excellent conditions for swimming, snorkelling and various water sports. Just a stone's throw away is the noble Camp de Mar, where super model Claudia Schiffer owns a finca with an estate. Peguera is especially popular with German tourists. The centre is very touristy with numerous shops and restaurants. Last but not least, Peguera benefits from its easy accessibility: Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the island, is just a 30-minute drive away and the resort has direct motorway access.

History of Peguera
The history of Pegueras is relatively short and is not really peppered with too much to make your hairs stand on end. The first building on this stretch of coastline in southwest Mallorca was built in the 1920s. At that time nobody could have predicted that almost 100 years later the village would develop into a major seaside resort. In the Middle Ages pirates used the rocky southwest coast of Mallorca as a hiding place. The town of Andratx, not far from Peguera, was frequently hit by pirate raids. The remains of watchtowers and small towns on the cliffs lie testament to this era.

With the increase of tourism in Mallorca in the late 1950s, Peguera started to become built up. First hotels and apartment complexes were created. Many of the tourist buildings were replaced over time by newer buildings. Today, the centre of the resort is unashamedly geared to tourism. Hotels of all categories, apartment complexes and holiday homes aare everywhere. While Peguera primarily attracts families with children from German-speaking countries during the peak season between the end of June and the beginning of September, in the low season mainly pensioners and couples without kids spend their holidays in the resort.

Three perfect beaches in Peguera
Most holiday makers come in the summer because of Peguera's three beautiful beaches. They are connected by a continuous beach promenade. While the Platja de Tora and the Platja de la Romana are natural sandy beaches, the Platja Palmira is a man-made beach.

Playa de Palmira 

It is also the largest beach in the local area and is particularly appreciated by families with children due to the calmness of the waters here. In days gone by, the extensive shallow waters and the rapid warming of the water, which is a by-product of the clam shallow seas led to the proliferation of algae. The local authorities created a pump system, invisible to tourists, to counter the issue.

The Platja de Tora is the neighbouring beach and a bit shorter than Platja Palmira. In the winter months, high waves can pile up on this stretch of beach, creating optimal conditions for surfing.

Platja de la Romana is furthest beach from the centre of Peguera and is connected to Platja de Tora by a footpath. All beaches in Peguera are known for the excellent quality of their water. Sun umbrellas and sunbeds can be rented and in the high season lifeguards keep a constant eye out. Despite its small size, Platja de la Romana is one of the most popular beaches in the Peguera area - primarily due to its easy accessibility by car. Free parking is only a few steps away from the beach.

Activities in Peguera
Peguera offers the usual tourist fare for a resort e.g. sports and entertainment. Banana Boat rides are an option as are glass bottom boat trips where you have the opportunity to observe fish and other sea creatures while staying dry as you look through the glassy bottom of the boat.

Those longing for direct contact with the submarine life off Mallorca's south-west coast, can take part in a diving trip.  "El Buceo" diving centre, which has a branch at the marina, offers diving courses for beginners and advanced divers and has a variety of dives of differing lengths available.

For dry land sporting activities in Peguera tennis and golf top the list. The 18-hole Golf de Andratx is just a stone's throw from the resort and is popular with celebrity islanders such as Michael Douglas and Claudia Schiffer. Several tennis courts can be rented by the hour. Peguera is located on the edge of the Serra de Tramuntana. The mountains dominate the entire west coast of Mallorca and offer excellent opportunities for hiking. Behind the village, pine-covered slopes stretch down to the coast.

Puig de sa, Tramuntana mountains

An attractive hiking destination is the mountain village of Es Capdella, perched on the top of Puig de Sa, 115m up in the Tramuntana mountains. If you want a varied itinerary you should try the route to Cap Andritxol, where the ruins of a 16th-century watchtower stand on the cliffs.

Shopping and Restaurants in Peguera
Bulevar de Peguera is the main shopping street in the resort of Peguera. The main shopping street runs parallel to the beaches and is lined with numerous shops and restaurants.

In recent times, strides have been taken to keep cars off the road. Therefore, Bulevar de Peguera has been turned into a one-way street and can only be used in the direction of Santa Ponsa. After 7pm in the peak season the traffic dies off and the boulevard becomes a pedestrian street.

The resort is crammed with fashion boutiques, jewellery shops, souvenir shops and leather goods shops. On Tuesdays a weekly market takes place on the shopping street, where in addition to fresh agricultural products there are also a fair amount ofs cheap imports from the Far East.

From steakhouses to tapas bars, the range of dining options in Peguera is pretty diverse. Restaurante Casa Rustica tempts the palate of its guests with Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine. Freshly caught fish such as sea bream with stir-fried vegetables and fish in salt crust are among the culinary highlights. First-class steaks are served in "El Fogòn7". Whether beef tenderloin, duck breast or a 600-gram T-bone steak - the restaurant is a meat lover's dream.

Aficionados of Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on seafood should plan a visit to the Mar y Mar Restaurante & Beach Bar. In addition to the excellent food, the restaurant has an authentic rustic ambience.

Excursions in the vicinity
Away from the tourist hustle and bustle, the district of Cala Fornells has retained its original character. The small urban development is located on a picturesque bay with crystal clear water, surrounded by rugged cliffs.

Cala Fornells

Due to the limited number of hotels, Cala Fornells is quieter than neighbouring Peguera. The resort is located directly on the southwest coast of Mallorca and a boat trip is pretty much a must for every holiday maker. There are moorings at Platja Palmira and Platja de Tora where you can sail to Santa Ponsa, the Islas Malgrats and the uninhabited island of Sa Dragonera among others. Additionally, longer pleasure cruises are offered.

A charming destination for a day trip, just a stone's throw from Peguera, is the small village of Camp de Mar. Golfers can practice their tee shot in front of an idyllic backdrop on the 18-hole Golf de Andratx course. As an alternative, enjoy the sunshine in the small bay and enjoy a cappuccino at a beach café. A piece of original Mallorca awaits you in the small coastal town of Sant Elm. Instead of sprawling apartment complexes, there are just a handful of quaint hotels with a few rooms and a 200-metre-long beach. Ferries to Sa Dragonera island leave from the port.

We hope that this short section has given you an insight into the tourist infrastructure and leisure activities of Peguera. If your interest has been aroused, then why not choose your next break in Mallorca by the sea in this lovely southwest coast resort.