South Coast Mallorca

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South Coast Mallorca

South Coast Mallorca - idyllic cliffs and bays with Mediterranean serenity

The south coast of Mallorca sets a gentle pace. You will be hard pushed to find lively tourist spots here. The landscape of this hinterland is characterised by small bays, surrounded by sharp-edged rock plateaus and rural ambience.

Mallorca's pristine south

south coast of Mallorca

The south coast of Mallorca is a flat region that extends between the Cap de Ses Salines and the craggy foothills of the Serra de Llevant in the hinterland. If you are looking for a peaceful and secluded holiday property, you could do no better than choosing the south coast of the island. Small bays bordered by flat rocky plateaus stretch along the coast. Olive groves with gnarled trees, wide fields and shady pine forests characterise the region.

Just off the main tourist routes there are many holiday cottages amidst beautiful natural landscapes. You have the choice between a typical country house made of natural stone or modern new builds with large panoramic windows. Most of the properties are surrounded by well-kept gardens with palm trees, olive trees and cypress trees. Most places are equipped with a pool available for your exclusive use. Some cottages up on the cliffs offer fantastic views of the turquoise Mediterranean waters.

Picturesque bays on the south coast

In the south of Mallorca you will find numerous bays on the rugged coast, which are perfect on hot summer days for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. You can access Cala Pi bay, which is located at the end of a fjord-like bay by a set of steps. Rugged cliffs surround the bay and in the locality you can find some apartment complexes offering spacious accommodation. The fine sandy beach is only 50 m wide, but extends to about 150 m deep.

With its Caribbean-like ambience, the Platja des Caragol is a true joy in the far south of Mallorca. The 500 m long bay is surrounded by flat rocky plateaus and bordered by low sand dunes and pine forests. A family-friendly bathing paradise on the south coast of Majorca is the rugged bay near Cala Llombards holiday complex. The sandy beach has a length of 110 m and is 60 m wide. There are beach umbrellas and sun loungers and the beach is a shallow level beach.

Es Trenc - Mallorcan paradise in blissful beaches and dunes

At more than five kilometres long Es Trenc is Mallorca's longest natural beach in the south of the Spanish Mediterranean island. The pearly white sand shining in the bright sunlight creates a fascinating contrast with the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. This natural paradise is not blighted by any sprawling hotel or apartment complexes and the beach is surrounded by a flat dune landscape and pale green pine groves.

The shallow entry beach and the low swell make it especially attractive for families. Some sections are marked as nudist areas and are a great magnet for fans of au naturel bathing. Although Es Trenc is no longer an insider tip, the steadily increasing visitor numbers do not detract from the beauty of this beach and dune paradise.

Attractions on the south coast of Mallorca

The sights on the south coast of Mallorca are rather thinly spread. This arid region, has around one-third less rainfall than the rest of the island. At the southernmost point of Mallorca lies the village of Ses Salines on the Cape of the same name. There is the Salines de Llevant desalination plant, which was already in use for salt production in Roman days. The barren landscape is an inviting area for extensive coastal walks. The Colonia Sant Jordi Visitor Centre was opened in 2008 and is well worth a minor detour.

There you will get a glimpse of the brightly shimmering underwater world of the nearby Cabrera island archipelago. There are 17 saltwater pools where you can marvel at the diverse flora and fauna of the Mediterranean region. About 15 kilometres inland from the south coast of Mallorca is the small town of Llucmajor. It is a regional centre of shoemaking and is known for its colourful weekly markets. Three times a week farmers and artisans from the region offer their wares. Here you can stock up in your south coast holiday home with fresh fruit and vegetables as well as baked goods and seafood. Every Friday there is a colorful flea market where you can buy extraordinary Balearic souvenirs.

Cabrera - archipelago off the Mallorcan coast

About 17 km off the Mallorcan coast, the Cabrera archipelago lies in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Excursion boats regularly leave from the port of Colonia de Sant Jordi for the nature reserve of Cabrera. The archipelago is not populated and consists of 19 larger and smaller islands. There are no restaurants and bars. For that reason, it is wise to bring along provisions for the trip. The Cabrera National Park offers you a wild landscape with a rich variety of flora and fauna.

The shores of the island are a paradise for divers and snorkellers with their diverse underwater world. Before the excursion boats return to port at the end of the day they make a detour to the "Blue Grotto" cave on the rugged coast of the so-called "Rabbit Island", which is accessible only by sea and surprises visitors with its spectacular light reflections in all shades of blue imaginable.

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