Whether its because they are hard to reach by car, or too rocky, small and unknown, these five tiny coves and beaches have somehow managed to stay off the tourist trail and remain inexplicably virgin and remote, while being within minutes drive from a popular holiday resort like Port de Pollensa on Mallorca's north coast.
Cala Boquer Beach
Cala Boquer - beaches in the north of Mallorca
Over the Boquer hill and across the valley, a 45 minute walk from Port de Pollensa, there is a small rocky beach which can only be accessed on foot or by sea. This is Cala Boquer, a cove etched into the rock on the northern coastline of the island, set within one of the areas best protected Nature Reserves and home to a large amount of autochtonous bid species. Birders and nature enthusiasts love it here, as do keen climbers, as the sheer rockfaces on route to the beach are perfect for extreme climbing.
Cala Boquer also has one of the most easily accessible and truly spectacular water caves: The Blue Cave, which can be swum into without having to dive underwater.
Cala Murta Beach
Cala Murta - beaches in the north of Mallorca
This is possibly the north of Mallorca's best kept secret and now, with the Cape of Formentor road closure during the peak season months of July and August, it is even trickier to get there. You can always, as with all the best beaches on the island, go by boat. Otherwise you will have to walk some 4 km from the Formentor Hotel, as private cars are no longer allowed on the cape road, or if you want a proper hike, walk all the way from Port de Pollensa, which is about 14 km.
This is a beach you will remember. On the far northern tip of the Bay of Pollensa, the sea here is crystal clear, and the beach is often empty, but for a few wild goats.
Cala Figuera Beach
On the other side of the Formentor peninsula, and washed by the northern Mediterranean Sea, is the only beach on our list not within the Bay of Pollensa. This is Cala Figuera, not to be confused with Cala Figuera on the southeast coast. To get there you will have to clamber down a fairly steep descent from the main cape road, but it is worth it.
Few places are so well sea-washed and virgin as this small cove surrounded by steep rocky cliffs, and given its slightly difficult access, it tends to be fairly empty throughout the season. Boats don't make it round the cape that easily either, so you won't be sharing this playa with yachs and sail boats either.
Mal Pas Beach
Playa de Mal Pas - beaches in the north of Mallorca
Mal Pas is the most popular and easy to access of our 5 beaches and is found on the southern side of the Bay of Pollensa. To reach what are in fact 2 beaches (Sant Pere and Sant Joan) side by side, you have to enter Alcudia old town and veer off back towards the coast. They are sandy coves, larger than the others on this list, with basic beach amenities like sunbeds and parasols, and a handy beach shack where you can order cocktails and snacks (they serve soft drinks too).
To rent a holiday villa near this beach, see Villas in Alcudia, Bonaire and Mal Pas : Villa Mitrana
Playa de s''Illot - beaches in the north of Mallorca
S'Illot is on the far southern tip of the Bay of Pollensa, and looks over to Formentor Peninsula. A wonderful place to bathe in peace, favoured by locals and those in the know, the beach at S'illot has, as its name in Mallorquin suggests, a small islet just off the beach and a cafe, which changes hands on a regular basis, going from sardine shack to upmarket eatery back to beachcafe. What doesn't ever change though are the jaw-dropping views you get from the terrace and down by the sea.
To rent a holiday villa near this beach, see Villas in Alcudia, Bonaire and Mal Pas : Villa Bonaire