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Mallorca is well known as a prime destination for lounging on the beach, with its long sandy coasts and tourist-friendly seaside towns, but if you’re interested in catching a glimpse of some of the marine life that calls the Mediterranean home, these popular spots are less than ideal. Happily for snorkellers, there are plenty of more secluded places, off the beaten track. Here are 10 of the best.
Typical of many of the beaches in this southeastern part of the island, Cala Llombards is composed of a narrow strip of sand flanked by low cliffs. It’s around these rocky sea walls that plenty of local sea life congregates, easily visible thanks to a generally calm sea. Snorkellers can also walk around the rocky inlets and jump straight into deeper water for a chance to see some larger fish. The beach is best accessed by road with ample free parking at the entrance.
Just a 20-minute drive from the island’s capital, Palma, Badia Blava offers one of the most stunning ocean views anywhere in Mallorca, but that’s just the start. The road serpentines down to a small car park (maximum capacity of about 20 cars), and from there a steep stairway leads you down towards the water. The rocky shoreline has crystal-clear water which is home to plenty of marine animals and vegetation, making it popular with snorkellers and scuba divers alike. Interestingly, the cliffs which surround this beach were used to construct the Cathedral de Palma, one of the tallest gothic cathedrals in the world.
Not far from Cala Llombards on the east side of the island, Calo des Moro is a practically untouched inlet protected by pine covered cliffs. The actual beach is relatively small, but the shallows give way to deeper water close to the shore, so you don’t have to swim too far out.Once over the depths, expect to see large schools of fish congregating, of many different shades, shapes and sizes. There aren’t any facilities to speak of, so bring water, but remember that you’ll only a few kilometres from the town of Santanyi, providing an ideal destination for a winddown meal after a day of swimming.
Additional reporting by Callum Davies