A laid-back beach bar (or chiringuito
as they’re called in Spain) can turn a good beach into a great one. More relaxed than a beach club and generally rough-and-rustic in style, once you find one you like, you’ll want to keep going back. Mallorca has no shortage of beaches
, with plenty of them featuring fun, friendly, and informal bars, and we’ve narrowed it down to six of our favorites.
Roxy Beach, Portals Nous
Bar, Mediterranean, $$$
Roxy Beach, Portals Nous
Located on a small jetty at the side of the beach at Puerto Portals, Roxy Beach is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer while watching the comings and goings on the beach, or to wind up your day on the sand with a sunset cocktail. You can moor your boat and catch the bar’s own tender dinghy service, so it’s popular with yachties and boat-trippers, but you can also access the bar directly from the beach, or via the steps down the cliff from Portals Nous. Food is simple but good and the breakfasts are popular, but it’s really all about the drinks, the socializing, and the views over the sea towards the chichi and buzzing marina.
Roxy Beach, Carrer Blanes, 10, Portals Nous, Mallorca, Spain
Cap Falco Beach Bar, Calvià
Cala Falco is a tiny, picturesque cove surrounded by pine forest, crystal-clear turquoise waters and a few sun-loungers on the sand, and the Cap Falco Beach Bar makes this idyllic cove even more appealing. While the bar itself is fittingly rustic in style, the food and drinks offered are far from basic, with an excellent wine and cocktail list, and the choice of a simple lunchtime baguette or an excellent burger, salad, or a grilled fresh fish platter. There are a few high tables and stools in front of the bar, larger tables and chairs in the shade and some comfier lounge seating under the trees at the back of the beach. This is the kind of location that makes you feel like you’ve landed yourself a slice of paradise for the day.
Cap Falco Beach Bar, Carrer Cap Falcó, 19, Calvin, Mallorca, Spain, +34 631 42 55 40
S’Embat, Ses Covetes
Set in the pine forest at the back of famous Es Trenc beach, S’Embat beach bar has an old-school hippie feel to it, with a classic palm-roofed bar and low purple tables and stools built into the sand among the trees, as well as plastic tables and chairs by the bar. Popular with locals, this bar has regular circus acts and live bands (mostly playing reggae music) at the weekends. A bit like stepping back in time, but fun nonetheless, this is the place to go if you’re after a seriously chilled-out vibe with live music, cheap(ish) food and dancing on the sandy floor of the forest.
S’Embat Es Trenc, Carrer des Murters, 9, Ses Covetes, Mallorca, Spain, +34 871 70 27 72
El Chiringuito, Costa de la Calma
Open all day and into the early hours, El Chiringuito in the resort of Costa de la Calma, is a popular beach bar that hosts frequent music events and barbecues. Located on flat rocks above the sea, the atmosphere is low-key and relaxed, and there are a few sun-loungers, as well as numerous tables, all of which face west, making it the perfect location to watch the sunset. Drinks and food are decent and reasonably priced and if you fancy a pre-lunch swim, you can dive straight off the rocks into the sea.
El Chiringuito, Carrer Z.V.Palmeras, Calvin, Mallorca, Spain, +34 655 11 07 71
Blue Bar Chiringuito, Portocolom
Perched on the rocks above the sea, among the pine trees, Blue Bar Chiringuito is relaxed and unpretentious, with great views and decent cocktails. The seafood is pretty good, and it’s a nice place to while away a couple of hours, watching the yachts bobbing in the bay as the sun sets. A popular bar with tourists, its slightly more hidden location makes it easier to get a table than at the other beach bars right on the sand at Porto Colom.
Blue Bar Chiringuito, Carretera Faro, 27, Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain, +34 671 30 87 24
Chiringuito de Cala Sa Nau, S’horta
Not far from the popular resort of Cala D’Or, Cala Sa Nau is a small, sandy beach with clean, clear water at the end of a long, S-shaped rocky inlet. There are sunbeds for hire and the Cala Sa Nau chiringuito at the back of the beach has an excellent range of beers, wines and cocktails, as well as ice-creams, tapas, and more substantial paellas, and grilled meats and fish. It gets very busy in high season, but you can call ahead and book a table. The relaxed, fun atmosphere continues in the evenings when there are frequently DJs and live music.
Chiringuito de Cala Sa Nau, Cala Sa Nau, Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain, +34 637 83 32 76