The north is Mallorca is the most family friendly corner of the island, known for its clean, safe beaches, luxurious hotel accommodation, great gastronomic offer and laid back atmosphere. In a climate that is temperate and dry for the greater part of the year, the beaches of the northern coast come with every facility you could dream of; sunloungers and parasols, showers, walkways, water sports, beach guards, shops, cafes along the front and on the sand.
There are four main areas in the north of mallorca: Pollensa, Port de Pollensa, Formentor and Cala Sant Vicente, each unique, all beautiful, some favoured for their vibrant life, others for their tranquility. Not everyone is looking for the same kind of beach holiday afterall!
And while Pollensa old town is inland, set in the foothills of the mighty Tramuntana Mountains, the other three are on the coast.
Formentor is paradise, a long pristine stretch of sand and sea, Port de Pollensa is bustling and fun, set in and around the vast Bay of Pollensa, and Cala Sant Vicente, on the north coast is made up of four exquisite coves and some of the most aquamarine waters you will ever see.
There are of course other smaller coves in the north of the island, but they are far more inaccessible and require some leg work or a boat in some cases.
For the purpose of this guide, and because we can offer you high quality hotel accommodation here, we have only included these:
Port de Pollensa is one of Mallorca's old fishing villages, and though much has changed in the last 100 years or so, the laid back and breezy feel of a small beachside resort remains.
The town is hugely popular with young families and retired folk as well as cyclists, who congregate here out of season to launch themselves up into the mountains of the Tramuntana.
Puerto Pollensa's beaches are set along its massive Pollensa Bay; the Pine Walk beaches which are small, shallow and divided by stone piers, shaded by the enormous old pines and perfect for toddlers and young kids.
On the southern side of the bay there are long sandy beaches with an array of facilities and water sports schools, and lined with cafes and restaurants.
Made up of 4 beautiful coves, Cala San Vicente is the island's smallest resort and its location on the northern side of the island means its waters are of the clearest turquoise.
There are two larger beaches; Cala Barques and Cala Molins, with sand and pebbles in parts, and a few amenities, like showers, life guards and parasols with sunloungers. Cafes, hotels, shops and restaurants a little back from the coves provide snacks, drinks, beachwear and watersports rental, so though these are small and pristine beaches, they are well provided for.
The two smaller coves of Cala Clara (see photo above) and Cala Carbó are pebbled and more inaccessible, where you almost have to jump directly into the sea and then clamber up the rocks.
There is one other place you may like in Cala San Vicente; the Marassar Rock.
It looms several metres from the water and is a great cliff jumping spot, loved by local teens who take wild leaps into the air, somersaulting on the way down.
Formentor beach or Cala Pi (as it is known locally) is a Blue Flag beach, approximately 850m long with fine white sand, shaded by pine trees in the middle of a Nature Reserve on the peninsula of Formentor, Mallorca's northernmost point.
ften described as Caribbean-like thats to the long stretch of golden sand and clear water, and luxurious because this is a prime location, home to the fabulously glamurous Hotel Formentor (now owned by the Barceló Hotel Group) and some of the region's most exclussive real estate.
You can rent sun loungers and parasols, order drinks straight from the hotel bar, kayak and scuba dive, and eat at one of the 2 cafes.
Prices are high and there is nowhere else to buy drinks and snacks, so if you are on a budget consider packing a picnic.
For our full list of hotel accommodation in the north, click HERE.