Beaches with plenty of parking, easy beach access, bathrooms, restaurants and shops selling beach inflatables will suit families looking for a fun but relaxing day at the beach. Many of the best family beaches in Mallorca tend to be part of the bigger resorts, in both the north and the south. These are the top 5 recommended beaches in Mallorca for families:
1. Playa d'Alcudia Beach
Playa d'Alcúdia is considered one of the best in Spain and offers fine white sand, shallow sheltered seas and plenty of space for the kids to bury themselves up to their necks, build fortresses and play ball. Watersports such as jet skis and parasailing are also available for the more grown-up members of the family and there are lifeguards on duty to provide an extra pair of eyes. There is a climbing frame and play area and wooden walkways to ease access with a buggy. Cafes and restaurants alongside the beach mean you won't have to go far when everyone gets hungry.
2. Playa de Muro Beach
Playa de Muro beach lies just beyond Alcudia beach and continues on to Can Picafort. This section of beach tends to be quieter than Alcudia and space is plentiful along it's five kilometre length. Fine golden sands dip into shallow, idyllic turquoise waters. Upmarket resorts lie directly behind the beach, and there are good quality beach bars and restaurants to enjoy.
3. Port de Pollença Beach
Port de Pollença Beach, also in the north, has a long stretch of sand, an abundance of sun loungers, good quality restaurants, bars, shops and a pretty marina. The sandy beach boasts a picturesque mountain backdrop and a quieter more relaxed atmosphere than Alcudia.
4. Palma Nova Beach
Palma Nova is a popular tourist resort, and yet with one kilometre of fine white sand to enjoy in the bay, there's plenty of space to build sand castles or play bat and ball. The turquoise water has a shallow start so it’s good for young swimmers. There's the option of watersports and volleyball for the older children and playgrounds for the little ones. Palma Nova has all the facilities that make a day at the beach more comfortable, such as toilets, showers, sun loungers and sunshade hire, wooden walkways, lifeguards and several beach bars.
5. Sant Elm Beach
Sant Elm, also in the south-west, has a small white sand beach, turquoise water plus a stunning view of the island of Dragonera. If your family wants an additional adventure on their day out, they can visit the island by taking a boat (€15) from the harbour. There are four different trails to follow once there although no actual beach. Departure times vary depending on the season. Sant Elm beach has good facilities, such as toilets, showers, disabled access, sun shades and loungers and an on-duty lifeguard. There are also swings and a climbing frame as well as cheap paid parking close by.