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Fantastic family beaches in Mallorca for summer 2017

Great Mallorcan beaches for families with children

Featured in: | Emily Benet, Mallorca Reporter | Published
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A day at the beach with children can often feel like a big operation. The last thing you want to do is hike down a rocky slope with a buggy, bucket and spade and several inflatables. 

The good news is that you can enjoy a number of gorgeous, white sand beaches with crystalline waters, without forgoing the joys of easy access and great facilities. These are some family-friendly options on this very family-friendly island.

Port d'Alc├║dia - relaxing day out

Considered one of the top beaches in Spain, the beach of Port d'Alcúdia offers 3.4 kilometres of fine white sand in the north of the island. Plenty of space for the kids to bury themselves up to their necks, build fortresses and play ball. The stunning turquoise water is shallow for some distance and very tranquil, making it perfect for introducing little ones to the delights of the sea.

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. If you can't face lugging your own parasol, sunshades are available for hire. 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. Beyond the beach, there's an attractive promenade with a great atmosphere with lots of little shops. Port d'Alcúdia beach is a popular option for both local families and visitors.

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Es Trenc - natural getaway

Es Trenc lies in the south of the island and is perfect for families who love the beach but aren't keen on all the commerce that it attracts. It's one of the few large beaches that has been left natural and unspoilt by hotel resorts. There's a beach bar, sunshade and lounge hire and toilets, but no showers or restaurants. There aren't any noisy watersports activities here either, just plenty of sand, sea and a rocky area waiting to be explored. The waters are shallow for a decent stretch, though depending on the wind, it can attract waves which might appeal to older kids. There is paid parking (€6) and wooden walkways for buggies, although at very busy times expect a five-minute walk from your car. This area of Mallorca is popular with nudists, although the main area of beach is given over to those who prefer to keep their trunks on!

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Canyamel - a beach day in the east

Located in the east of the island, in Capdepera, Canyamel beach offers a stretch of sand just under 3 kilometres long and all the necessary facilities for a convenient day at the beach. Toilets and showers are available, a lifeguard is on duty and there is a car park and disabled access. The sand of Canyamel beach is darker in colour than other beaches mentioned, but no less clean. The water is normally crystalline and there are some rocky areas to one side which are popular with snorkellers. There are also swings for the little ones and watersports on offer. Sunshades and loungers are available for hire and there are bars and restaurants nearby.

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Palma Nova - popular beach near Palma

Palma Nova is a practical option for families wanting to split their time between the beach and the capital, being only a 20-minute bus ride from Palma. A popular tourist resort, and yet with 1 kilometre of fine sand, there's plenty of space to build sandcastles or play bat and ball. The turquoise water has a shallow start so good for young swimmers. There's the option of watersports and volleyball for the older children and swings 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 a beach bar with a varied menu. It also enjoys a more chilled out atmosphere than its neighbour Magaluf and yet remains lively, with lots of shops and restaurants.

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Sant Elm - beach day with optional hop over to Dragonera

Sant Elm is a picture postcard beach in the municipality of Andratx. White sand, turquoise water plus a stunning view of the island of Dragonera make it an idyllic location to plant your towel. 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. The town is small but pretty and has some really lovely boutiques selling clothes, handbags and gifts. There are a few restaurants and bars along the promenade and, a little further up, La Cocotte offers a large outdoor terrace and extensive menu. It may be smaller than some of the other beach locations on the list, but even without the optional hop to Dragonera, you can certainly make a whole day of it here!

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