Take a coastal stroll or cycle to little hidden gem Platya des Morer Vermell with its white sand and crystal clear water perfect for snorkelling.
Once you leave the white sand and crowds of Puerto Pollenca’s beach behind the coast line of the bay becomes (although quieter) very rocky and choked up with seaweed and Poseidon grass. The stretch of coast leading to Alcudia is a mecca for windsufers and kite surfers, but if you are not a water sports enthusiast and you want a spot of white sand to camp out on instead, you’ll have to head a little further around the coast line to find this little tranquil sandy cove.
Theoretically you could walk the length of the beach all the way from the start of Puerto Pollenca, but there is really no need, the bus only costs €1.50 and walking through the mounds of seaweed isn’t the easiest or the most fun way to spend an hour or two. So if you get off the bus at the ‘corner’ of the bay as it were closest to Alcudia, then you can walk around the last few outcrops of the bay to Platya des Morer Vermell. Alternatively you can get the bus into Alcudia and walk out through the town from there, which is roughly 1.5 km.
The walk from the bus stop to the beach is about 2 km and you can stick to the roads or you can hug the coastline and follow it round, which has a much more enticing view. The coastline weaves in and out and you can stroll along the rocky path around little coves as you marvel at some of the beautiful properties that line the waterfront most with their own jetties and rough docks in front. Until you reach Morer Vermell you won't find another patch of sand but there are many areas of flat rock jutting out into the calm, clear waters. If you can't wait and need to pop in for a swim, some of the outcrops have metal swimmers stairs bolted to them to make access easier.
You’ll wander through the tiny marina at Es Barcares and just when you’re starting to feel that you need some sustenance or at least a cold beverage, you’ll come across the wonderfully located sea front British Pub, Red Rum. Open 11am until 1.30am the Red Rum serves traditional pub fare with British and Spanish accents and is a good spot to stop on your way to the beach or to come back to for lunch. Once you’ve passed the pub you’ll be just a few minutes from the beach and can begin the task of lounging on white sand and swimming in the crystal clear waters.
Only 200 m long, the beach is not huge but there are enough rocky expanses either side to explore if you want to find some privacy. The water is beautiful with a sandy entry up to hip depth and then rocky from there out - a great spot for snorkelling and crabbing. The water remains fairly shallow until quite far out and is calm and sheltered, making it a fun spot for children to play.
In terms of amenities there aren’t any toilets on the beach nor is there a lifeguard station but there is a town, also called Morer Vermell, which contains a supermarket and souvenir shop, restaurants and a kayak, hiking rental and guiding shop. You’ll find the small town easily its just one street back from the beach and there is ample parking available.
There are private villas for rent along the coast and also two hotels beach adjacent, the Smartline Panoramic and the Hotel More both with great views and outdoor pools. The Hotel More also has a private area of sunloungers and parasols at the beach but it is on a concrete terrace by their pool and so doesn’t take up valuable sand space.
If you fancy a change from your regular beach, a coastal stroll that ends in white sands, or want a holiday a little off the beaten track but still town accessible, then check out environmentally certified Platya des Morer Vermell a tiny white sand gem with crystal clear waters only 1.5 km from Alcudia.
You may also want to take a look at Mal Pas (Playa de Sant Pere & Playa de Sant Joan), which are a short walk up the coast.