The South-East of Majorca has many fine beaches with trees eding the white sand and clear, clean blue water. Some of the best are near the Mondrago national park, like S’Amarador beach – surrounded by cliffs and pine forests, it is made from soft white sand and is small at 150 metres long but has a depth of 50 metres. It is actually one of the larger beaches in this corner of Mallorca – others are in much smaller sheltered coves. On the other side of the bay, at this time of year, there are sunbeds and parasols to rent, and a small bar for refreshments. Toilets and showers are available.
The colour of the sea is truly spectacular – a deep, deep turquoise. The surrounding bays are very popular with yachts and you will see plenty of them as their passengers enjoy swimming in the sea, or taking part in some gentle canoeing.
There are hotels on and around Mondrago beach, but if it is an undeveloped beach you want then the best option is to rent a villa nearby. Against the backdrop of the terrible economic problems, it is also good to be offering a financial lifeline to ordinary Spanish residents. But for the same reasons you may have to plead for all day heating in cold weather and aircon in August.
Mallorca Farmhouses has many such villas on its books, and we stayed at Sanchez, a quiet retreat, ten minutes walk through the forest, and with its own pool. Although not very rustic, the villas a re spacious, comfortable and allow self-catering using the great local ingedents and wine which can be bought in nearby Santanyi, which has some boutique hotels and a good weekly market as well as a supermarket and a gas station..
There are a number of walking trails in the area – highly recommended so that you can appreciate the true beauty of the place. If you follow the paved path to the east of the beach you will come across the next bay over where Mondrago beach awaits you. This is a smaller beach with a restaurant and is equally lovely if you can find a spot to sit!
To the other side of S’Aramador beach is a more rocky path from which you can explore the coastline. There are some great rock formations to be discovered and some fun ledges that seem made for diving into the surprisingly warm and welcoming sea.
Car parking is available about a five minute walk away.