It may not be warm enough off-season to strip off, but you can still visit some of Mallorcas beaches where you can take in the sea air, invigorate your senses, unwind and walk off any excesses of the Christmas period.
With this in mind, the three beaches I have chosen, one on sand, the others promenade walks, allow for a good brisk ramble.
Each offers the opportunity of refreshments and doesn´t involve taking your clothes off!
Platja d’es Trenc
A car is essential for this walk. About a 40 minute drive east from Palma, this is probably the most famous beach on Mallorca. No concrete in sight, it is the last long unspoilt beach offering endless skies and a white, caster sugar soft sand.
It brings in huge crowds in the summer, but in the winter you are just sharing with the seagulls. ´Trenc´ translates as ´ravine`, a parting of the coastal dunes, revealing salt flats behind (see the linked post ´Pass the Salt´).
Well sign posted with a dedicated paid car park, you can take refreshments after your walk in the pretty town of Colònia de Sant Jordi just 6km away.
If you are staying in Palma, you don´t need a car for these next two.
Port de Soller
You can reach Port de Soller by taking either the 211 bus from Placa Espanya in Palma, or the old electric train to Soller and then the tram down to the Port (please note: the train is out of action usually end of December and all of January every year for repairs and maintenance).
A perfectly formed horseshoe bay, Port de Soller brings to mind an Amalfi coastal town, with its steep sides and dramatic cliffs supporting hotels and homes, each jostling for the best views.
On arrival at the Port, you can choose to turn left, and head up to the lighthouse and take in the spectacular views as your reward as you climb, or choose to stay on the flat and complete the full semi circle until you reach the marina.
Depending on the time of day, you may see one of the local trawlers heading back with their day´s catch or even a visiting super yacht. The waterfront is lined with bars and cafes ready to supply you with refreshments year round.
Playa Ca’n Pastilla
Sitting east of Palma and gateway to the five kilometre long Playa de Palma beach which ends at Arenal, this is one of Mallorcas beaches which is accessible from the capital if you fancy a good long walk.
Alternatively, if you fancy a shorter one way walk, you can take the 15 bus from Placa Espanya, get off at Ca´n Pastilla and slowly walk back to Palma, approx one and half hours.
If you want to feel the sand beneath your feet, the beach is extremely wide. If not, you will find a traffic free beach promenade that stretches all the way from s’Arenal back into Palma, with a fantastic selection of restaurants, cafés, and bars if you need a pit stop on the way.
What are you waiting for isn’t it time for you to visit one of the Mallorcas beaches off-season?