S’Amarador: one of Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches
Mallorca is brimming with beautiful beaches – particularly along its eastern and southern coasts – but secluded S’Amarador is surely one of its best. Down in this more rural corner of the island, away from the bustling resorts of Alcudia, Pollenca and Magaluf, faded windmills creak in the hot sun, acres of olive trees dot the landscape and dusty tracks lead to hidden coves. Despite being tucked away however, S’Amarador is a relatively straightforward drive from most southern areas of the island, aided by the relatively direct route east from Palma, along the MA-19 motorway. And as it is arguably one of the island’s most beautiful spots, it is certainly worth the effort.
Situated in the Mondrago National Park, the drive to S’Amarador becomes more scenic once the larger roads are left behind and the route enters the green pine forests of the park. The beach is clearly signed from several kilometres away, and parking is easy and plentiful. On a busy day in the height of summer it may pay well to arrive early, but even during October half term there was bags of space by late morning, and plenty of shady spots to park out of the sun. A fee of €5 is payable on entry to an attendant at the gate.
The walk down to the beach is a pleasant four or five minutes gently sloping downhill, although some steeper steps near the bottom may prove tricky for pushchairs or the less mobile. And if S’Amarador’s beautiful beach doesn’t appeal to everyone in the group, there are plenty of picturesque walks through the surrounding national park, with helpful signposts and maps dotted around to give suggested routes.
The beach itself is stunning – set in a cove and bordered by rocky ledges, it is perfect for swimming due to the natural shelter of the rocks, and the waves that do break are gentle. The water is also a gorgeous aquamarine, and perfectly clear – a walk along the cliffs surrounding the cove even reveals small shoals of fish darting around. A wide arc of squeaky clean sand completes the picture-perfect setting.
S’Amarador has ample facilities too – a couple of toilets a short walk from the beach are useful, although as with most beach toilets they could be spruced up. A small beach hut sells meals, snacks and drinks (including some tasty cocktails), and sizeable portions of watermelon, pineapple and other tropical fruits are also on offer to combat the heat of the sun. Parasols and loungers are available for rent for those wanting a bit more comfort and shade.
If you’re after a little more refreshment than S’Amarador can offer however, further restaurants, cafes and shops are available a short walk away. The picturesque walk (or swim, if you’re feeling energetic) around the small headland to Cala Mondrago takes around ten minutes or so, and is an easy route on fairly flat terrain. A small sit-down restaurant offers huge platters of Spanish and Mexican food for good prices, and better toilet facilities are on offer here, although – inexplicably – you have to buy your toilet paper before you go in! (Nothing to say you can’t take your own, however – or use the much more pleasant restaurant toilets if you’re a paying customer).
Cala Mondrago is generally busier, with several hotels situated nearby, and lacks the untouched qualities of S’Amarador. But both beaches are beautiful however, and either would be a perfect choice for a blissful day out. Bordered by vibrant green pine trees and honey-coloured rocks, these quiet coves tucked away in Mondrago National Park are well worth visiting for a quieter slice of the Mallorcan summer.