About Es Trenc
Es Trenc is one of the best known beaches on the island of Mallorca because of its Caribbean blue waters and bright white sand that extends over 2 kilometeres along the south of the island. Located between the popular beach resort town, Colonia San Jordi, the flat wetlands of Ses Salines, where some of the best salt in the Balearics is produced, and Sa Rapita, Es Trenc, which translates as “ravine,” is a beach for nature lovers, who will appreciate the sense of remoteness, wild beauty, and heat.
Es Trenc is a relaxed beach, though it mainly draws a younger crowd of 20 and 30 year-olds, and families, but you will also find older people here as well. There are few, if any water sports and with only one main restaurant and a few chiringuitos, the Mallorcan-style beach bar that serve casual but good food, there is not much in the way of restaurants and outside tourist activity. Lounge chairs and umbrella rentals are available, some of which are self-service, and there is plenty of space to find your own patch of sand to place your towel but definitely bring an umbrella as there is no protected area for shade.
People come to Es Trenc for the beach and to escape. Occasionally one of the bars will feature live music after 6pm giving a little party vibe, but in general it remains a chill environment. The beach is popular for tourists and locals, and it is not uncommon to find naturists here, particularly further off from the main crowds. It’s recommended to bring extra water and food as there are no shops or accommodations nearby, and facilities are limited to basic toilets, no showers or changing stations are onsite. It is not uncommon to see vendors walking along the beach selling various items such as tapestries, cold drinks or handmade jewellery.
The water is truly spectacular here, and a major draw for visitors. Shallow, calm, with occasional waves from the wind, it has a turquoise clear blue color that is more typical of a Caribbean island. The beach is backed up by sand dunes, some rocky outcroppings, shrubs and pines, which extend back into Salobrar de Campos, a beautiful, 1500 hectare natural wetland with salt flats, birds and a small lake.
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Safety and Access
Es Trenc is accessed via Ses Covetes to the north and to the south, through a road that winds through the Salobrar de Campos salt fields and wetlands. The landscape here is beautiful, and a must for bird lovers. Quiet and serene, it can feel a bit like you are in a different world until you arrive at the beach and see the crowds, which are at a peak in summer months.
Lifeguard stations can be found in the busier parts of the beach area and rescue service does have easy access to the beach. There is one area with a ramp for wheelchair accessibility to the beach, but there is no seating, shaded area or a paved boardwalk nearby.
There is plenty of paid parking available at both entrances, and a public bus near the Ses Covetes entrance is possible.
Things to do on Es Trenc
Sand castle building and snorkeling are the best activities to do on Es Trenc, besides just chilling out, as there are no water sports available save for a few paddle boats in the busiest areas in the peak summer months. Walk along the dunes or the waterside to appreciate the natural beauty of this location. You will certainly have some Instagram worthy images to share! Feeling more ambitious? Make your way into the wetland reserve for another type of sanctuary and try your hand at bird watching.
The Flor de Sal Es Trenc salt shop and cafe on your way to or from the beach is worth a stop as well. Buy some of their famous salt, a great gift for yourself or others, or have something to drink in their cute outdoor space. Visits are possible to the salt flats here as well but check times before you go.
Restaurants on Es Trenc
Food options are limited at Es Trenc. It’s recommended to pack a picnic lunch for the day, otherwise you can eat in at one of the few, generally crowded, chiringuitos for some easy beach food, cold drinks and ice-cream. The popular Es Trenc restaurant (reservations required), serves delicious food including fish and paellas is the best and main restaurant at the beach. The Flor de Sal Es Trenc cafe serves good sandwiches and sweets. Otherwise you’ll need to make your way to Sa Rapita or Colonia San Jordi for a wider selection of restaurants and cafes.
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Hotels nearby Es Trenc
Camping is not permitted at Es Trenc and there are no overnight accommodations either. Sa Rapita or Colonia San Jordi are you best bet for mid size and larger hotels and vacation rentals catering to families and groups. About fifteen minutes away by car is the lovely Finca Hotel Es Turo, a rural, boutique hotel in the midst of Ses Salines natural park. If you are looking for something more rural, you might want to go a bit further inland to Campos, where there are a few agro-tourism hotels and vacation rentals as well.
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Nearby Es Trenc
For a busier, resort-style atmosphere, Colonia San Jordi is worth a visit. Here you will find water sports, a boardwalk full of restaurants and shops, and a helpful tourist office where you can pick up information about things to do in the area including a visit to the salt flats, boat excursions and nearby water parks.
Ses Salines, a bit further from Colonia San Jordi, is a cute, little town with some great restaurants and shops. Ses Salines natural park is another highlight of this region. Wander on foot, bike or in a car through some gorgeous and remote landscapes.
Sa Rapita is the closest village to Es Trenc and a cute little town from which you can book boat tours, do some shopping or find a good restaurant.
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