About Playa Illetas
Playa Illetas is a beach on the southwest coast of Mallorca, about 10 km away from Palma, in the community of Calvia, between Portals Nous and Cala Mayor. It is situated on a calm, beautiful bay with higher-end hotels, restaurants and shops set up on the surrounding cliffs, which makes for a dramatic scenery. This is the largest of three small beaches which form the community of Illetas.
It can get quite busy with locals as well as tourists, particularly Italian and British, and though all age-generations appreciate this beach, including families, there is a younger crowd that comes here for the beach clubs and more lively and exclusive atmosphere. The roughly 200-metre long beach is white sand and the water is calm and Caribbean blue. A small, paved walkway backs up to this beach that leads up to the streets.
You can rent sunbeds and umbrellas but there are really no water sports or activities for hire except for some paddle boats and SUP, due to its relatively small size. Directly on the beach are a few restaurants and beach bars where you can eat casual and good food, and further back along some of the side streets and on the edges of the bay are more options for food and drinks. There are a handful of good shops, beach focused of course, as well as souvenir shops. There are showers and bathroom facilities onsite. Illetas is surrounded by activity, yet the cliffs create an intimacy that makes this beach feel more exclusive, and special.
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Safety and Access
Playa Illetas is easily accessed by car from the main MA-1 route that runs between Palma and Andratx. Follow the signs to exit for Illetas. Parking can be difficult in this tiny area which is full of many people. Paid parking on the street is your best bet as well as a small parking area at the beach if you get there early. Public buses run here from neighboring towns, including Palma, and tourist buses as well. Illetas is not very easily accessed by wheelchair or those with difficulty walking as you need to walk down a staircase to reach the beach and everything is interconnected through stairways going up and down. There is a paved promenade below that is rather small.
Boats can be anchored out here and many do, especially during the summer months. It’s a popular place to anchor and come ashore for the restaurants, shopping and nightlife around here.
There is a lifeguard on duty during the summer months.
Things to do on Playa Illetas
There is a lively and social atmosphere to Playa Illetas, though it is family friendly as well, it tends to offer more for adults. There are not many water sports on Playa Illetas but as the beach itself is not too large, it is probably for the best. You can rent paddle boats and SUP boards, and of course snorkelling and swimming are favourites. Wander along the cliffs which lead to the two other nearby beaches that form the small community of Illetas, Cala Xinxell and Cala Comptessa, both of which are smaller, quieter beaches, or enjoy the shops and entertainment that backs up to Playa Illetas. There is a wellness centres – Bodhana if you are in the mood for a massage or beauty treatment to make that day at the beach even more relaxing and rejuvenating.
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Restaurants on Playa Illetas
There are a few restaurants along this beach, including the Balneario Playa Illetas, also known as Las Terrazzas, which is a popular beach bar and chill-outlounge serving fresh, Mediterranean style food and cocktails. The large terrace offers a great spot for sipping a drink and watching the sun go down. Reservations are recommended. More casual dining options are also possible, including a couple of snack bars with ice cream and sandwiches, and family friendly style restaurants with children’s menus.
For more of an exclusive, adults only experience, reserve a place at Purobeach Illetas, an elegant and popular beach club set on a rocky outcropping with a large lounge area, pool, a restaurant focused on organic and healthy but flavourful food, a DJ, and VIP service. Reservations are required here as well.
Up along the cliffs and the small side streets of Illetas are many more restaurants offering international cuisines, such as sushi, Italian, and of course Spanish favourites like paella and tapas. There is a lively nightlife scene here with no shortage of inviting bars and cafes with good music and drinks.
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Hotels on Playa Illetas
Hotels big and small are scattered along and behind Playa Illetas. Whether larger, chain hotels such as Barcelo, or smaller, boutique hotels, the accommodations here tend to be mid-to high end and many, such as the luxurious Gran Melia de Mar, cater to adults only. Illetas is not the all-inclusive package type hotel scene found around nearby Santa Ponsa or Magaluf. There are many self-catering vacation rentals here as well, but they also veer more towards boutique style living, with higher end services such as wellness treatments and cocktail bars.
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Nearby Playa Illetas
There is much to visit near Playa Illetas, all easily accessible by car. Portals Nous and Puerto Portals are chic, sophisticated ports with gourmet restaurants, luxury shopping and frequently feature events for adults and children. The family friendly Cala Mayor resort town and beach is just a 10 minute car ride away and of course Palma is only a 15-20 minute drive with all that it has to offer.
There are a few top end golf courses within easy driving distance here, including the T-Golf and Country Club and a bit further away, Golf de Andratx, where after you can spend the afternoon in the charming port town of Port d’Andratx.
And for a day in the mountains, the Serra de Tramuntana mountains are only a 15-20 minute drive away.
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