About Portals Vells Beach
Portals Vells is a small, cove beach on the southwest tip of the Mallorca, in the community of Calvia, only 6 kilometres from the infamous party town of Magaluf, but world’s away in terms of its atmosphere. Portals Vells beach is peaceful and calm, popular with locals as there are generally lesser crowds here due to its small size. Tourists, particularly German and British, and families also appreciate the beauty of this beach, its calm waters, and excellent snorkeling and diving conditions. The beach, which is on the edge of the large bay of Palma, is only 30 metres long and about 20 metres wide. The limited space keeps big crowds away, although in peak summer months arriving early is highly encouraged.
A limited number of umbrellas and lounge chairs are available for hire, and otherwise people set their towel along the sand or on the nearby rocks. The beach backs up to a forest of pine trees and small hills with little development in sight from the beach. There are no water activities for hire here.
There are toilets onsite but no showers or changing stations. One large restaurant is on site serving good beach food and Mallorcan specialities and some tapas.
Peaceful bays, breathtaking scenery and lively holiday resorts are all part of what the Southwest of the sunny island offers to visitors. […] The Southwest Region of Mallorca
Safety and Access
Portals Vells beach is easily accessed by the main road and following signs to Portals Vells beach. There is plenty of free car parking right at the entrance. There are no tourist buses or public transport buses that stop here, helping to control the crowds. The small village of Portals Vells is the nearest town and there are several resort towns about 10-15 minutes away.
It is possible to access the beach by boat and the deep waters and sandy base make it a good place to anchor for the day.
Wheelchair accessibility is minimal as there is a 200-metre walk to the beach from the parking area which is sandy and not paved. There is no boardwalk or benches in place although with the surrounding pine trees finding a bit of shade to escape the heat is possible.
There is no lifeguard on duty at Portals Vells beach, but a sign indicating all the emergency numbers is well marked.
Major Attractions nearby Portals Vells
The Western Waterpark in Magaluf is a fun park with water slides and water activities as well as a special “Kids Paradise” section for younger children.
Port Adriano, the Philippe Starck designed marina filled with some incredible superyachts, and shopping is about 15-20 minutes away as is Puerto Portals, another beautiful port and recreation area where you can spend the day shopping, eating, and exploring.
The luxury harbour in the south west of Mallorca is the hub for super-yachts as well as offering top class restaurants, boutiques & glamorous events and concerts throughout the year. […] Port Adriano in the southwest
Things to do on Portals Vells
There are no water sports for hire but the water conditions here are clear and ideal for snorkeling and diving. Boats pass in and out of the cove beach but there are not boat trips or sailing classes available.
There are two other beaches to visit which are within easy walking distance from Portals Vells beach; El Mago, which is smaller and a popular nudist beach, and Playa del Rei, a bit larger of a beach with white sand and a good chiringuito serving snacks and drinks, and in the peak summer months there may be a lifeguard on duty here.
An interesting and relatively easy hike from Portals Vells beach, going along the cliffs, is to Cova de la mare de deu, a beautiful rock chapel built by local fishermen to give thanks for safe return.
Restaurants on Portals Vells
There is one large restaurant on Portals Vells beach, serving good beach fare and some local Mallorcan dishes and tapas. On Playa del Rei you will find a beach bar with sandwiches, snacks, drinks and ice-cream. For a variety of restaurants with different cuisines and price points, the nearby resort towns of Palma nova and Santa Ponsa are your best bet.
Hotels on Portals Vells
There are no hotels on Portals Vells beach nor in its small village. A 10-15 minute drive will take you to the large resort towns of Palmanova, Magaluf and Santa Ponsa where there is wide range of hotels from low budget, to self catering vacation rentals, to all-inclusive deals and higher end hotels.
Nearby Portals Vells
The quiet of Port d’Andratx or the high end Puerto Portals are lovely day visits for high end shopping and eating, while Palma Nova and Magaluf offer more resort friendly options both for younger people looking for night life and families with children interested in non-beach activities like mini golf and water parks.
The resort town of Santa Ponsa is also a nice option with a long, beautiful beach that has tons of water sports and all the amenities for a fun beach day. And in Nova Santa Ponsa, there are three world class golf resorts which feature purpose-built homes with views over the green and surrounding mountains.
Santa Ponsa, a popular beachside resort, is the perfect family holiday location with lots to do and see, a number of golf clubs, a marina and plenty of good hotels and restaurants. […] Santa Ponsa
Magaluf is the essential place for many parties. Live music, several major tourist attractions and a large beach make this a popular spot on the island. […] Magaluf
Puerto Portals is the glamour hotspot of Mallorca with numerous luxury yachts, top class restaurants and the best international designer brands on offer. […] Puerto Portals
We hope you found our detailed guide to Portals Vells beach useful and that you have many memorable times on the beautiful island of Mallorca.