Nestled in Majorca’s southwest coast, Illetas is an oasis of tranquillity. Favoured by the European elite of the 70s, the beach resort exudes sophistication. Yet there is nothing pretentious about this charming town. With its chic beach clubs, off the beaten path coves, stunning golf courses and sweet diving spots, Illetas is all about enjoying pared back luxury and relaxing in style – perfect for both family holidays and romantic getaways.
Though most of the town was built in the last century, Illetas is old at heart. Traditional summer houses hide amongst modern hotels and the rugged coastline. Even the nightlife is more sipping cocktails while watching the sunset than partying into the early hours. However, if you fancy an all-night foam party or a chance to bust a move, don’t despair. Illetas is just a stone’s throw from Magaluf and Palma city centre is a short taxi or bus ride away.
Illetas comes alive in the summer months, when temperatures reach up to 35 degrees and holidaymakers flock to its white sand beach by the hundreds. But the quiet season has plenty to offer too. Palma’s residents often travel to Illetas for long weekends, swapping the hustle and bustle of the city for the calm and serenity of the beach. Majorca’s mild winters mean you can also enjoy this coastal town just as much in the off-peak months.
Accommodation can be on the expensive side, but look out for our deals to make it more affordable. The location and its charm are definitely worth it.
Passeig means walk in Majorcan, but you’ll do more stopping than walking when you visit this street by the beach. The winding path is home to some of Illetas’s best bars, restaurants and hotels – plus it has great views of the bay. The boutiques are perfect for those looking to do a bit of shopping, and film lovers won’t want to miss the plaque dedicated to Hollywood legend Errol Flynn by the Albatross Hotel.
Portals, as the locals call it, is Illetas’s big – and pricier – sister. A trip to the Sunset Market or a visit to the historic Bendinat castle, however, won’t break the bank. Neither will a hike up the adjacent mountains, where you can take in the stunning views of the Mediterranean.
If you want to experience a real Majorcan village, you needn’t go too far from Illetas. In fact, neighbouring town Genova dates back to prehistoric times. Families will find Genova particularly fun, and a visit to the subterranean caves is a must. It’s a great spot from which to explore the rest of the island, including day trips to Illetas beach.
Soak up the sun at Illetas beach
Illetas’s beach is its main attraction. Located at the bottom of a cliff and enclosed by pine trees, it’s hard to believe Palma City Centre is so close. It can get pretty crowded in the summer months, but that lends it a vibrant atmosphere – especially in the late afternoons. Kids are safe in the crystal clear waters, and you can kayak to the nearby Sa Caleta isle.
There are a few golf courses within easy travelling distance of Illetas, and they all boast stunning views. To make things nice and easy, get in touch with Mallorca Golf Connection, an organisation dedicated to golfing holidays. Kick back and relax while they take care of bookings and arrange transport to and from the courses – at discounted prices.
Cala Comtessa and Cala Oli
Illetas’s two main coves are a great alternative when you get tired of the busy main beach. Cala Comtessa is home to The Anchorage, one of the island’s most exclusive beach clubs. But you don’t need to shell out for a membership to enjoy a drink, there’s a lively ‘chiringuito’ open for all. Cala Oli is even more secluded, and you can only get there by boat. There are plenty of boat renting options in Illetas, so you could spend a day exploring Cala Oli and its neighbouring coves.
Kids will love this marine zoo located in Portals Nous. Whether you find your way there or book with an agency, it will definitely be a day packed with family fun. Watch shows starring dolphins, sea lions, chatty parrots and learn about exotic fish.
Though Majorcan food shares common ground with other Mediterranean cuisines, it definitely stands its own. Local olives, almonds, walnuts, Ramallet tomatoes and spiced cured meats will find their way into most menus. Fresh fish and seafood are also a staple, and you’ll find them in everything from paella to tapas. You don’t want to leave the island before trying a delicious ensaimada cake – we can’t resist the chocolate one.
The Mediterranean is famous for its commitment to fresh produce, and Illetas is no exception. Dine and wine in the many upmarket restaurants by the beach, or enjoy local tapas in one of the town’s café bars.
No trip to Illetas is complete without a paella lunch at El Balneario. The free beach lounge also has its own spa, because there’s nothing like a bit of pampering after a delicious meal.
If you’re looking for a place to chill out soaking up some sun and reconnecting with your loved ones, look no further than Illetas. The coastal paradise caters for families with small – and not so small – children and honeymooners alike. With a lively beach, hidden coves, top quality golfing facilities and mountain views, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to holidaymaking activities.
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If Illetas doesn’t tempt you, check out our travel guides for more Majorca hotspots.