For quiet, relaxed beach holidays, Colonia Sant Jordi hits the mark: unspoilt & easy-going, in an area with fantastic beaches all around.
Colonia Sant Jordi
Colonia Sant Jordi is situated on the south east coast of Majorca, in a fairly remote spot, some 40km from Palma and the airport. Transfer times to this part of the island can take around 50 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.
An unspoilt town set on a gorgeous stretch of coastline, Colonia Sant Jordi tends to attract independent travellers, and is mostly ignored by major tour operators. This means it is something of a hidden gem, although not a traditional Mallorcan fishing village like so many other resorts around the island.
As its name suggests, this resort was originally a colony set up in the 19th century for agriculture and fishing, which then developed and adapted to tourist interests.
There is a small but very pretty beach, Sa Platja des Port, which has tourist facilities such as sunbed and parasols. There are also several excellent alternative beaches in the area, including a nudist beach at Es Trenc. Along with Es Dolc and Sa Rapita, this is a stunning beach, indeed all three are reknowned for their natural beauty. Flanked with pine forests, these are very picturesque, and are said to resemble beaches in the Caribbean, with amazing white sand and turquoise sea.
The resort is quiet and uncommercialised, with a handful of nice restaurants and bars, mainly around the marina area, so is a destination for sun-lovers looking for a relaxing holiday rather than party-goers. There are a few tourist shops from which you can buy beachwear, souvenirs etc, and a street market each Wednesday.
Colonia Sant Jordi also has a small fishing harbour and a marina, from which you can take a boat to Cabrera island, a National Park nature reserve which is a small, rocky island of just 6 square miles. Due to its protected status, building is forbidden, and so Cabrera has no facilities, it's simply a place to explore and take in the nature and history of the place.
There is a good range of holiday accommodation options in Colonia Sant Jordi, with a selection of hotels and apartments in the resort. You can also find private apartments and villas here, for a little more luxury or privacy.
Colonia Sant Jordi is within the municipality of Ses Salines, which takes its name from the area's long history of salt extraction, said to go back to Roman times.
For those wanting to explore more of Majorca, you can catch a bus from Colonia Sant Jordi to Palma, although the timetables here can be a bit unreliable. This is a good base for anyone wishing to explore the south of Majorca.
“Visit Colonia Sant Jordi for lazy, relaxed beach holidays away from the crowds.”