Es Trenc: the most beautiful beach in Mallorca
Sea-sand-sun lovers cannot fail to visit what is undoubtedly the most beautiful beach in Mallorca: Es Trenc. Or at least, it is one of the most famous ones; and possibly the most iconic one: its turquoise waters, its shining white sand and its environment have made it one of the 10 most ” instagrammed ” beaches in Spain. Let’s get to know it thoroughly.
The long beach of Es Trenc (Ravine, in English) stretches for 2 and a half kilometers (with only 20 meters of width on average) between Sa Rápita and Colonia de San Jorge, in the southeast of the island, on the municipal terms of Campos and Las Salinas. A beach that is well attended, easily accessible, and has two paid parkingspaces: in Ses Arenes and Ses Covetes. You can even access it by bus from Palma and El Arenal.
Its wonderful appearance makes it the closest thing to a piece of the Caribbean in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. In high season the beach is full of swimmers, bothlocal and foreign, so it is advisable to arrive early to avoid the rush hour and savour a quiet walk on its white and fine sand; or a swim in its transparent waters while watching the archipelago of Cabrera in the background. Or enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets on the island.
Es Trenc is also one of the favourite beaches for nudists and naturists, although there are no specific designated areas for the practice of nudism. Let’s not forget that it is a virgin beach: there are no shadows, sitting areas or wooden boardwalk. However, you can access the beach with a wheelchair through a ramp, and there are also lifeguards in the busiest areas.
But Es Trenc is not only the most beautiful beach in Mallorca. The setting here is spectacular. To begin with, on the very same beach we can find a series of machine-gun nests built during the Second World War. They were never used, luckily, and the Madrid collective Boa Mistura turned them into works of art a few years ago by painting them white and decorating them with verses by the local poet Miquel Costa i Llobera.
The natural enclave of Es Trenc is of considerable wealth and has been protected for a few years. It has been recognized as a Natural Area of ? Special Interest (among other denominations) and is a great place during the fall to observe the passage of migratory birds – highlighting the majestic flamingos – in the very near wetlandsof Salobrar de Campos. In the year 2017 the Es Trenc beach was declared a Maritime Terrestrial Natural Park. Among other things, this means that there cannot be buildings in its vicinity. In fact, they have even come to demolish constructions of beach bars that were located directly on the beach, replaced in 2018 by removable kiosks.
Also in the immediate vicinity (just less than a kilometer from the beach) we find the Salinas de Es Trenc, which have more than ten centuries of history. You can book guided tours through the Internet to visit it; also, here you will find the highly demanded flor de sal (salt flower) – a must for gourmet lovers – which you can purchase from the boutique that is located in its facilities.
And since we are talking about gastronomy, in the own facilities of the Flor de Sal d’Es Trenc we also find a more than decent cafeteria where you can have a snack, a sandwich or something sweet. Keep in mind that it is one of the only two options to eat on the beach; the other is the Es Trenc restaurant, although quite pricey, if you are curious to eat here, its rice and fish dishes are the ones that stand out. In the nearby beach of Ses Covetes there are also several establishments where you can grab a bite.
Finally, we recommend a visit to the towns located in the proximity of the beach. On the one hand, the tourist town of Colonia de Sant Jordi: shopping, gastronomy, water sports, tourist information, seaside promenade. On the other hand, Ses Salines, a quiet little village located on the edge of the Natural Park. And last but not least, at one end of the beach, we have the town of Sa Rápita, a recommended place to hire boat tours.
Es Trenc, the most beautiful beach in Mallorca, is well worth a visit. If you want to avoid the excessive swimmers and sun lovers of the Summer months, you can go during the off-season. You will enjoy, in any of the cases, the multiple charms of this paradisiacal Mallorcan place.