Playa de Illetas - Exclusive double bay with a wide range of facilities from shops to wellness
Playa de Illetas lies about twenty minutes south-west of the island's capital, Palma. After you've got hold of a parking space, probably with some difficulty, and paid five euros to park for the day, you come to a rocky double bay with some unobtrusive buildings.
An approximately 90 metre long and fairly wide, light sandy beach stretches out here. Towards the back the terrace restaurant, 'Balneario des Playas Illetas' provides sustenance for bathers. The entire bay is very clean. Lots of private boats and yachts anchor in the clear water, evocative of the Caribbean, which is interspersed with some deep blue areas. Their owners take advantage of the large selection of restaurants and boutiques and a beauty salon. These can be found on various levels, connected by steps, on the stony left-hand side of the bay.
A small promenade leads you to a second, smaller bay that has been reclaimed from the rocky coastal landscape and, as a result, consists largely of concrete and stone. Here you will find a larger, upmarket restaurant and an exclusive beach club, where you can indulge in music, cocktails and food. You'll have to dig deep into your pockets for the service though.
The bay has a sophisticated charm and is popular with younger people and families. In peak season Playa de Illetas usually has lots of visitors. Spaniards and tourists, including a relatively high proportion of Italians and singles, can be found here. Pedal boats and stand up paddle boards are available for a fee.