Playa del Caragol - Fabulous white beach on the southern tip of Majorca
The beach of Playa del Caragol is the most southerly beach on Majorca. It is surrounded by a nature reserve and is about 1.5 kilometres west of the lighthouse at Ses Salines. That's the start of the footpath which you will need to negotiate to get there. The path along the water is an attraction in itself, with some extra features in the shape of innumerable works of land art - little stone towers, with which visitors have immortalised themselves.
Once you arrive at Playa del Caragol, which translates as Snake Beach, you'll realise that the journey was well worth it - Playa del Caragol is a textbook example of a true dream beach. Apart from one house you will find perfect natural beauty. The white sand stretches in a gentle U-shape for more than a kilometre round the bay. In front of it is the soft turquoise-blue of the transparently clear seawater, behind it the textbook blue sky which you can expect as an almost daily accompaniment to high summer in Majorca, and in between a narrow green strip of a dense, environmentally protected wood. Plenty of Caribbean beaches would have to work hard to compete.
It's almost irritating that this piece of paradise on the popular holiday island of Majorca is never overfull, even in the height of summer - on the beach of Playa del Caragol you'll always find enough space to spread out. This is probably because most holidaymakers either know nothing at all about this idyllic spot, or are put off by the short hike that lies between them and this pearl of a beach. For whatever reason, Playa del Caragol beach is not a highly frequented holiday beach for the masses, let's keep it that way.