View over Formentor Bay, Mallorca

The Balearic island of Mallorca has more than 120 beaches along its coastline, which offer everything from family-friendly bathing to adventure sports, diving and caving. Here, Trips100 writer Sally Whittle has picked five of her favourites:

We visited Mallorca earlier this summer, staying just outside Pollensa in a rather nice luxury villa, but what really impressed us about the island was the coastline – sparkling white sands and turquoise waves are backed by dramatic cliffs, pine forests and dunes that are just made for exploring.

Over two days, we explored the North and North East coasts of Mallorca, checking out the beaches as we went. Many of the roads to these beaches are steep and cling to the curves of the coastline – driving here is definitely not for the faint-hearted but if you’re a cyclist, then Mallorca was made just for you. Here are our pick of the beaches you should check out next time you’re in Mallorca:

Formentor Beach

Cala Formentor

This is a narrow gem of a beach – it’s 1km long but just a few metres deep, but venture away from the restaurant and car park and you’re sure to find a spot to relax – the sea here is shallow with sand underfoot, making it perfect for families.

Playa de Muro

Playa de Muro

This blue-flag beach is perfect for swimming, and the shallow waters are safe for younger children, who will love playing in the dunes. Neatly sandwiched between Alcudia and C’an Picafort, this is a great way to escape the crowds in the busy resort towns. There’s even a local nature resort, if you fancy a walk.

Cala Tuent, Mallorca

Cala Tuent

If you’re looking for a more rugged, natural beach you’ll love Cala Tuent, which is bordered by rocky hills on both sides, making it feel like a secret discovery. There are no shops, loungers or ice cream stands, just simple sand and sea – and the most amazing view of the mountains.

Port de Pollensa, Mallorca

Port de Pollensa

Travel just a few miles from the old town of Pollensa, and you’ll find this charming seaside resort, which offers great facilities without the rowdy elements found elsewhere on the island. The beachside restaurants have a relaxed vibe, and there is plenty of local accommodation.

Port D’Alcudia, Mallorca

Port d’Alcudia

The Old Town of Alcudia is magical, but don’t miss the beach at the port town, which won an award as one of the world’s best beaches a few years back. The resort is pretty commercialised and will be busy, but my advice is drive straight to the clear blue waters, which are perfect for diving, and definitely worth a visit.

Pictures: Sally Whittle/Shutterstock