Colonia Sant Jordi
Colonia Sant Jordi, the Spanish resort no-one has ever heard of, is tucked away in the South Eastern corner of Majorca, about a 50 minute drive from the capital of Palma. Its main selling point is beaches, lots of them, and all within walking distance of the town. So, if you like beaches, and swimming in pristine clear water, then this could be the perfect spot for you.
The town itself can be broadly split in to two. The older eastern side has a very Spanish feel, with narrow lanes, interesting boutique shops, authentic Spanish tapas bars and a charming port and marina. The western side is largely made up of hotels, holiday apartments, and more commercial restaurants and bars, and on a Tuesday, a large street market.
The town, whilst relatively unknown in Britain, is nevertheless, very popular, and is largely frequented by Spanish and German visitors. As such, English is not spoken in many places so it was a perfect place for me to practise my patchy Spanish. My experience of travelling has lead me to believe that visitors from Germany generally have impeccable taste when it comes to choosing holiday destinations, and Colonia Sant Jordi is no exception. Due to its benign climate (there is generally a refreshing coastal breeze which means it never feels too hot), its easy accessibility and its proximity to the sea, Colonia Sant Jordi is also popular for sports, and as such has excellent facilities for summer sports camps. Numerous Spanish school groups could be seen splashing about in the water during our visit to the town.
A lovely coastal path running around the small peninsula on which the Colonia Sant Jordi is located neatly encloses the town as well as providing access to the numerous beaches in the area. The main town beach, Playa D’Es Port, as its name suggests, is located next to the marina. Due to its location and size (small), it does get very crowded, especially in the afternoon, but is right next to the main street with bars and restaurants, so if you want to spend a lazy day sunbathing, eating and drinking then its as good a place as any. A short 10 minute walk along the path from here takes you to the larger Playa Es Dolc, a long stretch of sand with beautiful clear blue waters. This is still an organised beach, with a beach bar, and deck chairs for hire, and still pretty crowded. If you fancy a decent swim, the stretch of water between the 2 beaches is shallow, less crowded and a good place to burn off a few calories.Yet further along the coastal path brings you to Playa D’es Carbo, another outstandingly beautiful spot and far less busy. There are no facilities here, so you need to bring your own water and food supplies if walking this far (about 20 minutes walking from town). If you really want to make a day of it, you can walk all the way to the southern most tip of the island at Ses Salines lighthouse, passing yet more increasingly deserted beaches along the way. Be aware though that there is no public transport to this spot, so you’ll need to conserve enough energy to make the walk home.
To the west of the town, there are yet more beaches to choose from. The main one, closest to the large hotel complexes, is Playa D’Es Moli De S’Estany is again beautiful, and again very crowded. A short stroll further round the corner brings you to Playa Es Pregons, the main nudist beach in the area. I found the water here to be particularly nice for swimming. Its much less crowded and really very lovely. Saving the most spectacular beach for last, if you keep on walking you will finally reach Es Trenc, one of the most famous beaches on the island, a 6 km stretch of sand and sea extending as far as the eye can see. The most accessible bits, at each end of the beach, are again very busy so stroll along to the middle section of you want a bit of peace and quiet.
A final mention goes to Playa de Cala Galiota, right in the centre of town and closest to our apartment. This is clearly the local’s beach, and given its location, not nearly as busy as you would expect it to be. It was our perfect spot for an early morning wake up swim and one of my favourite places in the town.
In terms of non-beach related activities in the town, really, theres not a lot to mention. There is a small aquarium on the outskirts of town worth a trip round with the kids if you fancy getting out of the sun for a while. This is linked to a slightly bizarre artwork installation which takes you up a spiral ramp round a large cone shaped painting which details the history of the Mediterranean region (all the signs are in Spanish so you’ll need google translate). Once at the top there is an outside platform, where you have access to fantastic views of the town, the sea, and the protected islands of Cabrera. This aquarium/artwork combo is a nice diversion if you have an hour to kill or are sick of the beach and costs, at time of writing 8 Euros for entry.
Another possible daytrip is a boat trip to Cabrera. Due to their protected status, numbers are limited each day. The cost is quite prohibitive, especially for a family, but if you are interested in snorkelling/diving apparently the seas around the island are spectacular. We had planned on visiting but ultimately balked at the 210 Euro cost for a half day for 3 people so can’t confirm whether this is the case.
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