To sit with a dog at the water’s edge, on a glorious afternoon, is to be back in Eden - where doing nothing was not boring. - Unknown
For all of us proud pet parents, words cannot express the joy that we feel when watching our furry friends run around in the great outdoors, and unite with nature. The constant snuffles whilst identifying new scents, combined with the pricking up of ears, as unfamiliar sounds whizz around in the open air!
The excited little dance routine, all dogs seem to do, as they await that momentous occasion of having their lead unclipped, and the freedom to roam surges through their paws. It’s during this moment that their faces transform to express sheer elation and happiness - and what a beautiful moment it is!
However, finding areas where we can allow our dogs to experience this sensation can be difficult; but fear not! Here at Affordable Mallorca we have the answer as we bring Our Guide of Mallorca’s pet paradise!
Cala Blanca #
The most recent addition to Mallorca’s dog friendly beaches, Cala Blanca is situated to the nearby town of Andratx, just outside Camp de Mar. Offering golden sands and clear waters, your pooches can paddle until their heart's are content and they are exhausted! The perfect location for any pet-owner based on the Southwest of the island.
This beach is considered NOT child-friendly because of the rocky outcrops that make walking and building sand castles impossible. But the bay is good for snorkeling and the sea is normally clear.
The beach itself is 30-40 metres long and a few meters wide. As with all times out with your pooch, please remember to bring a bottle of water and a drinking bowl for fresh water. Salt water isn't good for them or us.
Es Carnatge #
In my opinion Es Carnatge has the edge over the other locations as it offers a bar for all you thirsty dog walkers! This dog-friendly beach, located in the capital city of Palma, is home to the ‘Handle Bar’, a quirky chiringuito constructed from reclaimed wood and powered by solar energy, which provides light bites and cold refreshments (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) between the hours of 8am and midnight; meaning that you can while away the hours without a worry. There are always water bowls available for your furry friends, so everyone’s a winner.
You'll find Es Carnatge located between Es Coll de'n Rabassa and Ca'n Pastilla near Palma city-centre. This promenade has cycling paths and rest areas, on the edge of a rocky beach that is approx. 1,800 meters long and 30 meters wide.
Na Patana #
In the quaint town of Ca'n Picafort near Santa Margalida, you'll discover another rocky beach area called Na Patana. On the northeast coast of the island, Na Patana offers a quiet retreat for man's best friend to run across the soft sands and demonstrate their best doggy paddle in the tranquil waters of the Torrent Son Baulo, a fresh water stream flowing into the sea.
This is a pristine beach so please remember to bring doggy-do bags in case your friend relieves himself on the sand. Here, you'll find only tranquillity. As with other dog-friendly beaches, make sure to bring fresh water for your friend. The torrent might have dried out, please, don’t rely on it!
This picturesque location in Puerto Pollença, a quiet resort at the north of Mallorca, is a dog’s dream! The bay is calm and shallow, meaning that even those not so keen at swimming can dip their paws in. This area also benefits from picnic benches and a large amount of shade, so on those hot summer days you and your pup can relax under the pine trees before basking in the sun - perfection!
General Beach Rules and Etiquette #
Although these beaches are designed for dogs and their owners, standard etiquette of cleaning up after your dog still applies. Failure to ‘pick up the poop’ can result in fines of up to the €3,000!
Currently these are the only beaches that welcome pooches all year round, but every other beach on the island invites dog owners and their pets to enjoy the sun, sand and sea between October 31st- March 31st.
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By Zoé Holmes
1 February, 2021