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We are staying in Pollensa mid July - 2 adults and 2 children - 12 years and 10 years.

We are in a villa with a hire car, and would love to visit smaller beaches/coves that are not too touristy. Would prefer sandy beach. Do not mind going by car to the beach or is it best to go on a day trip by boat?

Any advice gratefully received.

Second question - my children are very good and keen swimmers, and would love to go on a day trip on a boat, to take in snorkelling and generally enjoying the sea. Again any ideas?

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1. Re: Beaches

Finding any beach in Mallorca which is not touristy is not easy. Obviously anywhere with a beach of a decent size is a target for building hotels etc. Puerto Pollensa itself is a tourist zone, but not in a bad way, there is a fair beach there, larger ones not far away near Alcudia and Ca'n Picafort.

PP is not really my area, but I imagine that there are boat trips etc available in the harbour.

Snorkelling can be done anywhere round Mallorca,, plenty of fish but don't expect anything spectacular though.

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Regarding your 2nd qn -

Have a look at http://robinsonboat.com/. Some of their trips/options might cover what you're seeking.

More serious scuba diving = www.scubamallorca.com

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Peter is right.There is nowhere nice on Majorca that has not been discovered even at the North end which is my favourite part of the island.

I think your best bet is the boat trips from the marina.The booking office is next to Restaurant Stay on the marina.There is a fine selection of trips covering Bay of Alcudia and the inshore coastal area between Cap Formentor and Cala San Vicente.One of them puts you down on a beach between PP and CSV inaccessible on foot for swimming/snorkelling so you will be sure to have it to yourselves.CSV has 2 nice sandy coves, Molins Beach is the better of the 2 but the sea can be hostile there in windy weather.

By ferry from PP marina or car on a hairy switchback road you can visit Formentor Beach.It is exquisite or rather it used to be.It is now commercialised with fast food cafes that should be but are anything but cheap.Blame Hotel Barcelo Formentor for the exploitation.But nothing can detract from the setting.There are some nice beaches in Majorca,Es Trenc the opposite end of the island near peter's place springs to mind,and Cala Mondrago near Cala d'Or but for setting Playa Formentor is IMO the most attractive.

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Tudor Dawn works out of Pollenca and does good, family orientated day trips on boats. Book early (you can find there flyers everywhere, especially at the Tourist Info booth on the front. Many PP boar trips, including barcos azul, take you to bays such as Formentor and also there is one north of there only accessible by boat, but the problem with them going with Kids is you are a bit captive..if the kids get bored and want to go home early its a long swim!

I tend to go with my kids to Playa de Muro simply because its exactly half way between Pt Alcudia and Can Picafort and so a bit less busy. There are some coves north of Alcudia town towards Mal Pas, but they are not really special. If you head due North from Arta Cala Mesquida, Matzocs and Torca are small bays which are very pretty and not so busy, but frankly why drive an hour with the kids in the hot sun when the PP beaches are pretty good?

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The children and I really like the look of Tudor Dawn, so will definitely follow up when we arrive. Also like the sound of Formentor.

Thanks for your replies.

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