Beautiful European island loved by Brits with three world-beating beaches

A jewel of an island in the Mediterranean is home to not one, but three of the world’s most popular beaches according to a new study.  Mallorca is the largest of the beautiful Balearic Islands were Brits have flocked in their droves for sea and sunshine since the emergence of cheap package holidays in the 1970s. 

With its white sandy beaches, Azure blue seas and high temperatures, Mallorca is the perfect place to get away from the grey clouds and rain back in Blighty.  And now a new survey published in tourism magazine Hosteltur claims the attractive sands are some of the most popular in the world.

Three of its beaches take the top spot, plus fifth and sixth. Leading the pack is Cala Agulla which fills the space between pretty tree-covered hills and the warm waters off the north eastern coast of the island. 

On travel site Tripadvisor mostly positive reviews claimed the beach was “like the Bahamas” but a few other visitors did mention it was “heavily overcrowded” with one even saying “unpolite (sic) children” were an issue.

Taking fifth spot in the study was Cala Gran in the south east of Mallorca, right on the doorstep of the town of Cala d’Or. Being in a more built up area the surroundings are busy with many local shops and bars to choose from

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Review for Cala Gran were actually slightly higher than for Cala Agulla on Tripadvisor, with one glowing report saying there was “lovely rocky cove and vibrant blue waters”.

However, the popularity did prove a problem for one person who wrote it was “difficult to get a sunbed after 9am”. Compeleting the Mallorca medley is Cala Domingos which lies inbetween Cala Agulla and Cala Gran, again on the east coast.

Quiter than its rivals, Domingos is till very popular and is attractive to people who want to try scuba diving and snorkelling. 

A little shop close to the sand sells beers and ice cream but one person warned the ocean can get a little rough at times and to keep an eye on children playing in the sea. 

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