Location: In the little resort of Cala Tarida, 10 minutes drive from San José, 15 minutes drive from San Antonio
Facilities: Sunbeds, parasols, restaurants, bars, lifeguards
Activities: Pedalos, diving school, volleyball
Size: 900 metres long; 25 metres wide
Getting there: Reached by car or ferry in the summer season, follow signposts from San Antonio or San José. Parking in dedicated spaces.
A sheltered bay at the tiny resort of Cala Tarida with the longest and widest beach of fine white sand on this side of the island. The clean, clear waters over a sandy bottom are shallow to quite a way out on the right, deeper and more rocky to the left. The colours of the sea here are truly magnificent; turquoise, azure blue and emerald green.
Behind the beach are well-urbanised hills with the hotel club just behind, the convenience of this making Cala Tarida a popular family beach. There are also shops right on the beach to buy inflatables, snorkel gear and beach balls if sunbaking just doesn’t cut it for you. If you’re looking for a solitary spot, there are some small hidden coves north of the beach with a selection of interestingly shaped rocks to swim out to.