The beach Cala Xinxell is located in the
Illetas in the southwestern part of Mallorca. The
distance to the capital, Palma de Mallorca, is less than 10 km.
Along with the towns Bendinat, Portal
Nous and Cas Catala nearby, the area is one of the most exclusive
areas in Mallorca.
The beach in general
Cala Xinxell is located on a small peninsula in the southern part of
Illetas. The surrounding scenery is incredibly beautiful, which
makes the bay a popular spot for small yachts and sailboats.
The beach is 100 m long and covered
with fine-grained sand, and the water is rather shallow. The bay
usually provides good protection against waves.
It is possible to rent sun lounges
and sunshades at the beach, but there are no toilet or shower
facilities. During the high season, the sun lounges are hard to come
by, and the chances are best early in the day.
Cala Xinxell is a bit overshadowed by
the two more famous beaches in Illetas: the main beach, Platja
d'Illetas, and the somewhat smaller beach
Cala Comptessa. Both of these are only a short walk away
from Cala Xinxell.
The sand is soft and the water is rather shallow. However, it may be
a bit too crowded to play in July and August.
Water sports activities
It is possible to rent water bikes and sometimes sea kayaks. The
calm water in the bay is very suitable for both activities, and for
experienced paddlers it is possible to reach Portals Nous by sea
There is a nice beach bar with a relaxed lounge atmosphere. The
closest restaurant is located near Cala Comptessa approx. 300 m
Illetas holiday resort
Illetas is a nice and quiet holiday resort. Most of the hotels have
four or five stars; including the romantic Barcelo Illetas Albatros,
which is reserved for adults.
The selection of restaurants and
shops is not that varied, but there are some in the winding main
street, Paseo de los Illetas. In the northern end of the main
street, there is a small shopping centre with a supermarket.
However, the neighbouring town
is home of some of the best restaurants in Mallorca, e.g. the
Michelin starred restaurant, Tristan. Portals Nous is also known for
its designer shops and exclusive nightlife.