How to pick a beach in Mallorca and find "the Turquoise Paradise"
Today we want to share with you one of the greatest (and sometimes unknown) secrets not only about Mallorca, but about the entire Balearic Islands.
Let's talk… tachááááán, drums! How to pick a beach in Mallorca and find “The Turquoise Paradise”. We are going to show you how to find that amazing beach we all look for, either because we want to relax in paradise or take that wonderful photo for our Instagram. So, let's start with the key of everything: the wind.
Before we begin, however, let's make a clarification: this article should be combined with a proper reading of any weather forecast. If it is going to rain in the whole island, it will be very difficult to find a paradisiacal beach but, if it is a good day, what we are going to explain to you now will make the difference.
Let's go with the wind: the wind can be a wonderful ally if you want to sail and travel the world. But if what you want is to relax on a paradise beach in Mallorca, it can trick you and prepare for you a beach with waves that, even if it is a wonderful day, will spoil the party a bit.
At offUgo we want you to be very happy and we want to help you visit the beaches you want (preferably with our cars, but you can also walk if you feel like it), so we are going to teach you how to read the wind reports so that you can learn to choose a beach in a jiffy. Simplifying it a bit, in a beach you can find two types of waves: those generated by a sea called groundswell and those generated by the wind. What does it mean and why is it important?
Groundswell or Swell: this sea generates long waves that come from far away. Their frequency (how many waves arrive per minute) is not very high, but it can generate very large waves. Normally they have been generated with a storm quite far from Mallorca and we have not heard anything, but its effects reach us two or three days after that storm broke out many kilometers away from us. This are waves that move the seabed and make the beaches turbid, not crystalline as we want. So we don't like the swell for wonderful photos. We do like it if we are surfers.
Wind sea: the wind generates short waves that are generated on the surface of the sea because it is windy at that precise moment. Their frequency is higher and they are not, by any means, as big as the waves of the groundswell, but they are also a bit of a nuisance if what we want is to rest. Mallorca does not usually have such an unpleasant wind as the "Levante" of southern Spain, but we assure you that it can be annoying enough for you to to learn to read a wind map. These waves do not move the seabed so much, but they do shake the surface and they do not interest us much if we want to be comfortable.
That said, the answer seems easy, doesn't it? We have to find beaches in areas that are not exposed to the wind and that, in addition, are not going to suffer the consequences of a storm that occurred in Corsica or Sicily two or three days ago. Perfect, and how do we do this? Here is where the AEMET, or the State Meteorological Agency of Spain, comes to our aid: they have a wonderful website with maps that they continually update so that we, the beach lovers, can read the state of the sea on some fairly simple maps (if you know how to read them) and know what will happen in the next few hours.
Following this link you will reach those maps but, as we do not know when you will read this post and if the link will work, we also explain you how to find these maps for yourself: you can Google “AEMET Balearic marine forecast” and it should come out at the beginning. If not, call us or send us an email and we will gladly help you (you have the contact information in the top menu).
And what are we going to find on the AEMET website? This:
The first and most important thing is that in "Parameter" you choose "Combined sea" or “Mar Combinado” in Spanish, because this will show you the groundswell and the wind waves combined. If you forget this, you may be disappointed once you arrive at that "wonderful beach".
Let's explain this map:
At the right of the map there is a map legend that gives us the height of the waves in meters and that indicates that the swell is seen in black arrows and the wind sea in blue ones.
Below the map you have buttons to explore the state of the sea in the future. In 3h windows, the AEMET gives us predictions of how the sea will evolve in the next hours and days. They tend to nail it, so we tell you that it is very reliable.
Well, we got it. Now: how do you read this? Well, there are 2 levels to read this: the basic and the pro.
Basic: you have to go to beaches that are in the light blue zone (without waves or with very few waves) and that will continue to be during the hours that you will be there.
Pro: you learn to read arrows. The longer an arrow is, the stronger that type waves will be. Also, the arrows give us the direction of the waves. If we know the orography of the beach you are going to (Google Maps or Google Earth are very good for that), you can go to a beach that, although it is in a "bad" area, it is protected from the wind and the swell because there is an arm of land to protect it, for example. This, if you control it, allows you to "gamble" a little more and open up the range of possibilities on what to visit that day. We leave you another trick for pro’s: you will see that, in the zones where it is very windy today, tomorrow or the day after there will be a lot of groundswell, so this helps you to plan in advance two or three days visits to the beaches :)
We know that being a Pro is a bit more complicated and requires practice, so you can always write us and we will give you a hand. Maybe if you write us the same day for an answer in 30 minutes we won’t make it, but we promise that we will do our best.
Summarising: if you combine wind maps with a good weather report, your chances of finding that wonderful beach will increase a lot.
Done for today :) We sincerely hope you liked it and we hope to see you soon in our island.
A big hug,
The Offugo Team