Es Trenc Mallorca (Paradise on Earth)

Playa Es Trenc
Playa Es Trenc

Playa Es Trenc is a famous beach in the South East of Mallorca. It felt like we were in the Caribbean…but better.

Mallorca is known for its absolutely picturesque cove beaches, or calas as they are called locally.

The cove beaches are phenomenal, but frankly there isn’t a lot of sand. This means that finding your own space to lay down and soak up some rays can be difficult. In season (July and August) the calas can get so crowded that people will literally lay out on the rocks on the side of the coves (ouch).

While Mallorca generally has rocky cliffs with a smattering of cove beaches, there are a couple places where you can find the traditional big beach experience. At Playa Es Trenc you will encounter a wide stretch of sand to go with those perfect Mediterranean waters.

Playa means beach in Spanish.

I loved exploring the Mallorca calas, but on our last day on the island we wanted a beach we could spread out and lay out on. Es Trenc Mallorca let us do just that. Yes, there were still crowds, but even on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of July we were able to find enough space to really enjoy ourselves.

Quick Facts about Es Trenc

  • Other Names: Playa Es Trenc,Es Trenc Mallorca, Es Trenc beach, Parc Natural Es Trenc (next to Trenc Badestrand)
  • Known For: wide and long stretch of sand, clear turquoise water
  • Facilities: concession stands, gross porta potties, no showers
  • Lifeguards: Yes
  • Parking: large lot 3 minute walk away from the beach
  • Cost: 7 euros to park (takes card or cash)
  • Other: lots of people, but big enough to accommodate

Location of Es Trenc Beach

Es Trenc beach is a little bit out of the way for most visitors to Mallorca, Spain. It is located on the southeast part of the island about an hour drive from Palma. Getting to Es Trenc Mallorca without a car would be a little bit difficult.

To get there, you will have to drive along some pretty thin and windy roads. In certain spots the roads are so thin that when a car is coming from the other direction both cars will have to stop and one will have to pull off to the side of the road.

When pulling into the beach we got stuck in a 20 minute traffic jam since the road was too thin and congested to allow this process to happen quickly. The result was that we were stuck for 20 minutes while cars slowly passed each other going the opposite directions.

Es Trenc parking
Us pulled over to the side waiting for cars to pass on basically a one lane road.

If you decide to rent a car I HIGHLY recommend renting the smallest car possible. The roads in Mallorca are incredibly narrow and it would be nearly impossible to drive a bug SUV down dirt roads to access these beaches. Parking would be a nightmare as well.

Es Trenc Parking 

There is a large parking lot that costs 7 euros to park in. Thankfully they take cards or cash, as we temporarily panicked when we realized we didn’t have enough cash while waiting in line to park.

There was a short line to pay to get into the parking lot, but after only a couple of minutes we were in and easily found a spot, even when arriving on a Sunday afternoon.

“Road Closed Lot Full” – Don’t Trust

Later in the day when leaving the beach we saw that the road that led to the beach had a sign across it saying that the beach parking lot was full and that cars shouldn’t drive to the beach since they couldn’t get in. We had just come from the lot and saw that there were still rows and rows of empty parking spaces.

If the road is “closed” due to the lot being full, I recommend exploring the possibility of there being spots regardless. Even if the lot is full there are likely to be enough people leaving the beach so that spots will open up.

Best time to visit Es Trenc

Ideally the morning would be best to beat the crowds but we are not morning people.

We got there on a Saturday at 1:00 pm in July (the busiest time of the year in Mallorca) and had no trouble finding parking or a spot on the beach.

What To Expect At Es Trenc Mallorca

Once you make it to Es Trenc in Mallorca you can expect wide stretches of soft white sand. The sand is perfectly contrasted by the clear blue water. 

When you wade out into the water you will see that it remains shallow for a good distance out into the water. This makes it perfect to relax for long periods of time since you won’t have to tread water or dodge waves. 

The water was so calm we were able to comfortably take a nice camera out into the water to snap additional pictures.

The Vibe

I personally loved the vibe here on this beach. While yes, the sand was crowded there was still plenty of room to find a spot.

Once in the water I noticed at the shore was mainly kids playing.

Further out it stays super shallow so it was quiet and mainly couples. (Adults) further out.

Overall Es Trenc had a great mix of young and old. Families, singles, and couples.

Oh, and I would say it was mainly locals on the beach. We didn’t see too many other tourists here.

Es Trenc Mallorca
Es Trenc

Facilities

Es Trenc Mallorca snack stand
Es Trenc Mallorca beach bar located to the right of the beach entrance. (if you are looking at the beach)

Porta Potties and No Showers

It’s not all perfect as the bathrooms at the beach were quite gross and there weren’t enough. There was only one bank of the porta potty style bathrooms and no showers. The bathrooms were NOT being maintained. I would rate the porta potties a 1 out of 10 for how gross they were.

No shade at all but you can buy an Umbrella

Playa Es Trenc
Playa Es Trenc

The majority of people on the beach had umbrellas since there is no shade at all anywhere near the beach.

Next Door to Trenc Badestrand

The beach is long enough that if you want to walk down to either end you can avoid the worst of the crowds. If you walk down to the left you will arrive at Trenc Badestrand (another beach). Technically they are connected, but for some reason this part of the beach got a different name.

Undeveloped Area 

There is almost no development in the area. This means that your natural views stretch all the way down in both directions. Pretty much the only building is the concession stand that sits at the mouth of the beach.

This also means that there isn’t a lot of shade if you are looking to escape the sun, so consider bringing your own beach umbrella.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The whitest sand you will ever see.
  • The bluest water
  • So much space

Cons

More expensive than other beaches. (Every other beach we visited in Mallorca was free.)

Conclusion

If you are looking for a typical beach experience where you can lounge on a wide stretch of sand and then play in the water, you absolutely should visit Es Trenc Mallorca. 

You can easily enjoy lounging on the wide soft sand for an entire day! 

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