Es Trenc Beach

Discover all that Es Trenc Beach in Campos has to offer. What to see, what to do and where to eat on one of the most visited beaches in Mallorca.

It’s well worth a visit to this pearly blue sandy beach, surrounded by a natural park of dunes, salt marshes and poetic bunkers. If you were told you were in a Roald Dahl Caribbean story you’d believe it; but this is not Jamaica, it’s one of the finest examples of Mediterranean sand and one of the most beautiful salt marshes you’ll ever see.

In the southeast of Mallorca, next to Ses Covetes and Campos, is this protected Balearic treasure that covers 3,788 hectares, 60% of which belong to the sea. Between Sa Rapita and Colonia de Sant Jordi are the white beaches: Sa Rapita, Tem, Es Trenc, Pedregons and Marqués beach. It has several islets: Na Llarga, Gros, Sa Llora and Gavina. It is considered a Natural Area of Special Interest thanks to the citizens’ platform “Salvem Es Trenc” and an Area of Special Interest for Birds by Seo-birdlife. Since 2017 it has been a maritime-terrestrial Natural Park.

For centuries and thanks to the salt mining activity, this peculiar ecosystem was created, which is highly valued by multitude of birds on their migratory routes for its important contribution to their diet of small organisms. It is a pleasure to see all kinds of birds feeding on this ground that looks like neatly arranged mirrors. During the winter you will find flamingos. Stonecroppers, archibebes, ospreys… in the eBirds page you have all the list of birds and when to see them.

Es Trenc bird observatory

The area has an impressive biodiversity adapted to the salinity of its waters and the winter winds. The beaches take their whiteness from the remains of marine skeletons and you can see dunes with barron, sea lilies and tamarisks… as well as Balearic endemisms such as the gatell or the limonium. There are also small pine and juniper forests. In the sea, underwater, meadows of the centenary Posidonia.

There is a salt mine, Salinas de EsTrenc, which can be visited, and a 15th century church, Sant Joan de la Fonsanta, next to a spa of the same name, where there was also a Francoist concentration camp. Further around the perimeter there are fields of crops and some cattle farms: yes, there are cows in Mallorca! Machine gun nests were built on the beach in 1939 for the Second World War, but they were never used. In 2014 the art collective Boa Mistura decorated these bunkers with verses from the poem “Cala Gentil” by Miquel Costa i Llobera.

What does Es Trenc mean?

The name Es Trenc comes from breakage: the water from the plains of Campos goes to the area of the salt flats and there it stays, forming the dunes that separate it from the Mediterranean. At some point this water breaks the dune and creates the channel that gives way to the salt water. This break is Es Trenc.

What to see in Es Trenc Beach

A mere visit to this paradisiacal beach is already a pleasure. Lying on its white sand or swimming in its turquoise waters transports you to a dream world. To look out over the dunes and the crucianella bushes, to see the full extent of this open space with no buildings. Or have a drink in its temporary beach bars (only in the summer season they are set up).

It is advisable to arrive at Es Trenc early in the morning or wait until late in the afternoon to be able to park in the car park, as it is a beach that receives many visitors in high season. However, the beaches are wide and you’ll have no problem finding plenty of space on the sand. We also recommend you bring an umbrella. There are lifeguards from May to October and there are toilets. The beach does not have litter bins, so we ask you to take any rubbish you generate with you. You must also respect the fences that protect the dunes. The sea is usually smooth and good for swimming and snorkelling. The waters are crystal clear.

If you wait until sunset and approach the salt pans from the road, you’ll enjoy the songs of the different birds that wander around the salt pans… a quiet electric car is a great way to enjoy them.

Es Trenc búnker Boa Mistura

Things to do in Es Trenc Beach

Apart from birdwatching or enjoying the beach, we can do some very fun and instructive activities:

Salinas d’Es Trenc: You can visit the saltworks. They will tell you about the history of this company, Salinas de Levante S.A., founded in 1958, which produces 10,000 tons of sea salt per year, mainly supplying Mallorca. In the shop you can buy all kinds of top-quality culinary and industrial salts. They also have a shop in Ses Salines and a stall at the weekly market in Santanyí.

Artestruz: Educational ostrich farm with very friendly and attentive guides who show you these enormous birds. It is advisable to book on their website if you want to take a guided tour. Address: km 40 of the Ma6014 road, Campos.

How to get to Es Trenc Beach

From Palma we take the Ma-19 road to Campos. There we head towards Es Trenc along the Ma-6040 until we reach the car park. 

To visit Es Trenc you have to leave your car in a pay car park about 100 metres from the beach. It costs 5 euros for a full day and has around 500 spaces.

Another option is to park your car in Colonia de Sant Jordi and walk along the beach until you reach Es Trenc. Electric vehicles are exempt from paying ORA in most municipalities in Mallorca, so you can park for free all day. 

Tips for electric cars

Our car sharing service offers electric and shared vehicles, so by travelling with Muvon you are promoting electric and sustainable mobility on the island.

If you need to charge your car during your journey, you can do so at any of the MELIB or Endesa X chargers.

If you need to charge your car during your journey, you can do so at any of the MELIB or Endesa X network chargers. Muvon cars come with a charging cable and cards from both networks so you can charge your car for free. 

The closest points of the MELIB network are located in Colonia de Sant Jordi. Check the status and availability of the chargers and, once there, activate the charger through the MELIB app or by bringing the contact card close to the charger. 

If you prefer to use fast charging chargers from the EndesaX network, you can do so by activating the chargers with the contact card available in the glove compartment of the car. 

Best places to eat in Es Trenc Beach

5illes Beach & Sunset: On the beach of S’Estany, in Colonia de Sant Jordi, 5illes is the place if you want to see the best sunset in this cosy beach bar with good rice dishes and fresh fish.

Bodega Barahona – Casa Manolo: Family business with tradition. Casa Manolo in the Plaza de Sant Bartolomeu in Ses Salines is a classic of Mallorcan gastronomy where you can try its excellent notari rice, squid or a good fresh fish in salt.

Bar Esperanza: In Ses Covetes, with the beach in sight, a rustic beach bar serving Mediterranean and international cuisine where you can enjoy an excellent thay curry or an Angus burger.

Restaurant Molí de Sal: In a large house with a garden, it stands out for the quality of its products and its grill. Excellent steak and homemade bread. The aromatic herbs come from their own garden. At km 8 of the road from Campos to Colonia de Sant Jordi.

Ca Na Marola: In S’Estanyol traditional seafood cuisine by Jaume Crespí. In a 1900s fisherman’s house, this business was founded in 1930. Very tasty rice dishes.

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