Playa de Muro holidays offer scores of sandy beaches full of family-friendly perks – but without the crowds of nearby Alcudia.

Sweet shores

Majorca's Playa de Muro is all grown up – it's successfully gone from a humble fishing village to thriving holiday centre, and all without losing its Spanish charm. Head here for Blue Flag award-winning beaches and laidback restaurants. Uptown, Las Gaviotas is best for chilled nightlife, while Majorca's capital of Palma – and the urban energy that comes with it – is an hour's drive away.

Sparkly shallows

Playa de Muro's one of the longest beaches in the Balearic Islands, and the spaciousness doesn't stop at the shore. The crystal-clear water's so shallow, you can walk for ages out to sea before you need to paddle. Choose your afternoon spot under a thatched parasol, overlooking the bleached wooden pier or sheltered among pine-backed dunes.

Nature's stars

Protected S'Albufera Natural Park, just a five-minute drive from Playa de Muro, is home to hundreds of bird and plant species. A smattering of signposted trails run through the wetlands, many starting from the Can Bateman Interpretation Centre. The shores of Es Llac Gran – a mirror-like lake here – are also the perfect place for a waterside stroll.

Time machine

A 15-minute bus ride to Alcudia delivers a dose of history. Roman relics, historic houses and a maze of cobbled streets lie within this charming town's Medieval walls. Just outside them, you can release your inner Spartacus at the Ancient Roman theatre in the ruins of Pollentia.

At a Glance

  • Sunbathe along five kilometres of sandy beaches
  • Hike or cycle along signposted trails
  • Spot wildlife in S'Albufera Natural Park