Playa de Muro Majorca - Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain
Situated in the middle of the Bahia de Alcudia in northern Majorca, Playa de Muro (also known as Platja de Muro) is a relatively new development.
It is part of a bay which has a total of seven kilometres of clean white sand. Thanks also to its associated water sports, it has become one of the island's best-regarded beaches.
Playa de Muro is a quieter resort than many because the nearest town is a bus, taxi or car-ride away. Consequently, evening excitement for those staying in the resort tends to come from the in-house entertainments offered by the hotels and apartment blocks that line the beach.
The beachfront developments are a sequence of three, four and five star hotels and apartments. Most of these have direct access to the beach, which can complicate matters if you are simply trying to stroll along the sand to find somewhere to lay your towel, but for families with children this is a godsend.
Activities centre predictably around the beach and the hotels, and sports available include golf, cycling, hiking, riding, sailing, fishing and diving.
It's an interesting area for naturalists too. The 2,000-acre S'Albufera Nature Reserve is part of the beach and is one of the area's biggest draws. The reserve consists of wetland, marsh and dunes, and is a remnant of the swamps that once covered the area, and which were drained to prevent malaria, create farmland and encourage tourism. It is home to a huge variety of birdlife, with an incredible 230 species resident or passing through. There are also 29 species of fish, including eel and mullet, plus reptiles, amphibians (mainly frogs) and mammals (mainly rodents). The park opens at 9am and closes at 7pm in summer and 5pm in winter.
The leading hotel in the area is the Palace de Muro. This secluded, 143-room marble extravaganza, designed to look like a Roman palace, opened in 2001. It has very spacious rooms, all with balconies. Tel +34 971 89 42 24, www.globalia-hotels.com.
Other top hotels on the Playa de Muro include:
Iberostar Playa de Muro: Four stars; Albufera, 7458, tel +34 971 89 04 43, www.iberostar.com.
Eden Playa: Four stars, opposite the nature reserve; Carretera Alcudia-Arta, Km 7, 7458, tel +34 971 89 15 44,