Mallorca / Can Pastilla

Continent
Europe
Country
Spain
Next Big City
Palma de Mallorca
Next Town
Palma de Mallorca
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Rooms, Shop, Rescue, Shower, Toilet, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Chop, Small wave
Hazards:
Swimmers, Mole
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Flat and choppy water in summer, waves in winter. In summer the swimming zones are marked, do not get into these. There is a small zone where you can go along the stone wall of the harbour and the around the corner to get the non-gusty wind and to start your ride. Be careful, in summer still people in that zone!

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Big
Hazards:
Concrete, Bystanders, Road
Beach Users:
June, July, August, September

Sandy beach 6km long. Enough space to launch and land in Can Pastilla. Right next to the harbour is a huge field of hard sand with soft sand closer to the waterline. Here is the kite launch zone. The rest of the beach is very packed in summer and should be avoided. Too many people and the risk of hurting someone is very high!

Wind

Best Months:
May, June, July, August, September
Wind Type:
Thermal
Best Direction:
SE, SSE, S, SSW, SW
Main Direction:
S, SSW, SW, WSW

From May to October thermal winds 10-15 knots (onshore) which increase at 12:00h to the afternoon everyday. Winter season gusty conditions 10-30 knots with waves WSW direction. In summer the onshore thermal wind is gusty at launch and water entrance.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
No walk

It is the first part of the "El Arenal Beach", on the other and of the famous El Arenal party area. From the airport follow sings to "Platjas". Get on the highway driving east and then soon there is a sign and exit "Can Pastilla". Exit and drive towards the ocean. When you see it, there is a parking lot. Turn right follow the street, pass a gas station and after about 200m turn left. Follow the road to the water and now you are at the water, a Burger King to your left, then turn right and follow the promenade and see the kites or the harbour. Park your car (very packed in summer) and take your stuff down to the big hard sand area.

Extra information

Rules
Zones

Respect to the locals and their advices. The thermal wind is onshore and the beach next to the launching zone becomes very packed with sunbathers during summer. From May to September a kiteschool teaches there almost everyday. If you can not stay upwind contact them, they teach with motorboats and can help you. Don't practice in the swimming area which is clearly marked with the yellow buoys.

Nightlife

Good nightlife on the whole beach. There are lots of bars and restaurants. The Kiters usually meet in the bar called Flip Flop near the launching area. The Puro Beach Club is a just few hundred meters away.