"Little Germany" – a beach resort with hidden qualities
Situated along the western side of the island about 25 minutes from the airport, Peguera has garnered itself a reputation of being rather understated when compared to the neighbouring holiday resorts of Santa Ponça, Magaluf read: "The truth about Magaluf" and Palmanova. But don’t let that fool you! This little tourist town with its local population of just under 4,000 still offers a variety of activities and secret beaches that would satisfy its visitors.
Peguera used to be a fishing village (like most others along the Island's shoreline), however, it began to commercially attract tourism in the early 60s, after the municipality decided to move forward with the plan of turning it into a resort for vacationers, taking advantage of its natural seafront.
The resort is visited by predominantly German-speaking people, and the moniker "Little Germany" is well deserved; you can really notice that the town caters to Teutonic tastes, but fear not, as it does not have any of the famed debauchery that the German guests bring to El Arenal. Peguera is more of a family-oriented destination where you can have an adventurous and fun day, and go out for a quiet meal and drink at night without being hassled by dozens of PR people persuading you to go into bars and nightclubs.
During the summer months, Peguera turns into a lively spot as tourists start teeming around the famed boulevard, a road of about 1.5 km in length with hundreds of local boutiques, restaurants, hotels and businesses that would fulfil any holidaymakers’ needs (and all at a fairly affordable price range!).
Peguera also hosts a local market every Tuesday along the western side of the boulevard. Many locals set up stalls offering fruit and vegetables grown in the area plus clothes manufactured by local artisans.
Sports & Recreation #
Peguera does not fall short of spectacular when it comes to sporty and leisurely activities. One of the most popular things to do in Peguera is to take one of the cruise tours that take you out to sea for the day, where you get to appreciate Mallorca’s beauty from a different perspective. These tours are family-friendly, and usually the boats have glass bottoms so you can appreciate the underwater landscape, as well as the one above. If you’re lucky, you may even see a dolphin or two!
Cruceros Cormoran offer boat tours that leave daily at multiple times and organise everything on board for you at affordable prices (approximately 30€ per person)
Contact: +34 971 68 68 49
Avenida de la Playa, 8 local 6, 07160 Peguera
Bicycle, trike or buggy tours
The more daring and adventurous can go on a bicycle, trike or buggy tour of the Island starting from Peguera. The people at the Trike and Quad Shop on the boulevard will help you plan your own tour.
Contact: +34 717 11 37 17
Bulevar de Peguera, 36, 07160 Peguera
Peguera is a favourite starting point fr mountain biking tours into the spectacular Tramuntana Mountains featuring more than forty peaks of above 1,000 metres above sea level with the most spectacular ocean views. You can rent a bike e.g. at Huerzeler Bikes in the Hotel Lido Park, RideMallorca on the boulevard or Rad International in the Carrer d'es Capdellà.
Huerzeler Bikes: Carrer Isaac Albéniz, 07160 Peguera, [email protected]
RideMallorca: Avinguda Peguera, 49/11, 07160 Peguera, +34 871 71 53 82
Rad International: Carrer des Capdellà, 25, 07160 Peguera, +34 971 68 77 09
On the other hand, if you prefer a calmer approach to your relaxing holiday you can hike to Camp de Mar or Es Capedellà or chose among a great variety of hiking tours starting from Peguera. For more information, we recommend the book "Walking in Mallorca" by June Parker
Peguera has a promenade that extends to not only one, but three different beaches. The Playa de la Romana, the smallest one of the three, is also the most family-friendly of them all, as it has a small public soccer field, a basketball court and a playground for your children to entertain themselves while you lie comfortably in the sand or go for a serene swim.
The Playa de la Tora is the most central one of the three, having a length of approximately half a kilometre. In winter, this beach is known as one of the best beginner surf spots on the south west of the island, with meter long waves on some days.
Finally, the Playa Palmira, the biggest of the three, is the one that gets the most crowded, due to the proximity of all the hotels that have direct access to the beach in the area. It also has numerous restaurants and cafés that offer a taste of Mediterranean cuisine.
AM tips: If you want to camp out at the beach all day in Peguera, be sure to do so early, as during the summer season all of the beaches tend to get jam-packed by high noon. Alternatively, you can check out the “Platja d’es Morts” (Beach of the Dead), which is a small beach composed mainly of rocks on the other side of the hill of Playa de la Romana. It is usually unoccupied and is a great snorkelling spot. The neighbouring cove of Cala Fornells is also a little hidden gem that doubles as a snorkelling spot with colourful reefs and diverse marine life.
Food & Drink #
If you want great Mediterranean food with an incredible view out at sea, be sure to check out the restaurant La Gran Tortuga in the area of Cala Fornells, which offers amazing Mediterranean dishes at a reasonable price range.
+34 971 68 60 23
Carretera de Cala Fornells, 37, 07160 Peguera
Anyone wanting a taste of great Italian cuisine should definitely check out Pizzeria San Marco, which offers delectable pizzas and pastas at a great price. Be aware, the place gets packed during evenings so be sure to book a table in advance.
+34 971 68 51 70
Bulevar de Peguera, 78, 07160 Peguera
If you’re not much of a seafood person, La Hacienda Steakhouse is a great choice for an evening meal. It is a little pricey, but their delightful steaks cooked to your liking will definitely leave you content.
+34 971 68 54 73
Carrer dels Ametllers, 2, 07160 Peguera
AM Hidden Gem: LUNA 81 Lounge Bar is a great little spot above the Playa de la Romana, with magnificent views of the whole town, but what really makes this place stand out is the ability to enjoy a beautiful Mediterranean sunset free of any clutter. With moderately priced cocktails, this place is a must for a tiny aperitif before heading out to dinner.
Carrer Músic Torrandell, 5, 07160 Peguera
Living in Peguera #
AM Founder, Memphis Holland, suggests:
A quick look at any real estate listing site will give you a range of housing choices: nice apartments with pools and no view priced at €187,000 to €400,000 for a 65m2 place with a sea view. Villas from €500,000 to €1.5MM. The sea views make the slight bump in price nice since this beach is one of the best maintained on the southwest coast. Our suggestion is to walk the streets to see where you would like to be then do an online search before visiting agents. Pocket listings are available, generally upon request, as not all of them are listed.
AM Tip: Look at several real estate online sites and do a general Google search “Properties for sale in Paguera, Mallorca.” Know that most Germans do not sell easily but when they make a decision, time is of the essence. Have your wallet ready when you make an offer. Most realtors will have “pocket” properties which may appeal to you more than the ones listed on the internet.
Charm factor #
The beaches of Peguera are some of the best in the Southwest. Well-maintained and clean, you can practice surfing and paddle boarding without inflicting damage to your body if you fall. Great for children, the clean beaches keep the feet safe. On windy days, you’ll see Kite Sailing and Parasailing. Surprise your friends by planning a group gathering around a wedding or hen party. Read more about getting married in Mallorca here.
Peguera is still a beer-loving town. However, the latest upgrades on the streets and infrastructure make this a good investment for real estate.
By Sahil Dadlani
19 October, 2018