Bendinat is a seaside village in the municipality of Calvià situated on the west coast of Mallorca. The beautiful village is located at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, surrounding the area with lush landscapes and panoramas. Much of Bendinat is made up of a residential area with the village located next to the exclusive setting of Portals Nous.
Bendinat has emerged as a popular residential area that enjoys both exclusivity and a prime position on the island. This has led to an abundance of luxurious accommodation emerging within the area which still experience a real sense of peace and tranquility. Its short proximity from Palma de Mallorca as well as many of the major tourist resorts, such as Palmanova and Puerto Portals has increased its appeal significantly.
Bendinat is known for its spectacular, fine sandy beaches, turquoise sea and coves with crystal clear water. Being close to both Puerto Portals and Port Adriano, two of the most exclusive marinas in the Balearics, means that you can find some of the best shops, restaurants and leisure facilities close to Bendinat.
One of the greatest appeals held by Bendinat centres upon its closeness to major tourist resorts, yet at the same time, its seclusion and remoteness that no one would associate with these types of resorts. This allows visitors to experience the energy of its neighbouring areas, but are still able to appreciate the more natural, holistic aspects of the island.
How to get to Bendinat
The distance between Bendinat and the capital city of Palma is just under 10km, making it a particularly attractive location. In addition, the village is located only 16km from the airport. Despite the extremely close proximity of Bendinat to Palma, its secluded location mean public transport links are less frequent, so it is advisable to hire a care or take a taxi to get there.
Activities in Bendinat
There are limited options for entertainment in Bendinat, which adds to its serenity and luxuriousness. Its situation in Mallorca allows the area to be a superb base for holidays, as one can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the capital but make their base in an idyllic and quiet environment.
Bendinat Castle conceals an exciting history within its imposing walls. According to legend, the Castle’s name derives from an incident which took place in 1229 during the Reconquest of Mallorca, when King Jaime I set up camp on the land which now surrounds the castle. It is said that King Jaime I and his army, spending the night there after a bloody battle, were treated to bread, garlic and oil. Having finished, the King uttered the words “ben dinat”, which in native Mallorcan language meant “we’ve eaten well”.
According to historians, its striking architecture is owed to the tastes of Countess Isabel Maria Széchenyi, a native of central Europe, who imprinted the architecture style of old Prussia and Austria on Bendinat Castle, her one-time residence. While tourists can see the castle from a distance, the residence is now privately owned and available to book for private events such as weddings.
Real Golf de Bendinat, Calvià
The Real Golf de Bendinat is located on the west of Palma de Mallorca, in the municipal of Calvià. It is situated between the sea and the mountains – a perfect combination. The 18-hole golf course features a beautiful club house with a restaurant where you can enjoy the best Spanish cuisine as well as other European dishes. From their terrace you can see the beautiful Castle of Bendinat. Designed by Martin Hawtree in 1986, the renown golf club offers 5.660 meters of golfing in a truly unique setting.
Beaches in Bendinat
Cala Bendinat is located next to the beach of Portals Nous, at the bottom of a narrow and deep coastal inlet. Access to this beach is easy, both from the marina and from the Portals Nous urbanisation. Here, a beautiful cove bordered by pine trees that hide luxurious homes can be found. For its small size and clarity of water, Cala Bendinat is one of the most beautiful beaches in Mallorca, where sailors anchor their quaint boats in this quiet refuge.
Where to stay in Bendinat
Located on the seafront, tucked away in the exclusive residential area of Bendinat, is this small Mediterranean style hotel of Hotel Bendinat which boasts beautiful gardens and terraces offering a peaceful, welcoming atmosphere. Here a stony cove featuring a big rock gives way into the sea, being an ideal spot for water based activities such as swimming and diving. There is also a sandy beach just 500 metres away. Alternatively, those that dream of staying in a luxury villa, there are also an array of stunning homes boasting incredible surrounding views.