Ses Illetes and Portals Nous lie between narrow, picturesque coves and steep pine-stubbled hills. Together they comprise an upmarket holiday-residential zone and perhaps the most appealing stretch of the Badia de Palma. The coast is high and drops quite abruptly to the turquoise coves, principally Platja de Ses Illetes and, a little less crowded, Platja de Sa Comtesa. Parking is a minor hassle.
Virtually part of Ses Illetes is Bendinat (which takes its name from a nearby, neo-Gothic reworking of a 13th-century castle original that can only be seen from the Ma1 motorway). Next up is Portals Nous, with its super marina for the super yachts of the super rich at restaurant-lined Puerto Portals. The beach that stretches north of the marina is longer and broader than that in Ses Illetes.