One of the most popular holiday resorts on the north-east coast of Majorca is known as both Cala Ratjada and Cala Rajada. It is part of the Capdepera district which is at the eastern tip of this Balearic Island. Capdepera was originally established as a fishing port and is still one of the most important commercial fishing centres in Majorca. However, it has also became a very popular holiday resort, but has fortunately been mostly spared from the building mistakes of the past.
Even today the harbour is still the centre of Cala Ratjada with its fishermen, boats and nets. Here you can also hire sailing boats and motorboats from numerous providers who also offer excursions, for example along the coast to the Drach Caves near Porto Cristo which are Europe’s most visited caves. Alternatively you can head out onto the open sea to watch dolphins or book a party cruise where you can enjoy the great atmosphere and loud music while sailing into the sunset.
Also on land the holiday destination of Cala Ratjada has a lot to offer. You can stroll through the forest in the shade up to the white lighthouse of Far de Capdepera at the eastern tip of Majorca. A part of the Villa SaTorre Cega, which is today called the Blind Tower, was in the past also used as a lighthouse and is now a museum. In the park grounds of the Villa March there are sculptures of international artists on display. Other sights worth visiting are the historic castle of Castell de Capdepera and of course Cuevas de Artá, the giant limestone cave near Canyamel.
In Cala Ratjada itself there are numerous restaurants along the spacious promenade which extends along the harbour. The restaurants are tastefully furnished and offer local as well as international food and drinks. From the tables outside you have a great view of the harbour and the sea. As an alternative for food and drink, there are several snack bars, small supermarkets and bars in the street parallel to the harbour.
Cala Ratjada is a great place for those looking to spend their holidays partying, but it is also a superb place to spend a family holiday. Naturally though, most people come here to enjoy swimming in the sea and to have a few lovely days at the beach. The beaches of Cala Ratjada have something to offer everybody. There is the choice between the centrally located, lively, classic beach of Playa Son Moll, the small bay of Cala Gat which is set among rocks and can easily be reached by foot, as well as the nice, larger, natural beach of Playa Son Moll in the northern suburbs. Within a radius of a few kilometres there are also several other fine sandy beaches nearby. Some of them are particularly suitable for families, having ideal conditions for swimming and water-sports, while other beaches are great for long walks in almost completely unspoilt natural surroundings.
"Convivial holiday bay for the whole family"
"Impressively clear, turquoise water"
"Charming sandy beach with lots of regular visitors"
"Pleasant bathing bay for families and nature lovers"
"Genuine holiday beach for sun worshippers and bathing belles"
"The cream of the crop of Mallorca's beaches"
"Popular holiday beach in a conservation area"
"Pure relaxation in unspoiled nature"