Cala Ratjada is a vibrant holiday resort situated on the north-eastern coast of Majorca. Once an old fishing village, the harbour at Cala Ratjada now sees fleets of pleasure cruises and ferries to Majorca’s sister island, Menorca. Cala Ratjada’s wide range of accommodation, its excellent beaches, vibrant nightlife, and warm climate make it a favourite with young and old.
On the more secluded northern part of the island, Cala Ratjada is especially suited to those looking for a value-for-money holiday in the sun that is less swamped with tourists than resorts on the island’s southern coast.
That being said, Cala Ratjada holidays are certainly not dull, with plenty to see and do both in the town itself, and the surrounding area. There’s a great selection of bars, restaurants, and shops to explore, which cluster around the town’s promenade and the Plaça del Pins – the town’s main square – as well as a surprisingly vibrant nightlife scene. The town’s name literally translates as ‘bay of rays’, and with a whole host of excellent beaches on your doorstep at Cala Ratjada, from secluded coves to long stretches of sandy beaches, you won’t be short of the chance to make the most of the Majorcan sunshine.
If you’re a nature lover or a ‘culture vulture’, then there’s plenty to keep you interested on your holiday to Cala Ratjada as well. There’s the Cap des Freu nature reserve nearby, which covers 13 hectares of a mountainous landscape at the island’s most north-easterly tip, which is great for a day out hiking. Or you could venture underground, at the famous Cuevas de Artà caves, a short drive south of Cala Ratjada.
A few kilometres inland from Cala Ratjada is the region’s capital, Capdepera. Surrounded by the rolling Sierra de Llevant Mountains, this historic town of terracotta-roofed houses and narrow lanes is a great size for a day of exploring. The town’s inhabitants are known locally as ‘Gabelli’, for men, and ‘Gabellina’, for women, and have a reputation for being extremely friendly and passionate. First inhabited by Arabic settlers in the middle ages, the town has a rich cultural history, and there are plenty of historic sights of interest to explore– such as Capdepera Castle, one of the largest and most impressive on the whole island.
Smaller, more secluded, and quieter than Cala Ratjada, the resort of Cala Mesquida is just a few kilometres away on the island’s northern coast. This little village, which is host to just a handful of hotels, is centred round a huge stretch of beautiful sandy beach and is surrounded on all sides by unspoilt countryside, making it the perfect location for a relaxing holiday by the sea. Being situated on the island’s northern coast means the sea at Cala Mesquida can often be quite choppy, which has made it a mecca for fans of windsurfing, kite surfing, and other watersports.
Further along the coast from Cala Ratjada lies the beautiful resort town of Canyamel. This town has a large stretch of sandy beach, as well as plenty of secluded coves and shingly beaches along the coast to the south, making it a favourite with sun worshippers. The town is also famous for its golf club, situated in the rolling hills that surround the town, which provide some awesome views, and a fantastic backdrop for a game of golf.
Exploring Cala Ratjada…
Spend a Day by the Beach
There are countless beaches and coves to explore along the coast surrounding Cala Ratjada, with a spot of sand to suit every taste. There’s the small but perfectly formed beach at Cala Ratjada itself, as well as a much bigger sandy beach at Cala Moto, which it situated on a rocky peninsula stretching out into the sea, just north of the town. Alternatively, pick one of the multitude of rocky coves dotted around the coast. Wherever you decide to stay in Cala Ratjada, you’ll never be far from a dip in the sea.
Take a Ferry to Menorca
Visitors could also take a ferry on a day trip to the neighbouring Balearic Island of Menorca, which depart regularly from Cala Ratjada’s harbour. The ferry docks at Ciudadela, on Menorca’s westerly coast – a historic town that used to be island’s capital before 1708. Nicknamed Vella I Bella – which roughly translates as ‘Old and Beautiful’ – Ciudadela is full of historic monuments and traditional Spanish architecture from the middle ages, such as the gothic cathedral in the Placa de la Catedral.
Visit the Cuevas de Artà
A truly unique spectacle that is well worth a visit, are the Cuevas de Artà, a few kilometres south of Cala Ratjada. These underground caves are hung stalactites and stalagmites of fantastic shapes and gigantic proportions, with one of the largest a staggering 22 metres high! Tours of the caves last between 25 and 40 minutes, with concerts and plays also performed regularly, which really make the most of the cave’s excellent acoustics and atmospheric surroundings.
There are a huge variety of restaurants and eateries in Cala Ratjada, serving everything from Asian-inspired fusion cooking, to traditional Majorcan cuisine. Being a coastal town, a favourite on the menu is seafood, with paellas and tapas local delicacies well worth sampling. Highlights of fine dining in Cala Ratjada include the Restaurant Los Arcos for the best in local cuisine, Mama Pizza for Italian, and Bar Llagost for the best selection of tapas.
With a whole host of stunning beaches, excellent food, fantastic scenery, and vibrant nightlife, Cala Ratjada makes for beautiful, calm and relaxed holidays.
A holiday to Cala Ratjada is ideal for those seeking a relaxing break in the Mediterranean climate, and if you book with easyJet holidays, you can be sure to get the best deals going, as you’ll make great savings when you book your hotel and flight together!