Cala Ratjada local holiday travel guide
Things to do in Cala Ratjada
Cala Ratjada is located in the municipality of Capdepera, a historical area of Mallorca full of points of interest and landmarks worth visiting. The area also invites to physical activities such as bicycling, walking, golfing, maritime adventures and horseback riding. There are literally hundreds of things you can do in Cala Ratjada. Below you can find a bit of inspiration and ideas on what to do.
Cruise the coast
Enjoy a relaxing day on the sea, with fresh breezes through your hair and the Mediterranean sun warming you. There are many different cruises to choose from in Cala Ratjada, all will take you to some of the most beautiful and picturesque gems around the coastline.
Saddle up and enjoy a scenic trip along the beach line, in the hills or countryside on the back of a horse. Horseback riding is one of the most popular activities to do in the area, namely because of the stunning nature that makes it all seem so natural to be riding a horse. There are a couple of stables in Cala Ratjada from where you can rent a horse or join an excursion, try the Rancho Bonanza on the outskirts of town.
Put your golfing skills to the test
If you are fond of golfing, or if you are just keen to try, then you are in the right area. Near Cala Ratjada you will find three of the most challenging golf courses on the island, Son Servera Golf Club, Capdepera Golf and Canyamel Golf. All three of them offers an 18-hole course set in the most beautiful surroundings.
Pump those pedals
If you are looking for a place to enjoy cycling then you will be excited once you get to the area of Cala Ratjada. The surroundings offers a wealth of asphalted roads perfect for cycling for all levels. Ride through charming rural countrysides, mountainous landscapes and beautiful coastlines under the Mediterranean sun.
Walking in the nature
There are more than 30 different walking routes passing through Cala Ratjada. One of the most emblematic walks here is to the beautiful lighthouse situated at the highest point in the area overlooking the entire bay, it is simply indescribably beautiful. If you want more nature, head to the nearby nature park of Serra de Llevant (Artà) and climb the mountains through gravel paths.
Explore the deep blue
Mallorca is perfect for diving, the extremely clean and clear waters of the Balearic Sea makes it a unique experience diving here. Discover hidden undersea caves, colorful fish, turtles and Mediterranean maritime vegetation which is some of the most beautiful in the world. There are several diving centers in Cala Ratjada that will take you on a memorable undersea adventure.
The mini train offers a great opportunity to see the local area and the surroundings in a comfortable way. The train will take you to some of the beaches in the area and let you get familiar with Cala Ratjada.
Attractions & Points of Interest
CASTELL DE CAPDEPERA
One of the most well-preserved and fascinating fortresses is situated in the village of Capdepera, just 2 km inland from Cala Ratjada. This imposing fortress was built back in the early 14th century almost immediately after the Catalans had conquered the entire archipelago from the Moors. At your visit to the castle, you will learn about military architecture, understand the strategic mindset behind the construction and learn about the function and meaning for the population. Moreover, on clear days you can easily spot the neighboring island of Menorca on the other side of the strait from the watchtowers in the castle.
CUEVAS DE ÁRTÀ
One of the great tourist attractions close to Cala Bona, is the Cuevas de Ártà, or simply, the Caves of Ártà. Come discover the fascinating world of stalagmites and stalactites illuminated by colorful light creating a cabinet of mysterious silhouettes. This attraction is for both young and adults to enjoy, so don’t turn it down.
FAR DE CAPDEPERA
The Capdepera lighthouse was built in the mid-19th century and has become emblematic for the area. Enjoy a scenic walk or drive to this amazing lookout from where you can spot the entire area.
TORRE DE CANYAMEL
Torre de Canyamel is another iconic old military fortress built to protect the population against raids from the sea. Torre de Canyamel has been transformed into an exhibition space for art, but is just as impressive seen from the outside. Next to the fortress is a restaurant renown for its suckling pig.
Beaches in Cala Ratjada
|Sun lounger rental||Yes|
Market & Events
Weekly market in Cala Ratjada
Every Saturday morning, the local market in Cala Ratjada open with hundreds of stands, selling everything from fresh fruit to leather goods and electronics. If you want to experience a bigger and more extensive marketplace, you should try Alcúdia on Sundays or Tuesdays, or Sineu on Wednesdays.
Annual events and happenings
Sant Antoni is one of the oldest and most beloved traditions in Mallorca and widely celebrated in most villages on the island. Sant Antoni Abat is protector of animals and therefore have a special place in the agricultural areas of Mallorca. The festivities are held in the evening on January 16, while blessings are held on the actual day of Sant Antoni on the 17th.
Sant Antoni is one of the most traditionbound festivities in Mallorca dating back from early Christian times in the 13th century, and has a special place in the hearts of the Mallorcan people. During the evening, you can experience demons dancing in the streets, fireworks, bonfires, open-air dinners, traditional dances and musical performances etc. This is one of the best times to get acquainted with Mallorcan culture.
Every year during the third week of May, you can travel back to medieval times in Capdepera. The market will be held inside the walls of the castle, where you can meet blacksmiths, shoemakers, carpenters, jugglers, musicians, magicians etc. There will be several hundreds of stands selling all kinds of stuff, a good time to have a good deal on some of the famous llata work (palm-leaf crafts) like baskets, hats, bags etc.
This week is unique in Mallorca, a great opportunity to experience some local culture and learn about the Middle Ages on the island in a fun and interesting way.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patron saint of seamen, and on the 16th of July she is celebrated in Cala Ratjada. This festival is well-known because of the traditional mass on the pier and the procession of the virgin at sea, escorted to the church by the locals. In addition to this, several activities are organized such as a mini-marathon, traditional Mallorcan dances and a habanera (Cuban dance) concert.
Festes de Sant Roc i Sant Bartolomé in Cala Ratjada
The summer festivities in Cala Ratjada is held throughout August with a series of fun events for the entire family. The festivities are aimed for as well locals as tourists and include games, competitions, gastronomic experiences, concerts and exhibitions. There is a special jolly atmosphere in the entire town, a great time to visit Cala Ratjada.
Festes de Sant Bartolomé
Around mid-August, the town of Capdepera celebrates its patron saint of Sant Bartomeu. The week is full of games, sports, workshops, theatrical and musical performances, exhibitions, speeches etc.
Mostra de la Llampuga (mahi-mahi fair)
One of the most beloved fish species by the Mallorcans is the mahi-mahi fish (dolphinfish), which is one of the typical species of the Mediterranean. The fair is held in Cala Ratjada, anmd features a series of gastronomical events such as cooking competitions, tapas servings and much more. There will also be live music to set the festive atmosphere.
About the area of Cala Ratjada
Cala Ratjada is located on the very north-eastern nose of Majorca. The area combines the charming harbour of Cala Ratjada itself, Cala Gat, Son Moll and Cala Agulla.
Cala Ratjada is an old and very charming area. Just 50 years ago, the town had not yet seen tourism, and today this is the main income source. This makes Cala Ratjada a wonderful combination between a charming harbour and a state of the art holiday resort.
LOCATION & MAP
From Palma airport
The Llevant region
Llevant has its name from the Serra de Llevant mountain range that dominates the norther landscapes of the region. Llevant is an exciting region to travel in; you get wonderful beaches, impressive mountains, scenic nature, interesting heritage and a wonderful combination of authenticity and modern tourism.
Artà is the cultural capital of the east side of Mallorca, the town and surrounding area is like an open-air museum exhibiting the most emblematic building constructions on this side of the island. Artà is a great choice of holiday base if luxury and romance is to be combined. The accommodation and holiday offers in Artà are plenty and indeed versatile, because you can choose from fincas, flats, villas, hotels and agroturismos, you can even choose if you want an urban holiday base or a rural countryside oasis. The local area of Artà is full of treasures and cultural heritage, exhibiting the long and interesting history, such as the pilgrimage church of Sant Salvador, the talayotic village of Ses Païsses and the many impressive manors documenting the wealth of the area. Artà is also the gate to the Llevant mountain park where amazing and scenic wildlife and vegetation awaits you, along with breathtaking viewpoints and historical constructions. If you have not yet visited Artà, now is the time.
Cala Bona is the perfect destination on the east coast if you are looking for an atmospheric and lively restaurant environment and charming harbour area. Cala Bona is great for couples and small children families, who come to the Mallorcan east coast to enjoy the versatile area and international audiences. Cala Bona offers a wealth of charming sea front holiday rentals, as well as a wide selection of superb hotels for both families and adults only. You want to choose Cala Bona for your holiday on the north east side, if you want to mingle in a charming marina area.
Cala Millor offers you a 2 km wide sandy beach, hundreds of bars and restaurants, modern amenities, simply an all-round family fun holiday destination on the Mallorcas east coast. Holiday offers in Cala Millor includes beach front holiday flats and modern family hotels, packed with all modern facilities and amenities to create the perfect frame for your holiday here in Cala Millor. Cala Millor attracts an international audience, so you are sure to find dishes all all kinds in the restaurants and bars.
Cales de Mallorca
Cales de Mallorca is a young holiday destination found on the east coast of Mallorca. This purpose-built holiday destination enjoys two wonderful golden beaches, all brand new hotels and a great location close to infrastructure. In other words, this is a destination made to accommodate diversity and versatility.
Canyamel is a golfers favorite holiday destination when it comes to sea and beach resorts. Canyamel offers a fantastic selection of adults only hotels and holiday rentals for you to choose from. Canyamel is a great choice for romance and active holidays on the Mallorcan north east coast, especially golfers and cyclists loves Canyamel for its great location close to some of the best and most challenging golf courses on Mallorca, and the hilly terrain with asphalt roads. Canyamel is renown for its selection of luxury hotels and resorts, meaning that the audience here are adults only.
Capdepera is a cozy and charming little village isolated at the top of a mountain, offering stunning views overlooking the shorelines and the Llevant mountains. Capdepera is home to the emblematic old castle of same name, from where you can see all the way to Menorca. Accommodation offers in Capdepera include an famous luxury agrotourismo (producing finca/farm), and some lovely holiday villas and flats for rent. Capdepera is located close to the nature and marina area in Cala Ratjada, resulting in a versatile luxury destination
Font de sa Cala
Font de sa Cala is a small holiday resort located in the north eastern area of Mallorca, close to Canyamel and Capdepera. Font de sa Cala is an obvious choice for adults looking for a romantic and picturesque holiday resort located in solitude in a small cove on the north-east coast. Accommodation and holiday offers in Font de sa Cala, are stunning hotels with seafront location and charming villas and flats for rent for you who wants to go self-catered. Regardless of your preferences, Font de sa Cala has all facilities and amenities to spoil you and your partner.
Manacor is the second largest city on Mallorca. Manacor holds a big cultural heritage and offers a wealth of interesting places of interest to explore and indulge in. Accommodation offers in Manacor are many, and the area also attracts a mixed audience due to its enormous size. However, Manacor is especially loved by people who wants a little of everything, but still enjoys a withdrawn holiday base in tranquil surroundings. Many accommodations offers in Manacor are fincas and villas situated in the rural countryside around the city, allowing direct access to the huge network of country roads.
Porto Cristo is the perfect holiday destination on the Mallorcan east coast if you fancy a charming marina area with many restaurants, cozy atmosphere and amazing views over the sea. Porto Cristo is almost full of tourists every day during the summer season, because of the world-famous stalactite caves, Cuevas del Drach, which gives the town a vibrant and lively atmosphere. Porto Cristo is mainly an adult holiday destination, where the good life and relaxation is in focus.
s’Illot is a rather small beach resort located on the east coast of Mallorca close to Sa Coma. s’Illot is popular amongst adults and active tourists, who come to enjoy romance and the many activity offers in the surrounding area. s’Illot is a good resort to visit most year round, except maybe November – March where it is too cold on the east coast, thus no restaurants and bars are open. Choose holiday in s’Illot if you are looking for adult audience and a more intimate feeling.
Sa Coma is a very popular summer holiday destination on the east coast of Mallorca. Sa Coma offers a large range of hotels with fantastic views over the beach and sea from the balconies. Sa Coma is a great choice of destination if you are looking for an all-round resort on the east coast to accommodation family and friends. Sa Coma is a relatively new holiday resort, with modern facilities, international restaurants and superb new hotels to choose from.
Sant Llorenc des Cardassar
Sant Llorenc des Cardassar is a rural village that not everyone hears about. Sant Llorenc is a great choice of holiday base, if you are looking to escape the mass tourism on the island, but still have good access to a versatile scenario of fresh countryside and beaches. Accommodation and holiday offers in Sant Llorenc are many, and very different, however, recommended is on of the finca or petit hotels in the area, offering serenity and luxury for you and your partner.
Son Servera is a small and sleepy village located a few kilometers inland from the popular summer holiday destination of Cala Bona. Son Servera is particularly popular among golfers, hence of the many challenging and beautiful golf courses situated in the nearby area. Accommodation and holiday offers in Son Servera includes some of the most charming and romantic finca hotels and luxury resorts in the local area, a guarantee for the perfect escape.
- Emergency: 112
- National police: 091
- Local police: 092
- Guarda civil: 062
- Fire: 080
- Maritime emergencies: 900 202 202
Find an open pharmacy in Cala Ratjada
To find an open pharmacy, or opening hours of a certain pharmacy, simply follow the link below to search a nearby local pharmacy.
When on the page, select ‘Mallorca’ from the list and then select the town you need a pharmacy in from the drop down list.
Public transport to/from Cala Ratjada
- Cala Rajada
- Sant Llorenç
- Coves Drac
- sa Coma
- Cala Millor
- Cala Bona
- Port Verd
- Port Vell
- Cala Rajada
|Port de Pollença||52€|