The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and the days are getting longer – it’s your cue to rummage through your closet and find your favourite shorts and T-shirt! Right?
Well, not quite. Spring may have arrived, but as any long-time UK resident (sufferer?) will know, your chic shades and tank topsquite often remain covered in a layer of dust, anxiously awaiting the rare sighting of a sunray. But instead of throwing your Vitamin D supplements at the problem, you can fix it by opting for a much more effective remedy: a holiday in the always-sunny Cala Ratjada, a picture-perfect resort on the island paradise of Majorca. If you’re looking for sun, fun and a new tan line, all you need do is plop yourself down on one of the town’s stunning beaches (cocktails are optional, but encouraged). To help you make the most of your stay, we’ve compiled a guide to the resort’s balmiest beaches. Take your pick!
Platja de Son Moll
Thanks to its brilliant location, this gently sloping strip of sand is undoubtedly the town’s most popular. Situated smack dab in the centre of the resort, it’s the ideal spot for sun seekers who want to combine their beach time with a bit of sightseeing (or simply don’t want to walk too far!). Although the beach – which is known for being particularly family-friendly – can get very busy during school holidays, it’s always worth stopping by to enjoy the calm waves and the bustling promenade,which is lined with restaurants to please every palate.
Platja de Cala Agulla
This sandy, horseshoe-shaped haven is the place to go when you’re looking to escape the commercialism of Cala Ratjada. Located at the northern end of the resort, the beach is graced with aquamarine waters, pristine white sand and even pine trees, which surround the bathing area. If you’d like to combine sun and secluded swimming, make yourself comfortable under one of the colourful beach umbrellas. I can feel a nap coming on…
To continue your search for off-the-beaten-track beaches, head to Cala Gat on the eastern side of the resort. Just past the Sa Torre Cega (a stunning coastal manor), you’ll stumble across this tiny 40m stretch of sand. But in spite of its small size, you’ll find that the beach never feels crowded; you may even have it to yourself in the off-peak season! A verdant pine forest, turquoise waters and whitewashed stones are just a few of the natural gems that await, and you can behold the area in its full splendour as you take a dip in peace and quiet.
Font de Sa Cala
Want to supplement your tanning sessions with some sporty shenanigans?You’re in luck: Cala Ratjada also has plenty in store for snorkelling enthusiasts. Whether you’re an experienced snorkeler or a first-timer you can discover the beauty of the 100m-long Font de Sa Cala, whichsits both above and below the water’s surface. The (hopefully not literally) breathtaking splendour of the sea life, surrounding pine trees and jagged stones are sure to enchant you.
Believe it or not, this beach takes the magnificence to a whole new level. Along with its 300m of golden sand, Cala Mesquida is surrounded by a protected area that boasts imposing dunes and an impressive array of birds. After (or before) relaxing in the sun, embrace your inner explorer and stroll down the walkway that zigzags between the dunes. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars for bird watching!
How to Get to Cala Ratjada
As luck would have it, you’re not only spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches – you can also pick and choose from an abundance of flights to get to Majorca.It’s most convenient to fly from London to Palma Mallorca Airport (PMI) with airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways, which will whisk you off to the sun in as little as two hours.
Upon arriving at the airport, don’t make the mistake of cramming yourself and your luggage into an overcrowded public bus – after all, you’ll want to get to your resort feeling relaxed and ready to hit the beaches. To avoid an unnecessarily stressful transfer to Cala Ratjada, pre-book a ride from the airport to your accommodation with Shuttle Direct, whose experienced and helpful drivers will take you to your resort in around an hour and 10 minutes. It’s a swift, safe and superb service, which is exactly what you need to start your holiday on a high note!
Where to Stay
Hotel Triton Beach– This four-star, family-friendly oasis is a four-minute walk from the beach, making it an ideal home-away-from-home for beach lovers. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning and private bathroom, and guests can indulge in a lavish breakfast buffet each morning. When you’re not lounging on the sun terrace, the bar and swimming pools are also well worth your while. What’s more, you can make your friends back home jealous by using the free Wi-Fi to send photos of your sunny getaway!
Sensimar Aguait Resort & Spa – Adults Only– Going on a romantic holiday with your other half? Then this state-of-the-art hotel & spa (with free entry!) is exactly what the doctor ordered. From dazzling sea views to a hot tub, pool, sauna, tennis courts and a gym, everything you’ll need – and more – is right at your fingertips. Bask in the four-star luxury of the facilities and stroll down to the beach in only 12 minutes.
About Shuttle Direct
Need a reliable and economical airport transfer to Cala Ratjada? Shuttle Direct has got your back. As the finest transfer service in Europe and North Africa, you can be sure that your highest expectations will be met – witha punctual pick-up, experienced drivers and comfortable vehicles, you’ll start your tanning trip off on the right foot. Book your ride on the user-friendly website today!