As one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, Mallorca has something for everyone, and there are few places on the island better for a varied experience than Cala Ratjada, a town on the northeast coast just 80km from the capital of Palma. Its mediaeval architecture is similar to many other areas on the islands, while its status as an active fishing port leaves it with more local culture than some other tourist towns.
So book your flight and Mallorca airport transfer and read on for some of the best things to see and do in and around Cala Ratjada.
For Beach Bums
Sun, sea and sand are almost synonymous with the summer for many holidaymakers, and a trip to the beach is the perfect way to sit back, relax and enjoy all three. As the town is quite small, many of the beaches are modestly sized – even the largest beach in the area, Son Moll, is only around 50m wide. Still, you don’t have to go far for something more sizeable: nearby Cala Agulla is over 500m long, and well worth the trip.
Big or small, most beaches in the area offer sunbeds and parasols to relax and stay out of the sun. Beachside bars serve drinks and food, and larger and more popular areas also often have water sports equipment available for hire.
If you haven’t been before, you’ll probably notice the region’s lush greenery on your Mallorca airport transfer. Combine this fertile climate with long traditions of handcrafting goods, and you have the perfect recipe for thriving local produce and trinkets.
While larger chain stores make their presence felt, there’s no better place to shop than one of the many street markets held throughout the summer. Clothes and textiles are often made locally, while you can also pick up unique gifts for friends and family back home.
Perhaps the best reason to visit the markets, though, is the excellent range of freshly caught seafood on offer. As mentioned above, Cala Ratjada is still an active fishing town, and guests are well advised to make the most of this.
Top Tip: If you like to see some other towns, try the markets in nearby Capdepera on Wednesdays and Arta on Tuesdays.
Of course, quality ingredients are only part of what it takes to make a great meal. You have to know how to combine them. Luckily, the Balearic Islands have a long history of culinary experimentation, with many great restaurants showing how much can be done with staples like grilled meats and fish.
Restaurante Es Coll d’Os
We couldn’t talk about dining in Cala Ratjada without mentioning Es Coll d’Os – perhaps the town’s best restaurant. Selling points include:
- Top-quality local produce
- Modern cooking techniques
- Exquisite seasonal menus
For Party Animals
Your first thoughts after going through airport security and taking your Mallorca airport transfer will probably be based around unpacking and relaxing. However, once you’ve settled in, make sure to check out some of Cala Ratjada’s excellent nightlife. Many hotels offer evening entertainment, while the town has a decent variety of bars and clubs.
Angels Music Bar
One of the best in the area is Angels Music Bar. Located next to Disco Bolero, this late-night bar is, as the name suggests, dedicated to music, with a wide range of entertainment ensuring the crowd stays moving all night long.
For Adventurers and Nature Lovers
Finally, if you’re the kind who likes to get out and active on holiday, the following sites are worth a visit.
- Capdepera: Less than ten kilometres from Cala Ratjada, Capdepera boasts an imposing castle to admire and a great selection of tapas restaurants to explore if you’re feeling peckish.
- Arta: A little further out, Arta’s varied attractions make it well worth a visit. Sanctuario de San Salvador is another mediaeval castle, but the town is also home to the regional museum and near the picturesque Coves d’Arta – cliffside caves near Canvamel beach. If you like to mix your local history with stunning natural beauty, it’s well worth booking another ride after your Mallorca airport transfer to take in the sights in and around Arta.
- Palma: Though it’s further away (around 80km) the island’s capital has a lot to see and do. For best results, take a trip on one of the sightseeing buses to see and learn about La Seu Cathedral, La Almudaina Royal Palace and more.
Top Tip: If you’re really into the great outdoors, plan a hiking or cycling trip around the area’s rocky cliffs, almond groves and quaint villages – it’s beautiful, idyllic and a great way to see a different side to the island.
Where to Stay
Hotel Na Forana – On Son Moll, five minutes from the city centre, Forana offers access to two pools, a gym, a hot tub and a buffet restaurant, while guests into water sports can enjoy free kayak hire.
Bell Port Hotel –The elegant décor makes the Bell Port feel friendly and welcoming, and all the rooms come with air-conditioning and satellite TV. A buffet restaurant serves breakfast and dinner while a la carte lunch meals are available from the bar. What more could you desire?
How to Get There
Flights from the UK to Palma Mallorca Airport can be very affordable, with ten lines offering approximately 33 flights a week. While off-season tickets are of course cheaper, prices rarely exceed £50.
Once you’ve landed, book a Mallorca airport transferto get from the airport to Cala Ratjada in style and comfort.
- UK to PMI Flight Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
- PMI to Cala Ratjada Distance: 83 kilometres
- Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 1 hour 19 minutes
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