Cala Ratjada

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A well-established and popular resort on the east coast, Cala Ratjada has plenty to offer, with beaches, nature and lively nightlife, there is something for everyone. The closest point on Majorca to Menorca.

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Cala Ratjada is situated at the most eastern part of Majorca - some 65km (about 40 miles) from Palma airport, with transfers taking around 1� - 2 hours, depending on traffic.

Set on a rugged peninsula surrounded by natural terrain and pine forests, in the municipal district of Capdepera, it is one of the more remote resorts in Majorca, and was originally a fishing village and port. Nowadays it is a well-established beach resort, with plenty of hotels, bars, restaurants, shops and amenities, and keeps one foot rooted in the past with its working harbour.

The resort and surrounding area have several good sandy beaches with Blue Flag status to choose from. The main beach in Cala Ratjada is known as Son Moll. This is quite a small beach and can be quite busy in peak season, as can the other main beach in the resort, Cala Gat, also small. The water is clear and calm, although it can shelve quite steeply in places, so those with children should be aware. You can also find excellent sandy beaches at nearby Cala Agulla and Cala Guya.

Cala Ratjada is lined with shops bars and restaurants, many along the main promenade that runs along the resort. There are all kinds of cuisine on offer, from traditional Mallorcan fare to international cuisine and fast food.

Cala Ratjada is very popular with German and French tourists, although there is also a growing fan base of British tourists who are now discovering it's charms. The resort is quite lively and attracts young adults in groups: 18-30s and party-goers, so is ideal if you're seeking a holiday with plenty of nightlife.

The village has an important role in Majorcan history, as it was the most prolific port on the east coast. This is the closest point to neighbouring island Menorca, and you can sometimes see Ciutadella, the major town on Menorca's west coast from here. You can also travel to Cuitadella from Cala Ratjada by hydrofoil.

Other activities you can take part in while visiting the resort include golf, tennis, watersports, horse-riding. The name Cala Ratjada means 'The Bay of Rays', and the sun certainly shines around here - the bay is a sun worshipper's paradise. The area is also protected as a special environmental area, and protected bird sanctuary, a bonus for nature lovers.

“Enjoy a sunshine break in The Bay of Rays - Cala Ratjada on the east coast lives up to its name with a selection of beaches, working marina and plenty of activities, and the chance to visit Menorca by hydrofoil.”

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