Cala Ratjada is built on a small rocky peninsula on the extreme north east corner of Mallorca. Prior to the arrival of mass-tourism in the 1960's, the original village of Cala Ratjada was a quiet little fishing port. The original harbour still remains to this day, but the changing face of the resort is exemplified by the expensive private yachts and speedboats that now sit side by side with the tiny fishing boats.
Historically, Cala Ratjada has also played a significant role in the Mallorcan economy, being the nearest point to the neighbouring island of Menorca. On a clear day, it is possible to see the former Mellorcan capital of Ciutadella from the port area. There is a hydrofoil service from Cala Ratjada harbour to Ciutadella, run by Cape Balear.
The majority of holidaymakers travelling to Majorca will fly into Palma Son Sant Joan Airport, 65km from Cala Ratjada. There are numerous bus and taxi transfer companies offering connections to the resort from the airport.
Flight time from the UK is around 2.5 hours, with flights leaving from over 20 UK airports. There are also flights from 22 Spanish airports, including Barcelona and Madrid.
Mallorca can also be reached by sea, with ferry operators running services between Palma and a number of Spanish ports including Barcelona, Valencia and Ibiza. From the port of Palma, transfers can then be made to Cala d’or.
From April to late October, Cala Ratjada is at its most popular, and if you’re a sun worshipper these are certainly the best months to visit, with temperatures ranging from twenty to late-thirty degrees. Depending on your heat-tolerance levels, it may be significant to know that July and August can push 40 degrees.
Winter temperatures remain perfectly warm, though you should bring jumpers for the evenings. Perhaps the most ideal months to visit are May, June and September when the weather is still good, but the crowds have deflated and you can also get better deals.
Most of the activity in Cala Ratjada takes place around the marina, with its many bars and restaurants. Overlooking the harbour you’ll find the "Jardins Casa March" or the March House Gardens. The gardens are open to the public, but only if you pre-book the visit with the tourist office in the town.
A brisk walk north of the harbour will lead you to the stunning little bay of Cala Gat, one of the best beaches in the area, and still relatively undiscovered. Enjoy its tranquillity while you can.
A more renowned beach, also north of Cala Ratjada, is the beautiful Cala Agulla, which boasts golden sand and glorious, turquoise waters with fabulous views out to sea. Cala Mesquida is another great beach a little further around the same headland that is well worth making the effort to visit.
Golf enthusiasts will be glad to know that there are four championship-standard courses almost on your doorstep from Cala Ratjada, at Capdepera, Canyamel, Pula and Son Servera. Indeed, the north east corner of Mallorca has very good sporting facilities, with golf and more than 100 tennis courts on offer. The Mallorca Golf Connection booking agency, based in Magaluf, will organise tee-off times, plus transport to and from the courses.
Other attractions and activities include the "Cuevas d’Arta", or Caves of Arta, which can be reached by bus from the centre of Cala Ratjada. Guided tours of the caverns are available. For windsurfing, head to the neighbouring town of Cala Mesquida, a small picturesque resort whose beach offers watersports and 300m waves on a good day.
On the road inland towards the village of Arta, you cannot miss the imposing medieval castle at Capdepera. Originally built in the 13th Century, it’s one of the largest castles on the island. After 200 years of neglect and decay the castle was finally placed in municipal hands in 1983, and restoration commenced. Today visitors are able to walk around the top of its well preserved battlements, and look around the Casa del Gobernador and Church of San Juan which are two of the few original buildings that are preserved inside the castle walls.