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Der Hafen von Cala Ratjada, Bild: vulcano / shutterstock

Cala Ratjada – a versatile town with a historic heart

Cala Ratjada – The quaint fishing village with a harbour from the 17th century is one of the most popular holiday resorts for Germans and is located in the southeast of Mallorca. The lively harbour area, gently sloping, fine sandy beaches and numerous entertainment and nightlife options – this lively holiday resort offers everything a holidaymaker’s heart desires.

Beach tips for the perfect Cala Ratjada holiday

Cala Agulla, Cala Ratjada
The promenade at Cala Agulla, Image: iamjorge / shutterstock

Cala Ratjada is known for its bright, gently sloping sandy beaches.

Popular with families is Playa Son Moll, which is very centrally located to the city and therefore easily accessible on foot. A wide sunbathing area offers plenty of space to relax and invites you to sunbathe. The physical well-being is taken care of – a beach bar offers snacks and drinks against the small appetite, restaurants can be found within walking distance on the promenade. The ideal place to spend a day at the beach.

Fine sand and clear, blue water that is perfect for snorkelling – that’s what you’ll find at Cala Gat, a small cove in front of Cala Ratjada. A promenade paves the way from the harbour and a well-developed stone staircase leads directly to the pine-lined beach. A small beach bar provides guests with ice cream and drinks, and loungers can be rented on site.

Cala Agulla is probably one of the most famous beaches in Mallorca. Nestled in a nature reserve, this beach is the largest on Mallorca’s east coast and presents itself with the finest sandy beach and clear water. A beach bar provides visitors with delicious dishes and provides iced drinks for the necessary cooling in summer. Loungers can also be rented here. There are also various water sports on offer at this beach – local providers sell banana boat and kayak tours.

The most beautiful beaches of Cala Ratjada

A few months ago, we took a closer look at the most beautiful beaches of Cala Ratjada .

  • Cala Agulla
  • Son Moll
  • Cala Gat
  • Cala Torta
  • Cala Molto
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Places of interest in Cala Ratjada

Harbour romance in Mallorca

Mallorca, Cala Ratjada
The harbour of Cala Ratjada with nice restaurants, Image: pb826 / Pixabay

Cala Ratjada has one of the largest and most important ports in Mallorca with the port of Capdepera. The old harbour area has been the heart of the lively fishing village for hundreds of years.
In the morning you can watch the fishing boats as they return home with full nets after a successful night. Two lobster houses from the past are still preserved and are under monument protection. Local restaurants tempt you with freshly prepared fish dishes and cafés offer the most beautiful sea view for coffee and cake.

The port of Cala Ratjada is now the starting point for boat trips. A pretty promenade with numerous shopping facilities leads the visitor from the harbour along the sea to the beaches of the city.

The lighthouse above the city

A spectacular panoramic view of the harbour, the sea and Villa March is offered from the Capdepera lighthouse. The way there leads through the unspoilt and wild landscape of rugged rocks and barren heather bushes. It will be worth it – in good weather you can even see Menorca . The sublime lighthouse in front of the sea and the rugged rocky cliffs also offer an ideal photo motif.

Castell Capdepera – Memories of a bygone era

The well-preserved castle complex from the 14th century towers majestically above the towns of Capdepera and Cala Ratjada. Exhibitions inside the castle bring visitors closer to the centuries-old history of the complex. A walk along the fortification wall and a visit to the defensive tower offer a beautiful view over the sea.

Villa March – One of the most beautiful art collections in Mallorca

This historic villa is located just a few minutes outside Cala Ratjada. The stately estate inspires with pretty floor mosaics and murals and in the extensive park visitors can admire a wide variety of sculptures that have been artistically integrated into the landscape. On a guided tour, the history of Villa March is brought to life and with a lot of background information.

So let’s go to Cala Ratjada!

Whether sunbathing on the beach, experiencing splashy water sports adventures with the family or taking an individual walk to the Capdepera lighthouse and enjoying the spectacular view over the wide sea – Cala Ratjada offers the perfect holiday experience for everyone with its scenic and cultural highlights.

Holidays in Cala Ratjada: Important information

Important telephone numbers

  • Police: 091
  • Fire brigade: 080
  • Ambulance service: 061
  • General emergency: 112
  • German Embassy in Madrid: +34 91 557 90 00
  • German Consulate in Palma de Mallorca: +34 971 707 735
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Doctors in the most important places

  • Cala Ratjada:
    • Dr. Antoni Ferrer: Carrer de l’Agulla, 48, +34 971 565 688
    • Dr. Kirsten Riedel: Avenida Juan Carlos I, 6, +34 971 819 078
  • Arta:
    • Dr. Pere Serra: Centro de Salud, Carrer de Ciutat, 34, +34 971 829 292
  • Manacor:
    • Dr. Juan Rotger: Hospital de Manacor, Carretera Manacor – Alcudia, +34 971 847 000

Important words with translation

  • Hello – Hola
  • Thank you – Gracias
  • Please – Por favor
  • Yes – Sí
  • Nein – No
  • Sorry – Perdón
  • Where is…? – ¿Dónde está…?
  • How much does it cost…? – ¿Cuánto cuesta…?
  • Emergency – Emergencia
  • Doctor – Médico
  • Krankenhaus – Hospital

Holidays

  • New Year’s Day: January 1
  • Epiphany: January 6
  • Good Friday: variable (March/April)
  • Labour Day: 1 May
  • Assumption Day: 15 August
  • National Holiday: October 12
  • All Saints’ Day: November 1
  • Spanish Constitution Day: December 6
  • Christmas: December 25

Opening hours

  • Shops: Usually Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Many shops close at noon for a siesta.
  • Supermarkets: Mostly daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., some also on Sundays.
  • Restaurants: Lunch from 13:00 to 15:30, dinner from 20:00 to 23:00.
  • Banks: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Supermarkets

  • Eroski: Carrer de l’Agulla, 82, 07590 Cala Ratjada, Opening hours: Daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Lidl: Avenida Joan March, s/n, 07500 Manacor, (about 30 minutes by car from Cala Ratjada), opening hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Mercadona: Via Palma, 07500 Manacor, (about 30 minutes by car from Cala Ratjada), opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Spar: Carrer d’elionor Servera, 42, 07590 Cala Ratjada, Opening hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Airport

  • Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI): About 80 km from Cala Ratjada

NUDISM

  • Official nudist beaches: Playa de Son Moll, Playa de Sa Mesquida

Post / Stamps

  • Post Offices: There is a post office in Cala Ratjada. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Stamps: Available at post offices, tobacconists (estancos) and kiosks.
  • Costs for letters and postcards to Germany: Standard letter up to 20g: approx. 1.50 EUR; Postcard: approx. 1.20 EUR

Safety

  • Crime: Cala Ratjada is considered relatively safe. Nevertheless, as everywhere: Pay attention to personal belongings, especially on beaches and in tourist areas.
  • Emergency number: 112

Current

  • Voltage: 230 volts
  • Sockets: Type F (as in Germany)

Tip

  • Restaurants: 5-10% of the invoice amount
  • Taxis: Round up the amount
  • Hotels: 1-2 euros per day for cleaning staff

Customs

  • Allowances within the EU: No customs restrictions on personal belongings.
  • Alcohol: Maximum 10 liters of spirits, 20 liters of alcoholic beverages with less than 22%, 90 liters of wine, 110 liters of beer.
  • Tobacco: 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos, 200 cigars, 1 kg of tobacco.