Cala Ratjada holidays run at half speed. It's more chilled out than the island's bigger beach haunts, but still serves up a cache of beaches, bars and tapas joints.

North-east name

Cala Ratjada’s starting to cause a few ripples in the north-east corner of Majorca. For years, fishing’s been the main forte, but there’s been a sun-inspired renaissance. The marina looks more glam these days and, coupled with a pick-your-restaurant promenade, it fits a more tourist-ready remit. Head out to sea to clock pods of dolphins, or sign on the dotted line for a daytrip to the island’s smaller sibling, Menorca. Dry-land daytrips are just as good – the countryside’s got a spaghetti-like spread of cycling trails and walking routes.

Spools of sand

The sunbathing spotlight is firmly centred on Alcudia in the north, but Cala Ratjada has a few low-key options that suit a different crowd. Cala Gat Beach is squirelled away on a peninsula near the harbour, and is known for its window-clear waters. Cala Moll Beach is a little longer, and has crumbly sands and close-by bars to boast about. Or, it takes less than half an hour to walk to Cala Agulla Beach, which is like a mash-up of the other two.

Shop and snorkel

Rocky patches of coastline are by no means a missed opportunity around here – these sections near Cala Ratjada have some of the best snorkelling conditions about. Castellat Cove, Punta de Cala Gat and Punta de Capdepera are the major players. If you’re hankering for handbags and handicrafts, the Saturday flea market, off Carrer Bustamante Street, is a must-visit. Stalls spring up in a tree-shaded square, peddling everything from souvenirs and sunglasses to fresh fruit and local cheeses.

At a Glance

  • Visit Capdepera’s historic fortress
  • Stroll along the restaurant-ruffled promenade
  • Clap eyes on the coves of Cala Gat