Cala Ratjada is located on a small rocky peninsula on the extreme north east corner of Mallorca, around 65km from the capital Palma. It's the principle port and coastal development in the district of Capdepera.
Although it's a very well established resort, Cala Ratjada has remained virtually "undiscovered" by the British tourist, up until recently. UK Tour Operators are only now including it in their summer sun destinations.
Cala Ratjada is very popular with the German. This whole area has developed a reputation as being the German equivalent of Magaluf.
Tourism kicked off here in the 1960's. Before that Cala Ratjada - the "Bay of Rays" - was a tiny little fishing port. The original harbour still exists today but it's more likely to be home of expensive private cruisers than the simple fishing boats of times past.
Being the closest point to the neighbouring island of Menorca, Cala Ratjada has played an important role in Mallorca's economy over the years. On a clear day you can see from here to the former Menorcan capital of Ciutadella. There's a daily hydrofoil service from Cala Ratjada over to Ciutadella.
Like Magaluf and Palma Nova, the population of Cala Ratjada changes dramatically throughout the year. From the end of October to the following April it becomes very popular with the older generation, who come here for the winter sunshine. In summer, the young people dominate the coastal resort.
This part of Mallorca is famous for its dramatic jagged coastline and numerous sandy coves. Capdepera has over 40kms of stunning coastline a wide variety of beaches and coves, most of which have been awarded the Blue Flag by the European Union. Their clean, have good facilities and the water quality is excellent.
This beautiful stretch of coastline running from Cala Mesquida to Cala Agulla has been recognised for its special ecological and environment value. The local government has declared the area as a specially protected bird sanctuary. It's one of the few places on the island where pine forests still overlook the beach.
Although tourism is on the increase, Cala Ratjada and the surrounding areas, still remains a natural paradise.
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