The principal port and coastal town of the Capdepera district of Majorca, Spain, Cala Ratjada lies on a rocky peninsula in the North East of the island. Over the last few decades the town has developed from a quiet fishing port into a busier tourist centre, with a bustling nightlife and a number of varied attractions for all ages. Apartments and villas are the main choices of holiday accommodation in Cala Ratjada.
As with several other destinations on the island, Cala Ratjada experiences two distinct tourist seasons. April to October is the busiest season, and popular with younger singles and couples looking for a lively resort with a good nightlife that goes on until around 6am in the many bars and nightclubs on the main strip. Outside of peak season it is more relaxed, and the choice of many older visitors seeking some winter sun.
There is much more to Cala Ratjada than just a good nightlife, including one of the largest medieval castles on the island, a local market every Saturday morning, and several championship-standard golf courses. The original harbour of Cala Ratjada is also still in operation, though now the home of more private cruise ships than fishing vessels.
This corner of the island has a dramatic coastline which contains many sandy coves and beaches. Many of the beaches have been awarded the EU Blue Flag for their cleanliness and water quality, including the busiest beach, Son Moll. If you prefer to steer away from the crowds, consider heading to Cala Guya, Cala Mesquida or Cala Agulla, all of which are quieter, but equally high in quality.
When staying in Cala Ratjada, consider hiring a car and experiencing more of the beautiful island of Majorca. The north and east of the island have some interesting places worthy of your attention and none more so than Alcudia, a walled city on the sites of a Roman settlement. Pollensa is another option, and offers good shopping and some high-class fish restaurants.
Majorca is especially popular during the summer months, when almost every day is sunny, with temperatures hovering around the 30C mark. Out of this peak season, temperatures are pleasant and mild, meaning Cala Ratjada makes for an excellent winter relaxation break or golfing trip.
Many cheap flights can be found to Majorca, and some good offers can be found if booking early. Cala Ratjada lies 65km from Palma de Mallorca Airport, and makes for a pleasant drive through the towns of Manacor and Arta on the way to your chosen rental accommodation. You can choose to hire a car from the airport, or there are a number of shuttle and taxi options that will drop you at your destination.