A short walk uphill takes you from the beach through the woods, to the lighthouse at Punta de Capdepera. Also above the harbour are the Jardins Casa March, owned by the same banking family as the colleccio March in Palma. The gardens contain a sculpture park with works by Rodin, Henry Moore and modern Catalan artists. They can only be visited by prior arrangement with the tourist office.
The coastline around Cala Mesquida and Cala Agulla is recognised by the Balearic Government as a protected bird sanctuary due to the ecological environment. Birds such as Moewe’s can be found in this area of Mallorca as well as other migrating birds. There is a lovely cycle ride from the beach at Cala Agulla to the beach at Cala Mesquida, or a shorter walk between the lighthouse and Capdepera.
Combining hill walking and bird spotting is all too easy in Mallorca and with the smaller mountain range of Serra Llevant right by Cala Ratjada, it is the perfect place to take a walk in the outdoors. The Serra Llevant has peaks no higher than 500m.
Cala Ratjada has a weekly market on Saturday mornings at Placa del Pins, or you could try the makets at Capdepera (Wednesday mornings) and Arta (Tuesday mornings).
The town of Capdepera is only 2km away. Here you'll find a medieval castle that dates back to 1333 that overlooks the town and it is a short walk to the top. In the third weekend of May there is a Medieval Festival where you can buy local produce, be entertained by street performers and hear folk music played by local musicians and bands.
Another town worthy of a visit is Arta. It too has a hilltop fort and pretty streets with cafes and galleries. Mallorca is famous for its underground cave systems and the Arta Caves are a 20 minute drive from Cala Ratjada. They are a brilliant destination for visitors and are a must-see attraction. The caves are located in Cap Vermell and are open all year round from May-October between 10am-6pm and November-April between 10am-5pm. There are guided tours of the caves that last between 35-40mins.
If you fancy seeing Mallorca from the dizzying heights of a hot air balloon then Illes Balears Ballooning offer daily flights accompanied by strawberries and champagne. Flights are an hour long and can take between 1-20 people. It costs around €150 per person.
Karakorum Adventure offer all sorts of activities and one of the most popular is mountain biking. There is a trail running from Cala Ratjada through Arta and then to Canyamel. The total distance is 40km with a total ascent of 184m and a decent of 270m.
The resort of Cala Ratjada is an ideal location for keen golfers to set up base and try out the greens that Mallorca has to offer. The best seasons for golf are during the spring, autumn and winter months. The closest golf course to Cala Ratjada is the one in Capdepera, here they offer a round of 9, 12 or 18 holes costing around €85, €60, €55 respectively depending on the month. There are also golf clubs in nearby Canyamel, Pula or Son Servera. Take a look at our Golf Courses Page.
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