Tranquil Coves around Cala Ratjada
Heading north from Cala Ratjada, you’ll find a wonderfully undeveloped stretch of coastline flecked with beaches. Long-time favourites of nudists, these out-of-the-way coves are no secret, but their lack of development has kept them calm and pristine.
Broad, family-friendly Cala Mesquida, surrounded by sand dunes and a small housing development, is the most accessible, with free parking, a few beach bars in season and a regular bus service (bus 471) from Cala Ratjada (€1.85, 25 minutes, up to eight daily).
It requires more determination to access the undeveloped coves due west. Often-windy Cala Torta, tiny, sheltered Cala Mitjana and the beachless Cala Estreta are all found at the end of a narrow road that ventures through the hills from Artà, yet a more interesting way to arrive is via the one-hour walking path from Cala Mesquida.
Further west, and following a 20-minute trek along the coast from Cala Estreta, Cala Matzoc comes into view. Often empty, the spacious sandy beach backs onto a hill where you’ll find the ruins of a prehistoric talayot (watchtower).