Eastern Mallorca attractions

Top Choice Cave in Porto Cristo

Coves del Drac

Over-visited, probably overpriced, the Coves del Drac are by no means overrated. Of all Mallorca's accessible cave complexes, this is the least forgettable. A 1.2km shuffle with the inevitable crowd, accompanied by …
Top Choice Castle in Capdepera

Castell de Capdepera

Lording it over Capdepera is this early-14th-century fortress. A walled complex built on the ruins of a Moorish fortress, the castle is one of the best preserved on the island. Constructed as a self-contained fortif…
Top Choice Historic Building in Cala Ratjada

Sa Torre Cega

Named for the 15th-century 'blind tower' (unsighted by similar watchtowers) at its centre, this coastal estate was built in the early 20th century by the noted architect Guillem Reynés Font. The beautiful Mediterran…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Artà

Ses Païsses

Just beyond Artà proper lies the remains of a 3000-year-old Bronze Age settlement, the largest and most important Talayotic site on the island's eastern flank. The site's looming stone gateway, composed of rough, 8-…
Cave in Canyamel

Coves d’Artà

Head 1km north of Canyamel and pass through an unassuming fissure in the rock wall that buffers the coast and you'll find yourself in a stunning warren of limestone caves – the possible inspiration for Jules Verne's…
Beach in Cala Ratjada

Cala Mesquida

Cala Mesquida's beautiful sweep of sand (nearly 300m long) and nearby dunes and pine scrub are not just appreciated by human visitors. The area is protected, in recognition of its importance to local birdlife. There…
Beach in Artà

Cala Matzoc

Eleven kilometres from Artà, or a 20-minute trek along the coast from Cala Estreta, Cala Matzoc comes into view. A quiet cove of sand and stone, it backs onto a hill where the ruins of a prehistoric talayot (watchto…
Beach in Portocolom

Cala Marçal

This broad, comely blue-flag beach is a good choice for a family outing from Portocolom: there's parking, nearby restaurants, toilets, and plenty of sand and gentle waves.
Beach in Porto Cristo

Cala Varques

This isolated scrub-backed beach is one of the loveliest on Mallorca's east coast: nearly 100m long, and sloping down into brilliant turqouise sea.
Castle in Artà

Santuari de Sant Salvador

Rising high and mighty above Artà, this walled fortress was built atop an earlier Moorish enclave and encloses a small church. The 4000-sq-metre complex, extensively restored in the 1960s, reveals all the hallmarks …