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Cala Mesquida

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Between Colonia Sant Jordi and Cala Mesquida is a series of isolated calas (coves), which are often hard to reach. Cala Mesquida is located a few miles away from the busy seaside resort of Cala Ratjada, in a listed natural reserve bordered by dunes and the beach.

To see

A small jewel hidden in the middle of the dunes, the beach is magnificent with its fine sand and turquoise water. It is reached by a lovely promenade that runs alongside the hotels and the dunes. Deckchairs and parasols available to hire on the beach, and there is a water sports club that offers various activities. The only problem with the beach is that it is quite windy and there are lots of waves, so make sure to be careful.

To do

There is not much to do in Cala Mesquida itself, but you can take a walk in the nearby Península de Llevant Natural Park or the Medieval village of Capdepera.

pros

  • +  The peace and quiet.
  • +  The untamed coastline and well preserved nature.
  • +  The hotels blend into the landscape.

cons

  • -  The resort is far from Palma and the airport.
  • -  There is not much to do in the area.

To think about

In winter, life in the seaside resorts comes to bit of a standstill. This is an advantage if you are looking for somewhere quiet, but for a more lively atmosphere, head to the old city of Palma during this period. On the other hand, the southeast coast comes alive in summer while managing to maintain its authenticity in a well preserved natural setting, unlike the urbanised area of Palma.

To avoid

Cala Mondrago is a superb beach, but one to avoid in high season (May to early September), as you will have to park miles away and there is never any space to put your towel! Which slightly detracts from the charm of the place.

To try

Majorca has many lobster, cuttlefish and fish soup recipes.

To bring back

A wide variety of traditional Majorcan crafts. In addition to the famous, world-renowned pearls of Manacor, glass is still made here using traditional techniques, as are ceramics. You can also buy tapestries, embossed leather bags, wrought iron, copper and olive wood objects and herbal liqueurs.
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