Cala Mesquida, Cala Torta, Cala Agulla, Cala Ratjada and Cala Millor
The east of Mallorca is home to the natural park and mountains of the Serra de Llevant, the island's smaller range of hills and dunes reaching down to the water's edge. The east is the sleepiest, least developed side of the island and is home to some of its most gorgeous sandy beaches. Don't expect much in terms of beach facilities; the most you can hope for here is the odd beach shack, but if you like remote virgin beaches and wild countryside, this is the other coast for you.
The Nature Reserve of Llevant extends from Cap Farrutx, on the far side of the Bay of Alcudia, to the Cap de Ses Salines in the south, covering an area of 1671 hectares which englobe the Serra de Llevant Mountains; the highest peak is Puig Morei which stands at 564 m, closely followed by Puig des Porrassar at 491 m and Puig de sa Tudossa, at 441 m.
There are other smaller beaches and coves on the east coast of the island, but they are less accessible and require some walking or a boat to get there.
For the purpose of this guide, and because we can take you to these beauty spots by airport transfer, we have only included the 5 main beaches in the area:
There is a small horseriding school near Cala Mesquida that will take you on a trek along the headland and gallopping across the sand, possibly early in the morning. Because although this is one of those unique incongruities of the Mallorca coastline, an accesssible beach with practically no tourists on it, galloping horses and sunbathers don't go that well together! When not cantering along the coastline, the beach is a wonderful spot in a virgin landscape on this quiet corner of the island.
Cala Torta is a mesmerisingly beautiful virgin beach with no parasols, sun beds, showers, toilets or services of any kind. This is where you come to escape from everything. The beach road practically reaches the sand and then meanders round the headland, making this another wonderfully accessible beach, though the drive is long and in peak summer season there will be others parked alongside you at the beach. There is a small beach shack serving fresh seafood and on a clear day you can sea right over to the neighbouring island of Menorca!
Cala Agulla is an accommodating Blue Flag beach, surrounded by wild sand dunes and pine trees, near the village of Capdepedra and the busier resort of Cala Rajada, there are beach services, sun loungers and parasols available for hire and a myriad of water sports activities to practice. This is a family friendly and fun beach with 520 metres of golden sand, low-key but also provided with cafes and restaurants.
Cala Ratjada is considered one of the quintessential fishermen villages along the eastern coastline of Mallorca and has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the area. Loved for its low-key charm, golden sandy beaches and eclectic mix of cafes and restaurants, this is one for family holidays, water sports enthusiasts and foodies looking for the more beautiful and unspoiled part of the island.
Cala Millor marks the end of the protected coastline of the north east and east of Mallorca, and the beginning of a more purpose-built tourist resorts of the south east. Built in the 1950s, the area offers a wealth of attractions, amenities, water sports, boat trips, theme parks and a safari zoo. There are also many places to eat and drink, late night bars and discos. As you can imagine, it is a busy and bustling holiday spot.
If the east coast of Mallorca doesn't sound like what you're after, have a look at other areas on the island with our easy to use, Mallorca beach guide!
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