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Geographically the resort is located around 95km north east of the capital Palma, and the Son Sant Joan International Airport, and is just about as far north on the island that you can travel, that is without plunging into the sea.
Making the journey into the resort would normally take around 1 hour 30 minutes by car, and for those with a strong sense of adventure, at least 3 hours 30 minutes by public transport.
This journey is certainly not for the faint hearted and would necessitate first catching the shuttle bus from the airport into the centre of Palma.
This runs every 10 - 15 minutes during the day depending upon the volume of traffic in Palma.
From Palma you’ll then need to catch the train to Manacor, which will take approximately 1hour, followed by the L431 bus from Manacor to Capdepera.
Once in Capdepera, it's then a short 10 minute taxi ride into Cala Mesquida.
A more practical option to public transport would be to pre-arrange the collection of a hire car from any of the numerous rental agencies based in the arrivals hall of the Son Sant Joan Airport.
This option would most suit a couple, or a family of five as most taxis are only licenced to carry a maximum of four passengers at a time.
This would also give you the freedom to travel around the beautiful island of Mallorca.
If you do decide to rent a car, or travel by taxi, there are three routes that are available, all taking approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The first route takes you along the Ma-15 taking you through Manacor, Son Servera and Capdepera. The second route is longer in distance, but it is a faster road. This route takes you along the Ma-13 up to Inca and then across to Petra, Arta and then finally into Cala Mesquida. The third option that you may consider is the road along the Ma-3 to Inca, across to Santa Margalida and then arriving at Cala Mesquida.
A more detailed version of the preferred Ma-15 Manacor route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
With its white sands and turquoise colour sea, the purpose built resort of Cala Mesquida is now a small and tranquil escape from the rush of the 21st Century, and enjoys a natural setting surrounded by steep, pine clad hills, forests and olive groves. However, long before the arrival of the first tourist on Mallorca this part of the island was once a famed stronghold for smuggling.
When visiting the beach, you’ll have the advantages of the usual facilities, these include a small bar/restaurant, sun beds with parasol and car parking. Mallorca beaches are extremely busy during the weekend, especially on Sundays, this is no exception with Cala Mesquida’s beach.
If you are travelling by car, it would be advised to arrive during the morning as the car park can get full quickly. If you decide to travel by public transport you will have no concerns, except for the duration of the journey.
Many of the popular beaches along the south coast of the island are naturally protected from the prevailing sea winds. As you will quickly discover, this part of the north coast can be quite windy.
At times winds here can be fierce and the sea is known for its tremendous waves, making Cala Mesquida a Mecca for lovers of windsurfing and other extreme water sports such as kite surfing. When the sea is rough, a series of warning flags will normally fly, along with signs located at the entrance of the beach gving warnings of other potential hazards to swimmers such as jellyfish etc.
A few shops, bars and restaurants flank the beach, and it is only the tourist development on the hilltop that slightly detracts from the stunning bay.
A well known landmark at Cala Mesquida is the "Talaia de Son Jaumell", which is an old watchtower, from which one can reach Cala Agulla, another sizeable sandy beach along a short nature trail. Also a short stroll away is Cap des Freu, worth visiting because it is where the Balearic islands’ largest colony of seagulls and cormorants reside.
The nearest large tourist resort to Cala Mesquida is Cala Ratjada, some 5km away to the south east. Cala Ratjada is a great location to go snorkelling, and if you are lucky enough, you may even have the opportunity swim with stingrays.
There are a number of shopping facilities here, mostly clothing shops that sell your usual range of products. If you are interested in sports, there are various other sports facilities to be found in Cala Ratjada, including golf and snorkelling.
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