Cala Torta is one of those magnificent unspoilt beaches in Mallorca that still conserves its original beauty and can boast of preserving the natural appearance of its origins.
It belongs to the municipality of Artá and is located in the Parc Natural de la Península de Llevant, 10km from Artá and 16km from Capdepera.
It has a wonderful 150 metre long and 100 metre wide sandy area and is located between two rocky promontories which stand out and contrast with the white sandy soils and clear waters although sometimes, depending on the time of the year, the tides and the north winds fill it with algae.
Formed by the accumulation of sediments from the Torrent Sa Font des Pi, which after heavy rains are washed away and settle in the area of the mouth of the beach, ensuring the conservation and widening of the beach. The predominant vegetation is thyme, mastic trees and a lot of palmetto.
It is the beach where you start to experiencing nature in its fullness as the hotels, flats, restaurants and the “brick” in general, have stayed in other nearby beaches such as Cala Mesquida and Cala Agulla in the municipality of Capdepera, no less beautiful and with its natural and wild side, but where you can see the “hand of man”.
This beach slopes steeply towards the sea and is exposed to strong Tramuntana winds. It has strong currents and swells, and once in the water you’ll be off your feet fast. For all these reasons, Cala Torta is not one of the most suitable beaches to go with children.
Cala Torta is not a nudist beach per se, but nudism is well tolerated among bathers and beach users. If you want to avoid heavy fines, don’t bring your pet to the beach or stay overnight – dogs and camping are prohibited.
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How to get to Cala Torta
You have several options to get to Cala Torta, but you should know that public transport does not reach the beach (not even in summer!), so we recommend you to use your own vehicle or a rental car.
Artà is the nearest town and, as you can see on this map of Mallorca, it is about 10 km from there to the beach. Whether you drive or walk, the route is the same, it’s up to you!
Once you have your hire car at your disposal, depending on where you start from, there are two ways to get to Artà:
- From Palma you must take the Ma-15 road to Manacor and from there follow the same road to Artà.
- If you come from the north (Pollença, Alcudia or Son Serra de Marina) you must take the Ma-12 directly to Artà.
Once you arrive in Artà you will find signs from inside and outside the village. In the direction of Capdepera you will see a service station, turn left, and the next one to the right (next to the football field of Artà) and you will be on the road that will take you to the beach.
Parking in Cala Torta
There is no parking at Cala Torta per se, but you will be able to park your car nearby. You’ll know it’s time to park your car when you start to see the road start to split, literally.
Yes, the road is in very bad condition on its final stretch, It results of storms and storms that cause the earth to move, asphalt roads to become disfigured and create gaps and cracks which prevent you from being able to pass with utility cars and require larger cars or off-road vehicles.
In any case, we advise you not to take any risks with the car, whether it is yours or not. You’ve come to Mallorca to have fun and enjoy your holiday, so get on with it and don’t get distracted! Stretching your legs and walking around a bit before taking a dip is also part of a good plan.
Getting to Cala Torta by public transport
It is not possible to reach Cala Torta by public transport. Even in summer there is no bus line that takes you to the beach of Cala Torta.
If you don’t have a car and your idea is to arrive by bus, as close as possible to the beach:
- From Palma take line 401 to Manacor and from there take line 411 to Artà.
- From other parts of the island you can take the train that crosses villages in the Pla de Mallorca such as Sineu and Petra to Manacor and from there, as we have just told you, take bus line 411 to Artà.
Once in Artá you can walk or take a taxi to the beach. In this article on how the taxi service works on the island of Mallorca you will find tables of approximate prices and lists of contact telephone numbers of the companies that operate in Mallorca.
Getting to Cala Torta by boat
If you ask us, we’d say that our favourite way to to get to Cala Torta is from the sea, enjoying the sea breeze and the beautiful coves nestled between rocky outcrops that only people who go by boat can admire, while enjoying the privacy that a rented boat can offer you.
As the bottom of Cala Torta has sandy soils, anchoring of boats is possible. If you rent a boat without a licence we advise you to dive to a depth of about 5 metres. If you don’t feel confident, you can also rent a boat with a skipper and let yourself go. In any case, you will have an enviable view of the island from the sea.
The nearest marina to pick up your boat is the Club Náutico de Cala Ratjada, 5.8 nautical miles from Cala Torta. What do you think of this plan we propose?
Reach Cala Torta on foot by trekking or hiking.
It is possible to get to Cala Torta on foot from different places, but we will tell you more about this later in the section on what to do in Cala Torta.
Where to eat in Cala Torta
To eat in Cala Torta you have the option of eating at a beach bar that is only open during the summer months. It’s a very basic wooden bar with a grill, a fridge and little else, so it has a fairly limited range of dishes on offer. They define their cuisine as “seafood, Spanish and Mediterranean“.
It’s not a fancy restaurant, it’s a beach bar, so with this information you can get an idea of what you can expect. If you are looking for a more elegant and elaborate option you will have to go back to Artá, Capdepera or Cala Ratjada and look for a restaurant in the area.
If you are looking for a place to eat something familiar and at a good price, where to eat Mallorcan and Spanish cuisine in general, in Cala Ratjada we can recommend the Restaurant Sa Trobada. We discovered it one day by chance and we loved it, so we would be grateful if you could give us your opinion to know if it is worth recommending it.
Services in Cala Torta
You cannot rent umbrellas on this beach and there is little natural shade, so we recommend that you bring one with you. In addition to the beach bar, Cala Torta has a lifeguard service in summer with informative flags for bathing according to colour:
- Red flag: bathing prohibited
- Yellow flag: bathing is allowed but extreme caution is advised.
- Green flag: bathing is allowed
- Orange flag: lifeguard absent
There are no toilets or changing rooms, and the beach is not adapted for people with disabilities. There are also no litter bins, so in order to keep the natural environment of Cala Torta intact and to preserve it, we ask you to take your rubbish back with you and throw it away in the places adapted for this purpose. Thank you very much!
What to do in Cala Torta
The surroundings of Cala Torta is an extraordinary place for snorkelling because of its privileged seabed full of marine life, so don’t forget to bring your mask, snorkel and fins.
Hiking, walking and trekking trails in Cala Torta
If you like walking, we have already told you that you can reach Cala Torta on foot from Artá along the same road that the cars come down. After 5km of walking you must turn off to the right, leaving the asphalt road behind to enter nature. A much more pleasant way to go.
If you are already in Cala Torta and you feel like walking further and discovering nearby coves and beaches such as Cala Mesquida (following red dots) and Cala Agulla, to the east; or Cala Mitjana, Cala Estreta, Cala Matzoc and Sa Font Salada, to the west, tell you that there are a lot of different paths and options to do so both along the coast and inland.
It is very important that on very hot summer days you try to do these walks early in the morning or already in the evening, as prolonged exertion could be detrimental.
Even so, if you decide to do it, take a large bottle of water, cover your head with a scarf or a cap and don’t forget the sun cream.
Hotels in Cala Torta
If you are looking for a place to stay in Cala Torta and you have read this article from the beginning you should already know the answer to that question, and that is that there is no way to stay in Cala Torta. Overnight stays are punishable by law with heavy fines.
The closest accommodation to Cala Torta you will find is in the area of Cala Mesquida. There we recommend the hotel Viva Cala Mesquida Resort & Spa. If you fancy something more rustic and away from the noise and the “brick”, the Finca Sa Duaia Dalt will be perfect for you, quiet and exclusive. From Cala Torta you can reach it on foot in 1 hour. It is 4,3km away by car and from Artà it will only take 16 minutes by car.
You can find accommodation in nearby areas such as Artá, Capdepera or Cala Ratjada, the latter being our favourite option.
For us, this area brings together everything anyone could be looking for in terms of accommodation refers to the fact that in its wide range of hotels has options to suit all tastes: “Adults only”, for families and couples;and in addition to being in an area with a large number of restaurants and a very good nightlife scene..
Grupotel Aguait Resort & Spa – Adults only
From personal experience, we recommend the hotel Grupotel Aguait Resort & Spa, located less than 2km from the town centre of Cala Ratjada. We have stayed here several times and consider it a very top hotel, both in terms of facilities, staff treatment and location.
It is nestled in the middle of a pine forest and at the foot of the sea. It has a spa and restaurant service, and excellent value for money. For all these reasons we have decided to come back again and again, and we are sure it won’t be the last.
If you are looking to disconnect, a hotel of category without excessive luxury or exorbitant prices, don’t think twice and book your night in this hotel.
We also recommend other hotels to stay near Cala Agulla beach:
- Hotel The Place – Adults Only
- Petit Hotel Ses Rotges
- Agulla Park
- Lago Garden Apart-Suites & Spa Hotel
Other beaches near Cala Torta
What did you think of Cala Torta and the rest of the things we have suggested, would you like to contribute something interesting that we have missed? We’ll read you in the comments you leave us!