Beaches | Tourist route P401

Cala Mesquida - Cala Torta - s'Arenalet d'Albarca

What is it?

This is a delightful route from Cala Mesquida to S'Arenalet d'Albarca.  Enjoy views over the unspoilt Capdepera and Artà coastlines and the idyllic untouched coves along this part of the coast.  On a clear day you can see Menorca during a good part of the route.  If you make a reservation, you can stay overnight in the Es Verger retreat which is at the end of the route.


Visiting hours and prices:

Unrestricted and free-of-charge


Location and contact:

Cala Rajada Tourist Information Office

Av. Cala Agulla, 50, 07590, Capdepera

Telephone: +34 971 819467 

Web site:



Es Verger Retreat

Telephone for information and reservations: +34 971 17 76 52

Service times: Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 14.00.

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Detailed description

Start point: Cala Mesquida

The route starts in Cala Mesquida, a small resort in the Capdepera district and just 8 kilometres away from Cala Rajada, an important centre for tourism on the east coast of Majorca.

Cala Mesquida was declared a natural area of special interest in 1991.  It is a wide beach with fine sand and set between low rocks.  It ends with a line of dunes – the Es Munt Gros dune stands out – populated with mastic trees and pines.   Its right side, which goes as far as Cala Agulla via the Es Freu headland, has one of the largest seagull and cormorant populations in the Balearic archipelago and has never been built on, while the left-hand side has been a growing tourist and residential area since the 1970's.

Winds coming from the north, north-east and north-west, which blow in from the sea onto the land, cause big waves which make it impossible to leave the sea shore, and the currents in the dangerous Menorca channel make boat anchorage on the sand at a depth of five metres highly complicated.

The beach's features and easy access explain the high number of local and tourist bathers.

Stage one: Cala Mesquida - Cala Torta

The route starts at the bus stop.  From this point, we go straight ahead until we reach the car park where we need to turn left and follow the tarmac path upwards.  A few metres later the tarmac street becomes a narrow path.  The first stage is 1.6 kilometres long.  You can enjoy magnificent views of the coast and the island of Menorca along the way.  The second part of the route goes down to sea level and arrives at Cala Torta.

Cala Torta, or Sa Duaia, is ten kilometres from Artà and is the district's largest beach.  It is a beautiful stretch of sand between low rocks and mountains of thyme, mastic trees, many small palms and a few pine trees and was formed by a low profile sea inlet that ends in a line of dunes.

It is an excellent spot for snorkelling.  It is also a good place to drop anchor, on sand at a depth of five metres, although the manoeuvre requires the utmost care.  In summer, this is a beach with a high influx of local and tourist bathers.

Due to its position and exposure to the winds, attention should be paid to weather forecasts that advise against swimming and anchoring boats.

Stage two: Cala Torta – Cala Estreta

After stopping in Cala Torta, we need to follow a stony, slightly raised path for about 700 metres.  We soon arrive at Cala Mitjana, which is singled out by its peacefulness, the beauty of its natural surroundings and it unspoilt condition.  The beach is fine sand peppered with thistles, euphorbias and junipers.  This stretch of sea hardly goes inland at all which means that the beach is exposed to northerly, north-easterly and north-westerly winds.  The cove is flanked by low rocks.  The right-hand side features flat mountains with hardly any plant life, while on the left a large, leafy pine forest is discernible.  The little vegetation that there is has been diminished by forest fires.  Behind the beach, the line of dunes grows and stretches for hundreds of metres up to the slopes of the nearest ridges. Due to its nature swimming can be dangerous, depending on the weather.

Once we have crossed the cove, there is a wide tarmac path.  300 metres further on we reach Cala Estreta, a small rocky beach which is about 40 metres long and 20 metres wide.  There are not usually many bathers here because it is relatively isolated.

Stage three: Cala Estreta – Cala Matzoc – Es Matzoc tower

This stage is around 2,100 metres long.  From the other side of Cala Estreta we need to follow the path going up near to the coast, between chamomile bushes.  During almost all of this stage the route follows pathways alongside the coastline, frequently marked with milestones.  Once we have walked for 1.4 metres we reach Cala Matzoc.  It takes its name from the Es Matzoc tower (18th Century), a defence and watchtower with circular foundations that rises up from the Albarca cliff.  This is a small beach with fine sand, pebbles and shingle, covered in posidonia seaweed at the water's edge, with spurge, juniper bushes and coastal pines behind it.  A high cliff seeks to protect it from the winds.

To go down to the beach going up the track to the left is recommended, as following the track that runs along the water's edge means a short, dangerous stretch hanging off the rocks.

Leaving the cove behind, 700 metres further on we come to the Es Matzoc tower.  It rises from a cliff (67 metres high) and was built in 1751, mainly to keep watch over the Menorca channel due to the English occupation of that island.  It is a tapered, two storey building with a roof terrace and is approximately 11 metres tall.  We can go up to the terrace, where the cannon is still in place, via a spiral staircase.  The tower is classified as a site of cultural interest.  The Albarca cliff spreads out in front of us.

Stage four: Es Matzoc tower – Sa Font Salada beach – S'Arenalet d'Albarca

After visiting the tower, we can go along the path nearest to the coastline or take the main track - taking care that we don't bypass the track that, 300 metres on, goes off to the right towards the sea.  Reference points are a dry, lopsided pine tree on the right and some milestones by the sides of the path which must be followed for a few metres to leave the pine forest.  In the distance the Ferrutx headland can be seen.  Afterwards, we must go down towards the rocky coast, where the path continues and flattens out towards Es Saluar and Na Balladora, which are low, rocky areas that give magnificent view of the Menorca channel and the Artà coastline. We continue along the path, which rises up.  At the top of the climb we reach a metal fence with a gate.  At the bottom we can see the Es Verger retreat, which is where we need to go.

Once we passed the fence the path descends, once again, along a path on top of rocks.  In stormy weather the image of the waves breaking on the coast is truly spectacular.

Finally, we reach Sa Font Salada beach, which is around 1,900 metres from the Es Matzoc tower.  This beach is a deep stretch of sand where the Es Castellot gulley disgorges.  In fact, bathers notice that the sea is colder due to fresh water arriving from two sources.  The Es Castellot gulley has also caused an accumulation of fine, golden sand on the slope and the sand to spread out 150 metres from the sea.  It is an ideal place for relaxing and swimming.

On the other side of the beach a path leads to S'Arenalet d'Albarca beach, about 700 metres away, which is the end of the route.  The path runs alongside the coast and passes by some tamarisks which are the ideal place for a short rest.

S'Arenal d'Albarca, or Es Verger, beach stands out due to the beauty of its coastline and its practically unspoilt condition.  It is part of the Albarca estate.  It is an enormous, white sandy beach with an abundance of sea spurge and a small rocky hillock in the middle.  The Es Verger retreat is next to it, and you can stay the night here if you make a reservation beforehand.

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