Cala Mitjana (Artá); virgin beach with easy access
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Cala Mitjana is a virgin cove in the northeast of Mallorca, in the municipality of Artá. It is also called Sa Duaia and s’Aduaia. It is made up of a small beach of fine sand about 90 m long and up to 100 m wide. Two low rocky areas form its ends, while its rear part is a small (protected) dune system populated by thistles and junipers.
The beach enters the sea forming a gentle slope and then descends more abruptly
It is very exposed to winds from the northwest to the east, which produces strong waves and return currents. Due to these circumstances, it is an inappropriate beach to go with children.
Although access is easy, the poor condition of the road and the distance to the nearest towns mean that Cala Mitjana does not have a very high influx of visitors, even in summer
It is not uncommon to find people practicing nudism, although it is more common in the low season months. In summer it is usually practiced in the neighboring Cala Torta, just 400 m from Cala Mitjana.
Storms can sometimes sweep away part of the sand, which is replaced by the dunes at the back of the cove, and by the material that the torrent of na Granot (or Cala Mitjana) may provide, which flows into the center of the beach.
The beach environment has remained practically unspoiled, preserving the particular rugged beauty of this part of Mallorca
The rocks and hills that surround it are basically populated by thistles, mastic and junipers, although in some areas pine forests grow that reach the shore. An urbanization was planned, a project that was finally abandoned, but some streets were laid out, the remains of which appear at some points in the cove.
Due to the currents and the waves, anchoring in Cala Mitjana is generally not recommended.
How to get to Cala Mitjana (Artá)
The Cala Mitjana route departs from Artá
To get to this town from Palma, the shortest way is through Manacor, following the Ma-15. The same can be said if we come from the south of the island.
From the center the best option is usually the road to Sineu and Petra and from there continue to Artá.
From the north we will take the Ma-12, which begins in Pollensa and passes through Alcudia and Can Picafort.
From Artá we will go in the direction of Capdepera, and after about 400 m we will turn left, just past a gas station, following the indications for Cala Torta. At the end of this street we will turn right and we will be on the road to Cala Torta and Cala Mitjana. We will continue along this road for about 8 km until we reach a fork. On the right is the road to Cala Torta, we will continue straight towards Cala Mitjana.
At about 200 m the pavement noticeably worsens and we will reach a new fork. The shortest path is to the right, which takes us directly to Cala Mitjana, but following the path to the left we will still arrive, since it takes a detour towards Cala Estreta and then returns to Cala Mitjana. It is also a good place to park your car in the shade of the pine trees and avoid a rather bad asphalt. The beach is just over a kilometer from this point. If we continue by car we can also park on the side of the road much closer to the beach.
If we are fans of cycling, Cala Mitjana is a good place to go by mountain bike.
Not on a road bike as the pavement is too rough. This will also allow us to travel the paths near the cove.
There is no bus stop in the vicinity of Cala Mitjana
If we want to use public transport, our only possibility is to get to Artá or Capdepera and then make the journey on foot, although in the central summer months it is not the most advisable.
- To get to Artá we can take line 411 from Palma
- From the north, to Puerto de Pollensa, we can take line 446
- If we want to get to Capdepera, in addition to these lines we have the 441, which runs through part of the east of Mallorca, from Cala Murada to Cala Agulla
From Artá the road is about 10 km, while if we leave from Capdepera passing through Cala Mesquida we will have to travel about 13 km. If we follow the route from Cala Agulla to Cala Torta and then continue to Cala Mitjana, which is a very popular route , the excursion is just over 15 km.
- Hiking route: Artá – Cala Torta
- Hiking route: Capdepera – Cala Mesquida
- Hiking route: Cala Mesquida – Cala Torta
- Hiking route: Cala Agulla – Cala Mesquida – Cala Torta
The currents and waves that form in Cala Mitjana generally discourage anchoring
But if the sea is very calm and we want to anchor here, we can do it on a sandy bottom at a depth of 5 m.
In Cala Mitjana there is no service for bathers
There are no sanitary facilities, nor rental of sunbeds or umbrellas. Nor does it have the presence of lifeguards.
The clean and crystalline waters of Cala Mitjana invite you to a refreshing swim, as long as the waves are not too strong. Then we have a good stretch of fine sand to lie on to dry in the sun.
That same cleanliness and clarity of the waters makes them perfect for snorkeling and diving
If we have continued all the way to the beach by car we will be barely a few dozen meters from the water, so we will not have to carry diving equipment for long. The rocks that flank the cove are the best places to enjoy the underwater show.
The surroundings of Cala Mitjana provide a good number of activities for hikers and nature lovers
There is a route that will take us to s’Arenalet des Verger, within the Llevant Peninsula Natural Park. The park constitutes a landscape, natural and cultural reserve representative of this part of Mallorca. Along the route we will visit several small, very characteristic coves on the northeast coast of Mallorca.
If we are fans of canoeing we can do the same route by kayak
Cala Mitjana is very comfortable for this, due to the proximity of the road to the beach, which will avoid having to carry kayaks for a long distance. We must pay attention to the state of the sea to avoid currents that drag us inland, or on the contrary, return currents that can push us against the rocks.
If we don’t want to, or can, walk so much, a good route is to get to Cala Matzoc and Torre d’Albarca. This defense tower, originally called San Fernando, and also called des Matzocs, because of the cliffs on which it stands, was built in 1751 to control the Menorca canal at a time when the smallest of the Balearic Islands was under British rule. The tower had a powder magazine, had a crew of two keepers and was equipped with three cannons, one of which is still preserved on its roof.
If we have come to Cala Mitjana by mountain bike
For example, from Capdepera or from Artá, we can do the same routes by bicycle. We will only have to exercise extreme caution in sections near the cliffs, and always respecting the protected areas of dunes.
After the day on the beach, we should not miss the opportunity to visit the Talayot de Ses Païsses
It is a talayotic town located very close to the exit from Artá in the direction of Capdepera, and therefore it will come to us on the way when we return from Cala Mitjana. It was inhabited approximately between 1100 BC and 50 AD, and is in an excellent state of preservation.
To eat near Cala Mitjana we have the agrotourism and restaurant Sa Duaia, on the same road that leads to Cala Mitjana and Cala Torta
The next closest point (through trails bordering the coast) is Cala Mesquida, which has a good range of restaurants. By road, the closest town would already be Artá, with an excellent gastronomic offer, and then Capdepera.
In Cala Mitjana there are no accommodations, the closest is the aforementioned agrotourism
There are also rustic farms for vacation rental. The closest hotel zone would be the center of Cala Mesquida, with several four-star hotels, and which also has a range of tourist rentals (especially villas and detached houses).
In Artá and Capdepera we have rural and boutique hotels, if we are looking for a quiet and peaceful environment
If we do not care about the bustle of a tourist area, just a few kilometers away is the town of Cala Ratjada, one of the most important tourist centers in Mallorca and with a wide range of accommodation: hotels of various categories, aparthotels, apartment complexes, tourist rentals, etc.
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