Cala Torta; another wonderful virgin cove
Services and features
Cala Torta is a beautiful sandy beach flanked by small cliffs covered with palm hearts and mastic trees, with crystal clear waters, and located in the municipality of Artá, in the northeast of Mallorca. With its 150 m in length and up to 100 m in width in its widest part, it is the largest beach in this municipality.
The cove is a small bay where the Torrent de sa Font des Pí and the Torrent des Castellot flow into each other, which meet just before reaching Cala Torta. These torrents suppose an important contribution of material for the support of the beach. Being very open, it is very exposed to winds from the northwest, north, northeast and east. The waves they produce make the beach have a steep slope and that a few meters from the shore you lose your footing. That is why it is not recommended to go with young children, despite the presence of lifeguards in the summer months.
In return, it is a cove surrounded by a natural setting of rugged beauty. Its back part is formed by a dune system (protected), while on its sides there are small cliffs covered with palm hearts, mastic, thyme and a few pine trees. This natural environment makes Cala Torta a very popular beach for nudism.
In general, swimming is recommended only when the sea is very calm, since when the wind rises, waves are generated that can be strong. Despite this, it is a very popular beach both among locals and tourists, and in summer it usually has a medium or even high occupancy.
It is possible to anchor in Cala Torta but with extreme precautions.
How to get to Cala Torta
To get to Cala Torta we will first go to Artá
- The fastest route from Palma is to take the Ma-15 towards Manacor
- From the south of the island it is also best to go first to Manacor and from there continue to Artá
- From Inca and the central area the shortest way is usually through Sineu and Petra
- From the north, the Ma-12 that passes through Alcudia, Playa de Muro and Can Picafort is the best option
Once in Artá we will follow the indications to Capdepera, following the Ma-15. We will leave the town in the direction of Capdepera and about 400 m to our left, just after a gas station, we have the road to Cala Torta. We will pass by the soccer field and at the end of the street we will turn right. We will follow this somewhat narrow and winding road for about 8 km until we reach a fork. Going straight on we can reach Cala Mitjana, and on the right begins the path down to Cala Torta.
From this point on the asphalt is in quite bad condition, so you will have to drive with caution. The road lasts a little over 1 km, at the end of which there are several areas where we can park our vehicle. If it is full, we must leave the car parked on some side of the road, taking care not to block other vehicles. From here we have to continue on foot to the beach.
There is no bus stop near Cala Torta
The only alternative is to get to Artá or Capdepera and then continue on foot. From Artá it is about 10 km, while from Capdepera through Cala Mesquida it is about 13 km.
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. In fact, the route from Cala Agulla to Cala Torta is very beautiful and popular.
Cala Torta is also a good place to reach by mountain bike
Especially the final stretch before reaching the beach. In addition, in its surroundings there are many trails to travel by bicycle.
In Cala Torta there is a good depth to anchor
But it is only advisable to do it in the absence of wind, since the small bay that forms the cove is very exposed. The bottom is sandy and is about 5 m deep.
Being a virgin cove there are hardly any services for bathers. There is no possibility to rent hammocks or umbrellas, or any type of sports equipment. Yes there is a lifeguard service in the summer months.
If the waves are not very strong, the crystal clear waters of Cala Torta are perfect for a refreshing dip. Then we can lie down in the sun, and as we have said, Cala Torta has been turning into a nudist beach, so we can get completely brown.
Given the depth that its waters quickly acquire, together with their clarity and cleanliness, they are perfect for snorkeling and diving. The only downside is having to carry the gear here, but the underwater show is well worth it.
The surroundings of Cala Torta offer magnificent opportunities for hikers
Less than 2 km away is the neighboring Cala Mitjana. A bit further away is the Torre d’Albarca, within the limits of the Llevant Peninsula Natural Park, and which is also a must for lovers of nature and ethnography in Mallorca. The Torre d’Albarca (or des Matzocs, which is the name of the cliff on which it is built) was built in 1751 to control the Menorca canal. The neighboring island was then under British rule. The tower had a powder magazine, rooms for the soldiers, and the cannons were located on its roof, one of which is still preserved.
And a little further away is s’Arenalet des Verger, also known as s’Arenalet d’Aubarca, which we can reach through Cala Mitjana, Cala Estreta, Cala des Matzoc (under the Torre de l’Albarca) and Sa Font Salada .
In the surroundings of Cala Torta there are many trails through which we can test our ability with the mountain bike, always taking care not to enter the dune area, which is a protected terrain.
It is also possible to visit the nearby coves by canoe, but always paying attention to the state of the sea
In Cala Torta and other nearby coves, return currents can occur that take the boat away from the coast. And on the contrary, depending on where the wind blows from, it can push us against the cliffs. But if the sea is calm, these walks are a magnificent experience.
For nature lovers, we have already said that they should not miss the opportunity to visit the Llevant Peninsula Natural Park
And lovers of the history (and prehistory) of Mallorca do not have to miss the Ses Païsses talayot, very close to Artá. It is a Talayotic town occupied between 1100 BC. and 50 A.D. (almost 200 years after the Roman occupation began), which is in an excellent state of conservation.
In Cala Torta itself there is no type of accommodation. Close to the cove there is an agrotourism and rustic farms to stay in. If we are looking for hotels near this area, the closest is Cala Mesquida, which has several four-star hotels. It also has a certain offer of tourist rentals, mainly chalets and villas.
The closest tourist center to Cala Torta is Cala Ratjada, one of the most important in Mallorca and with a wide range of accommodation: hotels, aparthotels, apartments … In Capdepera and Artá there are several rural and boutique hotels, further away from the bustle of a purely tourist area.
Take a look at Cala Torta in 360º