Insider Tips From A Cala Rajada Native
For all the thrills of researching a holiday, there’s nothing quite like an insider tip from a local to lead you to off-the-beaten track locations and extraordinary experiences. The SENTIDO Mallorca Palace hotel, located near Sa Coma beach, makes for an ideal base from which to discover the exquisite northeastern tip of the island. Eager to uncover its hidden gems, we enlisted the expertise of Javier Requena, General Manager of SENTIDO Mallorca Palace and lifelong Mallorcan local. After an espresso on the tranquil poolside hotel terrace, he took us on a tour of his favourite spots along the historically significant coastline connecting Cala Millor to Cala Rajada, divulging some local secrets on the way.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE SPIRIT OF MAllORCA’S EASTERN COAST?
The eastern side is the part of Mallorca where the sun rises. It’s the mixture of colours I like most in this area: the Mediterranean sea combined with green and stone. It’s nicest in the morning and in the evening, all along the coastline around Cala Rajada – the area which I grew up in.
WHAT’S THE MOST COMMONLY-HELD MISCONCEPTION ABOUT MALLORCA?
That it’s is just a destination for young people to go and drink and party. That’s not true at all – there’s so much more to discover. Cala Rajada is a good example. There’s a 14th century castle in the small fishing port village, Capdepera. It’s relaxed and charming – and a world away from the crowds.
HOW DO LOCALS LIKE TO SPEND A SATURDAY NIGHT HERE?
It’s nice to go by the sea, drink something and have dinner in a restaurant there. There are many good restaurants here in Mallorca, including several with one Michelin star. A good fish restaurant is Sa Punta in Son Servera. The location is perfect, right on the sea. The food is very good, and so is the service. Then there are restaurants with Mallorcan specialties, like Porxada de sa Torre, right next to the La Torre de Canyamel – a 19th century defense tower in the Gabelli Valley. They serve traditional Mallorcan dishes like Tombet (a dish made from potatoes, aubergines and peppers) which is delicious.
CAN YOU GIVE US A TIP FOR A HIDDEN BEACH NEARBY?
The main beach in this area is Sa Coma, which has a nice promenade, but it’s the small ones I like, isolated and stony instead of sandy. There are so many. Two of my favourites are Cala Barca, which is 20 km from here, and Cala Es Guyo.