Unspoilt beaches in Artà

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Cala Torta, which is one of the best unspoilt beaches on Mallorca (Majorca), is located in a remote mountainous area and is completely natural. It is 150m long and 200m wide, with abundant fine white sand. This spot has suffered from forest fires, which have only left a small area of the pine forest which once covered the entire area. To get here you have to take the Carretera d´Artà towards Capdepera, then turn left after the petrol station, and after passing the fire station you´ll come to the football ground of Ses Pesqueres. Turn right at the football ground and follow the road which leads up to the mountains and then drops down to the sea, providing an exceptional panorama of the coast with the island of Menorca on the horizon. 9 Km after leaving Artà, you´ll come to a fork – take the road on the right and continue for 1.3 km until you reach the beach. It is also possible to reach Cala Torta on foot from Cala Mitjana by following the track on the right; this takes about 15 minutes.
Services: an open-air bar which serves meals.

Cala Mitjana is an unspoilt beach near Cala Torta, from where, following the track on the left, it is possible to walk to Cala Mitjana in 15 minutes. The beach is 120m long and 100m wide and has fine white sand. It is also possible to reach the beach by car: follow the directions for Cala Torta, and 9 km after leaving Artà you´ll reach a fork, where you have to take the road on the left and continue for 1.5 km, turning right at the second junction to reach the beach.
Services: a small open-air bar.

Cala Estreta is a small rocky cove located at the point at which a torrent flows out to the sea. It is 10m long and is the perfect spot for taking in all the sea has to offer. This cove can be reached from Cala Mitjana by taking the coast road and then taking the first turn-off; if you continue along up the road from Cala Estreta, the first turn-off you come to will take you down to Cala Torta.

Cala Matzoc is an unspoilt beach of fine white sand within the Llevant Natural Park; it is 70m long and 55m wide. The fact that it is inaccessible by car makes it difficult to reach, but this means that the beach is not busy and it´s not unusual to have the entire beach to yourself, especially during the week. To get here you have to follow the track which goes off from the left of Cala Estreta along the coast. It takes about 30 minutes to walk the 2.5 km between the two coves.

Sa Font Celada is a beautiful beach of fine white sand located within the Llevant Natural Park; it is 100m long and 150m wide. This quiet spot allows the few visitors who come here to enjoy the sea and take in a dry landscape which has been conserved in its natural state. To get here you have to start out from Cala Estreta and follow the same path as that which goes to Cala Matzoc; from Cala Matzoc you have to take the path at the left of the cove which runs along the coast. The entire walk, which affords magnificent views, takes around 1 hour and 50 minutes; shortly after Cala Matzoc you will come to la Torre d´Aubarca – a watchtower from the 16th century which still has an old cannon in its upper section. It is also possible to reach the beach from S´Arenalet des Verger by following the coast for 500m to the right.

S´Arenalet des Verger, also known as S´Arenalet d´Aubarca, is the most extensive of the unspoilt beaches within the Llevant Natural Park. It is 200m long and 150m wide, with fine white sand and some rocks that run from the beach into the sea. At the rear of the beach, where the sand ends, there is a small house without electricity that is used as a refuge for those wishing to spend the night at the beach. Reservations can be made via the Ajuntament d´Artà (Artà District Council). The beach can be reached from Cala Estreta, following the path that passes through Cala Matzoc and Sa Font Celada, from where you have to follow the coast to the left for about 10 minutes. The walk along the coast to reach the beach takes about 2 hours without breaks.

You can also reach this beach by walking down from Puig de la Tudossa, which reduces the walking time to 1 hour and 30 minutes, though you have to bear in mind that the return trip is uphill. In order to take this route, from Artà you have to take the road which leads to the Hermitage of Betlem. After following this road for about 5 km, just before the road starts to climb steeply, you have to take a turning on the right which is signposted with the name S´Alqueria Vella i Es Verger; you will shortly reach S´Alqueria Vella, where there is a map showing different routes around the Llevant Natural Park. You have to continue straight on for about 4 km on the tarmacked track, passing the house on the right, until you reach the peak of Puig de la Tudossa, which is unmistakeable due to its antennas. This is the starting point for the track which will take you down to the sea.

Es Caló is not a beach as such but a rocky inlet which is about 20m long. It is protected by an artificial breakwater, which facilitates sea access to this colourful spot at the foot of the range of Serra de Llevant. It is located at one end of the Bay of Alcúdia, next to Colònia de Sant Pere. To get here you have to take the road to La Colònia de Sant Pere and continue as far as the residential zone of Betlem; as you come out of Betlem on the other side, you will see an untarmacked track, and this runs along the coast to Es Caló, which is 3km away. You can drive all the way to the beach, though the track makes for difficult driving.

Na Clara is an unspoilt sandy beach with some rocks, especially at the shore. It is 100m long and very narrow. It is located at 200m from the untarmacked track described in the route for Es Caló, below some cliffs.

Ca los Cans is a peaceful cove which is 115m long; it is protected from bad weather and has a pebble beach. There is plenty of seaweed at the shoreline, and this forms a comfortable layer of vegetation on which to lay your towel. There are numerous fishing huts where fishermen used to keep their boats and fishing tackle. The cove is located at the end of a small road which leaves from Colònia de Sant Pere and follows the coastline north.

Sa Canova is an unspoilt beach which is almost 2,000m long and 100m wide, with a unique range of dunes behind, of which a large part is covered by a pine wood. Generally speaking, on the Mediterranean dunes are found parallel to the beach, but at Sa Canova the dunes are arranged at an oblique angle to the coast and spread inland, running as far as 2km from the coast. This is due to the intensity and constant nature of the Tramuntana wind, which blows from north to south – the same direction as the dunes. For this reason, this beach is popular with windsurfers. The beach can be reached from the residential zone of S´Estanyol in Colònia de Sant Pere, walking along the coast to the left as you look out to sea. You can also get here from the end of Son Serra de Marina, this time walking towards the right. This protected natural area is located between the two residential zones of S´Estanyol and Son Serra de Marina.

Between the pine trees and the dunes there are some roads and houses, which are a result of a residential development which was started at the end of the 1980´s but which was abandoned due to pressure from public demonstrations led by GOB – the main environmental organisation on Mallorca.

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