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However having said that, driving to the resort is quite a pleasant journey, although after a 2 hour flight I doubt if many visitors
really get to fully appreciate the scenery en-route.
For those visitors who do choose to drive, the main Ma-15 takes you almost all the way into the resort, passing through the towns of Manacor and Arta on the way.
A more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
Realistically you should allow a minimum of 1.1/2 hours for the journey, but be also equally prepared for it to take 2 hours on a bad day.
For the growing numbers of visitors who are now opting for a taxi transfer, there are always plenty of taxis available from the ranks outside of the arrivals hall at the airport, although on occasions you should be prepared to queue.
Although purpose built, the resort of Cala Mesquida is small and fairly tranquil, enjoying a natural setting surrounded by steep, pine clad hills, forests and olive groves. The area was once a famed stronghold for smuggling but with the arrival of tourists, those days are now long gone.
Although the northeast of Mallorca is renowned for its rocky coastline, the resort itself has one of the finest, white sandy stretches of beach of any on the island, backed by virgin sand dunes. Infact it is so beloved of both Mallorcans and tourists alike that demonstrations were held a year ago when locals complained that the waters were not being kept sufficiently clean.
The local council finally bowed to public pressure, and the 600 metre long beach was returned to its usual state of splendour. With its soft sand and stunning aspect, it is a mecca for family gatherings, although the breezes here can be fierce and the sea is known for its tremendous waves.
Not surprisingly, the area is a haven for lovers of windsurfing and water sports, although nearby stables also offer horse riding and there are many opportunities for cycling and exploring nature trails on foot along the coast.
A few shops, bars and restaurants flank the beach, and it is only the tourist resort on the hilltop that slightly detracts from the stunning bay. A well known landmark at Cala Mesquida is the "Talaia de Son Jaumell", which is an old watchtower, from which one can reach Cala Agulla, another sizeable sandy beach along a short nature trail. Also a short stroll away is Cap des Freu, worth visiting because it is where the Balearic islands’ largest colony of seagulls and cormorants reside.
The nearest substantial resort is Cala Ratjada, which is a bustling town with a large harbour and many amenities including restaurants, clubs and nightlife and nearby golf courses.
A short distance inland from Cala Mesquida is the ancient market town of Arta, which is home to several historic sites, including the 700 year old Sanctuary of Sant Salvador. Nearby in the town of Capdepera, there is also a fine 14th Century castle while pre-historians will be interested in the two 3000 year old taliots in the neighbourhood.
A particular attraction is Son Servera which lies to the south. A traditional Mallorcan town, it is renowned for its unfinished neo-gothic church, S’Esglèsia Nova, designed by a follower of Gaudi, and its annual Sa Revetlla Folk Festival and Ball de Bot with dancing and Mallorcan music. Markets are also held here every Friday morning.
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