History of Cala Ratjada


Find out how a small fishing village experienced the change in Mallorca tourism in just a few years.

Cala Ratjada is part of the municipality of Capdepera, noting that Cala Ratjada is the port of Capdepera. Both are linked, the history of Cala Ratjada and Capdepera merges, so to speak..

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Although many archaeologically interesting remains of Talyotic stone structures can be found in Capdepera, such as the "village" Claper des Gegants, the real history of Capdepera begins in the year 1300, when King Jaume II decided to found the city of Capdepera, which started the construction a church surrounded by a stone wall. Inside these stone walls are the houses of the town's inhabitants. The church as well as the city wall and its towers are still very well preserved and are therefore one of the most important contemporary witnesses and historical monuments of Mallorca and the community.

In this era, Capdepera was one of the most strategic points, the castle walls provided the best protection from dangers and attacks that Capdepera could suffer.

The tower of Canyamel deserves a special mention (currently there is a restaurant in the tower. Especially recommended for the suckling pig, which is served crispy from the oven). The tower is of Muslim origin. Here the former inhabitants of Canyamel could seek shelter in case Canyamel was attacked.

Gradually the village grew and grew beyond the castle walls and in the XIX. In the 19th century, in 1858, it was declared an independent commune.

The life and economy of the residents changed slowly but steadily as Cala Ratjada turned from a small fishing village into a summer resort. middle of the 19th century The lighthouse was built in the 19th century. From the lighthouse you can have a fantastic view, in good weather even as far as Menorca.


Over time, the population of Cala Ratjada also increased and at the end of the 1970s Cala Ratjada also started the tourism boom. In the meantime, Cala Ratjada has developed into one of the most important summer holiday areas on the island of Mallorca, the farming that used to take place has largely declined and the port has also been developed economically since then.