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39’ 42”.7 N, 3’ 27”.9 E
harbour on mallorca
Cala Ratjada lies between Alcudia and Porto Cristo, sheltered by the sheer and distinctive Cap de Pera.

Ratjada is one of my favourite places to visit in Mallorca. The harbour itself is small and filled with local vessels. Visitors can raft up along the main harbour wall, making sure that they are clear of the main berth of the fast hydrofoil between Ratjada and Ciudadella in Menorca. It is not uncommon for boats to be five deep in high season. In 2006, the authorities moved the ferry terminal from the outer end of the mole to the quayside by the fuel berth, freeing up space for two more rafts of visiting yachts, but ending the practice of mooring bows- or stern-to near the entrance to the main harbour.

When rafting, it is worth selecting a berth as far along the wall as possible. Although Ratjada is usually calm, a swell can work its way in when the wind is an easterly or southerly direction and the berths nearest the outer wall are at most risk of an uncomfortable night.

The marineros are employed by the municipality, rather than by a private concern, and are unfailingly helpful. The mooring fees are extremely cheap compared with a marina and there are hot showers ashore.

The town is particular popular with German tourists, and many of the bars and restaurants have their menus in German first. The town has a very relaxed air with a range of restaurants that overlook the harbour. Take a gentle stroll along the harbour wall, then round into the town and pick one of the restaurants or bars where you can watch the sea, the harbour and your yacht while enjoying a high quality section of the latest tapas.

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