Located on the north-eastern tip of Mallorca on the Punta de Capdepera peninsula, Cala Rajada is the closest point in Mallorca to the island of Menorca from where on a clear day you can see Ciutadella.
Still an active fishing port and ferry crossing to Menorca, Cala Rajada and its rocky coastline have retained much of its traditional ways despite an influx of tourists during the summer.
During June, July and August the promenade between Playa Son Moll and Cala Gat is alive with people enjoying their summer holidays. During the off-season, the seafront businesses close down for the winter, leaving a handful of bars open catering to locals and expats who have settled in the area.
Cala Rajada is an excellent choice if you are looking to avoid the purpose-built resort hotels and is perfect to use as a base for exploring the east of the island.
Surrounded by the pine-scented forests and mountains of Llevant Natural Park, Cala Agulla is the most popular beach in the area. With a 500 metre long, 50 metre wide stretch of fine white sand and shallow crystal-clear turquoise water the “Blue Flagged” Cala Agulla is one of the best beaches on Mallorca. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer with sun beds and water sports equipment for rent. There is also a bar, restaurant, toilet facilities and a pay car park.
The taxi rank at Palma Airport is located directly outside the arrivals hall at the Gate C exit. With most of the flights from mainland Spain and other cities in Europe all arriving during peak hours, you may have to wait in a queue until a taxi becomes available. The taxis on Mallorca are easy to recognise as they are all white with Mallorca-flag-coloured red and yellow stripes on the doors and bonnet, plus they all have the universal illuminated taxi sign on the roof.
All fares in Mallorca are calculated by taximeter and start out at 2.90€ when picking up from the airport. Additional charges are levied after 10 pm in the evening and on weekends and national holidays. Taxis in Mallorca are only allowed to carry four passengers and that includes babies. Therefore, if you are travelling in a group or have a lot of luggage you would be better off using a private airport transfer company who can pick you up with a vehicle that best suits your requirements.
Ignore anyone who approaches you in or outside the arrivals hall offering you a ride to your destination. These are all illegal operators who do not have the required insurance.
Unfortunately for people who are used to using UBER for their airport arrivals, the rideshare service is not allowed to operate in Mallorca.
There are several companies in Mallorca offering private airport transfers, so to decide which one is best for you we suggest you read reviews of the company on TripAdvisor. Our favourite happens to be a company called Solhop, which incidentally happens to be the top rated private airport transfer company on the island. Booking with Solhop is easy too, as all their staff and drivers speak English.
For more detailed information, see our Palma Airport Transfer page.
Palma Mallorca International Airport is the third busiest airport in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, handling over 27 million passengers in 2017.
Being such a busy airport, all the major car hire companies such as Alamo, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, RecordGo, Enterprise, Thrifty, Avis, Budget, Goldcar, Rhodium, Interent, Keddy by Europcar have desks in the arrivals hall.
There are several off-site rental companies as well that provide a free shuttle bus to their lots and can be more competitive due to not being located at the airport. These include Centauro, OK, Hiper, Wiber, Dollar and Drivalia.
During the summer months there is a large demand for cars, so to avoid disappointment and to get the car that best suits your needs, it is important to book well in advance of your holiday.
All car hire companies have different policies when it comes to fuel, with most operating a system of you picking up the car with a full tank and bringing it back with a full tank. It is advisable to read your rental agreement closely and be sure to take out sufficient insurance so that you are covered for any eventuality.
For more detailed information on the topic, please also see our car hire page.
The driving distance from Palma Mallorca International Airport to Cala Rajada is just under 80 kilometres and takes around one hour and ten minutes on good roads all the way. When leaving the airport, follow the signs for Santanyi on the MA-19 motorway. After just two kilometres take Exit 10 towards Manacor. Continue driving on the MA-15 motorway for 40 kilometres until you see a sign for Cala Rajada (also spelt “Cala Ratjada).
There is no direct bus to Cala Rajada from Palma Mallorca International Airport. You must catch the Airport-Palma-Bus #1 to the main bus station at the Plaça d’Espanya in Palma. From there you need to take the #411 bus operated by TIB to Cala Rajada. The total journey time is just over three hours, including the transfer time in Palma.
For more information please also see our page “Taking buses in Mallorca“.