Cala Torta is a virgin beach in northeast Mallorca, with no parasols or sun loungers and, most importantly, no toilets. Driving there is a bit of a slog, as the road is long, winding and, in places, rather bumpy.
Arriving on a fine day, expect to see a large number of vehicles already parked here.
The beautiful Cala Torta beach is for those who prefer more natural surroundings for their day on the sands. It is also where you’ll find Dolores and Manolo’s beach bar – well known for its delicious fresh seafood lunches.
It’s nothing more than a wooden hut with a small decked area at the front and long tables and benches alongside, where you kick off your flip-flops and bury your toes in the cool sand. You can’t book until you arrive, when you can add your name to the list.
Lunch starts early here and, shortly after one o’clock, locals and tourists were already sitting on the deck, so we sat at the long side tables. We didn’t see the menu, as most people either know what they want or – as the family next to us did – order what they’ve seen someone nearby eating. The beach bar offers whatever was fresh that morning, cooked simply on the grill.
The ‘parrillada’ – the mixed seafood dish – is the big treat dish (especially if you’re on holiday). Share this platter and you and your lunch companions will be quiet for some time. We also shared bread and olives, and a salad – a simple combo of lettuce, sliced tomato and onions, with no dressing (condiments are provided on the tables).
Be aware …
Although you can buy soft drinks, water, beers, or the Spanish house red or white wines, bear in mind that Cala Torta is a loo-free zone!
If you sit at one of the long tables (with bench seating), diners joining you may be smokers.
We do not recommend the pre-sweetened black coffee (250ml) in self-heating cans.
Lunch here isn’t cheap: our bill was not itemized and showed only a total amount. But you do get well-cooked fresh seafood and eat on Mallorca’s beautiful Cala Torta beach.
And, on a clear day, you can see Menorca. Don’t you deserve such a treat?