Capdepera to the Lighthouse of Cala Ratjada

This hike will start with some history in the beautiful village Capdepera and end by a beautiful lighthouse, surrounded by dreamy places to take swim in the Mediterranian ocean in Cala Ratjada. Anyway, we’ll start from the beginning. Capdepera is a small municipality located in the North-East of the island of Mallorca. The historic village is mostly known for the glorious Castle of Capdepera.

Castle of Capdepera

The castle of Captepera is a great fortress from the 14th century. When the village of Capdepera was founded in during that time it was by royal decree that that this fortress was built. The purpose was housing for the residents in Capdepera in order to protect them from pirates – therefor the walled village later became known as the Castle of Capdetera.

Castle of Capdepera
Castle of Capdepera – picture borrowed from

Legend has it that Capdepera’s citizens hid in during battles in the castle and was safe thanks to the great wall. The invaders were later driven away by fog. As a reminder of the miracle the happening is recorded in the castle and every year Capdepera had an annual fiesta to remind them of it. By climbing the steps from the market square in the town, called Placa de Orient – you will reach the castle. Make sure to pay it a visit before beginning the hike – it is beautiful its history echoes in the walls.

There is a small entrance fee and during season the castle opens the gates from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm. Read more about the Castle of Capdepera.

The hike from Capdepera to the lighthouse of Cala Ratjada

Capdepera to the Lighthouse of Cala Ratjada
Capdepera to the Lighthouse of Cala Ratjada
Capdepera to the Lighthouse of Cala Ratjada[/caption] Capdepera to the Lighthouse of Cala Ratjada[/caption]Over the years the battles stopped and the citizens of Capdepera relocated to the bottom of the over 150 meter hill which today is the still developing modern town of Capdepera. This is were the hike starts. The walk is very pleasant and only about two kilometers long. You will find the way quite easy – when arriving to Cala Ratjada you have to climb in order to get to the Cala Ratjada lighthouse. After the climb – be sure to enjoy a swim in at one of the many nearby beaches.

The beaches of Cala Ratjada

Cala Ratjada’s beaches are very popular on the island of Mallorca thanks to their fine white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. They are ideal not only to soak up the sun and cool of in the salty sea – but also is you are sporty. On the beaches of Cala Ratjada you can enjoy many of the numerous water sports. A lot of people come here to dive, water ski, windsurf and sail. The main beach in Cala Ratjada is the beach of Son Moll. It is located south of the harbour and spreads out over 150 meters with a depths of over 50 meters. This beach gets very crowded during the summer months – I would say that the slightly smaller beach of Cala Gat, east of the harbour, is equally beautiful, and equally popular.Close by or with just a short transport from those beaches you can find the more quiet choices if that is what you prefer, my top choices are the beach of Cala Agulla or the beach of Cala Mesquida.

Cala Ratjada Lighthouse
Cala Ratjada Lighthouse

Both Capdepera and Cala Ratjada are located in the northeastern part of the island of Mallorca. Easiest to get here from Palma is by car.


If you have any questions – just ask! Otherwise I hope you enjoy the hike!

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Raw Rice Paper Spring Rolls – a Recipe

Raw rice paper spring rolls are a new favorite dinner of mine. They are super easy to make, you can basically put anything you like in them, and most importantly – they are ridiculously healthy and delicious.

Raw rice paper spring rolls

Raw rice paper spring rolls

These fresh and healthy raw rice paper rolls are served with a flavorful peanut dipping sauce. I have heard that some of you are asking for som tips of how to make these (as it can be a little tricky in the beginning) so along with the recipe I will give you a few tips.
Raw rice paper rolls are one of those meals that most people really love but also assume are just a little too tricky to make.
The rice paper rolls are completely clean, fresh and vegan – but feel free to add your favorite flavors – everything from the protein of your choice to other vegetables can be easily added. To give the rolls extra flavor I made a peanut dipping sauce – if you do not have time, just mix Japanese soy sauce, lime and honey – super fresh too!
Most the ingredients can be found in the ordinary supermercado but some of them you will only find in Asian food markets. If you are in Palma, there is one located on Avinguda de Joan Miró 38 – the store is called Especial Nisha Stores.

Tips to make rice paper spring rolls easy

I have three tips on how to neatly roll the rice paper rolls:
my first tip is to use two rice papers per roll, I have come to understand that one of the most common problems is that the papers can burst quit easy.
put the the kale and carrots in the middle and the softer ingredients around them – so that their sharp edges do not break the paper.
do not put too much filling in each roll – if your super hungry – make more rolls.

Raw rice paper spring rolls

This is what you need and how you make them (6 rice paper rolls):
12 sheets of round rice paper (these can be found in any Asian food market)
100 grams of Kelp noodles (these are raw noodles made from sea grass, also found in Asian food markets)
1 mango
1 avocado
2 carrots
1/4 red kale head
Chili pepper (how much is depending on how hot you want it)
Sesame seeds
Fresh cilantro

Raw rice paper spring rolls

How to make raw rice paper spring rolls

Place cilantro leaves, sesame seeds and noodles in the bottom than place the filling in the middle of the paper. Fold over the bottom of the paper gently, then fold in the edges and roll up the roll, it will stick easily.

Peanut dipping sauce (non raw)

This is what you need and how you make it:
1 onion
1 table spoon coconut oil
1/2 deciliter peanut butter (I prefer the crunchy kind)
2 1/2 deciliter coconut milk
2 table spoons sweet chili sauce
2 table spoons Japanese soy sauce
Fry the onions in coconut oil. When the onions are golden brown, add the peanut butter and stir. Add coconut milk, sweet chili sauce and Japanese soy and let the dipping sauce boil down until it got the right consistency, decide how you like it!

Raw rice paper spring rolls

Serve them just as they are with a small bowl of dipping sauce for each guest – a healthy, delicious and very beautiful meal!


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