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Cala Matzoc
Artà
Type of beach pebbles
Cala Matzoc

Cala Matzoc is situated at 10,5 kilometres from Artà. The name comes from the round defense tower, Torre des Matzoc (18th century), which rises on Faralló d'Aubarca. This beach is the less frequented from Cala Torta, Cala Mitjana and Cala Estreta.

This small fine-grained sandy area, with pebbles and gravel mixed to posidonia on the coast, has at the rear some scrubland, bushes and coastal pine trees, whereas the high and steep area tries to shelter it from the winds of the first quadrant.

The fact that it is exposed to the wind blowing from northwest, north, northeast and east, as well as the morphology, explain that bathing here is very dangerous and anchoring boats on a sandy ground of four metres depth at two hectometres from the coast is a manoeuvre that requires an enormous concentration. There is also a dangerous sandbank, at 384 metres east-southeast from Torre d'Aubarca in front of Cala Matzoc. In the less deep point there are 2,4 metres. From all the southern beaches of this area, this cove is the one that is most sheltered from the winds from the southeast to the northeast. The nearest port facilities are located at Club Nàutic Cala Ratjada, at 5,4 nautical miles.

The accessibility by car is complicated. There is a track for four-wheel drive vehicles. You are recommended to reach the beach on foot on a spectacular coastal trail and a 20 minutes walk.

Because of this beach?s situation and exposure to winds, you must pay attention to weather conditions that make swimming and mooring boats unadvisable.

When the beach has a lifeguard service, you must follow the lifeguards? instructions and the warnings on flags. A red flag indicates dangerous swimming conditions and means that swimming is not permitted. A yellow flag indicates that precaution must be taken, but that swimming is permitted. A green flag indicates that swimming is permitted. An orange flag is used to indicate that the lifeguard is absent. Act cautiously when no lifeguard is present or the service is not available and enjoy the beach without taking any unnecessary risks.

For health and safety reasons, the municipal ordinances ban pets on beaches.


Information about this beach may change. To confirm the data or consult changes or new features, please contact the municipal tourism office below:
Tourist Information - Artà
General information on the island:
Tourist Information - Mallorca
Important Notice: This beach is located in a Marine Reserve Area. There are some restrictions on different activities including fishing, anchoring, sailing and diving.
Further informationon:
Reservas Marinas aguas exteriores
Reservas Marinas aguas interiores
Reserva Marina Llevant de Mallorca

Municipality information Artà

The municipality of Artà is situated at the north-eastern end of Majorca and it has one of the minor densities of population (43 inhabitants per square kilometre).

The name might be given by the Arab word Yartan, which was the name of this area during the Islamic period. The Christian king Jaume I who conquered Majorca (1229) called it Almudaina d'Artano, and it was named town in 1230 with the arrival of the premonstratense monks.

The landscape is formed by a wide central valley, surrounded by the mountains and a coastal area with system of dunes and some rocky areas. It has the highest hills of Serres de Llevant (sa Talaia Freda, 562 metres, and Puig d'en Ferrutx, 519 metres) and the Torrent de na Borges, in the mouth of which you can find Estany del Bisbe, which is two kilometres long.

There are endemic plants in danger of extinction of the Balearic archipelago, like holm oaks, bushes, pine woods and scrubland in this municipality. And some protected species like the black vulture, the fishing eagle or the kite fly over this place.

The tourism and the construction replaced the agricultural activity and the industry in the seventies of the 20th century. This municipality has the Teatre d'Artà (with a capacity for 460 people) since 2001, one of the best infrastructures of Majorca.

Its cultural variety includes Talaiot de ses Païses, Monestir de Bellpuig, Església de Sant Salvador, Església parroquial, Ermita de Betlem, edificio señorial de na Batlessa, where the painter Miquel Barceló has his graphic works.
The municipality has 14 beaches.
Main technical data
  • Length of the beach: 
    80 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    100 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No
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