Across Mallorca’s east coast, there are a series of mountainous uplands, reaching their maximum height (562m) in the surroundings of the town of Artá, which is situated in the far north east of the island.
The landscape consists of gentle limestone hills, with a coastline dotted with many idyllic unspoiled beaches, all in a typically Mediterranean environment where pine forests prevail and alternate with areas of low vegetation. Because of their high natural value and the very low level of development that this area has undergone, many of these places are now part of the Llevant Peninsula Natural Park.
From the town of Artá, a large torrential valley runs towards the coast, leading to the beach of Canyamel. The imposing entrance of the Caves of Artà opens up to the bay of Canyamel and towards the rocky mountainsides that stretch to the reddish coastal cliffs of Cap Vermell, which reach a height of 35 metres.
The towns of Cala Ratjada, Cala Mesquida, Font de sa Cala and Canyamel are popular tourist spots. There are two areas of great natural and scenic value which appear in the list of Natural Areas of Special Interest: the Valle de Sa Mesquida, which connects with the beaches of Sa Mesquida, home to one of the most important sand dune systems of the island known as “Munt Gros”, and the Valley of Canyamel from where you can see the entrance to the Caves of Artà.
Other visits of cultural interest include the Talayotic villages of Ses Países, Son Satres, Son Cabila, Son Favar, el Claper des Gegants and the fortified town of Capdepera and its Castle, one of Mallorca’s most important historic sites which dates back to 1300 AD. King James II of Mallorca ordered the “Castell” to be built. This is situated in a strategic area dominating the channel, and the island of Menorca can be seen from here.