Sa Calobra, Mallorca: Discover its Beach & Torrent de Pareis Sa Calobra, Mallorca: Discover its Beach & Torrent de Pareis

Sa Calobra, Mallorca: Discover its Beach & Torrent de Pareis

Experience the most epic journey to Sa Calobra, Mallorca! Starting at one of the island’s highest mountain peaks, begin your thrilling descent down the sheer twists and turns of the famous Sa Calobra road. As you take the looping bends, dropping 700 meters down to sea level, admire jaw-dropping views of a mammoth limestone gorge. At the bottom, drivers are rewarded by one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, home to turquoise waters, cliff tunnels, and wild nature.

Visiting Sa Calobra

Located in the very northwest of Mallorca, Spain, discover the stunning hidden beach of Sa Calobra, sandwiched between 200-meter-high rock formations! To get there, drive the hairpin bends and sheer drops of Sa Calobra road, passing through a dramatic gorge.

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Torrent de Pareis

Torrent de Pareis is the name of the gorge that forms the route to Sa Calobra. This incredible limestone canyon was eroded by water over many years, creating a deep channel surrounded by towering cliffs. Many fascinating caves are also embedded in the rock.

Canyon Torrent de Pareis sa calobra mallorca

Many hikers follow this challenging route during the warmer, drier months when no water passes through the gorge. We recommend a good level of fitness and expertise (if in doubt, hire a local guide to help you!).

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Sa Calobra Road

The road to Sa Calobra is one of the most scenic we’ve ever driven on and a must-do on your Mallorca itinerary! 

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Sa Calobra, Mallorca: Discover its Beach & Torrent de Pareis

Most people leave from Soller and begin their ascent through the Tramunta Mountains to the summit of Coll dels Reis (730 meters high). You’ll drive along limestone-flanked roads that sometimes become even a squeeze for one car. Along the way, you’ll see slow-wandering donkeys and even the odd mountain goat scrambling to the summit.

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As you drive to the start of Sa Colobra Road, you’ll also pass the Mirador des Gorg Blau, a stunning viewpoint over an emerald lake. There are plenty of spots where you can stop and take photos before continuing your journey. (here is the exact location)

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Once you reach Coll dels Reis, you’ll begin your descent down the famous Sa Colobra road. This zig-zagging road has close to 30 jaw-dropping hairpin bends! Many of the curves are very tight, creating a snake-like effect down the mountain. Engineer Antonio Parietti intentionally designed this feature to eliminate the need for a tunnel.

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Things to know about the Sa Calobra Road

  • Watch out for the donkeys! They move slowly and can quickly emerge from behind the bends, so keep your speed to a minimum.
  • Before your descent, there’s a small food stall with a good viewpoint and snacks. The exact location is here.
  • The drive from Soller takes about an hour. However, the Sa Colobra road descent typically takes 25-30 minutes. Here is the complete route.
  • It’s not a drive for the faint-hearted! However, it’s a real adventure and well worth it for the incredible views over Torrent de Pareis and Sa Colobra beach. 
  • The road is popular with both coach trips and cyclists, which can cause higher traffic levels. Because of this, we recommend driving early in the day (before 9 AM). It’s also quieter later in the afternoon (after 4 PM). 
  • Time your journey so that you end your day at Coll dels Reis for sunset (here is the location). Absolutely magical! 
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Sa Calobra Beach

At the end of the Sa Calobra road, you’ll find yourself in the charming Port da Sa Coalobra. It’s very pretty, with bobbing fishing boats and catamarans and a few waterside restaurants. 

Sa calobra port beach mallorca

Although Port de Sa Calobra is charming, the real gem is the hidden Sa Calobra beach. The route there is remarkable: pass along sheer cliffs and through 2 narrow stone tunnels that, at some points, are only wide enough for one person to pass! At the end, gaze in awe as you emerge onto the most beautiful pebble beach. Note: It takes just 15 minutes to walk from the port to the beach.

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Sa Calobra is wide, but as the gorge narrows closer to the sea edge, so does the beach. At this narrower part, it can feel busier, especially during high season. However, even when it’s busy, it still feels incredibly wild and natural; you won’t find any sunloungers or umbrellas here!

Tip: If it’s too busy, you can also drive to Cala Tuent, the next remote beach to the south.

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Boat Trip to Sa Calobra

Although the Sa Calobra road is a real highlight, you can also reach Sa Calobra beach by boat in two ways:

By Ferry

Puerto de Soller to Sa Calobra: A standard ferry leaves 4 times a day (during high season) and returns in the afternoon. The journey takes approximately one hour. Check the ferry times here.

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Organized Boat Trip

Joining an organized boat trip to Sa Calobra can be a fun way to discover this remarkable part of Mallorca. Boat trips range in length and type, for example, by speedboat or catamaran, and include time for swimming and snorkeling. 

Tip: Some of these tours will take you to hidden spots away from the main Sa Calobra beach. This is a great way to enjoy the beauty of Mallorca without the crowds!

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How to Get to Sa Calobra

If you’re renting a car on your Mallorca itinerary, we highly recommend taking on the adventure of the great Sa Colobra road!

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Most people start the route from Soller, weaving their way up into the mountains to Mirador de Gorge Blau before their descent. The entire journey takes approximately one hour.

Note: If you leave from Palma, you’ll eventually join the same route (total journey time: 1 hour 30 minutes). 

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By Coach

If you don’t have a car or have limited time on your trip, booking an organized coach trip can be a good way to visit Sa Calobra. Please note that coaches travel at peak times of the day, meaning there can be quite a bit of traffic, and Sa Calobra Beach will be busier. 

Tip: There are no public buses to Sa Calobra. However, you can take a public bus from Palma to Soller (or the famous vintage train) and then take a taxi or boat from there to Sa Calobra.

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By Boat

An alternative way to visit Sa Calobra is by boat from Soller. You can either book the regular ferry or join an organized boat tour to explore more hidden spots.

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Restaurants

Although there are some restaurants at Sa Calobra port, they’re not the best on the island and are also more expensive because of their remote location. Instead, we recommend bringing a picnic to enjoy on Sa Calobra Beach (sustainable travel tip: don’t forget to take your trash away!)

If you do want to eat out, book a table at this restaurant in nearby Cala Tuent, or head back to Soller to take advantage of the many fantastic eateries there. Some of our favorites in the area are:

  • Restaurant Es Vergeret
  • Ca’n Llimona
  • Restaurant Corazon
  • Sa Figuera Restaurant
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Best Time to Visit Sa Calobra

Sa Calobra is stunning to visit at any time of the year, although the winter months can bring rougher seas (which can make the water less turquoise). Additionally, during the winter and early spring months, days can be wetter, creating a flow of water down Torrent de Pareis that cuts off the route for hikers.

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For these reasons, we recommend visiting in the late spring and early fall, when days are still sunny and warm, the balmy sea temperatures are ideal for swimming, and crowds are fewer. If you do visit in the summer, make sure to drive the Sa Calobra road before 9 AM or after 4 PM, so you won’t have to share the route with coaches.

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18/05/2024 https://www.saltinourhair.com/spain/sa-calobra-mallorca/
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