Sa Calobra Mallorca and its impressive Torrent de Pareis will leave visitors speechless. This natural setting leaves no one cold.
How do you get there? What can you do there? Do you enjoy hiking or you are one of those people who prefers to pedal?
Would you like to be impressed by a unique boat trip?
Read on and we’ll tell you all about it.
Sa Calobra is a majestic and iconic landscape that was declared a Natural Monument by the Balearic government in 2003. And since July 2011 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Cultural Landscape category,
The port is a natural refuge for sailors, situated on the steep north coast, between the mountains and cliffs of the Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca (it receives daily ferries from the port of Sóller).
The pebble and sandy beach, the picturesque stone buildings characteristic of the area, the imposing Torrent de Pareis (canyon) and the crystalline turquoise waters make this place an indispensable destination for excursions in Mallorca.
Where is it?
Sa Calobra is located in the municipality of Escorca, in the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains.
Since July 2011 it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the Cultural Landscape category,
Located directly at the mouth of the Canyon of Torrent de Pareis, it is a source of inspiration for artists and a must for hikers and cyclists on the island.
Its steep terrain makes access difficult, formed by a winding road of spectacular design, sensational beauty and countless bends.
The road that is not suitable for people who get dizzy or don’t have much driving experience on mountain roads.
The area lies in the shadow of Puig Major, the highest peak in the Balearic Islands at 1,445 metres above sea level and about 14 kilometres from Sóller on the road to Lluc.
One of the most comfortable, beautiful and fastest ways to visit them is by boat from the picturesque Port de Sóller, one of the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean.
Latitude: 39° 51′ 8″ N – Longitude: 2° 48′ 3″ E
Map of Sa Calobra.
How to get to Sa Calobra by boat.
There are several ways to get to Sa Calobra, but the boat trip is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience for locals and visitors alike.
The boat trip to Sa Calobra offers you an unforgettable day to share with friends and family.
The uniqueness of the landscapes to be crossed and the charm of the North Mallorcan coast, about 7 nautical miles, will make you experience a day at sea with your family, friends or partner that you will never forget.
The boat trip offers a visual and chromatic spectacle that is hard to forget. All the blue tones in the water merge with the ochre colour of the mountains and the green of Mallorca’s native vegetation.
Impress yourself with peace and quiet and a natural spectacle while cruising near the cliffs and steep slopes, where the visual landscape changes with every mile passed.
Caves, slopes, forests created by erosion and the passage of time form an orography that is a must for visiting sa Calobra.
Dedicate one day of your holiday in Mallorca to this excursion and get on a Barcos Azules boat without worrying about anything more than having fun, relaxing and spending an unforgettable day.
Enjoy the experience of travelling to one of the most magical areas of Mallorca, with the comfort of Barcos Azules, the most experienced shipping company that has accompanied you since 1975.
To buy the boat ticket to sa calobra, you can go online or to the blue boat offices, next to the jetty next to the municipal tourist office almost at the end of the pedestrian zone on the coast.
How to get to Sa Calobra by car or by bike.
The beach of Sa Calobra can be reached by car, bicycle or bus from the towns of Sóller or Lluc, to get to the Torrent de Pareis, one can do this only on foot by taking a short walk along the footpath.
Cycle path to sa Calobra:
Round trip by bike !
Sa Calobra is an indispensable excursion, normally planned by the thousands of cyclists who visit Mallorca every year.
The most experienced cyclists say that an incomparable adrenaline rush is triggered on arrival at sa Calobra, 10 kilometres downhill, surrounded by a simply spectacular and magical landscape.
The road to Sa Calobra is one of the most spectacular roads in the world.
The road, which could be seen in countless automobile advertisements, was built without the help of heavy machinery.
The approximately 12 km long road was inaugurated in 1933, an authentic engineering work that overcomes the 800 meter difference in altitude with a dizzying layout and meanders through the slopes of the mountain.
On the descent, you have to be very careful because the road is very winding, 180º sharp bends connected to large cliffs that make visibility difficult, and the influx of buses, cars and bicycles make it a dangerous road.
It is a narrow road without the white marking of the central strip, with few crash barriers and especially on rainy days the asphalt becomes dangerous.
The road has more than 10 curves of 180 degrees to circle the terrain, and one of 360 degrees, which is referred to as “nus de sa corbata” translated as tie knots,
The road to Sa Calobra is one of the most spectacular roads in the world.
Astonishing for the practice of the sport is its maximum gradient of 7%, which is ideal for sightseeing, and also allows you spectacular cycling views.
If you decide to make the excursion by car, you should know that in the area of Calobra there is a charge for parking.
How to get there from Palma.
From the capital of the island, Palma de Mallorca, you have several options to get to Sa Calobra.
One of the possibilities is to go by car to Port de Sóller and from there take one of the boats or ferries that go to Sa Calobra.
Another possibility is almost like time travel.
From the Plaza de España in the capital, it takes just over an hour to get there by train from Sóller – a 1912 train that winds its way down the slopes of the Tramuntana Mountains into the Sóller valley.
When you arrive in Sóller, the tram takes you to the port of Sóller, crosses the village and the market square and follows a wonderful route through the orange plantations to the sea.
The north coast of Mallorca is the most spectacular of the Balearic Islands. There are few traces of civilization in its landscape.
The sea blends spectacularly with the mountains and cliffs that rise out of the water and seem to fall into the sea, creating a visual spectacle that is hard to forget and that will fascinate you.
Sa Calobra is the area that lies directly at the rivermouth of the Pareis torrent and is formed by two beautiful small coves that open onto the sea and are surrounded by large rocks and cliffs, offering a small view of the gorge.
Sea and mountains merge to a beautiful landscape, where you can observe all the different blue tones of the water, where brown, ochre and grey of the mountains and cliffs are reflected as well as the green of the hundred-year-old pines. A beautiful spectacle that you will never forget, unique in the world.
Hiking route, excursion on foot from Soller to sa Calobra and back by boat
Sa Calobra can also be reached on foot – hikers who visit Mallorca walk this way and return by boat from Barcos Azules to the Port of Soller.
This is a convenient way to explore the area both by land and by water.
Don’t miss the experience of walking through one of Mallorca’s most spectacular places or the opportunity to explore the northern coast, which is best known for its difficult access to land by sea. Port de Sóller, where Barcos Azules is based, is the only port on the north coast where you can take refuge from the sea in bad weather.
What to do in sa Calobra, Mallorca?
Sa Calobra Concert
In 1963-4, the Catalan painter Coll Bardolet had the idea of using the acoustic conditions of a privileged natural auditorium.
He organised a concert in the Torrent de Pareis, which has become a must for music lovers even after his death.
The concert is currently taking place in the natural surroundings of the Torrent de Paréis under steep walls up to 200 metres high.
A magical event that is celebrated every year on the first Sunday in July,
The genres that are interpreted vary according to the year and range from classical music to gospel, jazz, folk, funk, etc….
Sa calobra túnel
Access to the mouth of the Torrent de Pareis to admire the majestic spectacle of its natural vertical walls is through the tunnel carved by man into the same rock.
The tunnel has a length of about 200 meters, carved into the rocks of the cliffs. It was built in the 50’s to bypass the steps and make the place more accessible.
Sa Calobra, magic sunset
What are the best places to see the sunsets in Mallorca?
Along the Serra de Tramuntana, where it touches the sea, there are magical places to see the most beautiful sunsets – places that offer the wonderful spectacle that makes way for the Mediterranean night. We refer to the moment when the sun says goodbye to the day and transforms colours into warm caresses for the soul.
The sunset in Calobra is a spectacle that will touch you, whether you watch it from land, water or boat.
Torrent de Pareis
To speak of Sa Calobra means to speak of the gorge of the torrent de Pareis, the handcrafted tunnel that takes you to the beach and gives you a taste of the spectacle that awaits you on the other side.
The Torrent de Paréis meanders through the mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana until its mouth reaches the sea.
Numerous painters have immortalized the majestic walls and imposing cliffs, their crystal clear waters.
It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is part of the SPA, a special protected area that extends as far as Cape Formentor.
The walk through this area is beautiful and will connect you with the essence of the wild nature that surrounds and characterizes the whole area.
Share the most authentic tranquillity of Mallorca, either with your family, partner, friends or enjoy this walk just by yourself.
At Torrent de Pareis you will feel connected to nature and listen only to the sound of the waves and smell the salty breeze blowing over the cliffs, while you enjoy your bath in crystal clear water.
Sa Calobra Beach
La Calobra beach is to the right of the port area. The sandy beach next to the picturesque stone buildings characteristic of the area makes this place a paradisiacal corner.