Sa Calobra

Calcareous auditoriums to the turquoise sea after a meandering journey. Discover all that the cove of Sa Calobra in the Sierra de Tramontana has to offer.

Sa Calobra is one of the most impressive landscapes in Mallorca. In the north of the island and after crossing the Sierra de la Tramontana we can enjoy some virgin coves embraced by the rocks of this amazing landscape.

As it is one of the most inaccessible areas of the island, it is also one of the most special and has numerous endemic plants and animals (such as the ferreret toad) as well as some of the wildest coves in Mallorca.

In the municipality of Escorca, Sa Calobra takes its name from a small village in the area.

The road to Sa Calobra is 14 km downhill, with a gradient of 800 m, with stretches of 7% and many 180 degree bends and some 360 degree bends, such as the Nus de Sa Corbata which passes underneath the road. This famous 1932 road is the work of the engineer Antonio Paretti. It was made without large machinery and 30,000 cubic metres of stone were moved.

What to see in Sa Calobra

The journey to these coves from Palma takes an hour and a half and crosses the Tramontana mountain range in all its splendour. We have to bear in mind that there are hundreds of bends awaiting us on our route and many viewpoints with views of the mountain range and the coast, such as the Coll de Reis viewpoint. All of this is dominated by the 1445-metre Puig Major, the highest point in the Balearic Islands.

Karstic modelling and the erosion of limestone and dolomite form these impressive landscapes with all kinds of rock formations.

Sa Calobra is made up of two beaches: Playa de Sa Calobra and the cove of Torrent de Pareis. Cala de Sa Calobra has restaurants and old wharfs and fishermen’s huts. It is about 50 metres long and is made of pebbles and grey sand. The waters are crystal clear and turquoise in colour.

If we continue along the promenade that takes us to the mouth of the Torrent de Paréis we will pass through tunnels carved into the rock for pedestrians and arrive at this auditorium between 200 m high cliffs. Here, every year on the first Sunday in July, a free concert is held, the first edition of which was organised in 1964 by the painter Josep Coll Bardolet.

If we want to visit an unspoilt cove, we will go to Cala Tuent. A couple of kilometres from Sa Calobra we turn off. We pass the 13th century church of San Lorenzo and go down between bends to this beautiful undeveloped cove: crystal clear waters with only a fishermen’s hut overlooking the sea and the Sierra de la Tramontana. Sometimes this cove is visited by jellyfish, it is good to take this into account.

Things to do in Sa Calobra

Hiking along the Torrent de Pareis:

One of the most beautiful hikes we can do is to go down the Torrent de Paréis from Escorca. One of the most beautiful excursions we can do is to go down the Torrent de Paréis from Escorca. It is a medium-high level descent and takes about 5 hours, so you need to be in good shape to do it. From Café Escorca to Sa Calobra between ravines such as Gorg Blau and Sa Fosca and following the course of the Torrent de Lluc and Torrent de Pareis we can enjoy caves, torrents and the most unique nature on the island.

Both the Torrent de Pareis and Gorg Blau and the torrent of Lluc were declared Natural Monuments in 2003.

How to get to Sa Calobra

To go to Sa Calobra from Palma we can go via Sóller or via Inca: the duration is similar, approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Through Sóller: Take the Ma-11 road to Sóller, continue towards Port de Sóller until you turn off towards Sa Calobra on the Ma-10. After passing the Gorg Blau reservoir and at the height of Café Escorca, take the Ma-2141 road until you reach Sa Calobra.

By Inca: Take the Ma-13 dual carriageway to Inca, where you take the Ma-2130 road until you turn off onto the Ma-10. At the Café Escorca crossroads we head along the Ma-2141 until we reach Sa Calobra.

To go to Cala Tuent we turn off a couple of kilometres before reaching Sa Calobra, following the sign to Cala Tuent along the Ma-2141 road.

Tips for electric cars

As it is a 1.5 hour ride full of curves and slopes, it is important to plan ahead. We must also always be aware of cyclists and hikers that we may encounter along the way. Arriving at Sa Calobra we will also have to watch out for sheep and goats that sometimes cross our path.

In high season it is important to arrive early as Sa Calobra is a very desirable destination that fills up with tourists and you may not be able to find a parking space.

At the Sa Calobra car park there is a charger where you can park your electric car while it charges for a maximum of 4 hours.

Best places to eat in Sa Calobra

There are restaurants in the port of Sa Calobra where you can have a bite to eat, but their opening depends on the season. Our recommendation is to enjoy the day with a relaxed picnic on the beach itself or by going into the torrent, where you’ll find much more peace and quiet. 

If you want to surprise your partner or friends with one of the best picnics in Mallorca, don’t hesitate to contact Picnicdeal. They have customisable picnic kits and baskets that will make your visit to Sa Calobra an unforgettable experience. Order in advance and pick it up near any Muvon station in Palma, ready to take and enjoy at your destination. 

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