About Sa Calobra
Sa Calobra is a stunning set of two beaches tucked in among steep rocky cliffs and divided by the Torrent de Pareis (river gorge), on the northwest coast of the island. Sa Calobra is rather difficult to reach but the scenery around it is so breathtaking that it has become one of the most popular beaches to visit, particularly in the summer months. Located off the main route that runs through the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, the journey to Sa Calobra is as much a part of the day’s adventure as the beach itself. Most easily accessed by one of the ferry boats that come a few times a day in July in August, it can also be reached by car or bus along an extremely winding road that is not for the faint hearted, though it boasts spectacular views.
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Sa Calobra consists of two beaches: Cala Sa Calobra, a tiny 30-metre long beach with small pebbles and sand. Here you’ll find parking and a few small restaurants serving good and simple beach food. The other beach, and generally the main attraction, is Torrent de Pareis, a larger beach about 100 metres long, which is accessed on land by a footpath stretching nearly one kilometre and via a narrow tunnel, making it one of the more unique and remote beaches on the island.
The water of Sa Calobra is crystal clear and turquoise blue. It is very calm and marked by buoys for the boats and yachts that frequently pass through. There are no water sports activities, and there are no loungers or umbrellas to rent so bringing your own towels and necessities is imperative. Though more pebbles than sand, it’s not uncomfortable to sit on as the pebbles are quite small. The beaches are clean and well maintained. Occasional jellyfish sightings in July and August don’t seem to keep people away.
After the adventure of arriving, the beaches are perfect for a day of total relaxation, where you feel like you have escaped, if you can manage to tune out the large crowds. At Sa Calobra you will find a mixed group of people, mainly an under-40 crowd, families, mostly with older children due to its accessibility, and hikers. Sa Calobra is not a party beach, though watching the sunset from here with a beer at the end of the day is surely on many bucket lists. Tourists dominate in summer but locals make the journey off season, appreciating the one-of-a-kind scenery that has inspired artists for generations.
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Safety and Access
The easiest way to arrive to Sa Calobra is by boat, whether your own or by one of the ferry boats that leave from Port de Sóller. It is about one hour on the ferry boat and it is best to check schedules before going as they are subject to change. The beach is also accessible by car or bus along an hour-long winding road accessed off the MA-10, that twists down through the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains. It’s worth stopping at least once to admire the magical scenery, and perhaps catch some air if you tend to get car sick. (Parents take note: this is not an easy road to travel with small children who are not great in cars). Hearty hikers might choose to walk the paths down to the beach, especially in the cooler months, and nearly all year long you’ll find cyclists clogging up the road, it being a favorite training route for good reason.
There are no lifeguards in Sa Calobra and facilities are at a minimum. Rustic, outdoor showers and simple toilets are on site. Cala Sa Calobra is handicap accessible, including wheelchair access, where was Tuent is much less accessible because of the walk into it. Paid parking is available at the entrance to Sa Calobra, but if you get there early you might catch one of the few free spaces further away.
Major Attractions near Sa Calobra
Because of its isolated location, there is not much else near Sa Calobra under an hour’s drive. If you do take a car, pay a visit to the Lluc Monastery, a pilgrimage site in Escorca, that was dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the 13th century. It is a rich, historical site in a beautiful setting.
Annually there is a concert
Things to do on Sa Calobra
There are no water sports on Sa Calobra, so a day here is more about relaxation and swimming. The main activity attraction is the long walk along the coast, past the harbour that passes through narrow tunnels which open up onto the second beach here, Torrent de Pareis. Be sure to pack other shoes besides flip-flops as there are some areas that are a bit steep and slippery. There are few souvenir shops along the path as well.
There is an annual outdoor concert held here each year in July which is a spectacular experience not to be missed!
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Restaurants on Sa Calobra
During the peak summer months there are several restaurants open to the public in both Cala Sa Calobra and along the footpath to Torrent de Pareis. Many are very basic self-service establishments that offer some Mallorcan dishes such as empanadas and tumbet, as well as chicken and chips. Sandwiches and ice cream are of course also available if you prefer to eat right on the beach. It’s probably a good idea to bring extra water and snacks during the off season as many restaurants and cafe’s are closed.
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Hotels near Sa Calobra
The closest hotels require driving up the winding road towards the small village of Escorca, where you can find listings for private home rentals and a few small, family run hotels. It is also possible to stay at the Lluc Monastery, which is a different experience. Accommodations are basic, but there are restaurants on site which is helpful as there are few other dining options nearby. Otherwise it is best to head further afield to Sóller, Port de Sóller, or Pollensa.
Nearby Sa Calobra
There is a small village of Sa Calobra but there is not much there but a couple restaurants. The closest towns to Sa Calobra are Pollensa and Port de Pollensa to the north and Sóller and Port de Sóller to the south. Both towns are full of restaurants, shops and cafe’s and are about an 1-2 hours drive from the beach depending on traffic.
Here you are surrounded by the Serra de Tramuntana mountains if you fancy a hike or bike ride. There are plenty of trails near to the beach and its surroundings.
A short drive from Cala Sa Calobra is Cala Tuent, another stunning cove beach set among the cliffs that is generally much less crowded. It won’t disappoint.
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