Sa Calobra Beach – updated 29 September 2022
A well-known remote cove on the west coast of Mallorca situated a short walk away from the incredible rocky river gorge, Es Torrent de Pareis.
It is a small and undeniably attractive white-pebble cove with blue-green crystal-clear water and is one of the most famous spots on the island.
There are two beaches in the cove, the first one is small and stony and is not the beach that everyone comes to see, that can be found by taking the paved path on the right-hand-side, which takes you through a short and narrow tunnel.
If you are planning to stay at the beach for a while, you’ll need to bring along some things to make you comfortable as there are no facilities there including a lifeguard. You will find bars and restaurants back at Sa Calobra where you will also find public toilets and first aid.
Inspiration to artists
The spot is indeed lovely and has served as an inspiration to artists past and present; however, it has become a victim of its own beauty. There are just too many tourists there and it’s a coach & car-fest during the summer crush.
The beach has a history dating back to the 18th century and it is even rumoured that the infamous pirate Red Beard docked in Sa Calobra.
Tourists flock to this location in their hundreds all year around to admire the jaw-dropping scenery and to enjoy the incredible journey there with its twisting roads and spectacular views.
With an 800m descent over 12km and the infamous 270-degree loop known as the ‘Knotted Tie’ and incredible mountain views of Mallorca’s highest mountain, Puig Major, the road to Sa Calobra is an adventure in its own right.
Es Torrent de Pareis was elevated to the category of Natural Monument in 2003 by the Government of the Balearic Islands.
There’s something really special about this trip to northern Majorca – the way in which you go sightseeing is part of the adventure. That’s because you’ll travel by coach, train, tram and boat during our exclusive excursion through Soller, Port de Soller, Sa Calobra and Lluc. What’s more, you’ll have an in-the-know local to show you around. Juan, one of our guides, says, ‘I was born and bred in Majorca, and have lived in the Soller region for years. You’ll see special places that most visitors miss out on.’
Hop on the century-old Soller train – think antique wooden carriages with brass fittings – and zigzag your way through the pine-clad Tramuntana Mountains, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s an experience oozing nostalgia. And as the train is electric, it’s a more sustainable way to travel. There’s also a trip on a tram linking Soller and Port de Soller, during which you’ll pass through orange groves and narrow tracks behind homes. And if you want some insider tips, your local guide can recommend the top restaurants for a real taste of the island’s cuisine.
With free time to find lunch, it’s a great opportunity to sample the produce Soller is famous for – oranges, ice cream and the highly regarded red Soller prawns. The journey from Port de Soller to Sa Calobra is by catamaran. You’ll have a little while to unwind on this impossibly beautiful beach, which is hemmed in by cliffs. Further in is the rocky gorge of Torrent de Pareis – nature at its rawest – Book now