A secluded spot in stunning surroundings awaits you here.
What Is Sa Calobra and Torrent de Pareis? #
One of the more isolated places on the northwest coast of Mallorca, Sa Calobra is a small village in the Escorca Municipality. This place has one designated beach but you’ll actually find two small beaches to enjoy, each with grainy sand. The “unofficial” beach sits in front of the small village tucked into the bay Sa Calobra. The official beach stretches between the cliffs at the point where the canyon Torrent de Pareis reaches the sea.
Getting to Escorca Municipality #
No easy way exists to get there. But if you click the map below, you'll get directions from your location. The great challenge is to maneuver through hair pen curves and narrow gaps in the cliffs. Drive slowly and do not be afraid even when your passengers start screaming - which usually happens, especially if you encounter a busload full of tourists.
How to get to the beach? #
Each is only a short walk from the village, made remarkable by spectacular rock tunnels that, according to a visiting diplomat, resemble the terrain of Syria. Both calas are small, but each resides in absolutely stunning surroundings. A mix of sand, gravel, and small stones line the shore. Expect clear water in many shades of turquoise, particularly near Torrent de Pareis.
Sa Calobra provides a special beach experience for a very small price: fewer comforts than usual. With no services for beach goers and the rocky terrain, this is the least child friendly beach on our list.
Suggestion on accessing the beach #
"The easiest way to reach Sa Calobra is by boat, from Soller, along the fascinating coastline. Allow me to add a personal photo of this magical place."
Nature and wildlife is diverse #
This area is protected as a National Monument of Torrent de Pareis within the UNESCO World Heritage Center of the Serra de Tramuntana. With over 300 species of flora and fauna, you'll see the Wild Goat and Endangered Black Vultures. Some of the best birding can be seen here. You'll also find wildflowers like the Primrose and other native plants. To see an unusual animal, hiking in Canyon de la Calobra, you might catch a glimpse of a genet or "gineta," small carnivore of the genus Genetta having spotted sides and tail in the form of a ring like this one below. Please send in your photos with a short description and, if we can use them, we'll give you copy and photo credit.
More on the area #
Allow time to visit the port village of Sa Calobra. Officially dubbed the Coll del Reis or the Col de Cal Reis (though it is often referred to the village name), the single winding road is a popular destination for coach trips and cyclists with its many hairpin curves. Hiking and climbing make this beach one for the athletes in your crew. A music concert each July on the beach under the cliffs of Torrent de Pareis is truly a magical experience. Just as in 2020, for 2021, no public events are planned due to COVID19. Please check with us on any changes to the schedule.
Since the "unofficial" beach is right in front of the small village in the bay Sa Calobra and the official one is situated between the cliffs where the canyon Torrent de Pareis reaches the sea, you may not be able to see the official beach if there is seasonal flooding. It’s only a short walk from Sa Calobra, partly through spectacular rock tunnels that according to a diplomatic friend stationed in Aiden Syrian looks remarkably like the terrain of Syria. Both calas are small, however situated in absolutely stunning surroundings. They have a mix of sand, gravel and small stones. The water is very clear and has different shades of turquoise, in particular the beach by Torrent de Pareis.
The beaches are definitely worth a visit if you want a special beach experience and are prepared for a little less comfort than usual. There are no services at this beach. This is the least child friendly beach of our selection.
The port village of Sa Calobra is a popular destination for coach trips and cyclists and is accessible by a single winding road features many hairpin curves. The climb is officially the Coll del Reis or the Col de Cal Reis, though it is often referred to by the name of the village at its base. Hiking and climbing make this beach one for athletes. The annual music concert in July on the beach of the cliffs of Torrent de Pareis is truly a magical experience.
Scenes of Sa Calobra and Torrent de Pareis in Cloud Atlas
To see this area of Mallorca from the sea, the air and on land, to take in all of this place that you may miss simply by driving to the village then hiking to the beach, watch the movie Cloud Atlas. We have included a link for the trailer that has a few scenes. If you have adventure in your soul, watch the full movie. Over half of the scenes were filmed in Mallorca's Escorca municipality.
Warner Bros. Cloud Atlas Trailer
By Memphis Holland
24 September, 2021