Complete guide to Cala Sa Calobra, the cove that will take your breath away

by | 28 Mar, 2024 | Beaches and Coves, Excursions, Nautical activities, Routes and crossings | 0 comments

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Muse of cyclists, wild landscape or pirate refuge. Each person who visits Sa Calobra comes up with a different adjective.

However, there is something common to all of them: The combination of sea, mountain and beach that leaves you speechless.

If you travel to Mallorca, you have to visit this paradise. Here is a complete guide to Cala Sa Calobra in Majorca: from how to get there, what to do, services available and some secrets that will leave you speechless.

Read on and get ready for the curves!

Cala Sa Calobra how to get there

Sa Calobra is a jewel located in the heart of the Sierra Tramuntana mountain range and is one of the must-see places in Mallorca, not in vain is it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here we tell you about all the options you have to get there.

How to get to Sa Calobra by road

Probably the 13 km of road through the landscapes of the Tramuntana mountain range are the most famous on the island.

Famous for its curves, for its incredible scenery and for the inexplicable nature of its existence.
According to Parietti, its builder, it is a road that “goes from nowhere to nowhere”, which makes its construction rather enigmatic.
Was it necessary to employ the unemployed in a job?
To suppress smuggling?
To admire and enjoy the scenery?
Whatever the case, what is certain is that the road exists and it is a marvel to travel it by car and a great feat to do it by bicycle. To get to Sa Calobra by car, you have three possibilities:

  • Do it from Pollença passing through the monastery of Lluc. It takes 1 hour and 20 minutes, for a distance of 42 kilometres.
  • From Soller via the Gorg Blau and Cuber reservoirs. It takes 1 hour 15 minutes and covers a distance of 38 kilometres.
  • Route from Inca. It is 37 kilometres and takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to cover.

All three options are beautiful.
They are routes that run between mountains, with lots of curves and breathtaking scenery, so you should be prepared to enjoy them slowly.
On arrival, you will find parking which is not cheap at all, but also, due to its small size, it is possible that it will be full depending on the time of year.
That’s why we recommend getting up early and arriving early.

If you are a brave cyclist, these routes will be a challenge for you. And if you manage to overcome it, enjoying the abrupt end of the land at the beginning of the immense blue sea will be a reward hard to forget.

And another option by road would be to do the route by bus. The Torrent de Pareis overlooking the bay of Sa Calobra on the island of Mallorca

How to get to Sa Calobra by sea

If you don’t have a car in Mallorca or you are a nautical enthusiast, the other way to reach Cala Sa Calobra is by sea.

Without a doubt this is our favourite option.

There are boat trips from the port of Soller in which you will sail along the entire coast to Sa Calobra.

The trip lasts 45 minutes, during which you can enjoy wonderful views of the Tramuntana mountain range and Puig Major, the beach of Cala Tuent, Sa Costera, the incredible mouth of the Torrent de Pareis and many more.

When you set foot on Sa Calobra, you will have free time at your leisure, so don’t miss our recommendations to make the most of the excursion.

What to do in Cala Sa Calobra?

Visit the port of Sa Calobra

This is not a post as such, but rather a few boats, reminiscent of the old fishing port that once stood here.

If you look closely, you will see that there are some dry docks, which are nothing more than a kind of shelter for boats in bad weather.

The small beach of Sa Calobra

The beach is small, but cosy like no other.

Wrapped between two enormous stone walls and with the mouth of the torrent in the background, it is a great spectacle. It is a pebble beach, so we recommend you wear booties.

It is also a great place to enjoy some snorkelling, although when the boats come, the beach becomes a bit noisy.

The tunnels of Sa Calobra

In the cove, there are two tunnels about 100 metres long that lead to the mouth of the Torrent de Pareis.

Excavated in the stone and well-lit, they allow pedestrians to pass through comfortably.

What’s more, as you walk through them, you can take photos from their “windows” and get some magical snapshots to share on your Instagram feed.

Visiting the old village of Sa Calobra

After a 20-minute walk from the beach, you can reach the houses of the old port. We can say that it is a small village 120 metres above sea level.

Its location we imagine was carefully chosen to be invisible from the sea, thus preventing the village from being plundered by pirates in times gone by.

Services available in Sa Calobra

Here are the services available at Cala Sa Calobra:

  • Public toilets and showers. Between the Sa Calobra cove and the Torrent de Pareis on foot, in addition to the tunnels mentioned above, you will find the public showers and toilets. Bear in mind that if you do not go in high season they may be closed.
  • Brisamar Restaurant. On the promenade leading from Sa Calobra, in the direction of the tunnel to the Torrente, you will also find the Brisamar self-service restaurant.
    The beer is served in very cold glasses, which is very nice in summer. And as for the food, you can opt for mixed dishes, salads and sandwiches.
    There will be opinions that the value for money is not the best possible, but the location justifies the price.
  • Bar Playa Sa Calobra. This is a small restaurant. It is the only one on the beach. It has beautiful views and a very cosy terrace.
    For lunch you can enjoy fresh fish by day, mixed dishes and sandwiches in a chiringuito-style bar, without great luxury, but in a unique location. It is not cheap, but considering the privileged and inaccessible location, again it is perfectly understandable.
  • Accommodation .As far as accommodation is concerned, I am sorry to say that there is no accommodation available in the cove itself. There is a refuge for hikers nearby, but if you want to spend the night you must go to the area of Sóller, Caimari or, why not, Pollença.

Final tips and recommendations

Finally, we leave you some recommendations:

  • Sa Calobra does not have lifeguards and the facilities are minimal. Please bear this in mind.
  • It is an accessible cove for disabled people, including wheelchair access.
  • Remember to get up early if you are travelling by car to avoid the car park being full.
  • There are no water sports or activities on offer, so if you are going snorkelling, remember to bring your own mask and snorkel.
  • In July every year an annual open-air concert is held at Torrent de Pareis, taking advantage of the incredible acoustics provided by the mountains.

And this is the end of this post about this fantastic cove, a must-visit if you are going to be in Mallorcan waters.