Sa Calobra - the small village with the special bay
A small spot on this earth - about 32 kilometres northeast of the island capital Palma de Mallorca - attracts thousands of visitors every year: Sa Calobra.
Sa Calobra - the coastal villageA very special place on the northwest coast of the Balearic island Mallorca is the small coastal village Sa Calobra with its approximately 90 inhabitants. Once it was only possible to reach the collection of few houses in the mountainous region Serra de Tramuntana by boat via the sea route or on foot via a difficult, steep path, as they are located directly above the steep bay Cala de sa Calobra.
Today, an adventurous serpentine road, which overcomes an altitude of 700 metres on 12 kilometres and offers unique views, connects the tranquil village with the main road to the popular holiday and harbour resorts of Port de Sóller, Fornalutx and Pollença. There is also a regular bus service along the route. Since the master builders wanted to follow the terrain with the road, it circles around itself at a point with a 270 degree curve. Nevertheless, it is still most beautiful to travel by boat to the impressive bay - regular excursion boats start from the harbour in Port de Sóller. Every year more than 30,000 visitors come to experience the World Heritage Region up close.
What makes this small mountain village so interesting?
There are several reasons why you should visit Sa Calobra on a trip to Mallorca. The Serra de Tramuntana is not a UNESCO World Heritage Site for nothing, as the wildly rugged landscape is simply beautiful. Already the arrival via the serpentine road or by ship to the bay is an experience in itself. From the village, a path of approximately 600 metres leads to an impressive natural monument: the Torrent de Pareis gorge in a small gravel bay. In Spain, waterfalls and torrents that often leave deep notches in the landscape are called torrents. Here, too, the torrential water has created a bizarre gorge that has created a breathtaking backdrop. However, the Torrent de Pareis only has water in the winter months or during heavy rainfall. In spring and autumn, the region is an ideal destination for hikers and nature lovers. In the bay you can also snorkel and swim.
Don't forget your camera!
On hot days we recommend a detour to the pebble beach Platja de sa Calobra below the settlement, which is only about 50 metres long and 20 metres wide and is framed by rugged rocks and pine trees. From here you have a wonderful view over the azure blue Mediterranean Sea. In the high season there is also a small bar open. Further bathing possibilities can be found in the bay Cala Tuent, which can also only be reached via the serpentine road. It lies directly at the foot of Puig Major, the highest mountain of the mountain range. A popular photo motif are the unique stone houses, which were built on the edge of the steep slopes. However, you should avoid entering the water in strong winds, as the waves and currents can be very dangerous. Directly above the bay there is a single house - it is the restaurant Es Vergeret, where delicious Mediterranean and Mallorcan specialities are on the menu. The spectacular panoramic view is included!
An unforgettable active holiday
The Serra de Tramuntana on the north-west coast of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca is a popular destination for active holidaymakers who enjoy hiking and the tranquillity of nature. There are no water sports on the beach Platja de sa Calobra and everything you need for bathing should be brought along by yourself. Nevertheless, in the high season it can sometimes get crowded when the visitors of the Torrent de Pareis are looking for a short cool down. Both the bay and the beach are very well known and are part of the programme of many boat tours. However, there are no hotels or holiday resorts here, as the next holiday resorts are Sóller, Port de Sóller and Pollença. Only a few typical Majorcan fincas can be rented. A tip for excursions: By train from the island capital Palma to Sóller, then by the famous tram "Roter Blitz" to Port de Sóller and then by boat to the bay of Sa Calbra. The railway runs over gorges, along steep slopes and through olive groves - a moving experience. Or you can rent a car in Sóller and embark on a serpentine road adventure.