POINTS OF INTEREST / Sa Calobra
Sa Calobra is situated at 38 kilometres from Sóller, between Morro de sa Vaca and Morro de ses Fel.les and below the Puig Major (1445 metres high), the highest mountain of the Balearic Islands. The highlight of this very small beach with sand, gravel and pebbles comes after the pedestrian tunnel along the steep and abrupt cliffs, from where you can reach the wonderful mouth of the Torrent de Pareis, which has been an inspiration for artists and where there is a choir concert each summer due to the excellent acoustics. This fact explains that the beach is very popular both for local visitors and tourists on the seaway or on a spectacular road with 14 kilometres of curbs, 12 of 180 degrees and one of 360, known as Nus de sa Corbata (the knot of the tie), with 900 metres difference in level.
other points of interest
There are plenty of hikes around the island for beginners and experts that lead to some of the most outstanding beaches in Mallorca. Hikes between 30 minutes and 2 hours can lead you to empty beaches with beautiful views just for you. The natural park Llevant for example will walk you through the mountains in the north and has plenty of small paths allowing you to see deserted coves and beaches.
This excursion takes you through the coast and the mountains of the northern peninsula and is a great way to see the best nature in Mallorca. Moreover, the peninsula La Victoria is considered one of the most beautiful spots on the island because of its unspoilt nature and the beautiful landscapes. After the hike you can enter a cave once used by smugglers. This hike is great for both beginners and experts and takes you through an area declared as a “Natural Area of Special Interest”.
Banyalbufar is another hiking location that offers a variety of hikes that vary in distance and difficulty. Close to Palma, hikers can choose a more challenging and mountainous route, or stick to easier trails that have both wonderful sea and mountain views. Also in the area are many traditional Mallorca homes and small towns.
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Torrent de Pareis
Experienced and fit hikers with walking boots will enjoy this difficult and somewhat dangerous hike that leads them to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. The best season is from May to September, but even then the canyon may be full of water from a heavy rainfall, requiring you to swim through some parts! It is slightly easier to hike uphill from Sa Calobra to Escorca because the climbing passages are easier in the ascent, but you can also start from Escorca and have the bus from Sa Calobra bring you back up. There are ropes left in the climbing parts, but it is better to bring your own in case. If you’re in for a physical challenge with amazing views this hike is for you, but be careful! There have been accidents and recues for inexperienced hikers here!