The village of Sa Calobra in Majorca
|Sa Calobra is a small village consisting of a few hotels by the sea in a rocky cove where the boats dock from Port de Sóller.|
Today, Sa Calobra became a favorite excursions tour of the island of Majorca. The place is, therefore, overcrowded.
|Road Sa Calobra|
|Until 1932 he lived in the small village of Sa Calobra than 32 people. It was possible to leave the village by sea or hill and dale by the painful and perilous path Torrent de Pareís through the highest mountains in Mallorca, reaching Escorca. Escorca was only a hamlet, with only a small church dating from the thirteenth century, and a few farms.|
Until today it is still unclear why this dizzying road was built. Certainly not in order to facilitate access to some inhabitants of Calobra or make access easier for smugglers.
|Coll of Reis.|
|This road 14 kilometers long, but only extends about 4 km away, plunged into the Bay of Sa Calobra, 900 m lower in rough and chaotic landscape of jagged rocks, strangely shaped carved by erosion, dominated by the Puig Major.|
Sa Calobra means "snake (Latin colubra)" in Catalan: Road Sa Calobra is indeed a long snake of asphalt that slips between the rocks to the sea
|The road is very busy, and we should be careful, especially in high season with the influx of tourist buses making the road more dangerous.|
|The "bow tie" (Nus de sa Corbata, Nudo de la Corbata)|
|Road Sa Calobra was designed by the Italian engineer Antonio Paretti who built it in 1932. His masterpiece is the "bow tie", a spectacular 270° loop: at Sa Moleta there was no other way to do, given the terrain, this dramatic curve.|
The road was built by hand, without using construction equipment.
|The Beach of Sa Calobra (Platja de sa Calobra)|
|The beach of Sa Calobra is a small beach in the shadow of the mountain.|
|The Beach Torrent de Pareís|
|The beach Torrent de Pareís (Twin River) is a small beach of sand, gravel and round white pebbles, bathed in very pure water, and surrounded by two huge rock giants, the Morro de sa Vaca ("Mouth of the Cow") and Morro de Sa Corda. The water is deep quickly, a feast for the brave who climb on rocks to make dives.|
The sandy beach bar the mouth of the Torrent de Pareís which in summer is only a trickle of greenish water. The show is different after heavy rains, when the river runs down in the gorge and rushes into the sea
|We reached the beach, north of Sa Calobra, after a fifteen minute walk through pine trees, a path 200 meters long carved out of huge blocks of rock that borrows both underground and a pontoon along the sea|
|We can comfortably walk up on 2 or 3 km, one end of the gorge the river until a steep rock blocking the passage.|
|This beautiful and heavenly mouth of the Torrent de Pareís was the inspiration of artists, every summer there is a concert choir with its excellent acoustics.|
The beach is unfortunately overrun by hundreds of tourists that pour bus every day, it is best to get there early in the morning or late afternoon.
|The Cove of Tuent (Cala Tuent)|
|After descending about 10 km on the road to Sa Calobra a bifurcation is encountered: taking a left towards the hills, we arrive after 4 km to Saint-Laurent chapel (Ermita de Sant Llorenç), a small medieval church perched above the coast.|
Continuing after the chapel, we arrive at the Kill Creek (Cala Tuent), a beautiful cove surrounded by cliffs, between the two headlands of Morro des Forat and Penyal Foradat, 5 km from Sa Calobra. At Cala Tuent leads Torrent de Sa Coma, which is the confluence of two mountain streams, the Torrent de s’Allot Mort and Torrent Gorg des Diners, flowing directly from the Puig Major.
The hamlet of Cala Tuent consists of a few houses built on the steep slopes of the Serra de Son Torella, covered with pine forest, old orchard temper the harshness of the mountain. Parking spaces are scarce.
The beach of Cala Tuent (Platja de Tuent) has a length of 180 meters and an average width of 55 meters. Pebbles, rocks and small sandy areas alternate. The water quality is excellent. If there is much less crowded than Sa Calobra, the beach is not deserted either.
There is a small restaurant on the north side. A link connects boat Sóller to Kill Creek.
|The Hike of Torrent de Pareís|
|This hike will bring you a wonderful landscape combining cliff jumping into the sea, clear water and the bed of a stream that winds through a narrow canyon that is walkable, Canyon Sa Fosca.|
On the road Ma-10, 5 miles north past the junction of the road to Sa Calobra, a small gazebo, the Mirador de Sa Casa Nova (altitude 664 m) is used to see below the notch cut by Parade Pareís.
The tour can begin Escorca, 4 km after the junction of the road to Sa Calobra, or from the road Ma-10 in front of a popular restaurant, the restaurant Escorca.
The river flows to Sa Calobra a great limestone gorge seven miles long, the hike takes about six hours of walking, sometimes difficult. This is a potentially dangerous hike that requires climbing skills, with the use of combinations and strings. The descent is not possible in winter or spring, or after rain, when the river water can reach the waist and the rocks can be dangerously slippery.
|Paid parking from 9:30-19:30 with a per minute rate of € 0.04 and a maximum of € 14.50 per day.|
|Some mediocre and overpriced restaurants in Sa Calobra.|
|Restaurant situated in Cala Tuent, the friendly service, with a terrace overlooking the sea Wide range of fish dishes and meat from 15 €.|
Carretera Cala Tuent S / N, Cala Tuent, Escorca
Phone: 00 34 971 517 105
Site on the Web: www.esvergeret.com