Cala de sa Calobra

Cala de sa Calobra (Cala de la Calobra) is one of the “must sees’” for land based tourists visiting Mallorca. Unfortunately for sailors the bay is not that user friendly as the anchorage is deep and the bottom a mix of slippery, silty shingle and patches with hard sand. However, in settled weather Cala de sa Calobra is a spectacular cove to spend lunch or have a swim stop. I would recommend you give anchoring a go and if needs be leave someone on board while the rest of the crew mingle with  the hoards of tourists on the beach.

If you arrive here early you might be wondering what all the fuss is about as you will probably have the place to yourself! Likewise, if you are feeling confident and stay late into the evening or overnight, the beach will be yours alone. As with most tourist sights the crowds start arriving after 10am and leave by 4pm. Trip boats ply their trade all day and dozens of tour buses traverse the sinuous road down to the tiny village of Sa Calobra to decant yet more people so, if nothing else, it can be fun to relax back here and just watch the flocks of tourists come and go.

The tiny sandy beach of Cala de sa Calobra (which can barely be seen at the height of summer for sun reddened bodies!) is protected on both sides by towering cliffs while behind it the Torrente de Pareis puddles into a blood-warm lagoon and eventually wiggles its way to the sea. This creek can be a raging torrent as the name suggests but by the height of summer it is usually reduced to a gentle trickle. The acoustics are wonderful in the gorge and in winter they hold concerts here. A cleverly constructed rock tunnel links the main beach with the small cove to the west and the road end where there are a few beach bars but no other facilities. The bars/cafes do not stay open in the evening.

There several pleasant short walks ashore including into the 5km long canyon behind the main beach but perhaps these are best used when there are less people about.

Warning: Although you may be tempted to spend the night in Cala de sa Calobra, I would not recommend it unless the weather is exceptionally benign. This coast is renowned for its unpredictable weather and Soller (to the south) is the only safe harbour available.

 

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