The Torrent de Pareis beach is located at the mouth of a torrent that rises 180 metres above sea level and crosses the Tramuntana mountain range over a length of 3.300 metres.
Located in the northwest of the island of Mallorca, it is born in S’Entreforc, in the municipality of Escorca, thanks to the confluence of the Lluc and Gorg Blau streams, the latter coming from the reservoir of the same name.
The erosion and abrasion of torrential water and wind action on the predominant limestone rock in this area of the island initiated a process of karstic dissolution millions of years ago, giving rise to multiple changes in its initial morphology and creating the fracture that we see today full of caves and chasms. Its jewel in the crown is the outlet of this torrent into the Mediterranean Sea, forming a beach that emerges from the sea between two rocky elevations of up to 200 metres high, as if they were two sculptures.
Don’t confuse Torrent de Pareis and Sa Calobra. Sa Calobra is a small tourist village located in Escorca and here you will find the Port de Sa Calobra, the cove of Sa Calobra and the beach of Torrent de Pareis. This last one ( of which we are talking about here), is formed at the outlet of the Torrent de Pareis, the island’s best-known torrent.
The ensemble formed by the port and both beaches has given rise to one of the most admirable and spectacular spots on the island. For this reason, it has been declared a Natural Monument by the Government of the Balearic Islands and we can affirm that it is one of the most impressive settings on the island and, without a doubt, one of the essential things to see on your holidays in Mallorca.
How to get to Torrent de Pareis
There are several different ways to get to Torrent de Pareis, each one of them a real adventure, as visiting this impressive natural monument leaves no one unimpressed.
Road to Sa Calobra
To reach the Torrent de Pareis by road, you must take Sa Calobra’s road, which is located in the heart of the Sierra de Tramuntana and is one of the most spectacular routes in Spain.
Allowing you to enjoy an enormous scenic beauty through the valleys, holm oak forests or the highest peaks in the surrounding area, Sa Calobra (snake in Mallorcan language, because of its winding route) is a road with vertiginous curves that trace endless ‘zig-zags’ and which are the work of the Italian engineer Paretti, as well as the road leading to the Formentor Lighthouse.
Entering Sa Calobra is impressive in itself. You will cross one of the arches of the emblematic and imperial Turixant Aqueduct and you will cross beautiful viewpoints and the famous “tie knot” where you will change direction with a 360º turn.
Although it is not suitable for sensitive people, you should know that although you should be careful at all times… the road is safe, the asphalt is in very good condition and there are crash barriers all along the route.
⚠️ ATENCIÓN:ATTENTION: As of today, the Sa Calobra road is about to begin reconstruction work, which is scheduled to start on Monday 27 February 2023, weather permitting, as snow is expected at altitudes of 300 metres.
These works are due to the landslides that occurred on 7 February 2023 when one of the retaining walls of the road gave way.. Since then, traffic has been closed to tourism but open to residents.
The passage of any of the permitted vehicles will always be less than 10 tonnes, which is below normal but still allows the safety and integrity of the affected area and the rest of the road to be maintained.
Getting to the beach of Torrent de Pareis by car
To get to Torrent de Pareis by car, you can depart from two villages located on opposite sides of the island, and one or the other will suit you depending on where you are staying in Mallorca.
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Therefore, you can get to Torrent de Pareis from:
- Lluc, which is located in the middle of the Tramuntana mountain range and is accessible both from Caimari and from Pollença. The road is the Ma-10 and the route is about 24 km long, approximately 45′.
- Sóller, well connected with Palma and Santa Maria. Also the Ma-10 road which is the road of the Sierra de Tramuntana and the journey time is 1h 5′, about 48 kms.
Our recommendation is to make this journey by car. Our experience tells us that it is a very long journey and can take even longer if it is done, for example, by bus.
The road can be dangerous on a motorbike and is only recommended if you are a lover of two-wheeled motor vehicles and have enough skills and abilities. If so, then you’ll have a great time with all the curves and bends on this road.
But be careful not to speed up and run too fast, as cycling on this road is a very popular activity throughout most of the year, and along the route you will come across dozens of exhausted cyclists who ride at very slow paces and cause crowds of cars. So if you encounter them, stay calm and be respectful of them.
Travelling with children to Torrent de Pareis
If you are going to visit Torrent de Pareis or Sa Calobra with children, traveling by car will be your best option. Get rid of the idea of hiking to Sa Calobra with the youngest members of the family because this route is totally contraindicated for them for the reasons we tell you here.
Parking at Torrent de Pareis and Sa Calobra
At the end of the journey to the Torrent de Pareis, you will first arrive at the beach of Sa Calobra where you can park your vehicle in a car park, which costs five cents per minute, not exceeding €15 per day. You will not be able to leave your car anywhere else in the area.
Then, to access the beach of Torrent de Pareis you will have to walk about 5′-10′, going through a tunnel with neon lights and a couple of “windows” (holes created in the stone as windows where you can take some picturesque photos) until you reach the beach. You will find out why the Torrent de Pareis is the most impressive of Mallorca’s natural monuments.
Going by public transport to Torrent de Pareis beach
It is not currently possible to reach Torrent de Pareis by public transport, although it is possible to get there by bus through private companies that offer excursions by bus and van.
Getting to Torrent de Pareis by boat
Arriving by boat to the area of Sa Calobra is a very good option, especially if you have a hard time with curvy roads or suffer from severe vertigo, as the scenery and the road, although spectacular and unique, can be hell for people with these difficulties.
There are several excursions and group activities with the Torrent de Pareis as the final destination. Most of them have a pick-up and drop-off service to Palma, which is where the activity starts, or you could arrive by public transport to Port de Sóller and from there just hire the boat.
In the case of booking one of the complete excursions, the pick-up service operates in the following areas:
- North: Can Picafort, Playa de Muro, Port d’Alcudia, Port de Pollença and Cala Sant Vicenç.
- East (Levante): Cala Mesquida, Cala Ratjada, Font de Sa Cala, Canyamel, Cala Bona, Cala Millor, Sa Coma and S’Illot.
- East (Calas de Mallorca): Porto Cristo, Cala Mandía, Punta Reina, Calas de Mallorca, Portocolom, Cala Ferrera, Cala d’Or, Cala Egos, Porto Petro and Cala Barca.
- South (Colonia de Sant Jordi): Colonia de Sant Jordi, Cala Figuera and Cala Santanyí.
Once in Palma you will take the famous Sóller train. Once there, you will transfer to a tram to the final station at the Puerto de Sóller, where you will board the boat that will take you to Sa Calobra.
Boat rental with and without licence in Torrent de Pareis
If you prefer to visit the Torrent de Pareis at your own pace, you can also get there by private boat or rental boat, although you should bear in mind that the part that faces the sea is subject to a strong pounding from the sea. Therefore, in this case we do not recommend renting a boat without a licence as it is not very advisable to anchor boats if you are not an experienced captain, although on very calm days you will see many boats in these waters.
If you want to rent a boat departing from the Port of Sóller you can do it from here. We recommend that you use the search filters and select the option to navigate with a pattern. All you have to worry about is relaxing and admiring the beautiful surroundings!
Cycling and cycle touring on the road to Sa Calobra
One of the sporting feats you can do during your trip to Mallorca is to reach Sa Calobra and the Torrent de Pareis beach by bicycle. However, as we explained earlier, it is a feat within the reach of very few due to both the difficulty and the distance of the route.
There is a circular cycling and cycle touring route that starts and ends in Puerto de Pollença, which covers a distance of 104.45 km. Its estimated time of execution is 5h 30′ and with an accumulated level of ascent and descent of 2,271 m up to a maximum height of 713 m.
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Information on the map of the cycling route from Puerto de Pollença to Sa Calobra
Mallorca and the route along the road of Sa Calobra to the Torrent de Pareis monument has become one of the most popular destinations for cycling tourism in recent years.
On the map we detail everything you need to know and explain what you will find while cycling:
- Exact route and villages you will cross.
- Detailed location of the peripheral mountain system.
- Total distance of the route.
- Maximum and minimum accumulated altitude.
- Maximum height reached during the route.
- Estimated time to complete the route.
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Departing from Puerto de Pollença and heading towards Lluc, the first village you will come across is Pollença, one of the most charming towns in Mallorca. In Lluc you should stop to contemplate the Monastery, for its undeniable architectural beauty and historical value.
When you get to the cove of Sa Calobra you will be able to leave your bike, sit for a while to rest and take a breath of fresh air in the many bars and restaurants or go directly to the wonderful beach of Torrent de Pareis as we explained above in the section of how to get there by car.
Activities in Sa Calobra and Torrent de Pareis
On your visit to the beach of Torrent de Pareis you will be able to do a wide range of activities, which are detailed below.
Excursion through Torrent de Pareis
This excursion along the Torrent de Pareis can be an option to reach the beach or to simply enjoy nature. This hiking route crosses the stream itself from its source to its outlet, in the area of Sa Calobra. If you choose this alternative, we ask you to take the utmost care and caution, as it requires a certain level of physical fitness and skill. This hiking route is not suitable for children.
If you do not have the possibility of being accompanied by someone with experience in similar activities, we recommend that you do it through a route arranged with professionals where they will provide you with all the necessary equipment and you will be guided by an experienced person who will advise you at all times giving you the peace of mind and security you need so that you only have to worry about having a good time and enjoying yourself.
The descent is recommended between May and October, as during the other months the torrent is usually full of water, making the route even more difficult. A total of 7 kilometres are covered between pools, caves and stone walls that are almost 300 metres high until you reach the beach, which is simply the delight and the culmination of so much effort that will surely have been well worth it.
Other activities in Torrent de Pareis
Its cliffs, vertical walls and breathtaking views make Torrent de Pareis one of the favourite places of pilgrimage for local climbers and climbers from all over the world who visit the island on holiday.
Abseiling is another activity that can be practised, starting at S’Esmolar. As with the excursion to Sa Calobra, we recommend that you do it with a professional guide or a very experienced person.
If you prefer to practise water sports or activities, you will not be able to rent any equipment on this beach due to its small size and the final access tunnel to the beach from the Port of Sa Calobra.
There is also no possibility of renting pedal boats or equipment on the beach of Sa Calobra, which is right next to it. Where you will be able to rent a kayak and do a route around the surroundings is on the Cala Tuent beach. From here you can paddle to both Sa Calobra and Torrent de Pareis beaches.
On the first Sunday in July, a free concert is held where the best voices of the island come together at the mouth of the torrent, in an unrepeatable setting, with acoustics that have nothing to envy of the best and most famous auditoriums in the world.
This is a classic summer event on the island of Mallorca and is organised by Obra Social La Caixa. These concerts are dedicated to a more classical register and should not be missed if you happen to be in Mallorca on these dates.
Facilities at Torrent de Pareis
The beach of Torrent de Pareis does not have any services. If you need refreshments or to use the toilet, you can do so on the beach of Sa Calobra, which is about 300 metres away.
In the summer months, the area has a nursing service, which can provide first aid and assistance until the eventual transfer to hospital if the case is more serious.
Accommodation in Torrent de Pareis
If you are looking to stay in the area of Sa Calobra next to the magnificent Torrent de Pareis, you should know that you will only be able to do so if you find vacancy in the Refugi del Port de Sa Calobra which is located on the jetty, as there is no other tourist accommodation available as it is an area declared a Natural Monument by the Government of the Balearic Islands.
However, in the municipality of Escorca you can also find the beach of Cala Tuent, where you can stay; and this is located practically at the same distance from Sóller and Pollença, both being two of our two favourite areas to stay in Mallorca.
Would you like to stay at the refuge or in one of the locations we suggest? Here is some information and our selection of favourites, in case you find it helpful:
Refuge of Port de Sa Calobra
The Refugi del Port de Sa Calobra can accommodate up to ten people. The minimum booking is two nights and a maximum of six nights and bookings can only be made up to two months in advance. The price is 120 €/night (regardless of the number of people staying) plus the tourist tax per person.
Hotels in Cala Tuent
You won’t find a wide range of accommodation in Cala Tuent as it is a protected natural area, but you will be able to sleep in a guesthouse. We recommend the following:
Hotels in Sóller
Searching for and finding hotels in Sóller is easy, as there is a wide range of hotels on offer. However, it is not the cheapest area of Mallorca, as are all the municipalities of the Sierra de Tramuntana. If you are still looking for accommodation in Sóller or Puerto de Sóller, these are our recommendations:
Hotels in Pollensa
Pollensa has a wide range of places to stay as it is one of the most tourist-oriented towns in Mallorca. As in Sóller, their prices are somewhat higher than average, so we recommend that you take a look at our recommendations and book as soon as possible:
Do you want to consider other options? On this map you can see all available accommodation in Mallorca. If you already know when you are traveling to the island, enter your dates and choose from hotels, luxury hotels, aparthotels, rural hotels and other available accommodations.
And this is all the information you need to enjoy the beach of Torrent de Pareis and the area of Sa Calobra. We recommend that you don’t miss the opportunity to spend a full day in the most impressive area of the island. We assure you it will be worth it!
How do you plan to get there in the end? Do you think you have all the information you need to get to Torrent de Pareis? Had you heard of the area of Sa Calobra before organising your trip to Mallorca? We are all eyes and we are here to answer any questions you may have. Let us know!