On Mallorca’s northwest coast, the Torrent de Pareis River wriggles its way through the Tramuntana Mountain Range, leaving massive limestone-carved canyons in its path. At the river’s end, it breaks through a rugged coastline that is home to the neighboring village of Sa Calobra, as well as a slew of small beaches.
It’s the hidden beach at the mouth of the Torrent de Pareis that most come for, though. Not accessible by car, the pebbly shoreline can only be reached via boat or by foot from the port of Sa Calobra after walking along the cliffs and through a set of tunnels.
The journey to the village and canyon of Sa Calobra is quite possibly as impressive as the destination itself; reaching the village by car requires traversing a switchback- and vista-filled road. Meanwhile, arrival by boat allows for unparalleled views of the steep cliffs as they plunge
into the sea.
Boats arrive to Sa Calobra from the Soller port, which can easily be reached from Palma by train. As for land lovers, beware: While the drive is a sight in itself, it’s not for the faint of heart, as tummy-turning ledges loom around every bend. Finally, note that weather can affect access to the hidden beach, and that many of the village restaurants close during the offseason.