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Cala Tuent, Sa Calobra & Torrent de Parreis
Worth noting from the start, the northwest of the island doesn't have any resorts as such and just a few beaches, though you can always find private accommodation and the odd luxury rural hotel to stay in.
It is the most inaccessible part of Mallorca, entirely mountainous and where the only two beaches around are literally etched into the steep rock facade. These beaches feature heavily in brochures and ads and so can be fairly busy in the peak summer season. Cyclists favour the Calobra road as the island's most challenging ride, so Torrent de Pareis can be crowded out of season too.
Don't be put off however. The drive and inaccessibility does dissuade most from getting here, and the spectacular beauty of these enclaves makes the trip worthwhile.
The two beaches in the north west of Mallorca are Cala Tuent and the Torrent de Pareis.
Cala Tuent is a deep inlet surrounded by rocky walls and pine forest in the most remote part of theTramuntana, 40 km and 5,6 nautical miles from Soller, the nearest harbour. You can see the island's tallest mountain, the Puig Mayor (1445 m) from here, and take the 5 hour walking route called Sa Costera from Mirador de ses Barques in Soller, undoutedly one of Mallorca's most special hikes, which also ends in Cala Tuent. The beach itself is narrow and pebbled with beautiful clear water and abundant sea life. In winter, that is. In the summer it gets extremely busy, and though there is parking space, it is usually taken. A good option for a transfer service!
Sa Calobra also lies within the long shadow of the Puig Mayor Mountain on Mallorca's mostly impenetrable northwestern coastline, and is often spoken about in tandem with the Torrent de Pareis; one the secret cove, the other the dramatic gorge, and an emblematic location on the island. Access is an adventure in itself, either by car down the 26 hairpin bends or by boat from Soller.
Cyclists rate this as the top cycle route on the island, where you have to descend to the beach and then turn round and climb back up. The stats are impressive: 9,4km with an average gradient of 7% which peaks at about 10%.
The Torrent de Pareis is the name given to the river gorge's two twin streams that flow down from Gorg Blau and Lluc into the sandy beach, accesed only via a pedestrian tunnel that runs through the steep cliffs.
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