Read below our experience of Sa Calobra
Cycling Sa Calobra on Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Port de Sa Calobra to Coll dels Reis:
distance 9.4 km; min elevation 61 m; max elevation 720 m; total ascent 659 m
Sa Calobra on the Spanish Island of Mallorca is about as close as you’ll get to cycling nirvana. As the name suggests it’s one twisty piece of road. Descending it at speed requires total faith in the power and reliability of your brakes, especially given the seemingly endless procession of sweeping hairpins flanked by gnarly looking stone walls. But all this doesn't seem to matter as you immerse yourself in the thrill of it all.
The road finishes at the coast where, with your adrenaline pumped to the max, you can calm your nerves at one of the restaurants or cafes while gazing out over the azure Mediterranean Sea.
The ascent back up, of around 700 m, is not beyond the reach of moderately fit cyclists. Professionals do the climb in just under 30 minutes, but why rush? Riding up this serpentine stretch of tarmac is an experience to be savoured.
Many elements combine to make this a magical climb and a must do if you’re a cyclist visiting this beautiful island. The weather is typically warm and sunny and the scenery is awesome. The gradient never gets too steep, but for short stretches will certainly challenge your legs – especially as you round some of the sweeping bends two thirds of the way up. The road surface is well maintained and confidence inspiring and as an added bonus there’s a spectacular bridge that loops around over the road you’ve just ridden that you cross on your approach to the col.