Perhaps the most feared climb on the island and a must do for many cyclists. Sa Calobra is 10km of tarmac draped on the side of a mountain. Its 26 harpin turns climb 668meters at an average 7.1% gradient. One of the harpins is so extreme it does a 360 turn and heads back over itself. The road accesses the fishing village of the same name and is at the foot of the climb.

Sa Calobra Cycling Climb Mallorca

Photo courtesy of Mr Moss (http://www.flickr.com/photos/barneymoss/)

The road is only accessed from the top, which means once you’ve got to the bottom the only way out is up. Part of what makes it such a challenge is that to access the climb you need to first reach the Col de Cal Reis at 682m altitude. This is accessed via an ascent of the Puig Major, Coll de sa Batalla or Coll de Femenia and heading along the MA-10 to the Sa Calobra junction.

The descent is not for the faint hearted, it has sheer drops on the side of the road and lots of hairpin turns. It is recommended that you attempt the climb as early as you can as the tourist motor traffic grows later in the day. Also tour buses use the road after 1pm and will not hesitate to pass you, even in the corners.

For those who dare not attempt the descent (or those who can’t manage the climb but want to ride down) a ferry operates between Port de Soller to Sa Calobra village. They will take bikes but you should check the times and availability with Barco Sazules Boats.

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