Location: Mallorca, Spain, Europe
Built: in 1932 (manually, without any machine)
Length: 15.3 km
Time: 26 min
Operating times: all year, dangerous on rainy days
Highest point: 800m
Surface quality (out of 10): 8
Route: From the junction with MA-10 road to Platja Tuent (Tuent beach) or to Sa Calobra village
Carretera de Sa Calobra, officially known as MA-2141, is a magnificent 13 km road located on the Mallorca Island in Spain. It’s known for the spectacular panoramic views and rocky and abrupt landscapes one can enjoy while driving.
It is said that more than 30.000 m³ of rocks were removed and used to level it, and was built manually, with no machine involved. Famous for having the shape of a snake, Carretera de Sa Calobra was built in such a way that no tunnel was needed. Moreover, it reaches a gradient of around 7% in some areas and 11.5% in the last 2 km. The road is spectacular as well due to its 12 180° curves and to the 360° one, called Nus de sa Corbata, one of the most famous in the world, that turns 270° and then goes under itself.
Driving on Carretera de Sa Calobra
When driving on Carretera de Sa Calobra, it’s recommended to pay more attention during rainy days and also during summer. This is the time when there are a lot of tourists in the area and some sections of the road don’t allow the access of 2 cars at a time. These are the cases when one of the cars may have to reverse for a while until reaching a place wide enough to pass and continue the drive on Carretera de Sa Calobra.
This incredible road ends on the Tuent beach (Cala Tuent), with light blue and completely clear water. This is one of the most peaceful beaches in Mallorca so don’t miss it. The small village of Sa Calobra is at 6 km distance and reachable through the same Sa Calobra road.
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