Torrent de Pareis – About wild rides and silent observers

» Travel far enough, you meet yourself. « – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Who has once been standing in the canyon “Torrent de Pareis”, will not be surprised that the place was chosen for the initial scenes of the movie “Cloud Atlas”. And to those who have just seen the film so far: I promise that no picture compares to the reality. But to witness that, at first you obviously have to get there…

I have had many interesting rides through the Serra de Tramuntana but this route tops them all. The street leading to the small village Sa Calobra is narrower, steeper and curvier than anything I have experienced here or anywhere else before. The view is incredible, that’s for sure, but as a driver, you should be absolutely free from giddiness. Breaks for relaxation? Forget about that.

Once you’ve overcome the street, you reach Sa Calobra. As I said, it’s a small village, but actually even village is exaggerated, regarding that there are just about 10 houses standing there – at the most. But still, they kind of impress me, as the houses are directly carved into the rocks, just a few meters away from the sea.

You’ll get to the canyon through a small tunnel, which leads you through the rocks, and what awaits you at the end, makes me understand why some people say: Who hasn’t been to the Torrent to Pareis, has not truly been in Majorca. One experiences so much natural beauty, diversity and uniqueness here, that one can do nothing but turn into a silent observer.

The Torrent de Pareis is a fast-flowing stream which only contains water during rainy seasons. When I was there, the canyon was relatively dry, aside from some small parts where the water accumulated. But those parts were plenty enough to become the setting of another spectacle of colors. The water partly discolored to a dark green, caused be the plants which were reflected in it. At other parts one was able to see the reflection of the rocks in the water, which made the water turn into every color from brown to grey to green. And the spectacle of colors was still not done.

The sun set behind the rocks which surround the little bay. Above the sea arised a rosy strip in which a chain of clouds accumulated and out of which no cloud dared to escape. In the other direction, there were the mountains whose tips were brightly red, as if they had been inflamed by the setting sun. 

To go back to the beginning of the text: Travel far enough, you meet yourself. Traveling from Germany to Majorca is probably not considered as a long-range travel but I believe that it doesn’t depend on the actual distance but the heartfelt one. Some person might have to go to the end of the earth, another one only to his neighbor town. I don’t want to assert that Majorca is my island of self-discovery but this place and many others have shown me a lot of how I want to live my life. Insofar, yes David Mitchell. Travel and you meet yourself. But everyone decides for himself how far or not far he has to go. 


Welcome to the island of light! Majorca is a heaven on earth offering the very best of everything. With Mallorquissimo I will show you “my” island as I have come to know and love it over more than 18 years.

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