Barcos Azules' boat Calobra celebrates its golden jubilee
Last week one of Mallorca's oldest tourist businesses, Barcos Azules, celebrated its golden anniversary. On June 10th 1966 its first boat, Calobra, started its career ferrying tourists up and down the spectacularly rugged coastline between Puerto de Soller and the Torrent de Pareis at Sa Calobra.
In 1966, the mass tourism industry was in its infancy, just like the company, and as we know today, tourism has boomed in Mallorca – and so has Barcos Azules! The good ship Calobra is still carrying up to 87 passengers a time on the route up the coast, but it has been joined by bigger, faster, technologically more advanced vessels which can carry up to 400 people each trip.
The company has been run and owned by the same family since its inception and takes great pride in maintaining the same values that it had when it started out 50 years ago. The Calobra itself, though older and smaller than the other vessels of the fleet still maintains an aesthetic appeal with its nostalgia inspiring navy blue hull and polished wood supports.
If you've never been on a cruise along this coastline then you don't know what you are missing. It's a fantastic experience from start to finish from pulling slowly out of Puerto de Soller's harbour past the lighthouse and gazing with incredulity at the rugged landscape starboardside as the massive rocks plunge precipitously into the clear blue sea.
With the wind in your hair and the bow ploughing through the waves, it's exhilarating enough, but not as much as the sight of the Torrent de Pareis and its beach between two gigantic rocks as journey's end is approached. It's breathtaking and well worth the trip as you can see from the video.
Take a look at the Barcos Azules website for details and prices of the excursions, and note that, if you have a few friends (about 86) you can actually take Calobra on a private charter to wherever you fancy!