Capella Mallorquina choir on the rocks
If there's one thing better than being at a live concert with brilliant music that you know and love, it's being at a concert in an absolutely stunning location which just adds to the atmosphere. I'm thinking Glyndebourne, Red Rocks or the Minack Theatre, and you can add to that list Mallorca's very own combination of all three, the Torrent de Pareis.
Located just around the coast from Puerto de Soller, it's reached by boat or the famously long and winding road from up in the mountains. A dried up river bed which cuts through vertiginous cliffs to the sea, it really is a fantasy setting and was used as a location in the the 1974 fantasy adventure film The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.
Since 1963 it's been the venue for an annual concert in the natural 'bowl' which opens out directly after the stony beach at the sea entrance. This Sunday, 2nd July, the 54th yearly event takes place with the massed voices of the Capella Mallorquina choir taking centre stage, starting at 17:30.
It really is a popular event, despite its 'off-the-beaten-track' nature and a crowd of around 3000 people is expected this year. As you can see from the photos courtesy of one of the sponsors, Obra Social Sa Nostra, it's a friendly, relaxed, sociable event, so settle down on the shale, take a picnic, have a drink and listen to the music - the acoustics are superb.
If you are in the area, you can get the boat along the rugged coast – it's a fantastic journey – and return around 20 minutes after the concert on the special ferries laid on for the event. Drivers will be pleased to hear that not only the concert is free, parking is as well!
Photos – Sa Nostra and my boat excursion to the torrent