In January, I told you about a splendid walk near Felanitx, going from the Monestir de Sant Salvador to the Castell de Santueri (Solvitur Ambulando). Yesterday, my wife and I did what we had wanted to do ever since, and walked the same walk, but from the opposite end. This walk turned out to be one of the best we’ve ever had on the island.
For a start, we didn’t miss a turning this time. We simply followed the red spots painted on walls, trees and rocks. The walk soon turned into a hike, though, something we weren’t really prepared for. After an initial downward passage the path took a rather steep ascent and left us quite breathless. The landscape presented itself in the most attractive way, leading us past hundreds of Modroño shrubs (also known as Strawberry Tree, or Arbutus Unedo) in full glory, as well as some glorious views over Mallorca’s east coast and far-reaching glimpses of Cabrera due south (see bottom photo). The walk we had taken in January was some two hours long, whilst yesterday’s hike back took us but one and a half hours. Even though we were quite sweaty, we felt good. The weather was magnificent with the October sun not too hot and not too cold. We decided to continue our walk all the way home from the Sant Salvador monastery back down to Felanitx. In all we spent three hours walking (we had been driven up to the Castell de Santueri by car). I would recommend this tour any time and to all but the youngest and the elderly.
At this occasion, let me tell you about a very useful promotion currently offered by the Diario de Mallorca newspaper. A series of 25 small pocket size guide booklets are published by the periodico every Thursday and Friday between now and December/January, free of charge. All one has to do is buy a copy of the newspaper on these two days, that’s all. Three guias are out already, no. 4 and no. 5 will come out later this week. Most of the proposed walks are in the Tramuntana mountains area, of course, but there are also some guide booklets for the S’Albufera d’Alcúdia, the Son Real finca, the S’Arenalet d’Aubarca and a few other walks in the North and the East of this island. The guide booklets include a fold-out map, each in a very useful scale of either 1:20,000 or 1:30,000, a selection of excellent photographs and some informative text (in Castellano), including grades of difficulty, estimated time needed plus other useful hints and tips. If you love walking in Mallorca, you should get yourself a set and start collecting. Back copies are still available from the Diario de Mallorca offices in Palma.
No, the walk we took yesterday near Felanitx is not included in this series. That’s why I had to tell you about it, see?
The photos were taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: October 12th, 2009. The time was 14:59:53 and 15:14:17, respectively.