A travel blog of a journey that I started in 2010 and I don't know when it will end ...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mallorca to do the Pedra en Sec Hike route GR221

Versió Catalana - Traducción Automática al Castellano
I’m going to walk through the Serra deTramuntana (a mountain range in Mallorca) folowing the GR221!

This is my first time I visit the Balearic Islands ... and I live very close!

Coincides with the first anniversary of the end of my around the world trip ... already a year!

At the airport Anna came to pick me up. She is a cousin that lives in Mallorca ... and accompanied me to the center, showing me the old town of Palma, where she does her live during the week.



We haven’t seen each other for a while and we have a good conversation.
I’m with her till lunch time. She have to go outside Palma. I spent the first night in Central Palma, a modern hostel very central and welcoming.

Night-time walk through the center, rucula pizza to eat, a little reading and head off to bed to wake up early in the morning.

I have breackfast at Can Joan s'Aigo, chocolate with ensaimada (shaped pastry), a good recommendation from Anna and give me energie to gather strength for the first stage.



From the Estació Intermodal (Central Station) I catch a bus to Valldemossa (Route 210).

I came here to do Dry-stone Route GR-221 a Hike that follows the GR 221.
I ended up doing from Valldemossa to Sa Calobra (the last stage had to be to Pollença and I finally change Sa Calobra).
I have booked the refuges in the booking webpage of Consell de Mallorca: Booking of refuges


1st Stage. Valldemossa - Deià, pel camí de l’Arxiduc. (12Km, 4 hores) 
I start ascending making turns till the Pla des Pouet where I take a variant that passes through the viewpoint Can Costa and continues to the shelter Arxiduc.

 
Panoramic view of the sea at your feet. Lovely sunny day.
From Coll Son de Gallard (766 m) I take the trail of Arxiduc, very high and spectacular. The trail itself is defined by margins of Dry Stone.

Shortly after leaving the cliffs back at some milestones indicate the descent to Deià.
Heavy Descending path ending with a lush forest and later with spectacular olive groves.



I Finish at Can Boi Refuge, where I leave the backpack and go to have a swim in Cala Deià. Round the cozy and picturesque village of Deià.
Dinner and a beer at the Refuge

2n Stage. Deià - Refugi Muleta, Port de Sóller (9,3Km, 3hours)

Breakfast at the shelter and I start walking ... I thought if I arrive early at Port de Soller perhaps I can take the boat to La Calobra ...
Part of the path follows the Old way from Deia to Soller, of Moorish origin and restored in many sections. Can Prohom is a house that they build a hostel, and you also can have a coffe, orange juice or gin and tonic with a superb view


I follow up to the houses of Muleta Gran and I heading to the Muleta shelter, an old telegraph station located at the Cap Gros of Port de Sóller.
I Leave the backpack at the shelter after a cool cola looking at the views and I scroll down to Port de Sóller ...
I walk through the port, read a bit, and I decided not to take the boat and hang around around the port.


Spectacular sunset from the refuge, dinner listening the footbal mach Madrid Barça and after a chat with the other people is staying at the refuge ...sleep



3rd Stage.  Refugi Muleta (Port de Sóller) - Refugi Tossals Verds (28.5 km, 7.5 hours)

I get up early to leave early. No breakfast in the shelter and I started walking watching the sunrise from behind the mountains.



In Sóller I have a good sandwich for breakfast and I continue my way.
I walk trought Binaraix and I enter into spectacular Barranc de Binaraix where I upward with cobbles to Coll de l’Orfe (Orphan's) where I see the Cuber dam at the bottom.


I got closer through the path that follows the stream Binimorat. I follow the GR221 along the Puig des Tossals verds till the Refugi with the same name. Beer with the others hikers waiting and watching for the sunset.



4rt Stage. Refugi Tossals Verds - Refugi Son Amer (Lluc). (19 Km, 6 hous)

After breakfast I start the way, today I want to make a couple of picks and better have time to go.
I rise, and before Coll des Prat I take together with a Belgian and French a diversion to the Puig Massanella.
From the top (1365) there are spectacular views.


We go down, and follow the path to the Col des Prat and Coll des Telegraph, observing a snow house (dry stone structures that had roof and filled with snow in winter to have some water in summer) and doing Puig of Galileo just before the sharp drop through the path Voltes d’en Galileu.



in the Sanctuary of Lluc a beer and relax. The refuge Son Amer is only 5 minutes away.
At Son Amer I meet a couple of Catalans that they have made the stream of Pareis in one day, from the same refuge and coming back taking the only bus going uphill (at 15h). The Torrent is dry and can be done without strip. I give thought during the dinner, and I decided to change the stage Son Amer - Pollença for the one to the Torrent.

5th Stage. Refugi Son Amer (Lluc) - Sa Calobra

The Torrent de Pareis begins at place called S'Entreforc, by the confluence of two streams: Torrent del Gorg Blau and Torrent de Lluc.
To Escorca I take parts of the path and road. I meet a German which also begins the descent to the canyon and we decided to do it together.
Some sections in the stream bed has a certain difficulty, large rocks and a pool of water. However, the route can be walked up, without special equipment.



Once we arrived at La Calobra (full of people), we take a swim and some cola time to do time for to take the bus to Port de Pollença.

I booked a cheap and cozy little hotel (Hotel Eolo) Although I have a few days in Mallorca ....
The next day I booked a kayak activity in Cala San Vicente World Adventure. I Walk back to Puerto Pollença and rest all afternoon



Next day I visit Pollença village.



At the afternoon I went to Inca to see Ana to see her place of disconnection of Palma, Sermita near Sencelles. There, I meet the whole family
We take a walk around their plot of land to the Talaiot (prehistoric structure) and a cave.

 
Pedro (Ana's husband) let me try and organic chamomile liqueur produced by himself (Sermita Liquor Chamomile).
http://www.sermita.es/

I feel very comfortable

In the morning and after a super breakfast, Ana shows me some villages in the area.
And comes with me in the evening to Palma, where we have a coffee with a friend who wants to live in Australia ...

I stayed with the Albert (A friend from Sant Andreu now living in Palma) and Sheila. We go to dinner with a friend by Sheila at Santa Catalina district.
Breakfast for the second time in Can Joan de s'Aigo and walk around the center.
Lunch and towards to the airport

Mallorca has surprised me very positively.

Some Fotos ( veure a pantalla completa)