Walk of the Month May 2018
Basic Facts about the hike:
- Level of difficulty: This hike is graded as challenging (due to the ascent at the end of the hike)
- Total ascent: 460m
- Total distance: 9.5Km
- Duration: 3 hours + breaks (in total approx.. 4hrs).
Detailed description of the hike:
This hike starts very close to the little hamlet of Es Carritxó, not far from the town of Felanitx. We start our walk through a countryside neighbourhood on a little asphalted road that takes us pass small “fincas” (farm houses) towards a green area predominated by the Aleppo Pine. The road soon turns into a dirt track and after a while we reach the beginning of the single track that will lead us through the valley between the mountain of the Sanctuary of Saint Salvador and the rock Castle of Santueri. Our path will slowly start ascending around the mountain of the Sanctuary (where we can see the statue of the Christ from quite a long distance), but it is not until more closer to the second part of the hike where we will experience that the path starts ascending quite a lot more for a quite steep uphill section with loose grabble rocks on the path (we ascend slowly at this section). After this we get to breath out again as the ascend gets more gentle for quite a while and offers great coastal views towards the old fishing town of Portocolom and the lower mountains locate close to Cales de Mallorca. Our final but very entertaining stretch that also requires a good stamina and physical condition brings us up along a cobbled stone path and we will reach the Sanctuary just in front of the statue of Christ. After a small visit to the Sanctuary and seeing the statues of the Christ and the big cross, we will descend along the official walking path that crosses the road on a few occasions before we are down at the parking area below the Sanctuary, from here its only a short stroll into the town of Felanitx.
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