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Walk of the month: Pollenca Heights

 

This spectacular walk is on the edge of Pollensa, and from the peaks we get the most sensational views of the whole area including the Bays of Pollensa and Alcudia, Formentor and some of the islands highest neighbouring peaks ; Puig Tomir and Puig Roig. It’s a hike of many contrasts  and we highly recommend it. It’s a challenging walk and requires a good level of fitness, as we climb more than 600m. We walk along a combination of dry stone paths, wide farm tracks, narrow goat trails and sometimes we just have to pick our way through the carritx grass and across the rocks to reach the summit of Cuculla de Fartàritx.

 

We set off from the Vall d’en Marc and immediately start a long and steady climb along an old dry stone mule path, which winds its way through beautiful holm oak Woods. Gradually we begin to get views of the valley and Pollensa, and the sea beyond. Eventually we emerge from the woods to a glorious plateau with sheep grazing and sheep-bells tinkling around us. We catch our breath and stroll along a wide farm track –which is flat for a while , and admire the views,. We try and imagine how life once was in the beautiful old fincas that now lie abandoned and crumbling with many interesting details such as an old olive press, stables etc.

 

After a delightful stroll with views of Puig Tomir ahead of us, we start to climb again, along a wide track before we go “off piste” and follow a narrow goat trail through the carritx to our first peak, from which we now get far-reaching views of the Bays of Pollensa ,Alcudia and Formentor.

 

From here the terrain is quite challenging underfoot with little in the way of a path to follow. We work our way over rocks and pick our route through the carritx and finally come to the last climb before we reach the summit of Cuculla de Fartaritx at over 700m ; and amazing 360º views!

 

Our descent back to the valley is steep and tricky in parts but we soon find ourselves back on the plateau where we saw the old fincas, and we then return via the same, lovely dry stone path through the woods and back to where we started from.

 

Highlights

 

An excellent challenging hike with lots of variety and fabulous views.

 

 

 

Facts about this walk:

 

• Duration: 5hrs (breaks not included).

 

• Difference in altitude: 630m ascending / descending.

 

• Difficulty: Difficult.

 

 

 

Mallorca hiking scheduled walks for May 2014 (please contact us for more info and more walks):

 

4th of May: Cap de Ferrutx & the NE coastline

 

8th of May: Torrent de Pareis (every Thursday from the 8th to the 29th of May)

 

14th of May: A gentle circuit around Cala Ratjada

 

23rd of May: Coastal hike from the Ermita de Betlem to Can Picafort

 

31st of May: Cap de Ferrutx & the NE coastline

 

 

 

Nina Harjula

 

nina@mallorcahiking.com
Tel: 
+34 699 906 009
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