The Hamme is a large river in the middle of the Teufelsmoor and, so to speak, the lifeline of the landscape on which the vital peat was transported.The river starts very small and rises from the Giehler Bach, which gradually merges with other rivers and comes together to form the Hamme.This hike leads through the quiet and particularly green geest landscape in which the Hamme has its origin.Even if the tour is a bit asphalt-heavy - although you can often run at the edge on better surface - and it is not full of "highlights", it still has its own charm. The calm is often only interrupted by the numerous chirping birds, which sit in large numbers in the treetops ... and along the way you can see many butterflies and, with a little luck, deer (we had a total of five on our tour).
May 9, 2021
Hike to a rough and deserted rocky capeThe Cap de Ferrutx is a dry, karst and often windy corner with no human life (apart from a few isolated hikers). The destination of our tour is the Sa Talaia Moreia watchtower, built in 1604, from which the strait between Mallorca and Menorca was once controlled.We start our hike at the parking lot below the Finca s'Alqueria Vella, where the tourist information for the Parc Natural de la Península de Llevant is located.From there we first follow the Camí dels Presos (Itinerari 3), where we walk partly on the gravel road and partly on the parallel GR 222. After about 4 km (about 200 m after the GR 222 turns) we change to the Camí d'en Mondoi (Iternerari 5). Around 700 m further on, another signposted path branches off to the right in the direction of s’Arenalet. However, we stay on the wide road and continue to follow it until we come to a road block after a total of 6 km (which, however, affects the path down to Betlem).We enjoy the view before walking back a short distance. A path branches off here, which leads to the other side of the fence with a ladder crossing. The further path then climbs to a length of a good 300 m, always with the fence directly to your left, in a non-restricted area, before we switch to the other side of the fence again with a ladder crossing and find ourselves on a plateau and ours Be able to spot the target.Even if it doesn't look like it at first glance, the path leads over the plateau and on the other side along the ridge to the sa Talai Moreia watchtower. Most of the path is clearly recognizable and marked with cairns. A certain amount of surefootedness, but above all a good wind protection, is advisable up here, because the path is stony and the wind often blows strongly.After we have completed the last ascent, after a total of 7.4 km we reach the watchtower sa Talai Moreia located at 443 m above sea level on the Cap de Ferrutx, the destination of our hike today.The former watchtower was built in 1604 and repaired in 1629 after repeated raids. The entrance is at a height of 5 meters and was provided with a rope ladder (today there is a metallic ladder). If you want, you can use the ladder to get inside the tower and from there to the upper platform with a great view.From there it goes back to our starting point. If you want, you can also take the path over the seaward ridge, which extends the hike by around 1.2 km and another 130 m.
April 25, 2021
- 01:494.93 mi2.7 mph50 ft50 ft
A bird watching paradiseThe 1,646 hectare S'Albufera wetland was declared a nature reserve in 1988 and is part of the EU's Natura 2000 network as a bird sanctuary (SPA) and special conservation area (SAC).In addition to the large circular route "Camí d'en Mig - Ses Puntes" there are three very short signposted routes: "Sa Roca" (769 m), Es Combaren (1,300 m) and Es Cibollar (725 m).This tour connects the three short ways. In order to have enough time for bird watching, we do the large circular route as a separate tour.The hike begins at the entrance area on the main path "Camí d'en Mig - Ses Puntes". Shortly afterwards we reach the visitor center.Here we first turn onto the "Itenerari se Roca". On this short detour you will find the five bird observation stations Sa Roca I, Sa Roca II, Es Ras, Ses Pardes and Es Canal Gran as well as the observation post with lagoon.Back on the main path we cross the Sa Roca bridge and immediately afterwards make the detour to the right to "Internerari Es Cibollar". The two bird observation stations Es Cibollar I and Es Cibollar II are on this short detour.Back at the bridge, we continue our hike to the right on the Camí des Senyals with the next detour, the "Iternerari Es Colombars". The two observation platforms "Es Cibollar I" and "Es Cibollar II" as well as the Es Colombars bird observation station are located here.From there it goes back to our starting point.
April 15, 2021
- 02:034.86 mi2.4 mph1,000 ft950 ft
This short hike leads to the three sanctuaries "Santuari de Gràcia", "Ermita de Sant Honorat" and "Santuari de Cura" on the monastery mountain Randa.We start the hike at the parking lot of the village of Randa, located at the foot of the monastery mountain of the same name, the second most important pilgrimage site in Mallorca. The path leads us first up the street and then through the small pedestrian zone. We pass the old wash house and shortly afterwards the stone cross "La Creu de Randa". The cross, on which there is also a representation of Ramon Llull, was erected in 1846.We follow the road uphill for another 200 m before turning onto a somewhat hidden narrow path at a small "parking bay". Note: do not take the wider path, which is easier to see, as it leads to the Puig de Son Reus!From here a mixture of hiking trail and old pilgrimage route leads us up the mountain before we reach the entrance to the "Santuari de Nostra Senyora de Gràcia" ("Santuari de Gràcia" for short) after a total of 1.4 km. From here a tarred path leads 400 m to the monastery. Unfortunately, when we were halfway there, it was closed for renovation work, so that we could only see the monastery from a distance.The founding of the Santuari goes back to the Franciscan Father Antoni Caldès, who lived not far from here in the Cova de s'Aresta cave around 1480. A small chapel was built at the end of the 15th century. The current church was built between 1770 and 1820. From here you also have a beautiful view of the island of Cabreras as well as Es Trenc and Colònia de Sant Jordi.We go back to the entrance gate and take the steep path opposite (not the serpentine road) up to the "Ermita de Sant Honorat".The Ermita was founded in 1394 by the hermit and former knight Arnau Desbrull. In the middle of the 18th century, the Ermita housed monks of the Order of Saints Paul and Anthony. In 1890 members of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts moved in, who are still located here today. In the Ermita, the church, completed in 1661, and its small courtyard can be visited.After we have visited the Ermita, we take the asphalt path down to the country road, which we then follow for about 400 m up the mountain. A path branches off here that leads us up the mountain and thus shortens the serpentine road and crosses it several times (sometimes with short intermediate sections on the road). Once at the top we reach our third station, the "Santuari de Nostra Senyora de Cura" ("Santuari de Cura" for short).The origin of this monastery goes back to the 13th century. Hermits had retired in caves below the mountain. Ramon Llull was one of them. The polymath and missionary is considered to be the founder of the Catalan cultural language. Franciscan monks have lived in the monastery since 1913. In the extensive monastery complex, the outdoor areas, the chapel and a museum can be visited. In addition, you have a great view that extends from Palma to the Puig de Galatzó and the Mola de s’Esclop in the southwest, but also to the thousand peaks Teix, l’Ofre, Puig Major, Puig de Massanella and Puig Tomir. In the north the bays of Pollença and Alcúdia with their peninsulas can be made out.Before we go back the same way, we make a short detour to Cova del Beat Ramon Llul, whose access was unfortunately also closed.
April 8, 2021
Through the villages in the Sóller Orange ValleyExtensive orange and lemon groves and terraced olive plantations shape the landscape on this beautiful hike through three villages in the Sóller Valley (Binibassi, Fornalutx and Biniaraix). With its closed town center of stone houses and secluded staircases, Fornalutx is one of the most beautiful villages in all of Spain.The circular hike begins in Sóller at Plaça Constitució (or one of the nearby parking lots), which also invites you to linger after the tour. Here we can also visit the imposing church "Església de Sant Bartomeu", built in the Baroque style at the end of the 17th century (unfortunately it was closed on our tour) and watch the famous orange tram that runs between Sóller and Port de Sóller. The path first leads us through part of the pedestrian zone of Sóller with its small shops and boutiques.Shortly afterwards we leave Sóller and walk along large lemon and orange groves, with its famous oranges, of which the area is also known as the "Orange Valley of Sóller", to Binibassi.From Binibassi we follow the path to Fornalutx. Shortly before entering the village, we visit the remarkable cemetery "Cementiri Municipal de Fornalutx". Then we hike through the very beautiful village of Fornalutx.Behind Fornalutx we continue our hike to Biniaraix and come through olive groves with ancient olive trees, before we meet lemon and orange groves again shortly before the equally beautiful village of Biniaraix.After we have left Biniaraix behind us, we go back a short distance to Sóller, where we end the tour with a cold drink on the Plaça Constitució and an ice cream from Sa Fàbrica de Gelats.
April 1, 2021
Coastal hike at Cala Refaubetx to the Cala Figuera lighthouseWhile hikes to the Cala Figuera lighthouse usually begin in Portals Vells (see our hike "Mallorca: From Portals Vells to the Cala Figuera lighthouse (# 03_R)" - komoot.de/tour/277786559), this hike opens up for us the other side of the coast to the lighthouse.The hike first leads us through the former military restricted area of El Toro to Cala Refaubetx. Today we are fully focused on enjoying the beautiful coastal landscape with its wonderful views, its diverse vegetation and the goats that roam free.In our opinion, the exploration of the former restricted area should be done in a separate tour (see our tour "Mallorca: Lost Places - El Toro Bunker (Bateria Refeubeitx E-2)" komoot.de/tour/325674637 ).Always along the coast, the path leads us to the watchtower at the Cala Figuera lighthouse, our turning point today.On the way back we make a detour to Punta del Toro, the promontory protruding far into the water with its beautiful ridge. This section is also ideal for sunsets (see our short hike "Mallorca: Sunset at Punta del Toro" komoot.de/tour/279959518).
March 29, 2021
Camí dels Pintors - on an old coastal path from Cala Deià to es CanyaretWe start our hike in the beautiful old mountain village of Deià on the edge of the Tramuntana Mountains near the northwest coast of Mallorca. The town, first mentioned in 1583, is divided into three zones, the upper one, located on the hill, the middle one, parallel to the Valldemossa-Sóller road, and the lower one, also known as the "es clot" core of the town. The name Deià is supposed to be derived from Arabic and means “field” or “village”. Deià is also known as the “artist village of Mallorca”, as numerous artists (painters, writers, musicians and film actors) such as Peter Ustinov, Ava Gardner, Pablo Picasso, Robert von Ranke-Graves, Santiago Rusiñol, Daevid Allen, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mati Klarwein, Kevin Ayers, Pierce Brosnan and Anaïs Nin.From Deià it goes on an old path always along the torrent "Torrent Major" through an idyllic landscape with holm oaks and olive trees down to the bay of Cala de Deià. This bay is very romantic and is accordingly popular.After we have looked at the bay in peace, we start our hike on the coastal path "Camí dels Pintors", the "artist's path", which is also known as the "pirate path" due to its history.This first leads us to the three white cliffs of es Còdols Blancs at the end of the bay. In order to get the best view, we branch off a short distance from the path and take the small, somewhat hidden path that runs very close to a small house.The further course of the Camí dels Pintors is rich in fantastic views of the coast. The path runs very close to the cliffs again and again. The exposed areas are well secured by wooden railings so that it can be walked on easily and safely.From es Canyaret we take the path back to Deià via Llucalcari and hike again through the beautiful landscape around Deià with its olive, orange and lemon trees. Finally, we get beautiful views of the mountain landscape behind Deià with the 1,064 meter high Puig des Teix.
March 14, 2021
On a piece of pristine rocky coast in the east of MallorcaThis short but crisp hike takes us from Platja s'Estany d'en Mas, also known as Cala Romàntica, to Cala Barques. If you do not like the small climbing spot right at the beginning of the tour, you can also go up the path that we took on the way back down.Even if this tour is actually quite short, it should not be underestimated. The path leads almost exclusively over karstified rock, so that you only progress much slower than usual. In addition, hiking on this surface is quite strenuous. Sturdy shoes and a certain degree of surefootedness are clearly an advantage here.But you will be rewarded with an exciting hike, a lot of untouched nature and wonderful views as well as the sight of the archway "Cova marina des Pont".And if you want, you can visit a beautiful stalactite cave with the Cova des Mular. The entrance is a bit small, but the rooms afterwards are all the bigger and the stalactite formations are impressive. A good lamp - and for the photographers at least one, better two, good flash units - are a must here.The tour is particularly attractive in spring when the rockrose blooms.PS:
Unfortunately, like probably many of you already, I have failed to sort the pictures in a correct order on such a short stretch of path as in the Cova des Mular so that this is then retained (despite shifts on the Path).
March 13, 2021
Bathing bays like from a picture book combined with a diverse flora and faunaThe region has been declared a nature park, a building ban has been issued and a nature trail consisting of 5 sections has been created, on which boards provide information about the diverse flora and fauna. Since the individual sections of the route are only very short, this hike combines all 5 sections of the route into a hike through the nature park.PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ
A mosaic of very different landscapes characterizes this coastal zone.We start our hike at the visitor center (Center d’Informació del Parc Natural de Mondragó) and first follow path no. 1 - "Mirador de ses Fonts de n'Alis". This leads from the "Ses Fonts de n'Alis" car park via the "Mirador de ses Fonts de n'Alis" to the "Platja de ses Fonts de n'Alis" beach. This beach is also known under the name of "Caló d'en Garrot" and the name of the whole area called "Cala Mondragó". The path leads through a former agricultural area on which the typical garigue landscape of the coastal areas has formed over time.At the beach "Platja de ses Fonts de n'Alis" we follow a developed promenade to the beach "Platja S'Amarador". This section of the route offers fantastic views of Cala Mondragó.Right at the beginning of "Platja S'Amarador", path no. 5 - "S'Hort d'en Metge" branches off. This circular route leads from the beach "Platja de s'Amarador" into the slightly higher hinterland.Back again we cross the beach and take the stairs on the opposite side. From here, turn left onto path no. 3 - "Punta de ses Gatoves", which runs along the coastline from "Platja de s'Amarador" beach. It leads through a typical Mediterranean coastal forest with stately Aleppo pines and Phoenician junipers. He offers wonderful views of the Cala Mondragó and the opportunity to look at the rocky Caló d'en Perdiu.At the end of this path we make a short detour to a somewhat hidden bay before we go back to the beach "Platja de s'Amarador" on the no. 4 - "S'Amarador". We first come to a red hut, a small stone cottage with a roof made of native plants. Roters were the farm workers who, as smallholders, cultivated the less fertile land through localities for a rent or tithing. The further path leads through the forest to the lagoon Estany de s'Amarador with the torrent "Torrent S'Amarador".Arrived at the beach it goes over the beach and the promenade back to the "Platja de ses Fonts de n'Alis". There we finally follow path no. 2 - "Volta a sa Guàrdia d'en Garrot". It leads through a beautiful pine forest to the small but beautiful sandy beach "Caló des Burgit". Here it is a good idea to also go over the rocks on the left side of the bay to the top in order to enjoy the beautiful view of Cala Mondragó. On the way to the bay you pass a machine gun nest, which was built in the Second Republic on the remains of an old tower and was used to monitor the access to the bays of Mondragó.Detailed information on flora and fauna as well as the animal and bird life in the nature park can be found in German at:
de.balearsnatura.com/parque_natural/parque-natural-de-mondrago/#queverSince the sandy beaches are very popular with both Mallorcans and tourists, the tour should not be done on the weekends during the bathing season.
March 6, 2021
- 01:283.33 mi2.3 mph325 ft275 ft
On this short "Lost Places" hike we explore the former "El Toro Bunker (Bateria Refeubeitx E-2)".The heavy coastal battery Refeubeitx is located on the west coast in the municipality of Calvia. It was built directly on the 150 m high cliff of El Toro and equipped with three 30.5 cm Vickers guns.The task of the battery was to block the bay of Palma in cooperation with the battery on Cap Blanc. In particular, a landing on the beach of Santa Ponça and in the bays of Penyes Rotges (known today for the Port Adriano) should be avoided.There are many abandoned buildings and an extensive bunker system on the site of the battery, which has been shut down since 1996. Unfortunately, all entrances to the former bunker system have now been walled up, so that it is no longer possible to explore the underground part today.
March 5, 2021