During a recent trip to the 'Brit' holiday favorite destination of Majorca I took the opportunity to visit the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range which dominates the the northern coast of the Island, reaching a height of 1436m at 'Puig Major' (which is the site of a Spanish military base and only accessible with pre arranged permit - Doh!).
|Puig de sa Retata over Embassament de Cuber (reservoir serving Palma)|
|From the summit of Puig de Massanella (1365m) looking North to the Mediterranean|
|From the summit of Puig de Massanella looking SW over the Serra de Tramuntana|
|Embassament de Cuber (reservoir water for Palma)|
|Sanctuary de Lluc|
Day 2 - Feeling slightly 'jaded' from the previous days adventure I set my sights high and headed up the highest publicly accessible peak of 'Puig de Massanella' (1365m). The walk in was on a good track through forested land before it took a turn to head steeply up the mountain, forest gave way to brush, gave way to grass, gave way to bare rock as the track rapidly gained height. Cloud cover and a slight breeze at the summit produced goose bumps and a shiver in stark contrast to the heat of the previous day, so after a brief stop to take in the views over the Island and of the 'black vultures' (think they had an eye on me as a possible meal!) it was a steady walk back.
I stayed in the Sanctuary de Lluc, £43 for 2 nights bed only in en suite room & silence in the public areas after 11pm! Bargain and best nights sleep EVER!!
Recommended reading - 'Walking In Mallorca - June Parker updated by Paddy Dillon, Cicerone'.
Maps - 'Mallorca Tramuntana Central + Nord/Norte 1:25000 - Editorial Alpina'