Saturday, 6 November 2010

Mallorca - Mountains (I)

The main attraction of Mallorca is the high, quiet Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and although we have walked almost all of it in previous visits there are places still unvisited and one or two we wished to return to. One of the unvisited places was the Portell da sa Costa, a high gateway on the high ridge of the Serra de son Terrelles where there is a sudden and magnificent view across the Vall de Soller. A previous attempt to reach the portell had been beaten by bad weather and despite a description warning of steep and very rough ground it didn’t look like too serious a day.

M_2010_mountains-001Pauline climbing away from Es Barranc de Biniaraix

Es Barranc provides a quick way up into the hills but a “path” by the Torrent des Verger provides an alternative route, which we took. Managing less than 1 mile per hour we reached the hidden valley of Coma de son Terrelles lying between the two steep ridges of Serra de son Terrelles and Serra de Cuber in time for lunch. The valley and the ridges provide unfamiliar views of old friends – the surrounding summits we have grown to love over the last six years.

M_2010_mountains-002Es Cornadors (middle distance), Alfabia (middle, with radio masts) and the Es Teix massif on the right


M_2010_mountains-003Puig de Massanella beyond the Serra de Cuber

M_2010_mountains-004approaching one of the 1000M summits of the Serra de son Terrelles

M_2010_mountains-007Puig Major (left, with radar station), Puig de Massanella (right) with the Coma de son Terrelles below P Major

M_2010_mountains-005Portell da sa Costa with Fornalutz below and Pt de Soller beyond with P Balitx on the right

After lunch on Serra de Cuber we wandered over more rough ground to one of the two 1000M summits on Serra de son Terrelles before descending through the portell to Biniaraix to complete a slow but thoroughly satisfying day in the hills.


M_2010_mountains-006Port de Soller

1 comment:

  1. Ugh! That slog up the talus doesn't look like fun. One step up, half a slide back.