The second highest mountain in Mallorca
1364 altitude meters determines the second place in the competition for the highest mountain in Mallorca. In clear weather, you can verify that you are really on the island. And you will certainly not be disturbed by anyone.
The second highest mountain in Mallorca
The highest mountain in Mallorca is Puig Major with its 1436 meters. However, you will not get there, unless you are participating in an international military exercise. The top of this mountain belongs to the army and there is a building with a dome visible from afar, serving either meteorologists or as a radar. So if you want to climb as high as possible, you have to thank the second highest mountain – Massanella, which, however, is missing the whole sister 72 meters.
Old pilgrimage route to the Lluc monastery
The tours usually start in a saddle near the Lluc monastery, which lies on the road connecting Sollér and the town of Polenca, at an altitude of less than 600 meters. There are also several bus lines. And it was the insidiousness of the timetable in Spanish that caused the bus leaving the town of Inca to drop us off already in Caimari, and thus extended the entire route by about 6 km and 400 meters of elevation gain. Well, we're leaving nothing. In a pocket with a guide about Mallorca from the Freytag-Berndt publishing house from 2003 in the Czech language, we are going towards a cant of more than a kilometer. We set off along the road leading in the same direction as our route, but just behind the village at the rest stop we leave it and continue on a stony path slightly upwards. The guide states that we are moving along the old pilgrimage route to the monastery. The legs must also get used to the slowly ascending path here and there alternating between stairs. However, the road is relatively well marked at the turn-offs (mostly where we cross the road) with a sign with a picture of the tourist, the name of the destination and the time value.
Ascent to Coll de sa Bataia
After about two kilometers, the first crossing with the road awaits us and the road begins to climb more steeply. At the solitude of San Costa, we are greeted by a flowering cactus, just as we peeked at lemon trees in the gardens in Caimari. We stop by the road again and here the description in the guide makes us a little embarrassed, it indicates the continuing path up the road, while in the terrain the markings return us by descending towards Caímarí. However, only to the first road serpentine, where we again change the asphalt for a rocky surface. After overcoming the ladders (applied in many places, because the tourist climbs, but the grazing cattle does not overcome) we continue along the path, which is shown on the map as GR 222 Ruta Altá – Lluc. She got a lot of stones in the wreath, so we are a little surprised that a group of mountain bikers rushes against us. Nothing against taste, but they probably have a good insurance. The views of both Massanella and Caimarí are gradually beginning to emerge. We have another 2 km behind us and the road to the cottage Refugi, which was mentioned in the guide, is connected to us as the right one. While at the beginning of the route the road was still above us, now it is deep in the valley and our height will be overtaken by several serpentines. We open a gate through another plot of land and around a building under construction we come to a turnoff on Massanello. However, we still pass it and descend to the road to a place with a gas station and a restaurant, and only because we leave the oldest member of the expedition here, who did not expect an extended ascent and was afraid to manage the next trip. The place is called Coll de sa Bataia.
Ascent to Coll de Coma Freda
We return the same way to the turnoff to Massanella. Along the way, I still notice on the right side of the spring. We continue with a slight ascent from the crossroads in the direction of a wooden sign, until we are stopped after about one kilometer by a fence and a classic ladder to overcome it. Right behind the fence is a hut of local area administrators, who according to the guide should collect „tolls“ for entry. However, given that we will only meet 6 (in words six) similar „tourist lovers“ on the route at all times, probably the way to work and the drinking regime would probably cost these collectors more than the income from the entrance fee itself. And it is said that we are following the most frequented route in Mallorca. The journey continues through a former farm and along a stream in the map marked as Torrent de Comafreda and in fact the only riverbed that functioned as a stream during my visit to the island. Here you need to pay close attention to the markings – do not look for belt markers here. It occurred to me that a painter was walking in front of us with a leaky can of red paint, from which it had dripped onto a rock here and there. And to make one's head even more tangled, it is made of red and black without any warning. Well holt you need to have a little imagination and a good sense of direction. At the end of the farm, just when the red mark began to „camouflage“ in black, we bypass the goal from the left and the climb begins. The trail then leads us through another gate to the forest path and after another climb in serpentines we come to the saddle Coll de Coma Freda with a stone signpost. We are interested in an engraved arrow with the inscription Puig.
Pla de Sa Neu platform
We climb further along the red „drops“, but here the path is clearer than the previous part of the farm, and after about half an hour we reach Avens de Cami, where a stone signpost determines the path either directly to the top or to the top, around the spring. The first option is given by the guide as easier, so we choose it. The stony path winds between the grasses and the ascending tourists are „watched“ by stone men. With a constant ascent we reach the Pla de Sa Neu plateau, from where we can already observe the peak. But be careful, choose the right one. Of the three peaks, ours is the middle one. If we look around a bit, we find that in the hill on the right side there is a tree that had the honor of getting into the guide.
You can enjoy yourself as you ascend
The border of the forest ends here at about 1000 m above sea level. Then you can do nothing but admire it.
View from Massanella
The metal plate nods to us that we are right. 1364 meters above sea level and beautiful views, opposite of course the unmissable Puig Major, the Tramuntana and Serra mountains, more distant destinations are a bit in the haze, but we still recognize the northeast coast of Mallorca (Alcúdia, Playa de Muro, Can Picafort), to the left of the highest peak Gorg Dam Blau, which serves as a reservoir of drinking water, and in fact, when we focus a little further, we find, despite the haze, that we are simply on an island and in the distance on all sides you can see the coast.
After this permitted visual doping, we return the same way back, because unfortunately we did not find a turn to the spring. Even so, it was a wonderful climb, the June temperature was around 24 ° C and we kept the stated 4.5 hours for the return trip from the Lluc saddle. The unplanned extension then bit us about 2.5 hours of extra time. We took the trip back in 2009. The link to public transport in Mallorca is www.tib.org, where you will find timetables and current prices. For example, a bus from Incy to Caimarí costs € 2.40. The last buses to Inca and Sollér leave from Lluc before 6 pm. Let it work for you
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