Time and again the Tramuntana surprises me with its many different characters. Untamed nature with high rocky peaks, giant water reservoirs and hidden coves by the sea. Cultivated landscape with terraced hillsides, ancient olive groves, vinyards and quite a number of refugis to shelter the hikers. Even the barren, rarely overgrown hills have their own magic. Like Cap Fabioler in the southwestern part of the mountains.
The hike starts at Coll de sa Gramola and meanders through a territory that was badly destroyed by a fire in 2013. But nature has long since reclaimed its domain. The Camí de ses Basses offers broad views of the surrounding hills, with single trees here and there for orientation. And while you‘re slowly ascending the karst cliffs you gain sight of the ocean, soon.
Finally you reach Cap Fabioler and its spectacular Mirador d‘en Josep Sastre. The old brick-built platform sits right on the edge of the rocks, a couple of hundred meters above the sea. We had thought of having a picnic there but respectfully moved a few meters away. And marveled at beautiful Sa Dragonera, resting in the sea like a friendly dragon.
On the way back don’t miss the short detour up the hill. You‘ll be rewarded with yet another impressive vista of Ses Serres, the mighty coastline towards Banyalbufar and Port des Canonge. Take a moment and join the cairn up there, the only inhabitant far and wide. Unprotected exposed to the elements, but what a place to be on guard.