Valldemossa nestles on the slopes of the Tramuntana. And for many visitors to the island the picturesque village is the essence of Mallorca. But Valldemossa is not only a popular destination, it’s also the starting point for a number of scenic hikes. From the ridge of the surrounding mountains you get unique views from coast to coast. One of my favorite tours when hiking around Valldemossa leads through the Cairats valley up to Puig Gros.
The ascent through ancient holm oak forest is rather steep but as soon as you reach the top you are rewarded with a spectacular panorama. Only a few trees grow up here, ducking in the strong wind. Making the landscape look even wilder. And while the bay of Palma is brightly glittering in the south Sa Foradada seems to wink at me from the deep blue in front of us. I take a rest and simply enjoy the vista for another while.
The trail, once built by Archduke Salvator as a bridle path, leads over a vast rocky plain. At this time of the year saffron and rosemary blossoms are lining the track. Some of them seem to sprout directly from the rocks. In the distance you can make out the pyramid shape of the Galatzó.
I could follow this way for hours but the descent on an old cart track has its own charm. The play of light as the sun’s rays dance through the branches. The view of Valldemossa from above. Sheltered by the Tramuntana, in the shadow of the wind, we return to the village. Usually it is crowded with groups of travelers, but now we have its alleys and places almost to ourselves. The restaurant we chose for lunch, though, is well frequented. And for a reason. I’ll soon tell you more about this particularly nice place to refuel. Stay tuned.