When hikers rave about their favorite routes in the Tramuntana, this rather short tour is rarely mentioned. Among locals, however, the hike to the Cor de Jesús is very popular. Actually, it’s also one of my favorites. The white statue high above Esporles reminds you of the one in Rio de Janeiro. And the view from the platform here is maybe just as heavenly.
The climb from the picturesque Tramuntana town only takes about an hour but is often underestimated. In steep serpentines the paved pilgrim’s path winds upwards through marvelous fairy-tale forest. Past light holm oaks and strawberry trees that bear fruit at this time of year. On a bright day, the sun filters gently through the leaves, a captivating play of light and shadow.
Shortly before you reach the Ermita de Maristella, a signpost indicates a right turn to the Cor de Jesús. And just a few steps further on the wood opens up. The statue, which seems small when viewed from Esporles, is all the more impressive up close. And the view of the valley, the endless Tramuntana mountain range and the Mediterranean Sea to one and the bay of Palma to the other side is simply breathtaking
If you come here for the first time, you should pay a visit to the Ermita de Maristella, as well. The hermitage has long been abandoned by the monks. But usually the small chapel is open for contemplation. And the panorama from the large front yard is marvelous.
Back in Esporles enjoy a relaxed stroll along the beautiful tree-lined Passeig del Rei. And make sure to take a break in one of the many cafés and restaurants. Recently, I became addicted to the pancakes at Doble Coffee, but actually their tostadas are just as delicious. Always a tough decision.