Like a giant tooth the Bec de Ferrutx rises on the edge of the bay of Alcudia. The view from the top is overwhelming. But make sure to watch your step, the final ascent is literally a ridge walk. Not quite as demanding as it appears from below, yet no less impressive. But it’s not only the summit, the route itself has much to offer.
The path winds through waist-high diss grass, crosses a small enchanted wood and leads further past dwarf palms. The landscape here appears even more pristine than in the Tramuntana. On a weekday you don’t meet many people, just an occasional goat or maybe some sheep. In the Parc Natural de Llevant I always feel a bit like an explorer. And marvel at the first sight of the Mediterranean, shimmering incredibly blue along the sandy coastline.
Stone men mark the way that leads in a long loop over the ridge to the summit. And from this perspective it becomes obvious that, although the mountain looks almost impregnable on pictures, it’s not really a difficult venture for experienced hikers.
A good starting point for the hike to Bec de Ferrutx is the Ermita de Betlem. From Artá, a narrow road runs to the hermitage. During the cycling season the Coll des Pescadors is a popular stretch, though. So if you don’t mind a few extra miles, it’s worth to begin your hike at the village of Betlem down by the sea.