POINTS OF INTEREST / Canyamel
Canyamel is situated at seven kilometres from Cala Ratjada, between Cap des Pinar or des Raix and Cap Vermell. It is a valley through which the torrent with the same name flows the whole year, where ducks and marine birds live, and next to Serra de Sant Jordi and Puig Negre. This touristic and residential area is located nearby a wetland formed by the torrent in its mouth. The beach is beautiful and you can also visit the Coves (caves) d Artà (450 metres wide and 310 metres long), the second in Majorca, situated in the cliffs of Cap Vermell and visited by Jules Verne, Victor Hugo or Alexandre Dumas and others. This fine-grained golden sandy area is very crowded by local visitors and tourists.
other points of interest
There are plenty of hikes around the island for beginners and experts that lead to some of the most outstanding beaches in Mallorca. Hikes between 30 minutes and 2 hours can lead you to empty beaches with beautiful views just for you. The natural park Llevant for example will walk you through the mountains in the north and has plenty of small paths allowing you to see deserted coves and beaches.
Experienced and fit hikers with walking boots will enjoy this difficult and somewhat dangerous hike that leads them to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. The best season is from May to September, but even then the canyon may be full of water from a heavy rainfall, requiring you to swim through some parts! It is slightly easier to hike uphill from Sa Calobra to Escorca because the climbing passages are easier in the ascent, but you can also start from Escorca and have the bus from Sa Calobra bring you back up. There are ropes left in the climbing parts, but it is better to bring your own in case. If you’re in for a physical challenge with amazing views this hike is for you, but be careful! There have been accidents and recues for inexperienced hikers here!
Platja d'es Trenc is located at 6,5 kilometres from Colònia de Sant Jordi. The name (“ravine” in English) comes from the opening of the saline area that divides the coastal barrier of dunes, whereas the oral tradition tells that in the middle of the 18th century a tsunami came after the earthquake of Lisbon, which divided the dune cord between the open sea and the wetland. This beach is the last big sandy areas which is still unspoilt and well preserved in Majorca. Together with es Salobrar de Campos it is a protected area of 1492 hectares. It is one of the virgin places that are most crowded during the summer weekends. Es Trenc has white, fine-grained sand, gentle slope, nudist area, and a system of dunes that separates the beach from the saline area and the agricultural land, and also a wetland with 171 species of migration and sedentary avifauna. The water is open to south-southwest-west- and northwest and is transparent. The ground is sandy, with some stony areas and seaweed at a depth of four metres.
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Port de Valldemossa
Port de Valldemossa or sa Marina, this last name is more popular, six kilometres from the village with the same name. This beautiful stretch of the coast of Valldemossa has on the northwestern side a small port for boats that have a maximum length of seven metres and in the north-eastern area there is a semicircular little cove, with pebbles, gravel and rests of marine vegetation. The marine and underwater conditions are not safe for anchoring boats because it is open to the strong winds that blow from the west-northwest and north. If the navigator wants to anchor his boat in front of this cove, he is recommended to do this manoeuvre by daylight. Toward northeast you will find the impressive Punta de sa Foradada, which has been artistic inspiration, with a wonderful anchorage. Sa Foradada is sheltered from nearly all the winds on both sides, it has a sandy and rocky ground and the depth ranges from five to 11 metres. This small headland has the name of foradada (it means full of holes in English) because there is an enormous circular hole in the upper part. At 7,2 nautical miles there is the secure Port de Sóller. The accessibility by car is easy following the signs. The last six kilometres to Port de Valldemossa will be done on a sinuous, narrow and steep road. This road leads to the deviation to the finca s Estaca, which belongs to the actor Michael Douglas. These characteristics explain that the beach is not crowded at all by tourists