Orient to Castell d´Alaró
POINTS OF INTEREST / Orient to Castell d´Alaró
Puig d’Alaró was once occupied by the Castle, but after hundreds of years it is only partially covered by the beautiful remains. The Castle has existed from before the conquest of Mallorca. The hike is about 7 kilometers and has amazing views of Mallorca, as far as Palma. The views of the mountains and the valley of Orient will be enjoyable for all hikers, beginner to expert.
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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.
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.
Cala Llombards is the mouth of the torrent of Son Amer, located at seven kilometres from Santanyí, next to the village with the same name. This quiet white sandy area, which continues for many metres toward the interior, until the pine wood by which it is limited, is surrounded by very high and steep cliffs. These elements explain that the beach is mostly visited by the families who live in the houses nearby. One of the highlights of Cala Llombards is the excellent panoramic view from the mythical geological feature of es Pontàs (big bridge in English), a rock which has been eroded by the waves that seems a bridge in the sea. There are also some escars in the cliffs, used by the fishers to keep their boats.
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Banyalbufar is another hiking location that offers a variety of hikes that vary in distance and difficulty. Close to Palma, hikers can choose a more challenging and mountainous route, or stick to easier trails that have both wonderful sea and mountain views. Also in the area are many traditional Mallorca homes and small towns.