Nature Walks at Binibona
Apr 28, 2015
Taking the Ma-13 route via Inca in the heart of Mallorca, Binibona is just a 42 minute drive with a rental car from Mallorca Airport and a great destination for a weekend break. The hamlet of Binibona and Hotel Binibona Parc Natural nestle in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountain range, some 48.3 km from Palma's airport.
Unrivalled Beauty of the Serra Tramuntana
For day trip visitors it is best to leave the hire care from Mallorca Airport in the car park by the main square. Follow the signposted trail towards Ets Albellons Rural Tourism, an unpaved track to the left of the road. Following the signposting for a few metres will take ramblers to the sign for the Torrent de Sa Coma Gorge towards the right.
It is possible to cross the Gorge and follow a path on the left hand side that runs parallel with the Torrent and leads to a barrier. From there walkers should continue to the next cross roads. Here the track changes to a wide trail. Bearing to the left and following this route allows hikers to enjoy wonderful views of the Puig Mitjà, a hill at 386 metres above sea level rather than a mountain, and the Sa Penya Foradada to the right of the path.
This trail still exhibits the remnants of ancient ovens and coal bunkers locals used to produce lime, a traditional form of augmenting the sparse income hillside villages used to earn from agriculture in the Caimari Mountain range.
Caimari Open Air Museum
The path also leads visitors to reconstructions of a number of buildings that are part of the Caimari Ethnological Park and the open air museum there. Caimari is a hamlet in the municipality of Selva, situated in the north of Mallorca. It lies to the east of the Tramuntana Mountains. The open air museum aims to educated and inform visitors of the traditional way of life these remote hillside communities enjoyed for centuries. The museum and ethnological park opened in 2002 and have since become a firm favourite with rural tourists.
After visiting the open air museum, visitors should follow the trail to the second fork and choose the trail that bears left, running parallel to the gorge. It will take them to a small clearing which boasts a magnificent Holm oak at its heart. From here the wide trail starts to climb and bears to the right.
Puig Mitjà and Puig Caragoler Views
The signposting directs walkers to a narrow path on the left, the Sa Costa d'en Barral. This is a much narrower trail and quite steep. Following the path affords walkers the most wonderful views over the hamlet of Binibona and the mountains of Puig Mitjà and Puig Caragoler from its highest point, the Es Cocó des Ases. From here the last part of the trail starts to descend towards the estate of Ses Figueroles.
For visitors hoping to stay for the weekend there are the Hotel Binibona Parc Natural and the neighbouring establishment, the Hotel Albellons Parc Natural, both run by the Vicens family.
The hotels are a great base for a weekend of relaxation in Mallorca's countryside. The hotels have heated swimming pools, serve traditional cuisine and are a short drive from the beaches of Muro. And for those who cannot be without the noise and razzmatazz of towns: with a hire car from Mallorca Airport it takes just 20 minutes to reach the nightlife and shopping of Alcudia and Pollença.