Walking Routes around Banyalbufar
May 07, 2015
The town and municipality of Banyalbufar at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana makes for an excellent day trip destination with car hire from Mallorca Airport, as it lies just off the C-710 along the road from Andratx to Valldemossa on the western coast of the island. The area offers walkers some spectacular, but easy to manage hiking routes and is also a wonderful destination for excursions on horseback.
Spectacular Sea Views
The Banyalbufar municipality has an abundance of walking routes, of which the most famous and perhaps loveliest is the route along the tranquil fishing bay leading to the Port des Canonge, a trail that runs steadily downhill, snaking its way through pine forests and strange rock formations until finally ending somewhere between Km posts 85 and 86 just east of the town of Banyalbufar. The views walkers can enjoy en route this signposted walk are truly spectacular.
Mountaineering for Beginners
Containing four smallish mountains, of which Mola de Planicia is the the highest at 942 meters above sea level, the municipality of Banyalbufar is at its wettest in the month of October, when heavy rains set in, but in late spring and in summer this area is a wonderful place to go walking. The smallest of the mountains, Sa Talaia, measures only 309 meters in height, easily managed even by not so experienced hikers.
While most visitors head straight to Cala Banyalbufar or the other famous beaches Es Corral Fals, Es Port des Canonge or son Bunyola, where visitors find wonderful beaches and lovely coves perfect for sea bathing and swimming, walkers, pony-trekking groups and mountain bikers head for the former estate of Planicia, which is situated in the south of the Tramuntana Mountain chain and stretches over 25% of the Banyalbufar municipality.
Three Mountain Trails
Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and coastline, the hiking routes in the former estate are beloved by hikers and bikers for their breath-taking views. The ever-changing terrain comprises of oak and pine forests and abandoned mining operations, man-made landscapes that nature is gradually reclaiming as its own.
Three trails of medium difficulty stand out:
a) the route to La Font de s'Obi, a 1.1 km trail that leads to a spring located at 317 metres above sea level and takes about one hour to complete.
b) the trail to Les Cases de possesió (a group of old farmsteads and houses), which takes ca. 75 minutes to complete and takes hikers up to 425 metres above sea level at its highest point. This trail runs on for just over 3 km through gorgeous terrain.
c) the route to the ancient well of S’Aljub des Cristians, the longest of the three trails, takes about 85 minutes to complete and reaches 407 metres above sea level at its highest point. Just under 3 km in length, the route ends at a traditional well used by Christians in Moorish times, a charming reminder of Mallorca's tempestuous past.
People hoping to park their rental car from Mallorca Airport and taking off on horse-back or by mountain bike to explore the former Planicia estate must apply for authorisation with the Espais de Natura Balear first. This organisation is located at Av. Gabriel Alomar i Villalonga, 33, 07006 Palma and can be contacted by fax on 971 78 43 18. The tourist office in Banyalbufar has information on where to park safely for the duration and also publishes a variety of maps suitable for hikers and bikers alike.