We started our walk at the entrance gates to the Mossa Estate at km point 15.8 on the MA-10. Entry to the estate is only allowed on Sundays. We walked up the drive with lush fields and well maintained olive groves alongside and with beautiful views of the mountains in the background.
I can remember the time when you could walk right up to the house but now signs divert you well away onto a path that skirts the property. Further on a sign pointed the way to Puig Roig and we started to climb up the slopes of Puig Caragoler. In places the path is hacked out of the rock and in others it is reinforced with a dry stone wall. It is not good for anyone who suffers from vertigo and I had to concentrate my thoughts on the path leaving little time for photography.
After about 30 minutes the path levelled out at the Coll des Ases. Ahead of us was the sea whilst to our left was the impressive rock wall of Puig Roig with our path running along the base. We stopped for a drink and tried to spot the other half of our group who had left their car at Lluc and had an extra 3 km to walk. It was now fair;ly level walking although some of the rocks were loose.
As we turned the corner to the seaward side of the mountain we passed a small cave with a rectangular water tank, fed by the font, Coco de Sa Balma.
Several minutes later we were at the Pas d’en Segarra. The rocky crag providing a superb viewpoint. Paul and the others had caught up with us so we decided to stop here for lunch and admire the view.
We continued along the narrow path with a big drop down to the sea 600 metres below. Ahead of us was the dramatic coastline with the mountains on the left. Below us was the Morro d’en Bordils, a crag rising out of the sea with the Torre de Lluc at its tip. Behind this was the Morro de Sa Vaca which hides the entrance to Sa Calobra into which the Torrent de Pareis flows. Visibility was perfect and further along the coast we could see the Torre de Can Palau and in the far distance the Torre de Sa Seca.
I managed to stitch a couple of images together to create a panoramic view.
Three ‘Torre’ + Puig Major in one shot – Marvellous.
We carried on along the path over several rocky outcrops before eventually bearing left to head south. Across the valley we could see the old customs house. The barracks of the ‘Carabineros’ we situated in a strategic position where an eye could be kept on the paths leading up from Sa Calobra and Cala Codalar. No escape for the smugglers, although I have read that a lot of illegal trading went on.
The view across to Puig Major was superb and after several more ups and downs and one scrambly bit we approached the cave houses at Es Cosconer. These were originally just caves across the front of which someone had built a wall. They have now been done up and are inhabited at least for part of the year. A stone bench outside made a convenient place to rest and have a drink.
From here there ids a road that leads down into the valley. it seems never ending with lots of twists and turns. Even taking some of the short cuts hardly made any difference. The walk along the floor of the valley was beautiful with flower meadows on either side. To our left we still had the southern face of Puig Roig with the reddish rock from which it gained its name.
We thought we were nearly there but glancing up we spotted the huge cross of the monastery high above us. We had still got to climb another 200m through woodland.
Arriving at Lluc we headed straight for the bar and a bottle of ice cold San Miguel – Pure nectar.
It had been a hard day, almost 20 km but with perfect weather conditions it was a day to remember.