After the disappointment of yesterday when the little yellow boat had to turn back we decided to travel by taxi to Cala Tuent. The fare was 60 euros but with four of us aboard it worked out exactly the same price as the boat.
The taxi dropped us off at the bar and restaurant which was just opening. We normally call there for a pint at the end of the walk but today we were able to have a nice civilized cup of coffee before setting out on our hike.
We had a steady climb up through woodland to reach the coastal path and could appreciate some of the incredible rock formations. Passing between two stone pillars we emerged onto the coastal path at an altitude of about 200 metres. The next couple of kilometres were beautiful as we strolled along the path admiring the coastal scenery. I used some Hypericum bushes to add a bit of foreground interest to my pictures.
I also spotted some Balearic Foxglove, Digitalis dubia growing in a rock crevice.
Greg,the hermit, found a little cave and went inside to inspect it. Although it had terrific views it lacked even the most basic amenities.
Leaving the coast we climbed up the Coll de Biniamar and then dropped down to the old manor house at Balitx d’Avall. We always stop here for orange juice but today it appeared to be closed and the gates were locked. Apparently the owner has retired and gone to live in Soller. However as we passed by the house we saw a sign – Agro tourism – Zumo. The owners of the other part of the house are continuing the service. We sat at tables in a lovely courtyard and enjoyed some freshly squeezed orange juice. Just what we needed to revive us.
We then had to walk up the Balitx valley with the olive terraces. We paused at the Font de Balitx, I was hot and could not resist ducking my head in the water.
My daughter saw the image and said “Papa es loco” – probably correct
Half an hour later we were at the Mirador ses Barques. We could see the port in the distance – it seemed a long way off. It was a good job we had left the cars at the Mirador. Back at the hotel we had plenty of time to enjoy a pint and relax in the sunshine.
The walk seemed harder in this direction involving about 450m of ascent but was well worth it for the views.