17th May 2015
Panorama at Cala Deia
I wanted an easy day today so I decided on the 10k walk from Deia to Soller. I caught the 10.00am bus from Soller to Deia and when I arrived at the bus stop I was in for a surprise. The bus was waiting, minus the driver, but alongside it there was an orderly queue. I joined it and knew that I would get on the bus when it departed. Usually people just mingle around and then make a mad rush when the bus arrives. it is ‘survival of the fittest’. However, more people came and when the bus moved off at least 20 passengers were left behind. In Soller two locals got off and the driver let two people on. At least another 20 were left standing. It happens all the time. Why can’t the bus company put on the required transport to meet demand.
Half an hour later I was in Deia and followed the footpath down to the beach at Cala Deia. I was amazed at the shapes of some of the Olive Trees, some of them hundreds of years old.
Down at Cala Deia I relaxed by the sea. There is a marvellous fish restaurant where I have eaten on previous occasions but today it was too early. The storm out at sea a few nights ago had churned up the water and brought in a lot of seaweed. You would not want to go swimming in there today.
Some of my friends were walking from Puerto Soller to Deia along the old coastal path. It is badly eroded and only a fortnight ago someone had slipped and fell to their death. I did not fancy it but thought I may meet up with them to walk back. However when I contacted them they were making very slow progress so I set off alone on my walk.
I walked back up the road but just before the footbridge over the Torrent Major I turned left at the signpost to head for Soller.
I was once again on the GR 221 and knew I had a couple of hours of pleasant walking ahead of me. The path went along terraces of olive trees before turning inland. After crossing the MA-10 I followed the sign for ‘Cami de Castello’ and strolled along a shady section through woodland. I stopped for lunch by a large threshing circle and shortly afterwards came to the old manor house at Can Prohom where they sell refreshments in the eastern wing. I had been carrying lots of water but by now it was warm so I couldn’t resist a glass of fresh orange juice. I did however resist the cakes which looked so tempting.
I few metres along from Can Prohom I passed the ruins of the old church, the Capella de Castello.
I had first photographed this in 1995 when it still had roof but over the years seen it gradually decay. I was pleased to see that it is now under reconstruction.
I was now on a clear path alongside an old dry stone wall and there were lots of wild flowers. These are some Spiny Starwort, Pallenis spinosa. The yellowish orange flowers have numerous disc florets and two rows of yellow ray florets.The bracts end in very sharp pointed spines.
I continued along the Cami de Castello and then had a choice of routes back to Soller. I chose the Cami de Rost, a cobbled track that led me back to the petrol station on the main road. I then had a hot, weary walk along the road back into Puerto Soller and a welcome pint back at the hotel.
Once again we ate at Las Palmeras. Stuffed squid and a bottle of red. Now that’s something I don’t eat back home!