Today I decided to do a local walk with Bill, climbing up to Torre Picada and exploring the headland.
Leaving the port we climbed up to the Coll d’es Figueral where we climbed the steps over a stone wall and followed the track to the left. We soon reached the old watch tower, Torre Picada which was still flying the flags of the Moors and Christians.
We wandered over the headland enjoying the views along the coast and down to the port.
I found some beautiful Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis amongst the rocks.
The Scarlet Pimpernel was once thought to be effective in treating mental illness. The flowers open in the morning but close by about 3.00 pm.The petals also close when the sky is overcast and rain is on the way. The plant was regarded as a weatherglass.
I also found some of the rarer blue variety.
On the other side of the tower we climbed down to a grassy platform where where were good views along the coast towards the little island of Sa Illeta.
We returned to the Coll taking several way marked shortcuts. We then followed another track along the coast before dropping down to a little cove. The path was overgrown and there were many fallen trees.
But it was all worth it, the scenery at the little cove was marvellous with the waves crashing over the rocks.
We returned once again to the Coll and continued up the road before turning left onto a lane. This led us past the impressive rock pinnacle of Penyal Bernat.
We saw several little Mallorcan Cairns perched on the rocks.
The path continues along the coast but becomes increasingly overgrown and vertiginous. It is the way to go if you are attempting the circuit of Balitx which I have done a couple of times but not today.
It was time to turn back.
The sun had come out and it was time to relax by the pool before enjoying a beer.