Torre Picada and the headland

316 Torre Picada

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.

297 Looking across the bay

I found some beautiful Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis amongst the rocks.

303 Red Pimpernel

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.

Blue Pimpernel

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.

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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.

320 Overgrown

But it was all worth it, the scenery at the little cove was marvellous with the waves crashing over the rocks.

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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.

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We saw several little Mallorcan Cairns perched on the rocks.

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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.

350 Time to turn back

It was time to turn back.

The sun had come out and it was time to relax by the pool before enjoying a beer.

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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