It was the last full day of my holiday and we set off to walk from Cuber to Lluc following the GR 221. We set out from the Font des Noguera where the signpost indicated that the walk should take us 5 h 22 min. It should be quite a day as the temperature was predicted to hit 29 degrees. We strolled alongside the now familiar canaleta enjoying the views down to Gorg Blau.
We crossed the canaleta at the fourth ramp and after passing through a gate we began the steady climb through the holm oak woods towards the Coll d’es Collomes ( Pigeon Pass). This was the path we had taken last week when we climbed Puig de Tossals Verds. The path levelled out at the Coll d’es Colloms and a few minutes later we came to a signpost indicating the Font des Prat was just a short distance off to our left.
We made the short diversion. It looked like a cave so of course Greg had to go inside. It looked as though the floor was dry, but that was deceptive. There was a few inches of crystal clear water. You could only tell by the slight ripple. Inside the well the date 1748 is engraved on the stone. This marked the start of the construction of the Canaleta de Massanella.
Back at the junction we followed the main path that would lead us up to the Coll d’es Prat. Initially we were walking through the woods but soon emerged into the full heat of the sun. The path was rough and very eroded After heavy rain it must become a torrent.
I had to frequently pause to catch my breath but it was a chance to look back and admire the mountains surrounding Cuber where we had begun our walk.
The path improved slightly but became steeper. Ahead of us we could see the Coll d’es Prat 1205 m.
We stopped at the Coll d’es Prat for lunch and to take in the amazing view,
We could look across to the east of the island and the bay of Alcudia whilst to our right was the massive bulk of Massanella.
After a well earned rest we set off following the waymarks towards the Casa de Neu d’en Galileu.
We passed a couple of snow houses, casa de neu,, in which before the days of refrigeration, snow used to be packed during the winter to be transported down to the villages by mule in the spring and summer.
We descended to the Coll de Telegraph before beginning the climb up to the Coll de ses cases de Neu. The climb was steep in places and wound its way between a sea of asphodels. Ahead of us was the lovely peak of Puig d’en Galileu.
At a junction by the Galileu balcony we paused to consider our next steps. Paul and Greg decided on a quick ascent of Puig d’en Galileu whilst Bill, Krystl and myself rested and enjoyed the view.
Our way now led down the well laid out cami de Ses Voltes. The original path was laid out in the 17th century but has been renovated by the dry stone wall building college. It reminded me of the ‘Pilgrim Steps’
Our waymarked path led us down through holm oak woods to the road which we crossed and continued down into Lluc. We ended our walk by the Font Cuberta, where we were able to refill our water bottles. The cool water is supposed to cure stomach upsets.
Across the road was the Font Cuberta Bar where there was something more refreshing. A glass of cold beer.
It was 6.30pm by the time we got back to Porto Soller and I had to get packed. Later I wandered down to Pizzeria Del Porto. I walked in to find that my usual table had a reserved sign on it. As I began to turn away the waitress called me back. Senor, It is reserved for you. We know it is your favourite.
Pan, olives and Ali Oli, followed by chicken breast with peppercorn sauce. Accompanied by a bottle of Rioja. A perfect end to the holiday.