Peter Bargh

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February 22nd, 2016

GR221 to Biniaraix

I booked another two nights at Hotel Marina in Puerto de Soller as the buffet food was ok. Turned out the next two nights there were not enough guests paying for half board to make buffet worth the hotel’s while so the few dining got a fixed meal. Tonight was tuna salad followed by pork chops (dreadful taste) with potato bravas (no sauce) and for desert, a piece of chocolate roll with ice cream.

But before that I’d been for the longest walk of the holiday. From Port Soller, via Mirador de ses Barques to Fortnalutx, then a steep climb to Puig De Verger and down the valley with Serre de Torrelles on the left and Serra de Cuber on the right. This path brought me to the MA-10 main road and I thought I could walk around and climb the highest mountain, Puig Major, but it is fenced off as a military base. So I followed the road around to Embassament de Cuber, and joined the GR221 walk back to Biniaraix through the Barranc (gorge) de Biniaraix. At the top I was greeted with some amazing views with clouds below the mountain tops. And the route down was equally spectacular.  The photo below is of Els Cornador on the ascent to Biniaraix from Embassament de Cuber.

February 16th, 2016

Puig de Massanell on the GR 221

After breakfast, which was not a buffet this time, so a limited range of stuff was delivered to my table and still £8 euro, I decided to do the GR 221 from Lluc to Embassament de Cuber. It was a clear day and looked fine in the hills. The walk took me through the woods near Lluc and up a steep climb to the Casa de neu d’en Galileu (Snow House)

GR 221

The snow was a few inch deep and two Scandinavian girls passed dressed for winter here and I was wondering if I’d made the right move in my shorts and lightweight fleece. As I crossed the Puig d’en Galileu mountain top things became even more wintery. And then I saw the peak of Majorca’s second largest mountain, Puig de Massanella and a snow covered valley. Winter conditions all around and no idea if I was on the right path.

As I descended the GR221 into the valley between the two mountains a Spanish guy asked where I was from. And we talked for a while he seemed to think my plan to get to Cuber and back to Lluc was a bit flawed, and said the best way to Lluc was to go back the way I came. But I was convinced there was a way back by road and I’d be ok. So I carried on.

Me near Puig de Massanella

I met another Majorcan climber who laughed at me and said “you’re not from here are you” as he scanned me up and down looking at my walking shoes with socks and shorts. He suggested an alternative way back to Lluc, but it meant moving from the clearly marked GR221 and I wasn’t confident. I walked with him for a while to the side of the Puig de Massanella. And it was beautiful with views of Puig Major to the right. But the snow was 12 in deep – thankfully hard, so I walked on the surface, digging heels in to avoid slipping. Amateur abroad lol. Aware that time was passing I sped down the hill and the snow started to become softer and wetter. By the time I reached the base I was soaked through.

Gorg Blaum

I followed a huge drain pipe around the south side of the Embassament des Gorg Blaum, and then on to Embassament de Cuber. I didn’t have time to go round Embassament de Cuber so headed down the MA10 and round the north side of the Embassament des Gorg Blaum. The rest of the journey was on the MA10 back to Lluc via Escorca and a glimpse of the gorge Torrent de Pareis.