Walking | Tourist route N103

The dry stone route: Es Capdellà - Estellencs

What is it?

This route goes through the public estates of Galatzó, la Coma d'en Vidal and Son Fortuny and links the village of Es Capdellà (Calvià) with Estellencs.

Along the way the Serra de Tramuntana offers a wide range of scenery, from agricultural land, dense rope grass beds and rugged peaks to leafy evergreen oak woods.  The presence of the Galatzó mountain, which rises 1,027 metres above sea level, and the S'Esclop crag, at 926 metres, is outstanding.  At the same time, we can discover extraordinary ethnological heritage as there are many buildings associated with agricultural activities and forestry, particularly in the area around Galatzó.

Visit

Price and opening times:

Freely accessible and free of charge.

Approximate Length: 5 hours.  A little over 16 kilometres long and of medium difficulty.

Location and contact:

Ajuntament de Calvià (Tourist Information)

Av. Pere Váquez Ramis, 1. 07181 Magaluf, Calvià (Mallorca)

Telephone: +34 971 131 126

Web site: www.visitcalvia.com

E-mail: omtmagaluf@calvia.com

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Detailed description

The starting point is the Plaça de Bernat Calvet in Es Capdellà, in the centre of the village.  We set off towards the north on Carrer de Galatzó and we stay on this road until we reach the Galatzó estate.  The route is reasonably level and is surrounded by dry ground fruit trees with the unmistakeable silhouette of Galatzó mountain being an excellent reference point.

After passing the Gomà pass, we come to the Galatzó public estate where, apart from the signposts directing us to our particular route, we can see signs to the educational routes that run around the estate.  Crossing the Almangra gulley over a large stone ford, to our left we can see the tithe barn where the grain for the tax was stored.

We continue to the Galatzó houses and the main façade attracts attention with its decoration of inlaid pebbles.  From the path we can also see an exterior rounded archway that leads to the central patio, a sun dial dated 1688 and a lintel crowned with the coat of arms of the man known as Comte Mal, dated 1680, which is the entrance to the old chapel.  The patio, olive press and the romantic garden are also well worth a visit.

We start off again through the beamed porch on the eastern façade and continue through an orchard of dry land fruit trees until we reach the Sa Cometa crossroads, where we bypass the left fork which would take us to the Sa Cometa spring.  We go down a few metres and continue through the Ses Sínies valley (comellar) where the path starts to rise following the winding, deep-set bed of the Galatzó gulley.

Straightaway, on the left of the path, remains of two lime kilns appear and, further on, another one with a rectangular cabin attached.

Later on we come across the charcoal kiln ranch, a settlement in an esplanade with several charcoal kilns and huts.  The gulley and the path separate here. Afterwards we arrive at a fork in the path, next to which is the Ses Sínies well.  We continue northwards, passing close to the remains of the Ses Sínies naviform, after which the route becomes harder. We climb, winding round a valley dominated by rope grass (Ampelodesmos mauritanica) and Mediterranean fan palms (Chamaerops humilis L.) with the occasional tall pine tree over a path that is pebbled in part and which forks over the top of two charcoal kilns.

 

We need to go west here.  The path, which is supported by a bank, runs along some sharp bends before straightening out over a stony track.  When we reach the Es Pinotells pass, we come across the path that leads to the S'Esclop crag to the west.  We need to pass the dividing wall with Estellencs, go into the la Coma d'en Vidal estate and follow the cart track which, descending, leads us into a pine forest with rope grass.  When we are in front of the houses, a small building with a porch invites us to rest.

We carry on through cypresses and, once through the boundary doorway with the Son Fortuny estate, the descent to Estellencs begins along a forestry track which gives spectacular views of the coast.  After going past a water tank for fire fighting, we bypass the path to the right which leads to the Boal de ses Serveres recreation area and, finally, connect to the MA-10 main road.  At this point we leave the public space.  We go along the road towards Andratx to hook up with the old road from Andratx to Estellencs, which is wide and descends on long straight stretches coupled with three hairpin bends.

After that, the path flattens off and the easy walk amongst pine trees and evergreen oaks takes us to the Es Pi pass, from where we can see the village of Estellencs.  Straightaway we turn off onto a tarmac road which takes us to the village centre after going over the crossroads with the path that leads to Estellencs cove.

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