What is it?
This route is a walk along the Pla de Mallorca (Majorcan plain) and climbs to one of the sanctuaries that inspires the most devotion on the island. From the top of Puig de Bonany, on a clear day, there are spectacular views of the entire island.
Opening hours and prices:
Unrestricted and free-of-charge.
Location and contact:
Start point: Plaça de Tomeu Penya. 07250 Vilafranca de Bonany
Telephone:+34 971 832 107
Web site: www.vilafrancaterrabona.com
Available public transport
|Monday to Friday|
From Vilafranca to Puig de Bonany via the Camí de Son Cartet
This section is approximately 4.5 kilometres long and takes around an hour and a half to walk.
The route starts in the Plaça de Tomeu Penya in Vilafranca (where the bus stop is). From here we take Carrer Pare Jaume Rosselló and, when we reach the third corner, turn right into Carrer Vent until we leave the village.
At this point we go straight ahead and, 750 metres later, amongst vegetable gardens, almond and carob groves and the odd greenhouse, the path reaches Camí de Son Cartet.
We need to turn left here to start the climb to Bonany. This path, lined by dry stone walls, runs through plantations of drought-tolerant trees. We can also see some water deposits and cisterns which are usually near to the walls of the properties, beside the path.
This part of the route, which goes through open country, is full of birds. It is usual to see woodchats, Sardinian warblers or kestrels searching for prey.
We can see the Bonany sanctuary straightaway and the long shape of the mountain, covered, for the most part, in pine trees and a few small groups of evergreen oaks.
We follow the path and, three and a half kilometres after the start of the route, we get to Ca na Parrica (a house which is also known as Can Moragues or Can Mec).
The house's façade and the top of the cistern in front of it are noteworthy. Just after the house the path descends slightly and in front of us, on the mountain slope, we can see the Son Bendinat estate. A little further on we come across the Can Petit house.
Around 350 metres further on we need to turn left. Before climbing, there is a panoramic view over Manacor and the Sierra de Llevant.
When we reach a crossroads, we continue on the path to the left which climbs to the sanctuary. The descending path would take us to La Fonteta de Nostra Senyora (Our Lady's Fountain).
Without leaving the path we reach the road, which we must cross to continue on a small track on the other side which will take us to the steps leading to the sanctuary.
The Bonany sanctuary was built in the 17th Century in honour of the intercession of the Virgin Mary, although the current building is a reconstruction carried out in the 1920's after the previous one was destroyed by lightning. There is a stone cross near to the building that was designed by a local craftsman (Joan Vives Lliteras) and which was made in honour of the last sermon given by Fra Juníper Serra before leaving for America.