What is it?
The Manacor-Artà green route is 29 kilometres long and runs from Manacor to Artà via Sant Llorenç de Cardassar, Son Carrió and Son Servera. It goes along what was an old railway line, which was in service between 1921 and 1977. This is an environmental itinerary in the natural landscape of this area of the Llevant de Mallorca where walkers and cyclists can get in touch with nature.
Routes serving this route Outward
The route from Manacor to Artà
The starting point is Manacor train station which can be reached by train and bus. It is worth noting that bicycles can be taken on most trains. The timetables show which trains do not allow bicycles. From the station, go down a small street with no pavement which goes off on the left-hand side of Plaça de sa Mora and which leads to the Passeig del Ferrocarril, easily recognisable due to the palm trees that line the central bike lane. The train from Manacor to Artà ran through here when it was in operation. The start of the green route is one and a half kilometres further on.
From this point the green route goes towards Sant Llorenç, climbing up the slope of the Santa Cirga mountain. From Sant Llorenç the path turns to the south east and goes over the Son Sureda gulley on an elegant viaduct before arriving at Son Carrió. From here the green route continues towards the sea, with some spectacular views over the Llevant coast. At Na Penyal the path turns north eastwards towards Son Servera, alongside the Llevant mountain range. A little before Son Servera station, on the right, there is a connection to the bike lane which goes to Cala Major and Cala Bona.
To go to Artà the path crosses the Sant Jordi mountains over the Es Caçador pass, between the Corb and Ses Tres Termes mountains. At this point the route turns to the north east and reaches Artà via the Canyamel gulley valley.
Reforestation of degraded areas with native trees has meant that the route blends into the surrounding natural, rural landscape and has ensured the presence of local fauna. Other environmental measures taken have given a higher ecological value to the route. Highlights of the species that have been planted are Aleppo Pines (Pinus halepensis), wild olives (Olea europaea), mastic trees (Pistacea lentiscus), evergreen oaks (Quercus ilex) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). They are all Mediterranean plants, adapted to the area’s climate, and particularly resistant to the long summer drought which is typical of the zone. Tables and benches round off the area’s leisure and relaxation facilities.
Development of the route for the new eco-tourism use has involved stabilising more than 20,000 square metres of embankments to prevent landslides; the creation of six new rest areas in which 24,000 square metres of forest were landscaped by planting 6,000 trees; construction of four water points for wild fauna and to encourage biodiversity, and erection of posters with information about the landscape, points of environmental interest and the area’s railway history.
Finally, visitors’ centres have been created at San Llorenç des Cardassar, Son Servera and Artà stations with information boards and other informative resources.