What is it?
This walk allows the visitor to enjoy the coves and cliffs that are so typical of the Llucmayor coastline. The route begins in the coastal village of S'Estanyol and ends in the Vallgornera residential area. The landscape, along with the sensation of peace and tranquillity, makes this trip simply delightful.
The whole route takes around two hours. The route travels over generally flat ground and is not difficult, which makes it ideal for all the family.
Freely accessible and free of charge
Location and contact:
Llucmajor Tourist Board
Pl. Espanya, 12. 07620 Llucmajor (Mallorca)
Telephone: +34 971 66 91 62
Web site: www.visitllucmajor.com
Available public transport
|Monday to Friday|
The route begins in S'Estanyol, near to the small cove known as Es Racó de s'Arena. We walk towards the cove, passing by the Club Nàutic de S'Estanyol, and follow a wide, sandy path after the tarmac ends. A little later there is a board with information about Es Racó de s'Arena, which is a real gem of a cove and almost unknown to most tourists. In summer it is an idyllic, peaceful place, away from the crowds. In winter it is a different matter, as it is vulnerable and often disappears under the sea because large piles of seaweed accumulate on what remains of the beach. We can even have a quick dip before continuing the route.
When we reach the other side of the cove, we can see several paths going up the slope. It is advisable to follow the path nearest to the sea which leads to a wider path a little higher up, where we can see signposts to the lighthouse. We continue straight on at the first fork and then turn left, passing by a little house. A little later we reach the S'Estalella lighthouse. From this point we can enjoy some marvellous views. The island of Cabrera looks larger from here, on a blue horizon that stretches out before us. A fine panorama can also be seen over S'Estanyol, the marina and the harbour to the beaches at La Colònia de Sant Jordi, which unfold to our left. On the right, the unspoilt, rocky coastline of Llucmajor reaches the cliffs of Cala Pi in the distance, which is point where the trip finishes.
From the lighthouse, we follow the track over a rocky area where shrubs and pine trees lean towards the ground, sculptured by the constant sea winds. From here we can already see the S'Estalella defence tower half way to Cala Pi. The route continues along the coastline, going round small coves and rocky formations, away from any trace of modern civilisation. If we do the walk in summer, we can take advantage of the coves for a swim. If, on the other hand, it is winter, we can watch the force of the waves breaking over the coastline.
After a walk of around 25 minutes, and once past a little house hidden in the vegetation, we go through a gap in the dry stone wall and a little later get to the S'Estalella defence tower, located on a rocky elevation. The tower was built in 1577 by the master builder, Simó Carrió, and is on a rocky platform known as Serral des Corral, at an altitude of 6 metres above sea level. This bastion of the coastline originally had a main room enclosed in masonry walls and a terrace. There was also a parapet with canon holes, which were later closed. The tower is cylindrical on the top and conical on the lower part. It is 9.2 metres high, 7.64 metres in diameter at the base and 6.65 metres on the terrace. It was restored by Llucmayor Town Council in 1984.
Leaving the tower behind we continue along the well-marked path, following the route along the coast and gradually climbing. The cliffs are sharper each time, full of caves and strange formations due to the waves that continuously break over the coast. In summer there is a fantastic contrast between the colours of the turquoise sea and the various shades of the rock.
Further on we go through another dry stone wall and continue to climb progressively. A little later the path takes us towards a fence, which is where the Vallgornera residential area begins. There are some stone steps in the wall on the left, if you want to continue on to Cala Pi, although there is still a good way to go to reach it.
We return on the same path we came on. New panoramas and perspectives can be seen while we go back to the starting point. We get back to S'Estanyol after around two hours walking.