The Biniaraix Gorge

The Biniaraix Gorge

North West Mallorca

Route: The Biniaraix Gorge

Area: North West Mallorca

Date of walk: 8th September 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 10.2 miles

Weather: Bright at start but then grey skies, some light rain later

Today’s walk started with a bus ride. A summer service runs between Sóller and Pollença and after an interesting ride up mountain passes we alighted at the Cúber Reservoir, a well known birdwatching site. The reservoir is at an altitude of almost 2,500 feet, and this meant that most of our walk would be downhill back into the Sóller valley

We walked round the side of the reservoir, looking (unsuccessfully) for osprey and black vultures which are known to inhabit the area. After reaching the end of the reservoir we passed through mountainous terrain to the highest point of the walk – the Coll de l’Ofre at 2,870 feet. A very long descent began and after a while we reached the Biniaraix Gorge

This section of the walk was spectacular every step of the way. The well made path somehow made its way down steep cliffs thanks to innumerable hairpin bends. There was some exposure to vertical drops on the odd occasion, but the path is reasonably wide and completely safe so this wasn’t an issue. The rock scenery and the huge views over the Sóller valley were awesome

Eventually we reached the pretty village of Biniaraix, where it started raining lightly. The village merges with the town of Sóller and we walked through its streets, past St Bartholomew Church, and back to our rented villa to conclude a fantastic walk

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