El Fumat

El Fumat

Route: El Fumat and Cala en Gossalba

Area: Spain, Mallorca

Date of walk: 28th April 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.8 miles 

Ascent: 1,300 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies

Today’s walk should have taken place yesterday, but didn’t as we were unable to find a parking space near the start. Having learned our lesson we set off bright and early from our hotel in Alcúdia and made the exciting and spectacular car journey along the Cap de Formentor peninsula. After driving through the tunnel, it was a relief to find that the nearby parking area (room for about 4 cars) was empty

We walked back along the road for a short distance, and as we did so El Fumat came into view, a jagged lump of rock under which the road tunnel was built. With huge vertical drops to the side, the view was an intimidating one. We left the road at a wooden post and traversed the hillside to Coll de la Creu. We paused for breath here and after admiring the view started the ascent of El Fumat. It was rocky and quite steep, and there were a few sections near the top when we had to use hands, but the climb was not as scary as we’d feared, and there was no sense of exposure despite the vertical cliffs nearby

The views from the summit were superlative, and I’ll let the photos describe the scene. We retraced our steps by descending back to the col, and from here we followed an old donkey trail which zigzagged down the valley. This brought us to the dry Torrent de les Agulles. Route finding along the torrent was easy, but progress was slow as we hopped from boulder to boulder along a seemingly never ending descent

We eventually arrived at the small stony beach of Cala en Gossalba, although we had an awkward scramble to get down to it, which no doubt explains why the beach was deserted. It’s a heavenly spot, with a beautiful view across the azure sea, and we lingered here for a while. After another scramble back up the rocks, we followed a path above a neighbouring beach and then started on the ascent back to the start

The path back, which followed the course of the dry Canal de Cala en Gossalba, was waymarked by a series of small stone cairns, and was straightforward. It took us back up to the road, and lead directly back to the parking area. It had been a fantastic walk, quite hard going in places, but well worth the effort 

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