Route: L’Havanor Refuge, Mortitx

Area: Spain, Mallorca

Date of walk: 29th April 2019

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly, James and Nicola

Distance: 4.6 miles (there and back)

Ascent: 700 feet

Weather: Mixture of cloud and sun

We were joined on our walk today by our son James and his girlfriend Nicola, who had both been competing in the challenging Mallorca 312 cycle ride (312 km) a couple of days ago. We chose a walk which proved to be a perfect combination of easy walking and wild landscape, exactly as described in our walking guide ‘Walk! Mallorca‘ by Discovery Walking Guides

We parked near the gates of the Mortitx estate and followed the driveway past the main farmhouse and the estate winery

At the end of the vineyard we crossed a tall ladder stile into the reserve which is home to the rare black vulture. This was the start of an easy yet exciting walk through wild Mallorcan landscape, as we followed the dusty track past ancient twisted olive trees with dramatic mountains and rock formations on both sides. An alternative route down the Mortitx Gorge presented itself but we carried on along the main track towards the main Havanor track, crossing the lower dam wall on the Torrent de Comes

A little further along we headed towards a distinctive rock chimney, and shortly after passing it we arrived at the Havanor refuge, which is locked but which has a picnic table. This is as far as the walk goes at this time of the year, since further progress along the track is prohibited between 1st February and 30th June in order to protect the nests of the black vultures. By a stroke of good fortune, one of these huge birds flew over as we were sitting at the picnic table

From the refuge we retraced our steps along the track, no hardship in such dramatic and wild countryside – it had been a fantastic walk

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