Cala Sant Vicenç via the Siller Pass

Siller Pass

Route: Siller to Cala Sant Vicenç via the Siller Pass

Area: Spain, Mallorca

Date of walk: 27th April 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.3 miles (there and back)

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies, warm

Today’s walk wasn’t the one we’d planned. Earlier in the morning we drove along Cap de Formentor, a difficult drive at the best of times, but made even harder by the presence of many hundreds of cyclists. Mallorca has become a Mecca for the sport in recent years – 8,000 of them (including our son James) were taking part today in the challenging Mallorca 312. Thousands more have descended on the island, and they seem to be everywhere. By the time we finally arrived at the small parking space to start our walk it was full and, with no alternative spaces nearby, we had to come up with a Plan B

We decided to leave the narrow and overcrowded peninsula, and drove back along it to Siller, on the outskirts of Port de Pollença. We parked on a residential street and after a short stroll left it to follow a track through open countryside towards the Siller Pass. The track turned into a narrow rocky path but there were no difficulties, and before long we arrived at the head of the pass, with good views back over Port de Pollença

We descended from the pass down a deserted road to the small town of Cala Sant Vicenç. The town is set in a bay surrounded by azure seas, with views out to some spectacular rock formations. It’s a shame that a modern hotel dominates much of the bay, a serious lack of judgement by the planners

We could have taken a taxi back to the start, but we’d enjoyed the simple walk and decided to double the pleasure by retracing our steps back to the start

Postscript: next day we returned to Cap de Formentor to carry out Plan A, and we were glad to have persevered, as it was a classic walk – click here to see why

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