Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Sunday Valdemossa to Es Teix

 

With a late flight into a glorious sunset in Palma Sunday would be our first day of walking in the Tramuntana mountains of Mallorca.   This is a place we’ve visited before and the mountains are magnificent.

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Palma Airport

Sunday was a bright and blustery day in Soller signalling much stronger winds on the summits.

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Early morning in Soller

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A forty minute drive to Valdemossa the start of our walk up to Es Teix, and the market was in full swing.

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Looking back down to Valdemossa

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Not long before we encountered a few mountain goats

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Minor summit overlooking Deia

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Puig Major 4,475ft

Puig Major is the highest peak on the island and is off limits due to the military installattions.  However it is possible to get to the secondary summit which is only slightly lower in height, which we have done on a previous trip.  This is taken from the plateau below the summit of Es Teix.

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Bay of Palma from Es Teix

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Ian descending from the summit

It was touch and go whether we would actually get to the summit on the day as the wind was so strong.

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Summit hut on Talia Vellu with Deia below

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Bay of Palma

We headed down to the Port of Valdemossa where the wind was whipping up spectacular waves.

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On the drive back to Soller the sunshine and shadows were catching the hills.

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Puig Major catching the rays

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Refreshments back in Port de Soller

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Fantastic first day and a week to go!

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