Distance: 7 miles (11 kms)
Ascent: 220m, Descent 680m
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Return: 45 minutes by boat and then by car to Soller
March to October Only
The viewpoint at the Mirador de Ses Barques is the start point for this excursion. From the Mirador we take the old road - Cami Vell de Balitx - through the terraced valley of ancient olive trees, down past the farmhouses of Balitx d'Amunt (on top) and Balitx d'en Mig (in the middle).
The latter building is now derelict but offers an interesting view back into the past as we can stroll around and see the old olive press, flour mill and the living quarters where the seasonal workers used to reside.
Continuing on, it's a sharp descent to Balitx d'Avall (at the bottom), an estate dating back to the 16th Century, now offering accommodation and meals in a very peaceful setting. One of the features of the house is the defence tower. These torres (watch towers) are a prominent feature along this coastline as it was subject to constant attack from the sea until a few centuries ago.
After enjoying a freshly squeezed orange juice in the farmhouse, it's a stiff climb out of the valley, up to the Coll de Biniamar and a pleasant holm oak woodland. We are soon rewarded with a spectacular view along the coast. Nearby, at the houses of Sa Costera, a view point makes a great place to stop for a picnic lunch.
The path then follows the coast past Sa Fabrica d'Electricitat which supplied Soller with electricity until the early 1960s. The water that comes off the mountains and used to be converted into hydro-electricity, is now transported via pipes under the sea to Puerto Soller and along to Palma. After an hour following the coastal path, the trail descends once more into the tranquil cove of Cala Tuent. Unlike its neighbour, Sa Calobra, tour buses are not allowed down to this bay, so Cala Tuent has retained its natural charm. In summer, we'll have time for a swim before heading back by boat to Puerto Soller.
Price: 46€ per person, cash only, for a minimum group of 4 people, maximum 8. For larger groups please contact us directly.
Price includes private transport from our shop in Port Soller to the trailhead (15 minutes drive), a fresh orange juice at Balitx d'Avall and the return boat fare from Cala Tuent to Puerto Soller. If you are staying in Soller, we can collect you from the petrol station on the MA-11 road. Please note, this excursion terminates in Port Soller.
Option: Starting the walk in Soller or Puerto Soller will add an extra 1½ hours to the excursion. 3€ per person extra.