Walking Mallorca (Majorca)

Monastic Wandering from Sant Elm

Area:
South West
Kilometres:
8
Walking Time:
3 hours
Approx. ascent/descent:
400/400m
Start Walk:
Sant Elm (see Google map ref. below)
End Walk:
Sant Elm
Let’s Walk !

Challenging

There are a number of different routes we can take to the ruined Trappist monastery high above Sant Elm, with a number of possible diversions, but this is the most direct approach. Whichever way you go the approach is steep and challenging, but it is well worth the effort. This is a "must-do" walk if you are staying in the South West or just want to explore this lovely part of the island.

We set off from the sleepy fishing village of Sant Elm in the far south west of the island. We start walking along wide paths and tracks and then enter some delightful woods (from which we can make a detour to the Tower at Cala Basset). We follow the soft woodland path uphill, and continue along a narrow coastal path along old terrace walls, which indicate past agricultural activity.

We then start to climb more steeply and our route becomes rockier and more tricky and a few scrambles over rocky surfaces eventually bring us to a fabulous view of the remains of the Sa Trapa monastery and community activities below us. We follow the track down to the monastery and take a wander around the old buildings, one of which is the old community windmill. There are a couple of round look-out points from which the views of the coast and Dragonera island are quite breathtaking.

We then continue our climb for a short while until we reach the Coll de Ses Animes, from which we get completely different panoramic views from a height of almost 400m. From here we descend into the Sant Elm valley via a wide windy track with fabulous views ahead of us all the way.

Highlights

The monastery and fantastic views of the coast and Dragonera island...

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Monastic Wandering from Sant Elm
28-05-2012 Sant Elm (see Google map ref. below)
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11-06-2011 Sant Elm (see Google map ref. below)
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10-04-2013 Sant Elm (see Google map ref. below)
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09-03-2013 Sant Elm (see Google map ref. below)
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25-09-2015 Sant Elm (see Google map ref. below)
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31-10-2013 Sant Elm (see Google map ref. below)
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