This spectacular and unforgettable linear walk has fantastic views all the way, and can be tackled from either end! Downhill is pretty easy with the added benefit of being able to enjoy the views ahead of you all the way. If you have bad knees though its best to approach it from the other direction and climb uphill.
On the downhill route, our starting point is the Cúber reservoir, which we walk alongside enjoying the open mountain scenery and following an easy track into the woods and along the paths of the Ofre estate. This is an excellent spot to see birds of prey - particularly the Black Vulture, which can often be seen circling overhead.
A detour to the summit of L'Ofre, at just over 1,000 meters, is well worth the effort and a short scramble, for the spectacular 360º views from the top. You can see right over to the Bay of Palma, as well as the Bay of Alcudia and the east of the island. With binoculars you can even spot the Castle of Alaro perched at the top of the Puig d’Alaro!
Continuing on our route down into Sóller, we enter a stunning gorge, the Barranc de Biniaraix where we begin our spectacular and steep descent via an ancient cobbled pilgrim's path.
The trail follows the torrent of Biniaraix, which makes its way beneath sheer cliffs and through idyllic, cool and shady terraces, down to Biniaraix and beyond. We eventually arrive at the pretty village of Binairaix, where we pass the old village wash house on our way to a tiny bar where we can stop for a drink.
Please note that this hike forms part of Stage 4 of the GR221 or Dry Stone Route and in this context it is usually approached from Sóller to the reservoir and then on to the Tossals refuge to stay overnight.
Spectacular views from the top of L'Ofre, and as for the descent into the Sóller valley....
Island weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly, so it is always advisable to be ready for anything. In the mountains, cloud can drop quickly and mist can come in from the sea, causing loss in visibility and fall in temperatures.
The terrain in Mallorca is rough so good footwear is essential. Most of our walks require walking boots with hard soles, good grip and ankle support. It is a good idea to wear your boots in well (if they are new!) before putting them to the test on some of our uncompromising, rocky surfaces.
September to early June are the main walking months on the island, and although not as hot as the summer, Sept/Oct and April/May can still be hot, and even in mid-winter sensitive skins can burn. Consequently, anything that you like to use to protect yourself from the sun – hat, cream, glasses, lip salve, long sleeves and long trousers….. is advisable.
Whatever the month it is essential to carry plenty of water, and a few snacks to top up your energy levels, are always advisable – just in case!
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