Up to the Torre Nova des Cap Vermell

2016-07-20 at 17:05

Good Morning! Up from my mattress on the floor and to the window. Open the curtain and:
View from the hotel in Canyamel
Well – another gray morning 🙁

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The boys are still sleeping – time to shower and make some coffee and my breakfast.
After they came back from their breakfast the clouds where gone so we decided to go up to the Torre Nova des Cap Vermell. It is and old observation tower above the village that dates back to 1577. At last that is what they say up at the tower. You have a great view on both sites over the sea as well as into the land.

Canyamel Bay
Canyamel bay from above

Canyamel beach
Canyamel beach

Up to the Torre Nova des Cap Vermell

On the rocks
Actually there is a nice walking path from the village. But since we hiked the Torrent de Pareis the other day – we took the rocky option

Up to the Torre Nova des Cap Vermell

Canyamel
You can see the Tennis court behind our hotel on the left. The hotel is the blue stripe in front.

Torre Nova des Cap Vermell

Torre Nova des Cap Vermell
View to the other site

Torre Nova des Cap Vermell

Canyamel

 
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Hiking the Torrent de Pareis in Majorca

2016-07-19 at 17:11

Wolfgang Weiss is a longtime resident of Mallorca and is the founder and managing director of the agency Viatges Unics SL, which specialises in outdoor adventure holidays and group travel. He said about the Torrent de Pareis:
The famous Torrent de Pareis is a wild and rocky canyon in the Tramuntana, which can be hiked either downwards or upwards, or indeed in both directions. There are some demanding sections in there and needs about 4-5 hours hiking each way through an impressive landscape.
An ideal itinerary would be arriving by public transport from Soller at the starting point Escorca, hiking down the 680m of difference.
Then enjoy a snack and drink at the bar down there in Sa Calobra and catch the boat back to Port Soller. It’s especially nice in the warmer months, as it is mainly in the shade and you can enjoy a swim after the hike.
The walk itself could be called “alpine”, since the path leads over rugged rocks and requires proper equipment and experience.

And so do many others. Well that sounds exactly as if this was made for us! Having only sneakers and wearing our city outfit we took our little car to the start of the hike. There is parking a few meters before the restaurant in Escorca. You can take a bus in the morning from Lluc to Escorca if you prefer public transport.

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Bear in mind that the hike is more difficult on the way down. There are a few passages where you have to climb down. One of them is super narrow but there is a rope. Do not do that when it is wet or about to rain. You will not enjoy slippery rocks on your way down or up. And it is not a Sunday walk – you should be fit or clever enough to know when you should turn back again. We did try this a few years ago but it did start to rain so we had to try again.

Torrent de Pareis Trail
Schwarz had to fix this arch before we could head down into the valley.

Torrent de Pareis Trail
The first part of the trek is down an easy walk with trees and later tall grass. Finally you reach the rocky bit where things get a bit more challenging.

Torrent de Pareis Trail
Lots of climbing over rocks – big and small.

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Torrent de Pareis Trail
Can you imagine the power of the water??

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Torrent de Pareis Trail

Torrent de Pareis

Torrent de Pareis
It does look easy but you have to find a way to get down. Dr. Daniel is quite small and many times he did choose a different path since I have a different reach.

Torrent de Pareis Trail
At one point it was my turn to carry the bag-pack. Dr. Daniel did not want to risk his phone so he gave it to me. There was only one spot on the trip where I had to throw the bag down and there was one of the little pools with water. And sure enough the bag hit the ground next to the pool only to turn in slow motion and sink into the water. To bad for the phone and our snacks.

Torrent de Pareis
On some difficult parts nice people did install a rope. On some parts idiots did steal it. Most of the local guides do recommend that you bring a 10 metres rope yourself.

Torrent de Pareis
See Dr. Daniel walking from right to left?

Torrent de Pareis

Torrent de Pareis
Baby King of the Mountain. You see them climb but you can not understand how they do it.

Torrent de Pareis

Torrent de Pareis
Almost at the ocean again. We where lucky – had only a few drips but a few times it did look like rain. Found a nice couple from Holland that where down where you have to climb that last steep part. They offered us a ride up to the car. Thank you Dutchland! Did any of you ever met an idiot from Holland? I think it is illegal for them to leave the country.

Walk Data

Distance: 8,7 km
Min. Altitude 56m
Max Altitude 642m
Ascent 330m
Descent 915m
Alt Change -585m

Torrent de Pareis
Back at our beach we had a storm like wind with big waves and about 40 guys with boards. Word travels fast on a small island.

A week in Majorca

2016-07-10 at 11:45

2 friends where off for a week to Majorca and invited me to tag along. You only have to pay the flight! Weee – tempting! So I did for out 10.000 miles and a few € and had my ticket. Wanted to fly with the same plane to save the bus commute to the north of the island. Early! Very Early!

Airport Stuttgart - Mallorca
Airport Stuttgart – way to early for my but here we are. Ready to board!

Sunrise at Stuttgart Airport
Sunrise at Stuttgart Airport – looks like it will be a sunny day

Somewhere from the plane
Somewhere on the way – still snow?

Beach Beer
The Beach Beer – you must have one to celebrate. Notice the sky – blue and sunny in Stuttgart and gray and cold here?

Finally Sunshine
Finally Sunshine

Fresh cleaned beach
Fresh cleaned beach – needs some improvement if you ask me

Gone Fishing
Gone Fishing

Sad place to be
Sad place to be – said the tree

The kitchen
The kitchen in our apartment. On the web site you can book and 2 or 3 people do cost the same. But if you are showing up and you are 3 they rob you. I had to pay 20€ more – not for the week! For every day. I was not happy – why like this? The Place? Aparthotel Canyamel Sun in Canyamel. On top of that you have to pay for WiFi and you can only have 2 devices online. So we had to pay 2 times since we had 3 phones and I had my MacBook with me. I would say 3rd world but over there – WiFi is free and everywhere.

My 20€ a night bed
My 20€ a night bed

Happy Dr. Daniel
Happy Dr. Daniel

Street Art
Street Art in Palma

Dark clouds over Palma
Dark clouds over Palma

Morning view
Morning view from the room – with the power of the net I was able to check the weather back home. Blue sky and warm. Wrong week!

Blue sky again!
Blue sky again!

There is a small river leading to the beach with lots of different birds
There is a small river leading to the beach with lots of different birds

 
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A few days in Majorca

2016-02-03 at 11:18

A friend had some days left to go somewhere so I did search the interweb for a good deal. The date was not really the best since some parts of Germany had school holidays and that makes the price go north for 7-14 days trips. But I could not change that so in the end it was Majorca. 10 days with flight, airport transportation to the hotel and hotel with breakfast and dinner for 380€ each. Not really cheap but not really expensive.

Majorca 2015 Airport Stuttgart
Airport Stuttgart

Majorca 2015 Airport Stuttgart
Thank you Air Berlin! Free emergency exit row seats! Great!

Majorca 2015 Air Berlin
Over Démoret in Switzerland

Majorca 2015
Over the Lac de Neuchatel in Switzerland

Majorca 2015 Airport Stuttgart
We had a big storm in the night with rain and high waves – quite interesting. Than the sea did change every day. It went back from angry to super calm.

Majorca 2015
In the harbour of Can Picafort

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015
In the good old times these towers were used to navigate the island.

Majorca 2015
The harbour in Santa Margalida

Majorca 2015
Our hotel was in Can Picafort and there are lots of bars and coffee shops and the competition is high. This was 3,50 € together and really good!

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015
And this was only 2,50€ with German coffee – which is a bit strange on a Spanish island…

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015
Every time I fly back from Majorca we have a delay. This time air traffic controller on strike in France

Majorca 2015

Majorca 2015
Over Bellinzona in Switzerland. In the back you see Lago Maggiore

Majorca 2015
Over Panix in Switzerland

Majorca 2015
Home sweet home – almost – still in STR

 
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