The 29 km linear park from Manacor to Arta is now open
The Via Verde (greenway) linear park which uses the old railway route from Manacor to Arta is now open. We've covered the development of the project before here on Spotlight, so we are pleased to
report that the 29 km long conversion of the disused railway into a recreational eco park has officially been opened.
Where trains once ran from 1921 to 1977 is now an area of enjoyment for walkers, riders, cyclists and an attraction to promote tourism, sport and contact with nature. Along its length the greenway
is around 4 metres wide, with six seating and picnic areas, bike parks and gardens. Nearly 5000 trees and 15,000 shrubs have been planted, recovering 26,000 square metres of woodland.
The beautiful old station buildings have also been renovated, and three of them, Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Son Servera and Arta, now serve as interpretation centres, whilst along the route there
are lots of information panels with details of the flora and fauna of the area.
Being on an old railway line means that there aren't any hills or steep gradients, so the greenway is ideal for recreational activities like walking and cycling, particularly for people like me who
may want to get some exercise in the great outdoors, but not kill themselves doing it.
It's a great idea, and a great way to explore what is a very beautiful area of Mallorca, with some perfect stopping off places along the way – The Son Pereto basilica for example – and all the
information is in English, German and Spanish.
Go for it!