Fantastic sea views
If you like hiking and also appreciate views of the sea stretching to the far horizon, then it was obviously you that the Consell of Mallorca were thinking about when they came up with the idea of hiking routes taking in the island's lighthouses.
Obviously the coastline is dotted with a string of lighthouses covering the circumference of Mallorca, and it goes without saying that if they have to be seen from miles away then they are also great vantage points - usually on high cliffs or mountainsides - to view for miles.
Consell technicians have been out and about, spending hours trekking the rugged coastline; over rocks, beaches, and forests as you'd imagine, but also built up urban areas and holiday resorts which have grown since the lighthouses were built decades and more ago.
The first route they've proposed is along the south coast of the island from Cap Salines (photo) to Andratx (photo) taking in stops at the lighthouses of Colònia de Sant Jordi, s' Estalella, Cap Blanc, Cap Enderrocat, Portopí and Cala Figuera. The route will then join with the dry stone hiking route which runs from Andratx all the way up the Tramuntana mountain range and then across to Arta.
Apparently, there's a mountain of paperwork to complete and hoops to jump through before everything is in place with all the different authorities before the route can actually be officially given approval for the public to use it, but Consell officials reckon that three years should do it.
The opening of this lighthouse route brings the dream of a hiking route completely circumnavigating Mallorca along its coastline tantalisingly close. Plans are already being mooted to close the circle with a route from Arta to Cap Salines for a time in the future.
The Consell have also released information about their very useful smart phone App “Hiking in Mallorca” which has now been downloaded by 8500 users and superimposes the two big existing hiking routes onto Google maps and which gives architectural, cultural, or natural information along the way.
For the Consell, the App serves two purposes, to channel hikers along strict routes so the environment and ecosystems nearby are preserved, and attracts the type of holidaymaker who is respectful to the nature and environment of Mallorca.