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Puig de sa Tudosa

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Ingo S wrote a review Aug 2015
Karlsruhe, Germany200 contributions46 helpful votes
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The interior of the Reserva Natural de Cap de Ferrutx at the northern end of the Eastern part of the island of Mallorca, also at the northern end of the Serra de Llevant, is only accessible on foot and on bicycle; motor vehicle access is not allowed past the visitor information center at s'Alqueria Vella de Baix at the southern end of the reserve, just north of the junction with Mallorca road number 3333 from Arta. The reserve has six major peaks that are more than 400 m high. The easiest way to access the summit of one of them is a bicycle ride to Puig the sa Tudossa (441 m), which is the fourth highest and located near the center of the park. The distance from Arta via the road Ma-3333 and the Cami des Presos is about 11 km one way mounting 350 m. The road is not steep: The main rise is from the information center (240 m) to the Campament des Soldats (365 m, 2 km with an average of 6 %), the final rise is from the Pas des Porcs (320 m) to the summit (441 m, 1,5 km with an average of 8%), both on a one-lane paved road without motor traffic. Between the two rises, you descend slightly on a formerly paved road that is now eroded to a gravel road of low to medium quality (370 to 320 m, 2 km with an average of 2.5%), which means that coming on a mountain bike is better than on a road bike because these 2 km might put some strain on your tires, even though all the rest of the trip is paved. The Cami des Presos has a very sad history. From 1936 to 1939, during the Spanish Civil War, the fascist Franco regime detained 900 republican soldiers at the Campament des Soldats and forced them to build this road, which was originally intended to be continued for three more km to the Talaia Moreia (434 m) at the very northern end of the mountain range, just one km south of Cap de Ferrutx, for military purposes. Today, the road allows us to more easily admire the austere beauty of the the mountain landscape of the northern Serra de Llevant. It can also be used as a starting point for climbing other peaks (only recommended for experienced mountain hikers): 1. Talaia Freda, 546 m, about 60 min from the Campament des Soldats, the last path on a Tirany (poorly defined, steep footpath, may be difficult to find, can only be hiked very slowly and may include easy scrambling) 2. Puig des Porassar, 491 m, about 30 min from the Campament des Soldats on a hiking trail, the easiest of these peaks 3. Puig de sa Creu, 486 m, about 1 h 15 min from the information center, the last part on a Tirany. I'm not giving estimates for Puig des Corb (439 m) because it's completely pathless and for Talaia Moreia (434 m) because it may require a huge detour redescending almost to sea level or alternatively a long stretch of pathless hiking.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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