Sant Elm - Pas Vermell - Coll Des Vent - Port D'Andratx

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Between the little seaside resort of Sant Elm and fashionable Port D'Andratx lies a broad, uninhabited valley flanked by ridges rising to over 300 metres. On this walk we climb to the ridge line and then follow a contour path round the rim of the valley, enjoying open views across an unspoiled landscape to the sea beyond.

To reach the ridge, at Pas Vermell, we climb from Sant Elm along well-graded tracks, passing through a narrow and secluded valley and then up a steepish dirt path to the pass and some outstanding natural viewpoints. From here, we can see the mountains to the north and east, the whole of the island of Dragonera beyond Sant Elm and some of the coastline swinging southerly and easterly towards Palma Bay.

The descent into Port D'Andratx is mostly down a narrow woodland path, with occasional glimpses of its picturesque harbour and marina through the trees. At the end of the walk, there are lots of places for refreshment in the town itself, including harbourside bars and restaurants.

Spain - Balearic Islands - Mallorca - Inland Mallorca

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Public Transport, Restaurant, Sea, Toilets, Wildlife
15/09/2017 - Keith Mead

John, thanks for your comments. I can't do detailed instructions for the reverse route straightaway because I'm not living in Mallorca, but the following notes might be helpful. There are three main points at which you might come unstuck when approaching Sant Elm from the Port direction: 1. The turn up to the pass at Pas Vermell. This comes after walking round the heads of the valley and shortly after passing the large microwave tower. The short climb up to the pass is on the right, and is well marked with cairns and paint spots, but might be missed if you're not looking for it. 2. After the steep descent on the Sant Elm side of Pas Vermell, you come to a broad track heading roughly East-West. Turn left (westerly) onto this. If you go right, you will end up in the village of S'Arraco, several kilometres inland from Sant Elm. 3. After you've followed this track down the valley for over a kilometre, you need to watch out for a path going to the right. If instead you find yourself passing a semi-cultivated field on the right, you've overshot the turn and need to retrace your steps to the junction. This is actually Waymark 11 in my walk No.4127. Detailed instructions for the last section to Sant Elm are given in this walk, and are fairly straightforward. I hope that helps.

13/09/2017 - John Branscombe

Keith. Lovely walk. If you get time could you do instructions going from port Andrax to St Elm. We have tried it three times using local tourist board bis and have gone miles out of our way. Thanks. John Branscombe