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The Solleric Estate – With Over 120,000 Tons Of Olive Oil Production A Year In The 20th C

Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro

Our second to last day of hiking in Mallorca took us from Soller to Alaro but we cheated as most people do and started the day with a taxi ride to the Cúber Reservoir. We did that for two reasons. The day before had been a “rest day” so we had already hiked a couple of hours on the route to the reservoir and the thought of repeating the route – despite it being very pretty, wasn’t appealing.

We loved the hiking in Mallorca but our intention was to enjoy new landscapes every day. An even more compelling reason was the length of the day if we were to hike the whole route.

It would be a total of 30 kilometres of hiking with a cumulative elevation gain of 1,575 metres. That’s a big day no matter how you slice it and we decided that we were there to enjoy the beauty of the landscape without making it into an epic event.

The Cúber to Alaro route via Gorg Blau

As it was the Cúber to Alaro route via Gorg Blau was 17 kilometres long with a moderate 555 metres of climbing. And that was just fine with me.

Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro
Heading off on the GR221 to Alaro via Gorg Blau

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The hike started off beside a water channel so I wouldn’t call it the prettiest start to the day. We also managed to get caught up in a very large group of loud talking hikers. We did our best to get by them, and stay ahead even if it meant giving up a few photographs.

By the time we reached the Cúber Reservoir it was both peaceful and extremely beautiful. It remained that way until the final few kilometres on asphalt into Alaro.

Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro
Following a water channel that feeds the Cuber Reservoir
Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro
The Gorg Blau Reservoir comes into view

Look back a few times on the initial part of the hike to admire the observatory on top of Puig Major, the highest peak on the island of Mallorca.

Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro
Looking up to the top of 1447 m high Puig Major

The next 90 minutes of hiking was lovely. We followed ancient cobblestone paths, sometimes lined with wild orchids that offered up views of an old aqueduct and gorge. I don’t think we appreciated how high we were until we looked down and off in the distance.

Our lunch stop was planned for Tossals Verds Refugi – a very pleasant place that to me would beat staying in some of the cities. It’s open every day except for two weeks in January. It offers rooms that can sleep 30 hikers and meals – though don’t expect much variety. On an outside patio there are picnic tables overlooking flowering trees.

A second hiking option to Alaro

I should mention the other hiking option that is available from the Cúber Reservoir. It’s possible to hike to the Tossals Verds Refugi and then onto Alaro via Pas Llis.

It’s a 15 kilometre hike in total with slightly more elevation gain of 625 metres. This section isn’t recommended when its wet as there is a challenging chain section which according to our notes “requires a certain amount of dexterity and strength – but is mercifully short.”

Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro
Very pleasant walking on a cobbled path
Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro
You get a good view of the arches of an aqueduct from the GR221
Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro
Big views even in hazy weather
Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro
Lots of flowers – perhaps one of the varieties of orchid?
 Some of the old landowners had incredible pieces of property
Some of the old landowners had incredible pieces of property
Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro
The Tossals Verds Refugi on the route sits in in enviable location

Next stop – the Sólleric Estate

After lunch it was pleasant walking – mostly downhill via gravel roads. About 45 minutes into it, we reached the stunning Sólleric Estate buildings.

The large vessels in front of the buildings are for olive oil. In the 17th century the olive mill here was considered to be the most noteworthy on the island. By the start of the 20th century, the estate produced over 120,000 tons a year of olive oil.

The Solleric Estate - with over 120,000 tons of olive oil production a year in the 20th C
The Solleric Estate – with over 120,000 tons of olive oil production a year in the 20th C
Massive olive oil containers on the estate seen hiking in Mallorca
Massive olive oil containers on the estate seen hiking in Mallorca

After passing through the estate the walking became less interesting, primarily because we were on asphalt roads for a good chunk of the rest of the day’s hike. We did however enjoy watching a surprisingly large number of cyclists whip down the hills. And looking back, the views always enchanted.

You get passed by a lot of bikes on the final stretch into Alaro
You get passed by a lot of bikes on the final stretch into Alaro

We spent a couple of nights at Petit Hotel Alaro, a short walk away from the downtown. The owners are bike enthusiasts and help run some tours but they didn’t actually spend much time in the hotel; and there was no one there to open the hotel when we arrived which is always a tad annoying. Still, it’s got a big pool, a great location, lovely main rooms and adequate bedrooms.

We had one more day of hiking in the Alaro area which exceeded expectations. Stay tuned for my last installment on hiking in Mallorca.

Further reading on hiking the GR221 in Mallorca

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Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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