Parc natural de Llevant

In the northeast of Mallorca is the Parc natural de la Peninsula de Llevant. The natural park borders the northern end of the Llevant Mountains within the municipalities of Artà and Capdepera. Its seclusion allows for solitary hikes and mountain bike tours in a Mallorcan landscape that has remained unspoiled.

A natural park in the unspoiled northeast

The northeast coast of Mallorca is considered a special tip for nature lovers and individual tourists. Because while in the famous Tramuntana Mountains some well-known routes now resemble hiking highways, time still stands still in the northeast. For the more than 20,000-hectare protected area of the Parc natural de la Peninsula de Llevant, this sentence is especially true. Like almost all destinations on the largest Balearic island, the nature park can be reached quickly by rental car. From Palma you need about one and a quarter hour driving time. The way leads over the Ma-15 and is 77 kilometers long. Five kilometers after Artà you turn off the Ma-3333 in the direction of the estate s’Alquera Vella d’Avall. There is a visitor parking lot here.

 

Bird sanctuary and abandoned cultural landscape

The Parc natural de la Peninsula de Llevant is considered an important bird sanctuary. Eleonora’s falcons, red kites and ospreys are native to the area. For many endemic, i.e. native, species such as the cave pseudoscorpion and the Balearic green toad, the natural park is a year-round refuge.

Following the trails of the park you can discover abandoned fincas and ancient scoop wheels. The traces of the historical cultivated landscape give an idea of how hard the peasant life must have been on these barren Mallorcan lands. At Finca Es Verger, trees grow in what was once the living room. Other estates, such as the manor house S’Alzina or the former bathhouse on the beach S’Arenalet, have been converted into guest hostels. Here you will find simple accommodation and hospitality options.

Hiking options for all tastes

The park office is located in the parking lot of the nature reserve. It is open daily from 9:00 to 15:30 and provides visitors with information and maps. The entrance to the nature reserve is free. The park’s 13 hiking trails are marked on a large overview board. With routes ranging from 550 meters to 6.5 kilometers, both casual hikers and ambitious athletes can find their favorite tour. The steepest route to Sa Talaia Freda overcomes a total of 565 meters in altitude. If you love fascinating views, the tour to Talaia de Morey is recommended. It runs over a mountain ridge and rewards with a uniquely beautiful view of the bay of Alcùdia to the Cap de Formentor. For the hike you need four to five hours there and back on 12 kilometers.

 

Sidetrip to the surrounding area

After the contemplative nature experiences, do you feel like urban life and culture? Then you can make a detour to Arta or Capdepera. Arta is considered a town of artists and has a largely undeveloped historic architecture. Worth seeing is the completely preserved castle complex, which is located on the town’s Calvary. Other attractions near Arta include the Coves d’Arta, a dripstone cave formation, and the pre-ancient Talaiot village of Ses Paisses. Capdepera has to offer narrow streets, houses decorated with flowers and one of the best-preserved fortifications in Mallorca. The fortress dates back to Roman times and can be visited in summer from 10:00 to 20:00. Every Wednesday a colorful market is held on the Placa Orient of Capdepera.