By Lisa on Jan 20, 2014 with Comments 12
It’s time to get those walking shoes on. Don’t complain – it’s a beautiful one. And what’s more, it’s an easy one. In fact, this walk from Puerto Pollensa to Cala San Vicente is now one of my very favourite walks. It’s one that can be done both in winter and in summer.
Can you believe I’ve lived on Mallorca for so many years (no, I’m not telling you have many – cheeky!) and yet I’ve never done this popular and easy walk from Puerto Pollensa to Cala San Vicente? Have you done it before? No? Well it’s time to change that.
So we’ll set off in ten minutes. You will need:
- walking shoes
- jacket or jumper (in winter)
- towel and swimsuit (in summer)
- sun cream
- bottle of water
- smart phone with full battery and Geo-caching app installed
- five or ten euros for a drink (optional)
Are you ready? Let’s go. First we are going to drive to Puerto Pollensa and we are going to park near the Duva Aparthotel. Do you know where that is?
- Coming from Pollensa it’s the first roundabout in Puerto Pollensa. Just do a left by the Habitat Apts at the roundabout and park at the end towards the Duva.
- Coming from Puerto Pollensa, you need to be on the ring road at the back, not on the sea front, and heading towards Pollensa the Habitat Roundabout is the one after the Aeroplane Roundabout.
Park your car close to the sign that indicates the start of the walk: Siller is what the sign says. Follow that sign to the right, heading away from the Duva Aparthotel. And we are off…
Puerto Pollensa to Cala San Vicente: The Walk
Follow signs to Siller…
In terms of orientation the first part of the walk is the trickiest part – not physically though; it’s perfectly flat.
When we set off, we walk along a very pleasant back road of Puerto Pollensa for about 500m. We have the resort to our right and the mountains (where we will be heading shortly) to our left. The views of the typical Mallorcan countryside here are really beautiful, but they are merely a taste of what is to come later.
We continue on this back road until we see the word Siller in iron letters on a wall. Only then do we turn left towards the mountains.
Then it’s another straight lane for a little while, where again, we enjoy the spectacular yet simple Mallorcan landscape.
Whenever there is a fork in this road, make sure that you always check for signs indicating the walk to Cala San Vicente and you will be fine.
Then we come to a gate which leads into a private property. Don’t worry; this is a public right of way and the gate is left open enough for us to pass.
Through the gate and up the hill…
Then we are truly on our way on our walk to Cala San Vicente. Now we notice that our terrain has changed considerably and we are starting to walk uphill following a rough path marked out with cairns (piles of stones used to mark the way).
The hill is not steep but if we are feeling a little bit out of breath, the perfect way to recover it is by simply pausing and turning around to enjoy the view behind us. We can see right out across Pollensa Bay to the old town of Alcudia and in some parts we can see La Fortaleza and the road to Formentor.
Coll de Siller
We walk uphill for a good 30 minutes, but it’s not steep and it’s fairly easy. When we reach the highest part of the path, we still have hills on either side of us. This point is called the Coll de Siller. We are at our summit yet we are still in a valley.
Then the path takes us down the other side and towards Cala San Vicente.
To Cala Molins…
We are not going to stay on the main path for very long. After just about 100m we are going to take a left on a minor path where there are two cairns indicating the way through a narrow passage towards the trees.
This section makes the walk to Cala San Vicente more varied and less repetitive and this path is going to take us around the back of Cala Molins. That’s the way we will enter Cala San Vicente.
This section of the walk takes about 20 minutes and then we find ourselves on a proper tarmac path and we see the houses of Cala Molins, as we start to walk down the hill and into Cala San Vicente.
Once we reach the cove of Cala Molins, we have a spectacular view of this typical Mediterranean landscape.
In the summer we can go for a swim or we can just sit and enjoy the spectacular view.
Cala San Vicente
As we are in no rush and we have a beautiful day, we can explore the rest of Cala San Vicente before we start the way back. Cala San Vicente is made up of four coves: Cala Clara, Cala Barques, Cala Clara and Cala Carbó.
These coves are laid out right next to each other and it’s easy to walk between them.
I think that the nicest time to do the walk to Cala San Vicente is in the winter because we have the coves almost completely to ourselves. In the summer it can get quite packed.
The Walk Back to Puerto Pollensa
When we decide to leave, we go a different way: we head for Cala Carbó and walk up the road from there.
Cala Carbó is the smallest of the coves in Cala San Vicente but is no less beautiful than the others, and has its own secluded charm as it’s the least visited of the four coves because often people don’t realise it’s there – it’s tucked away round a bend.
From Cala Carbó we walk up the road, not up the steps. It’s pretty steep but it doesn’t take long, plus we’re refreshed from our break in Cala San Vicente and we can continue the walk easily.
At the top of the hill there is a strange roundabout and the road ends. To the left we see the original path that we left just after the Coll de Siller when we turned off to go towards Cala Molins.
We take this path and it takes us straight back up to the Coll de Siller and then we continue back down to Puerto Pollensa the same way that we walked up.
Geo-Caching on the Walk to Cala San Vicente
If you are familiar with that popular treasure hunt game of geo-caching, then you will be interested to know that there are a few geo-caches to find throughout the walk to Cala San Vicente.
(If you don’t know what geo-caching is then you’d better read this: Geo-Caching: A Worldwide Treasure Hunt)
There are three geo-caches during the walk to Cala San Vicente which are all related – the owner has hidden them throughout the walk and encourages you to enjoy the walk as you search for them. It’s good fun so make sure you check them out. More info about those particular geo-caches here.
I hope that you have enjoyed this walk to Cala San Vicente. If you want to do more walking in Mallorca, look no further. Or if you are feeling tired, go have a well-deserved rest.
About the Author: Lisa, born and grew up in England, live in Mallorca, Spain... Have visited more than 20 countries, have twice as many to yet visit, love sharing experiences....