GR221 trip report and feedback from a previous post
I took an early bus on Sunday from Palma to Port Andratx and started walking. The bus was a lot speedier than the timetable suggested. It was only a couple of hours to St Elm. Then 4.5 on to Estellencs. There were two water tanks at La Trappa and I topped up on the way. I filled up with water at the clothes washing area just below Estellencs (and had a wash) and walked into the forest above the village to camp.
The next day I walked to Banyalbur filling up with water at the font before the village and then through Esporles and to Valdemossa . Public toilets in the village behind the TO. Again used a cafe for water and camped at the font Abeurada just out of the village. Several flat platforms and some water in the font.
A short walk to Deia the next morning (10km, 2hrs 40m) for coffee. Interestingly it looked like there was a refuge on top of Es Poeut - any ideas anybody? Water in the village at a fountain followed by a 16km, 3 hr walk to Soller. Lots of drinking fountains in town. I continued walking through Biniaraix and up the lovely valley. There was a tap between Can Silles and Can Sivella at about 500m in the valley - perfect. I camped just below the Coll de L'Ofre in the woods about 9km, 2.5hrs from Soller.
On day 4 I walked past the locked refuge of Cuber. The council were coming to collect thye refuge and they said they had to lock it because people were coming to party there. There is a large covered area for shelter or to bivvy if the weather was poor. There was water in the reservoir and the font in the recreational area on the MA-10 was flowing (font de Noguera). A good walk up to the Coll de Coloms (9km/2hrs). The font des Prat is just after the pass and water was bubbling away. There were numerous sites to camp near the font. I met lots of hikers for the first time here (other than day hikers out from Deia to Soller). They had all stayed at Tossal Verds refuge which was still apparently full each night! From the pass it was another hour up to the coll des Prat.
It was a gorgeous day and I knew I had to get up Massanella. 100m below the pass is a trail heading off to the right taking you up from the west. It is an easy walk and I used my poles all the way up. Decided to come down the front which was fun - poles definitely away although fine with a pack! From the pass if you follow the dry-stone wall to the peak there is a route to the right of the wall and one to the left. The one to the left is apparently slightly harder than the one to the right. Both require some easy scrambling (I came down the right side and just for fun I started going up the left hand route as well just to see what it was like). Cairns and small red arrows mark both routes.
After returning to the pass I continued to Lluc which took about 2.5hrs. I had a much needed wash and shave in the downstairs monastery toilets a couple of hours in the sun and too much coffee before filling up with water and continuing. There was water and camping places at the Ermita just above Lluc, but I continued to the Coll des Pedregaret to camp about 1hr from Lluc.
The next morning I made an early start following roads for most of the route into Pollenca. There has been some re-routing here and you have to walk along the main road a bit. Water and a few camping spots fairly near the Font Muntanya. It was under 3hrs into Pollenca and the end of the walk.