The valley of Coanegra, on the Clot del Guix and on the comellar dels Bous

Palma“Coanegra is the name that denotes the valley that is perpendicular to the axis of the Sierra de Tramuntana, which leads from Son Torrella to Son Pou and the Freu torrent. The Comellar or the valley, the ditch, the path or the Coanegra torrent are still names familiar to the people. This is the introduction by Mateu Morro, author of Les muntanyes de Coanegra (Documenta Balear, 2018), to an environment where legends like ‘Na Dolça de Coanegra’, stories of exiles like that of Mateu Reus Rotget and the resistance to fascism like Els Norats. All very well documented and described by Morro in several books, absolutely recommendable.

Our starting point is in Los Damunt. If we arrive by car, we can park in the Sa Bastida car park. If we did it by public transport (TIB L320 Alaró-Consell or L321 Orient-Consell) we can get there from the same Plaça de la Vila through the streets Can Xalet, Enmig and Can Coxetí.

The distance

[00 min] From the same parking lot in Sa Bastida we drive along Carrer de Can Tià Roig towards the inland of Los Damunt; Before reaching Plaça de Cabrit i Bassa, turn left onto Carrer de Son Borràs. Little by little, we leave the village and find ourselves in a completely agricultural setting, at the foot of the Mola de sa Bastida, where there is an ancient late Roman fortress that was inhabited between the fourth and seventh centuries CE, full of mysteries and riddles, which are still inhabited seek a final answer in the hands of archaeologists and volunteers from the Al-Rum Cultural Association. We leave the hatch of Son Borràs on the left and a little further up on the right the hatch that gives access to the old bottling plant of the Font de sa Bastida. enables [10 min].

From now on the path takes the form of a narrow and not very long ridge that leads us on an asphalt road to the Coll de s’Era, which borders the estates of Son Manyes and Son Poncet. [35 min] On this first pass, we leave the path that goes straight towards Cas Secretari – where we return – and turn left onto a dirt road that slopes down towards Clot del Guix – a place name that strangely extends on both sides of the neck . We reach an esplanade, leave a chalet on the right and look at a path that begins on our left. This is an old horseshoe trail that takes us along the paved routes [50 min] on the torrent and the Coanegra path at the level of the Son Roig houses. end up [1 h 15 min], one of the most attractive in the region. Next to the entrance is a small spring that comes from the Son Pou moat. A tile invites us to drink: “Brothers who are coming for a good star / today / the Aigo is coming on your way / from the source of Coanegra.”

We continue our journey up the road, up the valley, along the Coanegra torrent. We pass a metal barrier and leave Can Millo comellar on the left. A few meters higher we find a lime kiln on the right – “said of the Immaculate Conception or the Virgin because it was burned on the occasion of the Capella Fonda del Roser in 1857” – (The lime kilns of Santa Maria del Camí, 1995. Gabriel Ordinas Marcè), on Beginning of the Sangonera camellar. We follow the GR signs and reach Can Morei Son Pou [1 h 25 min]. The signs for the dry stone route force us to take a little detour so that we don’t have to walk right through the houses.

We come back to the cart path, we leave the houses behind us and after a hatch, near a balm, we can see on the ground the mouth of the ventilation shaft and the entrance to the mine of the Coanegra spring. “Another important source of our island, the Almanko in bygone times. There is already evidence in the Book of Casting […] and the ditch the Arabs had built to feed all the orchards in the area. In fact, the property that is now Son Pou was previously called de sa Font and then passed to ‘es Pou de sa Font’ to end the transition of generations as Son Pou ”(fontsdetramuntana.com).

We find another lime kiln on the right and a few meters later the gravel road ends, which was previously accessible by vehicle. We are at the beginning of the oldest section of Coanegra Street [1 h 35 min]. It soon flies over the slopes below the Son Pou Gorge, to the right of the torrent. We don’t leave the road until we reach an important intersection [1 h 50 min]. A wooden sign on the left indicates the continuation of the route, which from here begins a narrow point in the form of a horseshoe path.

We leave the main road and turn right onto the Comellar dels Bous path. It is an old and well-developed road, but due to the lack of use and the complete abandonment of the activities that were carried out around it, it has turned into a torrent over time. After a few hairpin bends, the path is embedded in the middle of the Komella. On the ascent we lose track of the old path and find the new path again, which makes the passage easier, with the initials of the landmarks. In sections we have to use common sense to move forward, especially if we come across a small boat in the torrent, the exit of which is to the right of the canyon. Then the tyrant climbs a series of silos from a long and steep ranch that lead us to the path that goes east with Alaró through the Rafal. connects [2 h 20 min].

Secretary case

We turn right, now on a good horseshoe path that in ten minutes will take us around fences and seed beds that announce that we are near the houses. The path ends on a dirt road [2 h 35 min], a few meters from the Rafal, on our right. Directly in front of it we see a hatch from which the path that leads us to Cas Secretari begins. From this brief section of the tyrant, the source of the lice stands out [2 h 45 min], at the foot of the Galera, a small but emblematic spring of mine that dries in the summer months, although the rest of the year provides enough water to fill the laundry next to it.

Be at the level of the Case Secretary [2 h 50 min], the tyrant we have followed so far is diversifying and we have to take the right one that will quickly get us onto the paved road that leads here. We follow the road that makes us comfortable to the Coll de s’Era. leads [3 h 05 min], from which we begin the descent to Los Damun.

In this way we enter the village along Carrer de Son Borràs, which we only leave at the end at the level of Plaça Cabrit i Bassa, where we turn right and left to get off in front of the house of Sa Bastida. our starting point [3 h 30 min].

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