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EL TEIX MOUNTAIN

EL TEIX MOUNTAIN

Among the wide range of routes on offer to tourists, especially if you are on foot, one of the finest is an excursion to the Teix mountain (which takes its name from the yew trees, tejos in Spanish) that used to grow on its peak, of which very few specimens remain). El Teix is the highest mountain in Valldemossa, reaching an altitude of 1053 metres, and it undoubtedly makes for the most beautiful and interesting excursion. It is famous for the route that King Sancho I of Mallorca would undertake. As an asthma sufferer, he frequently climbed El Teix to take advantage of the mountain air, and thus alleviate his illness.

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At the base of the peak, you can find the royal houses, the so-called houses of King Sancho, that his father James II ordered to be built in 1309. The construction of this hunting refuge was carried out by the master builder Guillem Cerdà. The Kings of Mallorca would come here to participate in their pastime. This excursion is very well known as it is the path towards the vantage point that the  Archduke Ludwig Salvator ordered to be built, skirting around the cliff and with marvellous views over the sea.

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We recommend that you wear appropriate footwear for ground that is not suitable for walkers with little experience. The difficulty of the terrain is medium-high, and the route lasts 3 to 4 hours. You will find yourself in front of the houses of Son Gual, in Calle Lluís Vives. With regard to Son Gual, it is worth highlighting its beautiful Gothic style defence tower dating back to the 16th century. You depart from here, following Calle Toscana, until on your left hand side you will come to an earth path with an open gate that you will go through.

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On your right, you can now see the impressive grounds of Sa Coma, with the stately building and its beautiful gardens. Continue upwards, always sticking to the path, and you will cross two iron gates. Having gone through the second gate, you will take the path on your left and it will take you to the Teix mountain. You now pass in front of a ruined house (sa caseta de la font de na Rupit). Keep going straight on, without taking the path that veers off on your right and, further up, your will reach a third gate that providers access to the steep stretch, or forest track, that will lead you to the Font des Polls, where you will find the Caseta d´es Refugi, the end point of the aforementioned forest track.

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Without leaving the path you walked up, to the left of the hut, at the top you will come to a crossroads. From there you will take the ascending path on your right in order to reach Puig des Teix, where, once at the summit, you can enjoy majestic panoramic views that dominate the entire plain of Mallorca and the immensity of the bay of Palma.

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On the way back, you will retrace your steps along the same path you came up on the way there, until you come to the crossroads again. Now, from there, you take the path on the right until you get onto the mythical path of  Archduke Ludwig Salvator who, fascinated by the area’s beauty, bequeathed us a walkway-vantage point that goes around the edge, offering views over the magnificent landscape.

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From that height, you can contemplate the steep slopes that fall until they reach the sea with their green stairways of holm oaks and pines, their green contrasts with the turquoise blue of the Mediterranean Sea, whose light filled immensity envelops you among the constant sound of swaying waves. The path is made from calcareous rock, coloured grey and white, which seems to break under the footsteps of walkers.

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Further along, you will find two paths, the one on the left is shortest and the one on the right is longest. We advise you to follow the latter path if you want to keep enjoying the marvellous landscape. The two paths lead to the Pla del Pouet. You continue along the left hand side until you pass through two walls that indicate the return route which descends down to the town. In the Pla del Pouet, if you want to prolong the excursion, on the right there is a path that takes you to a vantage point named Ses Puntes.