Wild Majorca (Sun, Sea and Stalagmites / Torrente De Pareis)

Majorca has a wild side seldom sought by the sun-seekers and beach-loungers. But only a short drive from the coastal “honeypots” can be found an extraordinary world of rugged limestone scenery, breathtaking views, wildflowers and birdsong.

Over many millennia the island’s limestone has been dissolved both above and below ground to carve deep gorges and caves. We visit both of these “extremes” which understandably require special expertise and equipment to be enjoyed to the full.

Sun, Sea and Stalactites

Given the right level of experience and equipment Majorca is a delight for the cave explorer. Caves entrances are very difficult to find (as you will see) but once located offer a wealth of warm dry passages and a positive plethora of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave of Can Sion has been chosen for this film as it typifies just one of over 3000 such caves. Inside is an underground wonderland of timeless fragile beauty; but we were not alone, for Can Sion is also home to a huge colony of bats!  

Torrente de Pareis: A Walk on the Wild Side

This 300m deep, narrow gorge has been carved by the action of two streams that converge at Entreforc and continue as the Torrente de Pareis to the sea at Sa Callobra. The demanding 5 mile walk with its deep cold pools and steep slippery climbs should only be attempted in settled weather, but it is a remarkable and unforgettable journey for the fit and fearless!

Shown as part of a fundraising event for a climbing wall in Wirksworth.