SES VOLTES D’EN GALILEU TRAIL IN ESCORCA
This trail is a part of the Grand Route 221 (GR 221), locally known as “Sa Travessa”. The trails takes its name from the spinning stoned path build by architect Antoni Català best know as “En Galileu”, hence the name. The trail was built in 1692 along with a series of “Cases de Neu”, a traditional edification dedicated to collect snow and provided it in ice blocks. The “nevaters”, the young men who worked this extinguished profession would spent months at a time during the winter at the mountains. Later on, in April, they delivered the ice blocks on donkeys over night, making this a taught, risky and pitiful business. Wearing esparto shoes, amputations were common.
From the starting altitude at 720 m (2.362 ft) you can reach several “cases de neu” at different heights. The reason for this (extended all over the Tramuntana range) is snowfall variability over time (a sign of climate change?). It is worth visiting at 1.102 m (3.615,5 ft) Galileu’s houses of snow (cases de neu d’en Galileu) before attempt the summit at 1.181 m (3.874,7 ft), making this the 14th tallest mountain over 1.000 meters (out of 54) on the island of Mallorca.
It only takes 5 hours to complete (depending on pace and stops), so there is no excuse to get outbound!