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La Trapa

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La Trapa
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La Trapa is a property with great cultural and environmental interest, situated in the extreme south west of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, overlooking sa Dragonera island, in the municipality of Andratx.

The name of La Trapa originates from the Trappist monks who settled in the area in 1810, escaping from the French Revolution. During their brief stay of about 10 years, as well as the small monastery, the Trappists built stone terraces with a complete water system that permitted the transformation of the slopes in the area, previously known as the Valle de Sant Josep, into a space for cultivation and habitation. Later, La Trapa passed through different hands and the buildings and terraces were extended, transforming them into a property dedicated to agriculture, until well into the XX century, when the property was abandoned and left to ruin.

In 1980 the GOB acquired the Trapa natural reserve via popular subscription and took over the recovery and reforesting, particularly after the unfortunate fire that razed the whole vegetation in 1994. Nowadays the natural area is dedicated mainly to the preservation of nature, investigation, rambling and environment education.

There are three paths to La Trapa. The most frequented way, known as the Forest Route, starts some 150 metres after the s'Arracˇ cemetery and passes via the Collet de La Trapa. There is another path from Sant Elm, which goes via the Cami de Can TomeuvÝ and continues along a steep narrow path that goes along the coast and offers some extraordinary views over Cala en Basset and its tower, with sa Dragonera island on the horizon. Finally the third route starts at kilometre 3.4 on the road between Andratx and Estellencs, going via the Coll de Sa Gramola and the Cap Fabioler viewpoint. The ideal route if possible is to go via the Coll de Sa Gramola and descend via the CamÝ de Can TomeuvÝ.

As for a visit to La Trapa, as well as natural elements such as the cliffs, the vegetation and the birds, special attention should be paid to the buildings and their surroundings, the water drainage, the mill, the threshing area and the vantage viewpoint.

More information:

La Trapa at WebVerd

 
Last update: 27/11/2018

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