PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

The Mondragó Natural Park is located in the south of Mallorca, in the municipal area of Santanyí, and has a surface area of 766 hectares. While 95 hectares of the Park are public property, the rest of the park sits on privately owned land and estates, which, often divided into plots, are generally occupied by extensive dry crop cultivation. Mondragó was declared a Natural Park in 1992.

It is also a Natural Area of Special Interest (ANEI) and forms part of the Balearic contribution to the Natura 2000 Network as an Area of Special Protection for Birds and a Site of Community Interest (SCI).

Centuries of agricultural and livestock activity have undeniably shaped and defined the landscape of this area. The many architectural features found here include dry stone walls and the rustic sheds that served as temporary shelters for those who cultivated the poor fields, the rotes. These structures are often made of beams or bear a conical roof, locally known as curucull. Less common are the stone hillside terraces, which sit alongside streambeds and in gullies. Other traditional structures, such as waterwheels, irrigation ditches, water collection ponds and cisterns, are associated with the use of water.

Here there are also constructions that bear witness to the use of the forest. These include charcoal mounds, the charcoal makers’ sheds and lime kilns, as well as other features, such as slipways for boats, sandstone quarries, small defence towers and smugglers’ hiding places.

The name of S’Amarador evokes a past use of the ponds as retting sites, where bundles of flax and hemp were submerged for different lengths of time to attain plant fibres. Tree trunks were also submerged here, making them more resistant, for later use as construction materials in boats and as beams for houses.

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

  • Please remain on the marked trails and proceed quietly, so as not to disturb the fauna and other visitors.
  • You are in a forest-fire hazard area. Please do not light fires under any circumstance.
  • Please remain on the marked paths and park vehicles in the authorised parking areas.
  • Dogs can disturb the Park’s fauna and the other visitors. If you have them with you, please keep them on a lead, and do not walk them on the beaches.
  • Dispose of all waste in the designated litterbins and containers. We appreciate all efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
  • Please be respectful of private property and be responsible in your use of public property.
  • Please respect the work of those who were here before us. Be careful not to damage any of the Park’s ethnological features.
  • Camping is not permitted.
  • We appreciate your cooperation in the conservation of the Park and welcome your suggestions for the improvement of this protected natural area.

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

Is located in the south-east of Mallorca is placed in the coast, in the navies of Llevant, in the municipal area of Santanyí. You can arrive, for the Palma-Santanyí road (Ma-19). The accesses are signposted: from Santanyí, from S'Alqueria Blanca and from the road in Figuera creek.

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For the most part, the surface of the Park is made up of parched, poor, stony fields known as rotes. Here, dry farming crops mingle with trees and herbaceous plants on small plots that are generally delineated by dry stone walls. Particularly abundant are the almond tree (Prunus dulcis), the carob bean tree (Ceratonia siliqua) and the fig tree (Ficus carica), as well as cereal grains such as barley, oats and wheat. The dry climate and the poor soils make for the predominance of scrubland, primarily consisting of the wild olive grove (Oleo-Ceratonion), with species such as the wild olive tree (Olea europaea var. sylvestris), the Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis), the mastic (Pistacia lentiscus), the mock privet (Phillyrea sp.), the rock rose (Cistus sp.), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), heather (Erica multiflora) and lavender (Lavandula dentata). Pine groves line the silhouettes of the streams, coming together with savins (Juniperus phoenicea) in the areas nearest the coast. Worthy of note among the scrubland plants and within the Park’s pine groves are the different types of orchids: the giant orchid (Barlia robertiana), the pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis), the Serapias sp. and different species of the Ophrys and Orchis genera. The animals that inhabit the Park include mammals such as the Algerian hedgehog (Atelerix algirus), the common weasel (Mustela nivalis), the genet (Genetta genetta) and the pine marten (Martes martes), as well as rodents like the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), the Iberian hare (Lepus granatensis), the wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) and the garden dormouse (Elyomis quercinus). Yet it is birds that abound the most, as the Park is a refuge for the stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), the wood pigeon (Columba palumbus), the turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur), the kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), the hoopoe (Upupa epops) and many other smaller birds including the great tit (Parus major) and the warbler (Sylvia sp.). Some holm oaks (Quercus ilex) appear at the bottoms of gullies. Yet more striking is the presence of an important dune system at S’Amarador, which is inhabited by the sea holly (Eryngium maritimum), the sea spurge (Euphorbia paralias) and the sea daffodil (Pancratium maritimum). Two brackish ponds are formed at the end of the S’Amarador streams and the fountain, Font de n’Alis. Inhabiting these pools are the common reed (Phragmites australis), the spiny rush (Juncus acutus) and the statice (Limonium sp.). Occasionally found here are mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos), common moorhens (Gallinula chloropus), common coots (Fulica atra), and herons (Egretta garzetta and Ardea cinerea). The ponds are also the home of the viperine snake (Natrix maura) and the Iberian marsh frog (Rana perezi). The fish commonly seen here include the mullet (Mugil cephalus), the mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) and the eel (Anguilla anguilla). With the exception of its beaches, the rocky cliff-lined coast is an ideal nesting ground for the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus). Also found here is the European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) and the Audouin’s gull (Larus audouinii). The plants most commonly found in this rocky terrain are the Crithmo-limonietum, where sea fennel (Crithmum maritimum) and statice (Limonium sp.) also abound. Both the rocky landscapes and the many dry stone walls are favourite resting spots for certain reptile species, including the Moorish gecko (Tarentola mauritanica). The entire seascape is inhabited by the false smooth snake (Macroprotodon mauritanicus), the Hermann’s tortoise (Testudohermanni), and the Balearic toad (Bufo balearicus).

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

The Park’s information centre and the shop are located near the Ses Fonts de n’Alis parking area, and the administrative office is located in the town of Santanyí, at C/ de Can Llaneres, number 8. The areas of S’Amarador and Ses Fonts offer public parking, and there is a recreational area nearby, before reaching the coves.Public toilets are also located in these areas. The parking is managed by s'Estel de Llevant association. Parking fees per day: cars 5 €, motorbikes 2 €, caravans 9 € and buses 12 €. Mondragó also has different signposted itineraries and trails, and offers a guided tour service all year round.

  • Park Information Centre. Carretera de cala Mondragó s/n. 07691 Santanyí . Tel./fax: 971 18 10 22. Schedule: opened every the day of the week from 9 to 16 hr, except the day of Christmas and New Year's Eve.
  • Park Office (Can Crestall) C/ de Can Llaneres, 8. 07650 Santanyí. Tel.: 971 64 20 67. Fax: 971 64 21 30. Schedule: from Monday to Friday ofthe 8 at 15 hr.

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

People who are unable to access the area due to any physical or mental difficulties, can request to do the routes in a Jöelette chair. For more information see leaflet www.caib.es To choose between the itineraries on offer, you can contact the Estate Information Point, they will suggest various options. (Contact phone number for the park: 971 18 10 22) To set a date for a visit, please contact the Red Cross volunteers, at least three weeks beforehand. (Red Cross helpline telephone number 971295000, 24hrs). The visit can be set as long as there are volunteers available. The loan of the chair is totally free. The Project is fully financed by “La Obra Social de La Caixa”. What are Jöelette chairs? They are a kind of all-terrain chair with just one wheel that allow people with reduced mobility to take part in excursions over rough terrain with the help of three or more people to lead the chair. Protected natural areas made more accessible The protected natural areas in the Balearic Islands offer many opportunities for us to enjoy nature, but access to them is impossible, in many cases, for people with reduced mobility. Now, the Jöelette chairs will allow people with reduced mobility to have first-hand contact with nature. An offer of 12 chairs. We have 12 Jöelette chairs that can be used in the protected natural areas of the Balearic Islands: eight chairs in Majorca, two in Minorca, and one in Ibiza and another in Formentera. And a group of volunteers has been formed to lead the chairs. Who can go on an excursion in a Joëlette chair? Any person, whether resident of the Islands or not, who cannot access the natural areas due to physical or mental difficulties can request an excursion in a Joëlette chair in the protected natural spaces of the Balearic Islands. The use of the Joëlette chairs is limited to people who weigh under 120kg. What itineraries can be done? The protected natural spaces of the Balearic Islands offer a wide selection of routes. Check which one is best both for its features and difficulty level as well as for the time of year. The staff of the protected natural spaces can give you extensive information in this regards. Requests In Majorca: Tel. 971 29 50 00 (24h), Red Cross in the Balearic Islands. In Minorca: Tel. 971 17 77 05 from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday. In Ibiza and Formentera: tel. 971 30 14 60 from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday. The request must be made at least three weeks before. Depending on the availability of the volunteers a date will be set for the excursion. If you have a team of people trained in driving Joëlette chairs, the availability of the chair/s will be confirmed when you put in the request. Education centres that book activities from those offered as educational resources by the natural protected areas can request the chairs, making a note in the inscription form of how many they will need. The use of the Joëlette chair is subject to availability of the drivers. The loan of the chair is totally free.

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

PARC NATURAL DE MONDRAGÓ

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