Monday, January 25, 2021

Excursion to Ermita de Betlem

Hello everyone and happy new year! 2021 is 25 days old already but I haven't found the time yet to sit and write a new post. January is all about detoxing for me. I've decluttered my home, started a new yoga 30-day challenge and my first ever detox as well. After spending the holidays and beginning of the year with my family in Germany I have returned to Mallorca but haven't been out much lately due to all these new Covid restrictions here on the island and also because I've been pretty occupied. So today's post is about one of many excursions I did last year with my dear friend Mar. 

Hike to Ermita de Betlem

Mar and I started our excursion to the Ermita de Betlem in the town of Betlem, right on the main road. The beginning of the trail is well-signposted so you can't miss it. We went on a Monday and since it was a holiday and great weather we met many other hikers, especially families. What was supposed to be an easy one-hour hike turned into a challenging two-hour hike for us.  It had rained heavily the days before our hike so we spotted a beautiful small river with several waterholes and waterfalls of different sizes along the way. We couldn't resist and left the path to take a dip in the crystal clear and freezing cold water. It was amazing! Even though reaching the river and different waterholes was quite a challenge we were so happy we took the chance to spontaneously bathe in the middle of the greenery. It was such a unique experience bathing in the crystal clear river surrounded by huge mountains and bonding with Mother Nature. The other hikers who could see us from a distance were quite surprised that we were having a bath in the river I guess, cause it was quite cold on that day. However, a group of three boys and girls of our age got inspired and went for a bath too. After our river dip we got dressed and continued our way up to the Ermita de Betlem, which is a church on top of a big mountain near Betlem. Once up there, we relaxed in the sun and enjoyed our self-brought picnic. On our way back down to the car we stopped at a viewpoint from where we could enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the entire bay of Alc├║dia. All in all, it was an unforgettable hike (mostly thanks to our spontaneity and improvised river bath) that I can totally recommend!

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