Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Access Issues on the Balearic Island of Mallorca

With the DWS ban at Cala Barques technically still enforced it has come to light that the ban now

extends to the whole of the Manacor’s region.

This unfortunately extends to the venues which are most recognisable to climbing world and perhaps Mallorca’s most famous:

1.    Cova del Diablo
2.    Tower of Falcons
3.    Porto Cristo Novo
4.    Cala Barques

If climbing at these areas, then do so in a very low key manner. The rule is based on cliff jumping and DWS is an unfortunate victim of this. There are many areas south of the Manacor region that are not banned and should be used until the Situation dies down.

Also a much larger and darker problem is emerging from the horizon that has much wider implications on the islands outdoor community as a whole. Access to climbing areas that reside on private land and also the freedom to access the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is under threat, with steep charges being implemented on some areas already. This if continues could have a harsh backlash on the islands outdoor tourism industry.

A full story can be found on both UKC and Rockfax websites. 

Below is some general information that is currently circulating the web about what you can do to pledge your support.

Join the FB group (it's in Spanish but will be updated in English in the future)

Sign the petition, send the email in the petition, send the tweets in the petition

Don't climb anywhere that imposes restrictions or access fees that are not supported by Montaña Libre de Impuestos. We do not want authorities and landowners to think that these measures will be profitable. If so, we will only end up with more problems in other climbing areas.

Currently avoid:

    Sa Comuna de Bunyola (Fraguel, Ca'n Cristo and Ca'n Fil)
    Finca de Massanella (La Reserva climbing area)
    DWS on the Manacor coast (see above for areas covered)

Send an Email - If you have thought of planning a holiday to Mallorca next year and change your mind then send an email (in English) to
Explaining that you had planned a holiday but you have now changed your mind owing to the proposed restrictions on Access.

Retweet it to these addresses: @TurismeEsportIB (Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Balearic Islands), @ATBIllesBalears (Tourism Agency of the Balearic Islands) and @carlosjdtruyols (Government Minister of Tourism and Sports of the Balearic Islands).

If you have any business connections with Mallorca, then please consider writing a letter explaining how this policy will drastically affect tourism on the island of Mallorca.