/ Mallorca Climbing Permits
The spectre of needing permits to climb in some areas of Mallorca was raised a few years ago but not much seemed to come of it or the system wasn't enforced. It seems that there is a new system that started on 1/8/19 and I have heard through social media and in the spanish climbing press of people being stopped whilst climbing and searched. Does anyone have any better understanding of the situation? We were planning a trip in October. Some links:
I will email some of my contacts on the island.
A bit more digging suggests that this is the same system as has been in place for years except that it is being enforced. The application process is in Catalan, is fairly opaque and seems to be set up for commercial activities.
I had a couple of replies and have put this together - https://www.rockfax.com/news/2019/09/11/mallorca-access-restrictions/
Sounds like a crap situation. Free permits, you need them to climb, here's how to get them, no-one responds, no permits received.
I think Derek's advice sounds good though.
Thanks Alan. I have been in touch with the "Agents de Medi Ambient de les Illes Balears." they encouraged me to apply for a "free permit" but went silent when I asked them how long it would take to be processed, simply saying "it depends."
In your article you suggest using Google translate on the documentation - worth pointing out that the documents are in Catalan and not Spanish. The Spanish translation won't work.
> In your article you suggest using Google translate on the documentation - worth pointing out that the documents are in Catalan and not Spanish. The Spanish translation won't work.
Thanks, now corrected to Catalan.
Damn, So Im heading there on the 28th with 5 others and well it covers like 80% of the mountain range..
I hadn't realized it was in catalan so will have to go and re translate it.
Not really sure how its going to work if they never respond to you...
They have a facebook page, Agents de Medi Ambient de les Illes Balears, and seem ok about responding to messages sent on there (in that you get a prompt reply, rather than they offer any useful advice). You could try and contact them and see if you get any further than I did.
Ive sent them a message and linked my documents in Drive and also sent my copys to the email address.
No idea what the Expos lined bit was about so left it blank....
It would be nice to have a catalan speaker read it and tell you what you need..or the document written in english by the goverment lol
Im told the Expos is in case you needed to explain the reasons for the permits, didn't seem necessary to me. Also am yet to receive a reply.
I got a response on FB telling me that section is for you to request what you want in, so they said in my case it's climbing even though beneath it it says again lol.
I've had no response either.
To add to this the people in OP have told me to speak to
About it. Ive contacted them on messenger so let's see how this goes.
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