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For those wishing to visit the town by car, the main Ma-13 motorway will take you as far north as the town of Inca, but from here I'm afraid that
the only option for the final few miles into the town are along the winding Ma-2130 road.
Having said that, on a good day an experienced driver should be able to complete the journey from Palma in around 45 minutes, however, as in the UK if you get stuck behind a lorry or tractor, thismay increase the driving time substantially.
A detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.
As well as the actual village of Escorca, the municipality also contains the small communities of Lluc, Calobra, and Cala Tuent, and figures taken from the latest Consell de Mallorca census for the island shows a resident population of just 302 people.
Given its size and small population there is not too much to report about Escorca, but that is not to say that it should be missed.
The little streams that plunge through the rocks have led to some bizarre rock formations and there are also some wonderful caves to visit, such as "Cova be sowed de Campana" and that "Cova de ses Bruixes". The area is also home to some of the last remaining stone oak woodlands on Majorca. Yew forests are also a feature, carpeting the valleys of the area in a green swathe, and the municipality can also boast a long and magnificent stretch of coastline.
The economy of the area was traditionally based around servicing the large mansions that dot the municipality, such as Binifaldó, Albarca, ses Tosses, Mortitx, Turixant, and Mossa. This is perhaps why larger communities did not develop, given that accommodation would have been provided for servants on site.
Of architectural interest are the old "snow houses" that dot the higher reaches of the mountains, built to offer shelter for shepherds and travellers who had to spend the night in the mountains. Also of interest are the old watchtowers that line the coast of the municipality, built many years ago to protect the island from pirates and other sea bound threats. The religious architecture of the region is also best personified by the Church of Sant Pere d´Escorca and the Chapel of Sant Llorenç de Tuent.
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