Palma de Majorca.—The regional Environment ministry said yesterday that reports indicate that the number of people wanting to get away from it all and spend time in government-run mountain refuges is on the increase.

Ministry sources revealed that last year, 7'643 people booked to stay in publicly-run refuges on Majorca, an increase of 4.25 percent in comparison with figures for 2010.

The results cover reservation for such accommodation in Parc del Llevant, Son Moragues, Cuber, Gorg Blau, Coma de Binifaldo, Comuna de Caimari, Coll Baix, Son Real, Lavanor and Cases de Binifaldo.

These refuges are run on behalf of the Ministry for the Environment, Agriculture and Territory by two public companies called “Espais de Natura” (natural spaces) and Ibanat, which is the Balearic Nature Protection Institute.

The same sources said yesterday that refuges in the Llevant nature reserve, s'Arenalet, es Oguers and s'Alzina will remain closed to the public this month, in order for repair and maintenance work to be carried out. In February they will be open at weekends and in May every day.

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