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From: 660 €
Duration: 8 days
The northwest coast of Mallorca. A surprisingly quiet and beautiful area, separated from the crowded playas by a whimsical limestone mountain range, the Serra de Tramuntana. Walk from one picturesque village to another, along coastal cliffs, above idyllic beaches or right through the mountains, crossing vast private estates with orange, almond and olive trees. Accommodation at a family-run hostel, a beautifully-situated rural accommodation and a beach hotel.
Arrival at Valldemossa, a small town built around an old Carthusian monastery which proudly remembers the year in which Frederic Chopin and George Sand, first European bohemians, wintered here. Valldemossa can easily be reached by public bus from Palma de Mallorca.
Challenge: Travel to Valldemossa
Villages along the way: Valldemossa
Daywalk along the horse-riding trail of Archduke Ludwig Salvador, a renowned "connaisseur" of the island who spent his life investigating the geology and botany of Mallorca. During the walk you will enjoy magnificent views over the Mediterranean Sea. It is possible to extend the walk with an ascent to Es Teix peak (1062m).
Challenge: 16km. 700m ascent and descent. 6 hours.
Villages along the way: Valldemossa
After a short transfer, you walk from the artists' colony of Deia to the coastal town of Puerto Soller. Your route follows the coastline, through quiet Mediterranean woods (pines, oaks and madrone trees) and across a private estate where the owners serve delicious fresh orange juice.
Challenge: 16km. 280m ascent and 440m descent. 5,5 hours.
Villages along the way: Deia, Puerto de Soller
After a taxi transfer to Cala Tuent,a summer village with a lovely beach, you begin a 6-hour walk. Your first follow the coastline to Port Soller and then by way of the farm at Balitx d'Avall, situated among orange groves and olive orchards in one of the most remote valleys of Mallorca.
Challenge: 17 km. 6 hours. 700m ascent and 550m descent.
Villages along the way: Cala Tuent, Balitx d'Avall
From the port, you do a steep ascent to the cliffs which form a natural breakwater overlooking the bay. At the top, you have lovely views from 'Torre Picada', along the rocky coastline to the tiny island of S'Illeta just offshore. From the peak, you do a steep descent along a ravine to reach 'Sa Punta Llarga', a promontory which affords a lovely vista point back from sea level.
Challenge: 7,5km. 3 hours. 270m ascent / descent.
Villages along the way: S'Illeta, Sa Punta Llarga
Today's route is a rather strenuous walk that takes you right through the Serra de Tramuntana. You will have to ascend some 800m through a narrow gorge, but your reward will be magnificent views in all directions. On the descent, you cross private summer estates to reach the rural accommodation at Orient, also with private swimming pool.
Challenge: 13 or 17km. 5 or 6 hours. Ascent 775/985m. Descent 425/635m.
Villages along the way: Biniaraix, Orient
A short walk to the ruins of Alaro Castle, situated on a hilltop at 822m, which emerges from a Mediterranean wood of oak and carob bean trees. Lovely views of rural inland Mallorca.
Challenge: 12km. 565m ascent and descent. 4,5 hours.
Villages along the way: Orient
After breakfast today, your walking arrangement ends.
Challenge: Travel from Orient
Taxi transfers to and from airport or harbour can be arranged on request
Extra nights can be booked in any of the accomodations. We especially recommend the charming hotel in Valldemossa and the agroturismo in Fornalutx, but note that the first is located in a lively historical town, while the second is an isolated farmhouse (but with private swimming pool). The hotel in Puerto Pollença is recommended if you fancy an extra night at the beach.