Start: Valldemossa Finish: Pollença
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
Your first walk starts directly from your hotel. Leaving the village of Valldemossa, you reach an area with restricted access where a limited number of permits are granted each day to walk the Archduke’s Trail (Camí de s’Arxiduc). This permit is arranged for you by S-Cape Travel. Should there be no permits available, you will follow an alternative route nearby. Both options include sweeping views and an optional ascent to a peak
Challenge: 5-6,5 hrs, 13-15 km, 550/685 m ascent/descent.
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: 5,5 hrs, 13,5 km, 280 m ascent, 440 m descent.
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: 6 hrs, 15 km, 650 m ascent, 610 m 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: 3 hrs, 7,5 km, 270 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: S'Illeta, Sa Punta Llarga
Transfer to Lake Cuber in the morning. Today’s route is, without a doubt, the most beautiful stage of the GR-221 which takes you via the pass at Coll des Prat (1195m) to the remote Monastery of Lluc. The walk begins peacefully along the lake but once in the dense holm oak forest, the ascent starts: quite tough at first (but luckily still in the shade) later gentler, once you have passed the treeline. You’ll enjoy spectacular views over the island as you ascend. After a total of 500m in ascent, you reach the pass below Picu Massanella (the second highest peak in Mallorca). Next you do an equally panoramic section behind Galileu Peak, followed by a descent along the completely restored stone footpath known as “Las Vueltas del Galileu” passing several snow wells along the way. The final section traverses a holm oak forest on your way to the popular pilgrimage site at Lluc Abbey. You’ll have time to see the “Black Madonna” (patron saint of Majorca) before your taxi transfer at 17.30hrs. Short journey to your charming accommodation in the town centre of Pollença. A second option is to start walking from the monastery of LLuc and from there walk to Pollenca
Challenge: 4,5-6,5 hrs, 13/15/20 km, 575/845 m ascent/descent OR 200/630 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: Lake Cuber, Pollença
After yesterday's demanding route, today you choose between two short walks in coastal areas. The easier walk enters Boquer Valley, a small nature reserve for birds with a private beach. As a bonus, you will end your walk with a stroll along Port Pollença’s beautiful seaside promenade.
The longer walk starts in Cala ses Barques. First you follow a wide gravel track west to a peak, Puig d’Aguila, with splendid views of Formentor Peninsula and the coves of Sant Vicenç and Port Pollença. Then you retrace your route back to Cala ses Barques and Cala Sant Vicenç and cross over to Port Pollença via Siller Pass (elevation 76m).
Both walks offer the opportunity to stop for a rest at lovely beaches, and both routes end in Port Pollença, where you get the bus back to Pollença. At the end of the day you may wish to explore the town of Pollença or enjoy the hotel’s beautiful grounds including a swimming pool and lovely gardens.
Challenge: 2-4 hrs, 7-10 km, 175/330 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: Port de Pollença
After breakfast today, your walking arrangement ends.
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
Family run hotel located in the centre of the town of Valldemossa, 15 minutes away from Palma de Mallorca. Built over the base of an antique traditional house and renovated with everything the visitor needs to enjoy some relaxing and nice holidays. The location offers the unparalelled landscape of the town surrounded by high and lush mountains.
Small hotel located in a privileged part of the Puerto de Sóller bay; just separated from the seafront by a promenade, away from the traffic, noise and stress. With spacious and modern rooms, comfortable and elegant in style, most of them offering sea views.
Charming rural hotel located in the centre of Pollensa. The hotel comprises several 17th century houses, fully renovated and ready to be the best alternative of rest and comfort for the holiday.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between February 15th and December 15th.
Arrival in Valldemossa
Optional transfers can be booked in advance, from PMI airport or Ferry terminal to your first accommodation.
Departure from Pollença
Direct taxi transfers from the last accommodation to the airport or harbour can be arranged in advance
If you are travelling to and from Barcelona by car, it is better to take the ferry to Palma de Mallorca. However, it is not at all convenient to take your car over to the island, as the transport fee is quite high. In addition, at the end of the trip it is faster and easier to get back to the ferry terminal by public transport or taxi than by car.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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