We’ll meet you at Palma airport and transfer you to your first night’s accommodation in the mountain village of Valldemossa. Valldemossa is one of Mallorca’s most beautiful villages as has attracted artists such as Chopin, George Sand and Coll Bardolet as well as being the former home of Mallorca’s only saint, Santa Catalina. The village is beautiful and contains a wealth of musuems and cafe lined streets. Should you wish to stretch your legs we have a pleasant 3 hour walk that allows you to begin your discovery of the Mallorcan countryside.
Today you have a choice of two walks. Both are along the GR221 towards Deia. The first option is a linear hike along the Cami de s’Arxidux dropping down into Deia or the other is to enjoy a circular hike before travelling to Deia by bus (15 minutes). The reason we offer the choice is that the GR221 between Valldemossa and Deia can be challenging in parts and requires a head for heights and should not be undertaken in bad weather. Having said that, persons with an average level of fitness and some experience of ridge walking should not have a problem. The alternative route also follows the trail put down by Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator” in the last century. The archduke created a network of trails around Valldemossa with lookouts at just the right points and today’s walk is a classic circular route through the Son Moragues national park. You are free to decide on the day which walk you wish to choose
A charming hike through olive groves, oak, orange and lemon trees with the sparkling Mediterranean always at your side. The route hovers above the small cove beach of Deia offering stunning views down onto the Cala before turning inland and ascending along the old Cami de Castello. Through the trees, you can see the little hamlet of Lluccari with the sparkling Mediterranean behind it. Stop to take it all in at the magnificently situated Son Mico farmhouse before turning once again towards the sea and down in the sheltered harbour of Port de Soller. The port enjoys a unique location and it offers the only real shelter for boats along the whole western coast of Mallorca. The port has a great selection of bars and traditional restaurants and an old 1910 tram still runs between here and the narrow gauge railway to Palma at Soller.
The Soller Valley is the only true valley in Mallorca and was for years cut off from the rest of the Island by the mountains of the Tramuntana. In fact to such an extent that the locals found it easier to trade it’s citrus fruits with Catalonia and France rather than Palma. In 1929 a narrow gauge railway was built to connect Soller with Palma and it was only in the 1990s that a tunnel was built between Soller and Palma allowing for easier access. The valley is filled with Orange and Lemon trees and surrounded by the high peaks of the Sierra and watched over by Mallorca’s highest peak, Puig Major (1448m). Today’s hike continues along the Gr221 to Soller than follows the Cami Vell de Balitx the Mirador de Ses Barques. The mirador at 400m offers panoramic views over the Valley and back towards the Port. From the Mirador, you follow the trail to the village of Fornalutx, regular winner of “the most beautiful village in Spain” award. Relax in the town square before following the trail through the oak tress through the tiny hamlet of Binbassi returning to Soller and your accommodation for the night.
This monring you can enjoy a half day circular walk before being collected and taken to Palma airport in good time for your flight. If you are staying in Mallorca we include a private transfer back to Palma or a train ticket on the “Tren de Soller”. This railway has connected the city of Palma de Mallorca with the small town of Sóller since 1912. The train travels 27 km along its narrow-gauge track through the Sierra de Tramuntana, and a trip is like going back in time.
The price for the trip is 695 Euros per person based on two people sharing. For two or more people travelling who require a single room there is a single room supplement of 33%. Bookings can be made at anytime except from June 1st – September 15th (as it is too hot). Private transfer on arrival and return to Palma or Palma Airport is included.