The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Spectacular walking on Majorca from the coast at Deia to high on the Sierra de Tramuntana range in spring and autumn.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 13200
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.
Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.
Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.
These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.
Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.
If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on San Telmo & Soller.
The mild, dry climate of Majorca makes the island ideal for walking during much of the year. The north-west coast, one of the most dramatic in the western Mediterranean, runs parallel to a range of mountains stretching from San Telmo in the west to the far northeastern tip of the island.
Soak up the Spanish atmosphere by walking the remote paths of the north-west coast of Majorca under the watchful gaze of the Sierra de Tramuntan mountains. Make your way through lush, fertile land through olive, carob and fig groves and smell the sweet tang of citrus orchards as you follow the old pilgrim route down the Es Barranc Gorge or climb the heights of l’Ofre on our higher grade option.
This area of Majorca offers a great variety of scenery and difficulty of terrain which you can explore further with our two leader, two grade options now on every departure. From our resort we can see Puig Mayor (1400m) and Teix, the two highest peaks of the west coast Sierra de Tramuntana range. These mountains provide some wonderful walking. Walking inland, passing quaint farmsteads, we can also visit the small town of Soller. Connected to its coastal namesake by a three mile ancient tramway, this attractive town maintains a traditional Spanish feel.
Far from the hustle and bustle of Magaluf the quiet frankly picture perfect port of Puerto de Soller lies on a lagoon where the mountains meet the sea. Despite being a popular resort with tourists, it is a relaxed and unassuming place retaining much of its local character. It is a good starting point for our exploration along the coast and into the mountains where the walks and views are magnificent.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Once you have met your leader will transfer to the beautiful coastal town of Puerto de Soller.
Transfer Time = 1h
For the next six days we will spend our days walking and sightseeing in the north-west of Majorca around Puerto de Soller. Walks will normally include:
SÓLLER & THE CAMI DE CASTELLO - This walk explores the wooded terrain overlooking Sóller and gives a good introduction to the local area. In part it follows the Cami de Castello, the ancient pathway between Deia and Sóller . Along the way you pass lemon and orange trees.The terrain is easy throughout with good cobbled paths and gentle tracks and lanes. Most of it is quiet and you will meet few other walkers. It is quite long if the full walk is completed but you can take the tram back from Sóller to the port at the end, which shortens it by 4km.
Our Grade 6 walk takes us around the stunning headland past Soller lighthouse headed for the Cami de Castello before completing our walk in Soller. The walk can be lengthened if you want to walk back to the port.
FORNALUTX & MIRADOR DE SES BARQUES - From Puerto de Soller we take the famous tram to the small inland town of Sóller where we pick up the GR221, a path which traverses Mallorca from the northwest to northeast corners. We pass through the hamlet of Binibassi before arriving in the charming village of Fornalutx, nestled in the Tranmuntana mountain range and often referred to as the prettiest village in Spain. We continue through olive groves to the viewpoint at the Mirador de Ses Barques with its vista over verdant rolling hills down to Puerto de Sóller and the sea. The views of the Mediterranean stay with us for most of the afternoon as we make our way on foot back to the hotel.
The Grade 6 walk follows a similar route but includes the little-used path to the ‘Cova de Migdia’ (the Midday Cave), a remarkable huge cavern.
ES BARRANC - The old pilgrim’s route down the thousand stone steps of Es Barranc is one of the Mediterranean’s most famous walks. We start at a height of 750m close to the Cuber reservoir. From here the track is broad and only gently undulating until it rises to a col from where you can look back over the walk, and onwards to where you are going. Shortly after reaching l’Ofre farm you start the descent of Es Barranc, more a cobbled track than steps. We take it slowly, allowing time to enjoy the views and relish the occasional splash of cold water from the torrent which rushes down the gorge. As the gorge narrows we pass by a series of charming waterslides and cross footbridges surrounded by impressive stone-walled terraces. Eventually we reach the valley floor in Biniaraix from where it is a short walk back to Sóller.
The Grade 6 walk starts in the same place but diverts immediately to include the l’Ofre ridge taking in the three peaks of Sa Rateta, Franquesa and l’Ofre itself, reaching a highpoint of 1113m. We then follow Es Barranc down to Biniaraix. This is Mallorcan mountain walking at its most dramatic however this is definitely at the top of Grade 6 verging on Grade 7 but the views are well worth the effort.
CALA DEIA & DÉIA - Today’s walk follows the other section of the Cami de Castello between Sóller and Déia. From the port we climb steadily to a height of some 250m before passing along the well-engineered track, known also as the ‘Pedra En Sec’, or dry stone path. Typical Mallorcan scenery accompanies us all the way – light woodland, olive and fruit groves, with regular views down to the sea. We descend to the bay at Cala Deia, a magical place for a cooling swim, before ascending to the village of Deia itself.
The Grade 6 walk takes a different and rougher walk out to Deia, then returns along the outward grade 4 route described above. A relatively easy day, but delightful and very popular.
CALA TUENT - It is hard to choose the island’s most beautiful walk, but this will always be a contender. We start at the Mirador de Ses Barques at roughly 400m above sea level. We continue through countryside with scatterings of old stone dwellings (cortijos), ancient lichen-covered walls, twisted olive trees and ancient cobbled tracks. We rise to a col, and suddenly the views change, as ahead of us and below lie the blue waters of the Mediterranean. From here our path traverses high above the sea until we drop down to the sandy beach at Cala Tuent.
The Grade 6 walkers will start the walk at an earlier point, following a gentle cobbled trail, then picking up the ‘Cami Vell’, part of the ancient pilgrimage route across the island, before joining up with the grade 4 walk above. Worry not… you will have time to swim on reaching Cala Tuent!
Typically during our one week programmes there is a day off and on Majorca there are plenty of options. You could take the classic tram to Soller then the classic train onto Palma for the day, the train journey does take around 1 hour. Locally in Puerto de Soller there are lots of cafes and bars, the beach, shops and bike hire. Local buses are frequent and cheap and can easily take you to explore Déia, Bunyola, Valledemossa or the popular marina town of Port d'Andratx.
It is sadly time to bid farewell to an island we have got to know well as we head to Palma Airport for our return flights to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
15th May 2021 - 22nd May 2021 (7 Nights)
25th Sep 2021 - 2nd Oct 2021 (7 Nights)
9th Oct 2021 - 16th Oct 2021 (7 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
Our home in Soller is the 3* Superior Hotel Marina situated opposite the beach where you can enjoy your breakfast or dinner outside on the terrace overlooking the beautiful bay and the ocean beyond.
During the cooler months the outside terrace has heaters and blankets to take away the evening chill so you can still be outside as much as possible.
Hotel facilities include outdoor pool, sun terrace, restaurant, bar/lounge, wellness and spa (extra costs apply locally), sauna and jaccuzi.
The hotels sauna and Jacuzzi are free to use but they do need to be booked with reception, perfect after a day's walking!
Due to the layout of the hotel complex, our rooms are mainly in the refurbished 'Mini Marina', adjacent to the main building.
Rooms have been tastefully refurbished and include en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, TV, telephone, air conditioning / heating and a small fridge.
Note: As the Hotel Marina is in a pedestrian area you will need to be able to carry your luggage a short distance to the hotel as the coach will not be able to stop outside the hotel.
Resort facilities in Puerto de Soller include Local shops, bank, restaurants and bars. The nearby town of Soller has a wide range of shops, a weekly market and other facilities. There are also weekly markets in some of the local towns.
In Puerto de Soller we operate both Grade 4 and Grade 6.
Whilst on a Grade 4 walk these can be full or half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m.
Our Grade 6 walks are full days with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent with walks in some remote areas. Paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent.
We have been taking groups to Puerto de Soller since the early 1950s and have a wonderful selection of walks. Some of the higher grade walks are across pathless terrain marked only by occasional cairns. Most of the walks either start or finish at our hotel or in nearby Soller with only the Cala Tuent walk requiring transport both ways. This means you can spend more time on foot and less in a coach… which is how it should be!
Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks
On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.
On most departures we are able to accommodate most clients' first choice of walk most of the time, however some flexibility and co-operation may be required. In unusual circumstances where a disproportionately high number of clients wish to walk at one grade, for safety reasons, we may not be able to provide you with your choice of walk each day. Although we will endeavour to accommodate as many clients’ choices as possible, it may be necessary for you to switch between higher and lower grade walks during the holiday. Any decision regarding group sizes and the participants in the day’s walking programme rests with our tour leader(s).
For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Spain
The currency in Spain is the euro.
In Puerto de Soller there are a number of ATMs just along the promenade from the hotel.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Our flights are from London Gatwick or Heathrow to Palma and return by charter service or British Airways
Other regional airports may be available – please check at the time of booking.
Baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Travel on Majorca will be by road. With the transfer time from Palma airport to Puerto de Soller will takes around 50 minutes. Transportation to and from walks will be via a mixture of local and hired transport.
Note: It is important to exit from the correct gate at Palma airport. If a Ramblers Walking Holidays Tour Leader is not visible at the gate from which you exit, please go the Central Meeting Point by the signed information desk at Gate C and wait for our Tour Leader to meet you there.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Continental breakfasts, including hot items, are taken at the hotel.
Lunches are not included but can be brought daily from shops and bakeries that are very close to the hotels and at little cost.
During your week in Puerto de Soller dinners are taken at the Hotel Marina on three nights from a varied buffet including starters, mains offering vegetarian, fish and meat finishing with a dessert choice and ice cream which can be requested from the waiters.
Your Ramblers Walking Leader on four evenings will take you to a selection of local restaurants giving you a great opportunity to sample the local cuisine.
Please note: The tap water is safe to drink but the taste is variable. Bottled water is readily available to buy locally and is inexpensive.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Spain
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
The Spanish Tourist website may also be of some use in planning your holiday www.spain.info
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Spain
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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