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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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.
This departure: Grade 4 and Grade 7
Welcome to Majorca! Once you have met your leader we will transfer to the beautiful coastal town of Puerto de Soller.
Day 2 to 7
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, loquat 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. 17km, 400m ascent & descent, 5 hours.
Our grade 7 walk covers much the same ground as the grade 4 walk but goes much higher and onto more difficult terrain. You reach the peak of Sa Galera (908m) from where there are breathtaking views over Déia and the blue waters of the Mediterranean. 14km, 750m acent / 1000m descent, 5 ½ hours. The walk can be lengthened if you want to walk back to the port.
- FORNALUTX & MIRADOR DE SES BARQUES - From the small inland town of Sóller 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. 15km, 550m ascent & descent, 5 hours.
The Grade 7 walk follows a similar route but includes the challenging ascent of Balitx at 580m. This is a superb viewpoint over the sea and mountains. Later on we take the little-used path to the ‘Cova de Migdia’ (the Midday Cave), a remarkable huge cavern.
20km, 6 ½ hours, 850m ascent & descent (though note the walk can be shortened by starting in Soller rather than the port).
- 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. 16km, 100m ascent & 800m descent, 5 ½ hours.
The Grade 7 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 Soller. This is Mallorcan mountain walking at its most dramatic. 14km, 700m ascent / 1400m descent 6 ½ hours.
- 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. 12km, 550m ascent & descent, 4 ½ to 5 hours.
The grade 7 walk takes a different and rougher walk out to Deia, slightly exposed at times, then returns along the outward grade 4 route described above. A relatively easy day, but delightful and very popular. 16km, 700m ascent & descent, 5 ½ hours.
- 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 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. 11.2km, 500m ascent & 850m descent, 5 hours.
Grade 7 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! 14km, 750m ascent / 800m descent, 5 ¼ hours.
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. 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 has come time to say goodbye to this charming island as we head to Palma Airport for our onward journey home.
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