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ONE WEEK THROUGH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN MALLORCA

Independent Hiking along the "Ruta de Pedra Sec"from Banyalbufar and Soller

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              What's Included

 

              Six night's ensuite accommodation in charming family run guesthouses.

              Breakfast each morning

              Packed lunch on day two and three.

              Full route descriptions, diagrams, guidebooks and maps provided.

              Luggage transported between guesthouses

              Back up support, as well as advice and recommendations

              Mobile phones provided with all contact numbers pre programmed.

              Carefully planned village to village itinerary

              Good choice of bars and restaurants each evening.

              Return transfer from your final guesthouse to Palma airport.

              Transport from Palma airport on arrival to your first guesthouse.

 

Itinerary

Day One: Arrival and Transfer to Banyalbufar (Optional 12km Walk, 150m ascent)

We’ll meet you at Palma airport and transfer you to your first night’s accommodation in the dramatically situated coastal village of Banyalbufar. Banyalbufar's Islamic heritage has left it with an impressive collection of terraces, reservoirs, irrigation channels, canals and bridges. The village directly faces the Mediterranean and affords beautiful views out over the sea. Being at an altitude and west facing the sunsets here will not be forgotten in a hurry. Depending on your arrival time you can enjoy a short walk down to the village's port at Port D'es Canonge

Day Two: Banyalbufar to Esporoles (10km, 500m ascent, Option of further 10km, 500m ascent)

The following day begins the "Ruta de Pedra Sec" proper. Travelling along the old Postman's Way (Cami d'es Correu) you head east to the village of Esporles via the old Moorish farmhouse and gardens of La Granja. This is old postman's route is well maintained and it is a good introduction to hiking along the GR221. Esporles is a peaceful village on the banks of the San Pere river and centred on the 13th century church of the same name. On arrival in Esporles there is the option of a further hike up to the top of nearby Serra de Ram (833m).

Day Three: Esporoles to Valldemossa (10km, 720m ascent)

Today's hike takes us through oak forests, gullies and mountain top as it continues along the GR221 to the beautiful and historic village of Valldemossa. The route takes you out of Esporles and over the summit of Sa Comuna (704m) via the Coll de Sant Jordi (478m) and Coll de sa Bassetta (455m). A beautiful hike that finishes in the village made famous by composer Frederic Chopin and French writer George Sand who wrote "A Winter in Mallorca" to describe their stay here in 1838. Valldemossa has a good choice of bars and restaurants and it is a delightful experience to stroll through it's cobbled streets before sunset.

Day Four: Valldemossa to Deia (10km, 610m ascent)

Today you have a choice of two walks. One is to continue along the GR221 to Deia along the Cami de s'Arxidux or the other is to enjoy a circular hike before being transferred by us to the village of Deia. 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 untertaken 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 follows a trail put down by Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator" in the last century. The archduke created a network of trails around Valldemoissa with lookouts at just the right points and todays walk is a classic circular route through the Son Moragues national park. After the walk we will collect you and bring your next guesthouse in Deia to rejoin the GR221. You are free to decide on the day which walk you wish to choose.

Day Five: Deia to Puerto de Soller (Circular Walk 13km, 430m ascent)

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 Meditereanean behind it. Stop to take it all in at the magnificently situated Son Mico farmhouse before returning once again towards the sea and down in the sheltered harbour of Puerto de Soller. The port enjoys a unique location and it the 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.

Day Six: Puerto de Soller to Soller via Fornaltux (Circular Walk 14km, 400m ascent)

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.

Day Seven: Return Home

Depending on your flight time, you can enjoy a short circular walk this morning before being collected and taken to Palma airport in good time for your flight.

Booking and Rates

The price for the trip is 790 Euros per person based on two people sharing. For those travelling individually there is a single supplement of 35% (276€). For two or more people travelling who require a single room there is a single room supplement of 25% (197€). Bookings can be made at anytime except from June 15th - August 31st (as it is too hot) and individuals, couples and groups are welcome. Private transfer on arrival and return to Palma or Palma Airport is included.


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