Valldemossa, Archduke's Trail

Walking in the Valldemossa region Grade: Medium
Distance: 8 miles (13 kilometres)
Ascent/Descent: 650 metres
Duration: approx. 4½-5 hours
Easy walk Soller to Deia

This circular walk commences and finishes in Valldemossa, (above) a beautifully preserved Mallorcan village 30 minutes drive from Soller.

View of the sea near Valldemossa The walk passes the Son Morague estate, which was purchased by the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvador in 1872. The estate extended as far as the Puig des Teix, the highest peak in the area at 1064m. The Archduke was a keen conservationist and environmentalist and was responsible for halting the rapid demise of the evergreen oak forest on the estate. Today the land is publicly owned and contains an open-air museum, showing off its historical heritage.

The walk follows a four-wheel drive road up through the Cairats valley, passing old charcoal burning sites, lime kilns and the largest snow pit on the island. At the top of the valley we come onto the path that was comissioned by the Archduke himself, so he could pursue his passion for the outdoors. The purpose-built stone path snakes around the ridgeline for nearly 2 kilometres, towering high above the cliffs offering unrivalled views as far as the Port of Soller to the north, Sa Foradada and Banyalbufar to the south. The highest point reached on the path is the Puig (peak) Es Caragoli at 945 metres.

Items of interest along the walk At the end of the ridge the trail winds its way down into the holm oak forest of the neighbouring valley, where we start descending on the old mule tracks, passing the plateau of Es Pouet, an area once used by carboneros (charcoal makers).
By mid-afternoon we complete our return to Valldemossa where we will have time for refreshments before returning to Soller.

Price: 30€ per person, cash only, based on a minimum of 4 people, maximum 8.
Includes transport from our shops in Soller or Port Soller to Valldemossa and return. For larger groups please contact us directly.