Day 1 – Welcome to Palma de Mallorca
Arrival at Palma airport, from where you’ll make your way to our first accommodation in the capital Palma de Mallorca. (Details of hotel in Palma and how to get to it, sent with booking confirmation).
The hotel is family run and extremely well located.
Taxi fare (2018) from the airport to the hotel is approx 30 euros.
Alternatively you can take the public bus into central Palma on the airport /city centre shuttle, which runs frequently and can be found just outside the arrivals hall, beyond the taxis.
If you arrive early, try and take full advantage of this wonderful city. Perhaps visiting the Cathedral, or the impressive Bellver Castle.
This first evening we all dine together at a very traditional celler restaurant, where they used to celebrate after bull fights.
Please arrive at the hotel before 7.30pm if you want to take part in the evening meal / Get together / Brief outline of the exciting week ahead.
Day 2 – Valldemossa to Deia
We transfer to the colourful mountain village of Valldemossa where we allow time to explore.
This is where we start the trek north, as our route climbs up to reach the majestic “Archdukes Pathway”, offering stunning coastal views, before descending to the heavenly setting of Deia.
Our accommodation is a comfortable guest house in an enviable location. We dine together in Deia and stroll its streets by moonlight!
15kms / 6.5 Hrs Walking Approx.
Day 3 – Deia to Soller
A lazy breakfast on the terrace overlooking the village and then we continue the walk to Port Soller situated on the edge of a crescent shaped bay and surrounded by high mountain scenery.
To get there from Deia we take the old fisherman’s way above the sea to the hamlet of Lluc Alcari, then climb up to the House of Son Mico with its lofty position, to view as far as the eye can see.
The high balcony path is dominated by gnarled olive trees and great photographic opportunities.
We arrive at the back of Port Soller and conveniently right behind a bar, before checking into our hotel for the next two nights.
15kms / 7 Hrs Walking Approx.
Day 4 – Rest Day!
Rest day! But that’s entirely up to you, because a guided walk in the locality will be on offer. (This will usually be decided in Soller). Whatever you choose to do, having another day in this marvellous valley with its rich vegetation and attractive warm stone buildings is a must. Please note: This is the only night you need to find your own food.
Day 5 – Soller to Tossals Mountain Refuge
Today’s leg of the journey takes us through an incredible variety of scenery.
After breakfast we taxi up to Soller Town and walk through narrow twisting streets as we head towards the pretty hamlet of Biniaraix to start the ascent of a 16th century limestone staircase which has some of the most spectacular vistas anywhere in the Med.
We continue to the distinct cone shaped peak of L’Ofre at 1091m. The day just gets better and better.
We then follow the water pipeline from Cuber Reservoir down through a series of tunnels (Big enough to stand up in) to reach a hidden valley where we find tonight’s place to sleep “The Tossals Verds Mountain Refuge”. This is trekking at its best, staying up in the hills away from urbanisation under a star-studded sky.
The meal at Tossals will give us another chance to sample local cuisine.
We sleep in the very comfortable, recently refurbished Tossals Verds Refuge in bunk style dormitories.
Please note: We take what we need for the day and night at Tossals in our rucksacks, because our luggage has gone to the next stop at Lluc monastery. Showers and bedding provided at the refuge.
20kms /9 hrs. Walking Approx.
Day 6 – Tossals to Lluc Monastery
Waking refreshed and ready to tackle anything, today’s objective is to ascend the mighty “Puig D’en Gallileu” (1189m) en route to the religious heartbeat of the island “The Monastery of Lluc”.
The mountain has a long flat back and stands clear of anything that might obstruct the stunning views from it.
The Monastery is our accommodation for the night and naturally an experience not to be missed. Clean cotton sheets are placed neatly at the end of your bed, but you have to make it yourself. Then it’s down to eat a well earned meal with the rest of the group. The food experience here is always a treat!
16Kms / 8 Hrs Walking Approx.
Day 7 – Lluc to Pollensa
Our last walking day starts after breakfast at Lluc. The route takes us up through Holm Oak woodland to a plateau called “Coll Pelat” then cuts across a hillside to the spring water bottling plant at Binifaldo. Here we follow the Cami Vell de Pollensa (The old way north before the asphalt road was built) hugging the sides of the mighty Puig Tomir mountain.
Our arrival in Pollensa square marks the end of the trek, but never the memories!
We are transferred down to Port Pollensa and the final accommodation on the tour. This is our last night together and I guess we’ll have a lot to talk about over dinner.
17Kms / 7hrs walking approx.
Day 8 – Destination Airport
The tour ends after breakfast on day eight, the homeward journey and getting to Palma Airport :-
Taxi to Palma airport from the north costs approx 85€, but many shuttle companies now offer a very competitive alternative.
The Public bus times can be located on www.tib.org and this service takes you into Palma city, so you can connect with the airport shuttle bus.
If you arrive in Palma station early and wish to explore the city, there’s even a place to leave luggage and not expensive.
Any information needed on this subject will be available from the tour leader.
Please note: While the intention is to adhere to the tour itinerary that you’ve just read, a degree of informality and flexibility is built in. There may be some variation to the basic trek due to the weather.
Climate: We’ve operated the Classic Tour in Spring and Autumn successfully for Sixteen years and on average we encounter anything between 16-25 grads, but usually great walking weather.
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