The archduke walkway above Valldemossa and Deia is one of the most popular stages of the GR221 and mallorca’s dry stone route. It is without a doubt one of the most stunning walks on the island. The walkway follows the summit ridge with spectacular views down to the sea.
It is a challenging hike with over 500m of ascent. However, the steep climb out of Valldemossa is well worth it for the views along the north western coast.
We start our walk in the centre of Valldemossa, and soon head uphill through the woods along stony old mule tracks. We continue steeply uphill for some time with an occasional breather, and fabulous look-out points with sweeping views of Palma in the distance and the coast beyond Valldemossa. Once on the summit ridge the Archduke’s walkway gives stunning panoramic views of the coast and surrounding Tramuntana mountains. Along the way there are many examples of the old forest dwellers’ settlements and old lime kilns along the way, so this walk is a great opportunity to learn about Mallorca’s rural history.
Rock and Ride can arrange guided walking tours of the Archduke walkway for groups and individuals. Please get in touch with us to find out more about guided walking tours in Mallorca.
Warning: Conditions in the mountains can change rapidly, even in Mallorca. It is important to be well prepared for sun, cold winds and rain. If you are walking in the mountains of Mallorca without a guide it is important that you know how to navigate in low/no visibility. You will need lots of water, wind + waterproof clothing, good quality walking shoes or boots (the terrain is very rocky….twisted ankles are common on the rough tracks) navigation equipment (compass or gps) and know how to use it. If you are using a gps you must also carry a compass in case your battery runs flat, a very common occurrence.