HIKING
MALLORCA

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Description

Miradors de s`Arxiduc

( Hiking Routes Mallorca)

More than a hiking route it could be described as a cultural route that tours the beautiful spots of Archduke Lluís Salvador d’Habsburgo-Lorena i Borbó (1847-1915). A noble of the Habsburg Lorena Dynasty. He was a great adventurer who with his two sailing ships Nixe 1 and Nixe 2 became an explorer of the world. A great aficionado of the humanities and sciences in 1867 whilst visiting Mallorca he was bowled over by the beautiful spots in this area of the Majorcan coast. After a few years he returned to Mallorca to acquire various properties in which he ordered the construction of an extensive network of former paths, vantage points, huts and refuges so that walkers could get to know this beautiful place. One will be surprised when seeing the magnificence and greatness of the whole and the state it is in. What’s more one will get to know s’Estaca and es Caló, two places which are unique owing to their own charm. One will complete the day in the little valley of Sa Marina, a distant coastal town.

Map of Route

Owing to the technical difficulty involved it is vital for you to be accompanied by a qualified guide. A route very suited to hot summer days as onw will walk in the shade of a cool holm oak grove and one will be able to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of es Caló de S’Estaca.

Duration
2h 30

Difficulty
Difficult

Slope
575 m

Alternative return by bus

Itinerary

The route starts in the outskirts of Deia at a modern building which is raised at the same place where in 1873 the Archduke had an old inn built popularly known as Ca Madò Pilla for visitors who wished to discover said his favourite spots. In the interior of the hotel is the s’Hostatgeria Vantage Point which is a fantastic way to start this day’s excursion. From here one will start this amazing journey along a very exposed and challenging path. After going over the stone wall one discovers a staggered path in a poor state of repair which will take you to the next elegant d’es Tudons vantage point. Alongside the hotel terrace the start of the path runs on a paved stretch in a very poor state with a gentle downward slope. At a forking of paths select the option on the left. Then immediately at another fork follow to the left trail towards the Beat Ramon Llull chapel. From the chapel go up a few steps and continue along the slope linking to the same path as before. Continue to the left until one reaches the same fork but this time disregard the option on the left (which one selected going to the Chapel) and continue until Miramar on the right an enigmatic enclave which despite being situated near the road lies unnoticed hiding away in the lushness of its beautiful gardens.

Further on the path runs on a paved stretch in a very poor state with a gentle downward slope. At this time after some fallen pine trees which make the thoroughfare difficult one is presented with the next vantage point aka the d’es Pi or d’es Corb Vantage Point as the Archduke called it. With panoramic views as vertiginous as they are breath-taking at your feet. To the west one will see the estate of s’Estaca standing out for its white colour on the green of its malvasía vineyards and the blue of the sea. From the vantage point looking back over the same steps one will resume the path and immediately meet two options. Disregard the path that diverts to the right marked by small obelisks one and select the option on the left which diverts to a quit dangerous path. The trail continues in a straight line and is in reality the Camí de Sa Torre path.

Exposed to the abyss one goes along a long precipice and a cable tied to the rock will help you not to fall headlong into the abyss. Continue down this challenging path which winds between pines trees that fight to be straight and soon to the north one can view Sa Foradada. In the meantime one carry on walking against this vertiginous backdrop until the path has made ground up the mountain and after some steps one comes across “Els predissos de sa font de s’Hermitanet” which are sheltered by a small cave. Recovering the path one had left behind and at a fork on the right one goes up the little path that rises at the base of a holm oak. Between scrubland, pines trees and cliffs Camí de Sa Torre runs along Comellar de Sa Rota where the path takes on in a lush helm oak grove. Once left on the right the remains of Pedrissos de s’Entreforc and immediately after ruling out another path which diverts to the left one will enter the beautiful property of Miramar to behold Pontets de Sa Font Coberta built by the Archduke constituting one of the most representative examples of the hydraulic heritage of Sierra de Tramuntana. Said construction consists of thirteen bridges arranged transversally along a series of terraces. Referring to each of the 12 disciples and Jesus Christ they were built to be able to cross the stream of Sa Font Cuberta and thereby be able to cultivate the terraces of the two parts of the stream.

After crossing a holm oak area the route follows a steep ascent via Ses Coves de Ponent in which the route rises along a cornice on some steps which were excavated in the same rock and whilst one leaves behind incredible views in the blue of the sea prevails. Once one has reached the summit of the cliff one will be situated right opposite the houses and gardens of the Miramar property today reconverted into a museum. Entering the Miramar Monastery will require a previous visit to its museum. Further on the Ses Coves de Ponent and alongside a pool of water that remains dry the majority of the year there lies Vantage point del Guix which affords clear views of the area of the same name and Sa Foradada. From the vantage point if one looks towards the north between the silvery green of the olive grove one can make out another vantage point; “The Vantage point of sa Ferradura”.

After a break one leaves behind the “Vantage point of all Vantage points” so named by the Archduke. The path comes out after a few minutes into the helm oak grove and then at a fork which is hard to see the route abandons the amazing path d’es Guix or de la Mar which keeps diverting to the right descending and which for around 40’ would take you to the sea near a quarry from which plaster was extracted. Within the thickness of a cool helm oak grove and without any path after once again getting around the same stream which further above goes round Pontets de sa Font Coberta the route is finally incorporated into Camí nou de s’Estaca which derives further above at the base of the before mentioned chapel.

Henceforth vegetation eats up the path or what remains of its and the route on occasions is very exposed starts a sharp descent to the west on a stony slippery path.
One passes by the final vantage point on the path the Es Figueral Vantage point endowed with a very simple design and in quadrangular shape which dominates the Miramar coast. The layout gradually improves with the aid of a few parapets made using the dry stone walling technique.

Camí Nou de s’Estaca ends and comes out onto Camí de Ses Vinyes which presents itself in the form of a paved track and at the next curve one runs into an enticing path “És camí de la mar” which starts on the right and which would take you along the d’es Guix area as far as Sa Foradada. One leaves this option for another occasion and after a comfortable descent via said asphalt track one discovers a seaside village which will captivate us. Es Caló de s’Estaca was the shelter of fishermen for years though today they have been converted into summer homes. The image as a whole seems to have been frozen in time external to the rest of the world. In this coastal area survival was never easy and man depending on his resources and the sea was devoted to fishing or agriculture. It would not be possible to abandon these spots without taking a bath in its crystal-clear water and enjoying the peacefulness of the spot.

Following the same route one returns to the crossroads of Camí de ses Vinyes and after ascending a few paces more one is surprised by the property of s’ Estaca. Finally follow the new Estaca track and this final part of the route will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most comfortable on the journey. After an adobe wall one bids farewell to the landmark property of s’Estaca and its beautiful malvasía vines. Then one runs into some metallic barriers which one crosses on the right. After Ses Cases d’es Sementer de sa Garrovera one runs into a beautiful residential villa Sa Font Figuera derives from a rushing stream which flows between the houses of the property and the sea. Whilst the walls d’es Teix are raised in the background with its alpine majesty over a cliff another vantage point will draw your attention namely the Erassa vantage point. After two lime kilns Camí de Ses Vinyes runs out into the road of Port of Valldemossa which one descend until reaching the final destination.

Available Accommodations
Price

Availabble all year round:

Price Example:

Accommodation in Hotel Puerto Marina in Puerto de Soller

Accommodation with Breakfast in Double Room & Private Transfer Turn/Return Airport – Hotel: Prices From: Pr Day 2 Persons: 92,00 – 640,00 Euros 2 Persons – 8 Days/7 Nights.

Full booking management

Full itinerary of the route.

Optional:

Guided Tours on Hiking Trails

Boat Excursions along the Coast.

Excursions to Palma de Mallorca and other places on the island

Tickets to Veteran Train Soller – Palma de Mallorca

Cancellation Insurance

Extra night: 92 €/2 Person

Individual room supplement: 130 €/person

Half board supplement: 70 €/person

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