This circular walk starts in Valldemossa, a beautifully preserved village, which is a 30 minute transfer by minivan from Soller and Port Soller. It rewards the walker with magnificent views over the western coastline and offers an insight into the life of one of the island’s famous residents, Archduke Ludwig Salvador.
Shortly after arriving in Valldemossa, enter the Muntanya del Voltor, a preserved woodland and join the Cami de ses Basses. Pass onto land which once formed part of the Son Marroig estate of the Archduke and is now public land and ascend a mountainside covered in holm oak trees with views over Valldemossa.
The path continues to the Mirador de ses Basses, from where you can see the village of Banyalbufar and then descends into the Cairats Valley. Here, see evidence of the people who once lived in the woods. There are the ruins of stone homes, a lime kiln and several charcoal hearths. The guide will explain the significance and the history surrounding them.
Near the top of the valley, pause at the cave of the hermit monk who lived there in the eighteenth century. There is the chance to explore inside the cave.
Shortly after, join the Archduke’s trail. The purpose-built stone path snakes around the ridgeline for nearly 2 kilometres. It towers high above the cliffs offering unrivalled views to Port Soller to the north and Sa Foradada and Banyalbufar to the south. Looking to the east, see part of the central island plain and Palma. The highest point reached on the path is the Puig es Caragoli at 945 metres.
At the end of the ridge the trail winds its way down through a rocky lunar landscape and into the holm oak forest of the neighbouring valley, descending on old mule tracks. By mid-afternoon, completethe return to Valldemossa where you will have time for refreshments before returning to Soller / Port Soller.