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Valdemossa Loop - Archduke's Pass

· 2 reviews · Hiking trail · Mallorca
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  • Take a break and enjoy the scenery at the intersection of Deia and Valldemossa Trail
    / Take a break and enjoy the scenery at the intersection of Deia and Valldemossa Trail
    Photo: Iain Douglas, Macs Adventure
  • Take your time walking up the steep winding road as you make your way to the top
    / Take your time walking up the steep winding road as you make your way to the top
    Photo: Iain Douglas, Macs Adventure
  • Looping ascent on the Archduke ridge pass
    / Looping ascent on the Archduke ridge pass
    Photo: Iain Douglas, Macs Adventure
  • Deep blue skies as we near the highest point of the today's walk
    / Deep blue skies as we near the highest point of the today's walk
    Photo: Iain Douglas, Macs Adventure
  • Get used to the amazing 360 degree views along the ridge!
    / Get used to the amazing 360 degree views along the ridge!
    Photo: Iain Douglas, Macs Adventure
  • Overview of Valldemossa
    / Overview of Valldemossa
    Photo: Iain Douglas, Macs Adventure
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Enjoy spectacular coastal views and glimpses into traditional mountain industries, passing several charcoal ovens and lime kilns. 

moderate
13 km
5:00 h
638 m
638 m

This is a glorious walk that uses the GR221 waking route to take you through a shaded gorge before climbing up to the plateau. Once there, you will follow the Cami d’Arxiduc along the stunning ridge, before making your way back down to Valldemossa. A truly rewarding walk that gives you amazing views of both North and South coasts of the island. Underfoot you will find a mixture of quiet tarmac roads, shaded forest trails and gorge pathways, before you find yourself on the fine stone path across the plateau and then along the ridge. The ascents are steep and long but the surfaces are good, and the paths and tracks are all well-defined. 

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Author
Angus Smith
Updated: June 24, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
927 m
Lowest point
408 m

Safety information

The ridge section, while perfectly safe under normal conditions, is however exposed, and if the forecast is for strong winds then you should seek local advice prior to your departure. 

Tips, hints and links

Points of Interest: 

Cami de l’Arxiduc  

Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria (1847-1915), who chose to make Mallorca his home, was known as a champion for Mallorca's wildlife, in an era when the term "conservation" meant nothing. Ludwig settled in Mallorca, buying up abandoned areas of land in order to preserve and enjoy them. His legacy includes the wonderful pathway (Cami de l’Arxiduc) that you will be using for most of today’s walk.

 

His main residence of Son Marroig, near the village of Deià, is now a museum, and much of what was his property now belongs to the American actor Michael Douglas - notably the Moorish style palace 'S'Estaca' that Ludwig converted from a ruined old manor house.

 

He is still held in high esteem, and the Govern de les Illes Balears (the local government body for the islands) held major celebrations on the centenary of his death during 2015.

 

Food & Drink

Valldemossa is well served with cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as a supermarket on Carrer Marques de Vivot (near the beginning of your walking route for today). There are no facilities on the route itself, and as this is a long walk it is essential that you take a packed lunch, snacks and plenty water for the day. 

Start

Valdemossa (410 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
39.709500, 2.622601
UTM
31S 467649 4395583

Destination

Valdemossa

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional turn-by-turn route notes. We are have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Reviews

4.0
(2)
Markus Werner
October 28, 2017 · Community
Nice track but not easy. Sometimes the route is full of stones. But the experience is amazing. In the middle we decided to take a short cut.
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Samstag, 28. Oktober 2017, 16:22 Uhr
Photo: Markus Werner, Community

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
638 m
Descent
638 m
Scenic Cultural/historical value

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