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The Archdukes Way in Valldemossa is a very special walk.

Who was the Archduke? Answer : Luis Salvador,  Archduke of Austria, who first laid eyes on Valldemossa high in the Tramuntana mountain range in 1867. Captivated by the sheer majesty of the landscape, he knew immediately he had found his piece of heaven.

In the decades that followed, he restored houses and estates, created gardens and dedicated himself to preserving the natural beauty of this special corner of Mallorca.

View are magnificent on The Archdukes Way - Mallorca

The Archduke´s legacy includes the spectacular path he had constructed high above Valldemossa. Known as The Archdukes Way ( or Cami de s’Arxiduc) this is a circular path with the most sublime views over the coast and onwards towards Deia. It is one of the iconic walks of Mallorca and is a must-do for walkers.

Archdukes Way view from the top - Mallorca

The walk is fairly challenging, the full circuit takes about 5 hours, but the rewards are immense.

There is a shorter alternative which takes about 3.5 hours if you do not have time for the full circuit.

Leaving Valldemossa, the path winds steeply up through the olive trees and holm oaks eventually reaching the Coll de Son Gallard at 766 metres .

Continuing to climb towards the crest , the views of the coast and the breathtaking Tramuntana range begin to unfold. We soon arrived at the most amazing part of the walk , the curving cliff-top corniche with views to Sa Foradada on the coast way below. Nina, our guide from Mallorca Hiking, told us to keep watch for the impressive black vultures as this area is a protected reserve for them.

Black Vultures Majorca - The Archdukes Way Mallorca

Our picnic lunch spot on The Archdukes Way was near the high point on the walk Puig Caragoli at 945m. From here the route descends taking in the viewpoint of Puig Gros at 938m and from there we were pleased to discover it was downhill all the way. The path descends to the Refugi de Son Moragues, down the valley of Es Cairats, passing the Son Gual estate and finally back into Valldemossa.

The Archdukes Ridge walk - Mallorca

Sitting down in a café in Valldemossa we were tired but elated. Without our guide we would have missed so much, the native mountain goats scrambling along the precipitous rocks, the hermit’s cave ( Cova de s’Ermita Guiem) and much more besides.

As we toasted our achievement with an ice cold cerveza, we had only one question for Nina, where to next ?

Nina and her professional and knowledgable team at Mallorca Hiking organise both tailor-made and open group itineraries scheduled for specific dates listed on their website.

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