Walking in the Bodega RibasSóller Valley is a must for walkers of all ages and abilities.
Dozens of clearly-signposted walking routes criss-cross the valley taking hikers to the very heart of the Tramuntana and revealing scenery and views that simply cannot be beaten.
The walk I have chosen ( allow about 3 leisurely hours ) rewards you with fantastic views over the Sóller valley and takes in three picturesque towns and villages, Sóller, Biniaraix and Fornalutx .
Towering above you on this walk are the craggy peaks of the Tramuntana, the Mediterranean sea visible in the distance, the lush citrus groves and terraces of olive trees making this a truly magical route through a unique landscape.
Starting in the centre of Sóller, the walk takes you along Carrer de sa Lluna. Try hard not to be distracted by the many interesting little shops along what is the town´s main shopping street.
Passing out of Sóller in minutes, you follow the Carrer de s´Alqueria des Comte (featuring a striking modernist building Ca Na Luisa at the crossroads) and you then walk along a small rural lane, over the torrent and up to the village of Biniaraix itself. Make sure to turn off the asphalt road and walk up the ancient cobbled steps into the small plaza housing just the Church and a couple of cafés, Bar Bodega and Cafe Es Barranc. Stop for a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice and enjoy the tranquility.
Head behind the old village washing station ( rentadores) at the top of the village and start to climb out of the valley along an asphalt country lane, Cami Vell de Monnaber, where the views just get better and better as you wind your way upwards.
Up Up Up, taking in the views at every turn and spying Fornalutx across the valley. After some 30 minutes, you will see a sign for the village of Fornalutx and a set of ancient steps to guide you down. This is the Cami des Creuer.
Passing through olive and citrus groves, you will arrive at the village where there are plenty of opportunities for a well deserved beverage.
Heading out of Fornalutx, you will past it´s historic cemetery, well worth a short stop, and then follow the path down to Sóller through ancient woods, the tiny hamlet of Binibassi, and finally down country lanes back to the centre of Sóller again.
This is not a difficult walk, although the climb up out of Biniaraix is a little steep. The route for the most part is on well marked paths or quiet asphalt roads.
The rewards of walking in the Sóller Valley are immense.
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