Path of the Archduke
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John H
Toronto, Canada66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The hike itself is well worth it, but as so many have commented, it almost seems like the local authority doesn't really want you there. I did the loop starting and ending in Valdemossa. The signage leaves a lot to be desired, but if you get lucky enough to get out of the forest and onto the upper portion of the trail, it provides you with wonderful views of Palma, Deia, the Med and much of the island.
Written 2 June 2024
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Elizabeth D
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Easy to follow trail that we began from the Tourist Centre in Valldemossa. Intriguing history behind the trail and the archduke who created it. You begin to realize that the landscape and history are completely entwined in Mallorca which makes it all the more interesting.
Written 5 April 2024
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Lindzi
Cambridge, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A fantastic hike which has breathtaking views of both Port de Soller and Palma from the famous ridge as well as wild goats, ancient holm oak woodland and shaded picnic spots on the cliff edge. However, due to recent damage from the February storms, some of the paths have been damaged, particularly towards Deia and you will need a permit to enter areas of the path which go through 'conservation protected areas.' As a solo female traveler, I recommend doing this hike with a tour group and if you start in Valldemossa, you can take advantage of the great bakeries open as early as 7am to get a freshly made sandwich for the picnic.
Written 25 April 2023
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BarbicanFrog
London, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This is one of the most spectacular hikes in Europe but you need to be mindful of access issues and the truly dire way marking. We have walked this area many times and strongly recommend it but you need to be confident of your ability to search out a route and be happy on some steep, unstable paths. A few years ago a large part of the area above Valldemossa became subject to restricted access. Many of the paths are very good but they can switch from wide, stone paths to narrow, leaf covered routes down very steep slopes with little advance notice. By far the best paths up are through the restricted area.

You need to contact the Montanya de Voltor organisation for access at least 48 hours in advance - but note you can ask them earlier than this. The restricted area is well worth getting a permit. The easiest way is to use WharsApp on +34 619 59 19 85 - you just need to give names and the date you want.

In theory there are routes up to the start of the Cami de Archiduc that stay outside the restricted area but we have found they are badly signed and hard to follow even if you know the area.

Lots of people have already mentioned this is strenuous hiking so I won’t repeat that but in recent years the old signage and paint marking (which was good) has been replaced with sparse and inadequate fancier signs that are restricted to major junctions. Many path names and points of reference such as the colls have been changed so most walking guides are out of date. Some paths are indistinct especially on steep sections. In all cases small cairns will mark the route if it is not clear but you have to pay close attention; if you are unfamiliar with the area and/or the cloud comes down it would be a challenge. We walked down the Cami des Basses this afternoon and there was one sign at the top and one towards the very bottom - the rest was unmarked other than small cairns in the most challenging parts.

For whatever reason the local district seems to want to discourage hikers - poor maps/rubbish way marking etc in stark contrast to most of the rest of Mallorca. Don’t let it stop you as it is worth every bit of effort.
Written 26 April 2022
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Christian Steen
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Great hike but bring your GPS as the trail is sometimes hard to spot. Views are all worth the steep up hill trails in the beginning.
Written 26 July 2019
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vistablue
Surrey, UK345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Superb walk, certainly one of the best in Majorca. We climbed up from one if the car parks off the main road going through Valldemossa. There is also parking on some of the residential roads near the sportsground, closer to the start of the path.

After travelling along the path for about 20 minutes, you arrive at a junction with the main route seemingly going around to the right. The path on the left goes past a wooden hut; when we visited it was manned and walkers were not allowed to enter without a permit (apparently only a few are allowed to go through each day, apply for a permit in advance). This left hand path leads to the Mirador de Can Costa where the Archduke had a viewpoint built, protected by a stone wall. The right hand path winds its way up to the Archduke's path at the top of the ridge coming out near Caragoli, one of the peaks. Access is free, no permit required. The easy to follow path climbs to an airy viewpoint, below the main ridge/plateau. The path (now less distinct) then climbs through the trees and up onto the plateau itself - several routes appear to cross this relatively flat area - keep heading forward until you reach the Archduke's path which runs along the northern edge of the plateau.

I would recommend that you turn left at the Archduke's path - this is the most 'interesting' and attractive part of the walk. Caragoli, the main peak on this section is a short distance away, not long after on the right is a path that drops down to Deia. Continuing along, the archdukes path becomes a ridge walk with a precipice on the right and the land dropping away (less steeply) on the left. Note the path itself is broad and well maintained. A final summit is reached where the path climbs, somewhat reminiscent of Jacobs Ladder, into the heavens. Looking back, it is possible to see the path winding its way back towards Caragoli. Ahead is Talaua Vella with a mountain hut built at the time of the archduke just below. Continuing, the path drops down to a hermit's cave, which is worth a look, if unoccupied.

The Archduke's path then goes across a wooden style above a stone wall, however there are warning signs that the land is private with restricted access. Personally, I would have liked to continue across the style and onto Talaia Vella and the later viewpoint of Mirador de Can Costa. However, I instead followed others in front down a path which was still under construction. The path was less distinct and after about 10 - 15 minutes, goes down a rather difficult steep rocky section. The route then winds around and comes out on the path climbed earlier in the day, above the wooden hut. I found this last section disappointing, the authorities need to ensure that the full length of the path is available to all to enjoy.

Written 21 June 2019
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Valerie P
Croydon, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Just come back from Ramblers holiday in Majorca which was amazing and the Archdukes trail was one of the walks, quite hard in places but the views were fantastic and I am so pleased we did it. Well done Ramblers
Written 18 May 2019
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Lungfruit
United States2,938 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Yes, it’s a little tricky to find the start, but it’s worth the effort! Once you get to the building, with the man in it, you can go left or right there. Either way will take you. The views from the ridge are amazing! It’s a fun afternoon. It could be windy and cool on top so dress appropriately. The trail is not well marked in some places so pay attention to the cairns. Due to some steep sections it can be tricky. If you are afraid of heights than you’ll be challenged walking on the sections with long drop offs.
Written 5 November 2018
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Ptripping
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Walking along cliff where Traumantana mountains drop into the ocean is breathtaking. Once you ascend you can amble along the edge peering below to the blue ocean.
Written 14 June 2018
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Marie
Sweden100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
We went from Valldemossa to Deia. Not the best signs so it was Easy to get a little lost trying to find the way down to Deia. Beautiful views, will definately go again.
Written 1 April 2018
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