Path of the Archduke
Path of the Archduke
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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 April 25, 2023
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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 June 2, 2024
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rfurball
Portland, OR5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Update on what has already been written. So, yes, difficult, beautiful hike over interesting terrain. If you start in Valldemosa give yourself at least 4 hrs maybe 5 with time to get lost and not run out of daylight (stressful) The hike is at the end of Ses Oliveres street at the chain. They do control how many visitors so best to call in advance before just showing up - you may get turned back. This was the number when we went in April 2016 - 34-619591985. Our hotel in Palma had to call hotels in Deia to find this info but Deia hotel very helpful. Beginning of trail is fairly well marked. Trail to Deia is not. As you are on the crest and just beginning descent there is a post (no sign) and Cairns (piles of rocks) marking the trail to the left. If you get to a very large cairns at jxn of Cami de l'Arxidue and Cami des Fontanelles (I think and signs are there though one was on ground) you went too far (we did). So assuming you find trail to Deia continue to look for little cairns (rock people) all the way down and you'll get to Deia having earned your libation. Well worth the effort.
Written April 30, 2016
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AbracadabraEngland
England206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Ignore any advice from the tourist office.
Park on the road leading up to the check in post
below the track up to Ermita cave and Pla des Pouet. Cross over the chain by the roadside zed up the track 500 to the hut and ranger. Great English, German, Spanish from the guy we met.He will advise on your route, explain the conservation programme and record your details. FREE of charge!
If you wish to do the Archduke trail then off you go. It is popular.

However up the trail to the west is a conservation area with controlled access. You need to arrange access by telephoning checking out the valdemossa at procustodia stop org to visit the three miradors that this area has now under supervision.
The Archduke trail is a super ridge walk, think CMD ridge on Ben Nevin but built to take horses and mules. Easy and very safe, kids will love it. Ermita cave is and curiosity. The walk down to Pont des Pol has lots of interesting interpretation notices about the lime kilns, ice houses etc.
Just a great day, took us two 64 years old just over 3.5 hours including lunch stops, views stops, lacing up stops and being generally bumbly!
Written November 5, 2015
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Bryony M
Monpazier, France178 contributions
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Sep 2014 • Friends
We took this route twice - once on a relatively short circular walk and once en route for Deia. As has been said by other reviewers, it is not to be taken lightly - particularly, as was the case for us, when the weather is hot. Water is vital, as is steady pacing. BUT it is well worth the effort. The scenery and the views are amazing. The path is fantastically constructed and maintained and makes finding your route pretty easy. Do be aware of the vertiginous heights reached and the sheer drop down towards Deia and the far coast line! Although you are never in any danger, the edge seems very close indeed - certainly not a place for small children or exuberant dogs!
Written September 21, 2014
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BarbicanFrog
London, UK20 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 April 26, 2022
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vistablue
Surrey, UK340 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 June 21, 2019
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Pinnervillager
Pinner, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
We were travelling by Public Bus from Palma. Be aware that there are far fewer busses from Deia to Palma than from Validemossa to Palma and they get full so if you hope to pick up a bus back from Deia you ought to factor in a taxi ride back @ $40 + in case they are full.
We started at Deia for this reason - but most don't. If you want breakfast before you start get off the bus in village centre but if not get off at the stop at the bottom of the hill just before the village.
The start of the path is not signposted but you walk up the hill up the access road to The hotel Es Moli (it's on your right as you climb up towards the village) and keep climbing up the road which serves other properties.
Eventually you get to a fixed timber gate which you have to climb over and you are on your way.
The way up is very steep with the path crisis crossing backwards and forwards as you go up the slope and is overhung by trees. It was dry when we went up in October but path could get very slippy if wet. It's not always clear where path goes but there are some pink marks and other walkers have built stone cairns to indicate the right path.
You think you are never going to reach the top but eventually the path opens up and you start up an open rocky slope.
At the top a path which runs from right to left you have the option of shorter route turn right which goes along the coast or a longer route to the right ( which we did not take)
The way to Validemossa is clearer and you are likely to see walkers coming the other way. It is a partial ridge walk but you then start on a long decent. Near the end of the walk they were doing work to the path and whilst we could take a direct route it looks like they may restrict access in future for environmental reasons. You cold still get to Validemossa by a more circuitous route. There is an information hut at the end of the track by Carrer Oliveres where you can obtain a map if you want to do the walk the other way round!
Written October 12, 2016
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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 July 26, 2019
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fisher157
Toronto, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
we hiked with a guide which was useful as there are many alternates to take However it is all well marked and mapped and in the end you cant get lost.....just go down! we were a group of 75 year olds who are fit and active but one of our members limps on a dead foot and was able to handle the terrain
Written May 12, 2017
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