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Enjoy magnificent mountain and coastal scenery on a trail across Mallorca's Tramuntana mountains from Valldemossa to Pollenca. Stretching across northern Mallorca, the mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana offer outstanding scenery and magnificent walking. Follow the Archduke’s Path with views of the Mediterranean far below. Visit the beautiful monastery at Lluc, situated in a peaceful mountain location.
The 4-star Sóller Beach Hotel is located on the beachfront of Puero de Sóller with views across the bay to the majestic mountains of the Serra du Tramuntana beyond. The hotel is very near shops and facilities of the resort and just a few minutes walk to the beach. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment and now offers our guests a high standard of comfort with a contemporary twist.
|Hotel Sóller Beach has 71 comfortable en-suite bedrooms.
All bedrooms have:
|The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool in a small garden with some seating.
Our holidays at Hotel Sóller Beach are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
There is an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a self-select buffet.
Hotel Sóller Beach provides a three-course meal with choices. There will be a vegetarian option but if you have any special dietary requirements we recommend that you discuss your preferences with the hotel management.
There is also a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine, and spirits.
Lunch (payable locally)
You could buy lunch ingredients from one of the many shops in Puerto de Sóller. On some days it may be possible to buy ingredients or eat in a local café during the day; your leaders will advise you of all the options.
Each evening your leaders will tell you about the next day's activities and answer any questions you may have.
During the evening you may like to join in an optional organised evening activity, such as a quiz or take a walk on the beach if the weather permits.
Day 1: Arrival at Puerto de Sóller
Arrive in the town of Puerto de Sóller, where you will be staying
Day 2: Valldemossa to Deià
Our starting point is the pretty village of Valldemossa, situated in a valley of deep mountain slopes on the western part of the Tramuntana mountain range. Some of the most famous occupants of the town were Chopin and his mistress George Sand who spent a winter in the monastery here. From the town, we quickly join the aptly named ‘Dry Stone Way’ and ascend to enjoy wonderful panoramic and far-reaching views from the Archduke’s Path. Following some glimpses of today’s goal far below us, we begin our descent through the trees to Deià and our coach.11km (7 miles) with 600m (2,000ft) of ascent and 780m (2,600ft) of descent.
Day 3: Deià to Sóller Beach Hotel
We will take the coach to Deià, a picturesque old town which spills down a hillside surrounded by farming terraces created over 1,000 years ago by the Moors. After following the island’s north coast past pretty coves, our route ascends into isolated farmland and tracks past orange and olive groves.We can enjoy views of Puerto de Sóller’s sweeping bay before descending down to the seafront and walking back to the hotel. 16km (10 miles) with 390m (1,300ft) of ascent and 540m (1,800ft) of descent.
Day 4: Sóller Beach Hotel to Embassament de Cúber
We begin either by walking to Sóller on foot or by catching the delightful tram from Puerto de Soller’s waterfront. From Sóller’s quaint town square, a scenic half an hour’s walk takes us to the tiny old stone village of Biniaraix, passing orchards and farmland criss-crossed with ancient irrigation channels and dry-stone walls. As we leave the village and head up the river valley, the terrain steepens rapidly and we begin our most challenging ascent of the week passing near the dramatic Gorge of Can Catí, a popular canyoning destination. Stunning views will accompany us on our way up to the top, the Coll de L’Ofre at 2,870 feet (875 metres). From here, surrounded by peaks, we enjoy a gentle descent along the river valley of Binimorat to the shores of the beautiful Embassament de Cúber, the Cúber reservoir, where our walk ends today. 19km (12 miles) with 990m (3,300ft) of ascent and 240m (800ft) of descent.
Day 5: Free day
With opportunities to visit Palma, or relax by the pool or beach.
Day 6: Embassment de Cúber to Lluc Monastery
Today we spend a full day in the wild and wonderful Serra de Tramuntana Mountains. From the Cúber reservoir we follow the Canal de Embassments as it skirts beneath dramatic mountains. We then turn towards the mighty Puig de Massanella and ascend to the Coll des Prat just beneath the summit, reaching the highest point of our holiday at 3,936 feet (1,200 metres). From here the views are outstanding. We descend via a series of switchbacks to our final destination the Monestir de Nostra Senyora de Lluc, the Monastery of Our Lady of Lluc, the spiritual centre of Mallorca and a place of pilgrimage for over 800 years. 16km (10 miles) with 630m (2,100ft) of ascent and 840m (2,800ft) of descent.
Day 7: Lluc Monastery to Pollença
Our final day starts with a short climb up from Lluc to the Coll Pelat from where we will have a great view of the monastery complex and surrounding mountains. We then traverse the mountain round to the Coll des Pedregaret and begin our steady descent down from the mountains to the Vall d’en Marc, the valley floor. We follow the river along the valley to our final destination of the week, Pollença. Founded by the Romans the town still has much of its old-world charm with narrow twisting streets and charming stone houses. The pride and joy of the town is its Via Crucis (“The Way of the Cross”) a long steep and beautiful stone stairway graced by ancient cypress trees. However with 365 steps it might be too much of a challenge at the end of our trail!. 19km (12 miles) with 240m (800ft) of ascent and 750m (2,500ft) of descent.
Day 8: Departure Day
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors
An introduction to the area
Since the 1960s, Mallorca has been a popular package tour destination and each year millions of Britons head for the island’s main resorts to enjoy their week in the sun. Increasingly, however, the island is being recognised for its beautiful countryside. With an excellent year-round climate and splendid mountain scenery, it provides the ideal location for a spring or autumn holiday.
Our base is the attractive coastal town of Puerto de Sóller whose buildings line the promenade around the horseshoe shaped cove. The island’s northern coastline is particularly dramatic.
Inland rise the splendid mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana. The lower slopes are richly planted with groves of olives and oranges, which steadily give way to evergreen forests and the open mountainsides beyond.
Palma, the capital of Mallorca, is easily reached by taking the tram to Sóller and then using the vintage electric railway from Sóller to Palma. The train journey across the island takes about an hour and makes an enjoyable activity in its own right. Once in Palma the historical city centre can be easily explored on foot.
Places of particular interest in Palma include:
The Cathedral, built in gothic splendour some 500 years ago, is known as the Seo by the Mallorcans. Look out for the Puerta del Mirador (an opening in the wall facing the sea) designed by Guillem Sangrera, the Trinity Chapel and the Royal Chapel. The side chapels and the cathedral museum are good examples of baroque architecture.
The Almudaina, or royal palace, where the king and queen of Mallorca once lived, was constructed on the remains of the Muslim castle (free entry on Wednesdays for EU passport holders).
The Lonja houses the provincial fine art museum and is one of the best examples of city gothic architecture in the Mediterranean area. The building was also designed by Guillem Sangrera.
The Paseo del Borne is the main thoroughfare in the old part of Palma. You will see medieval buildings flanked by elegant palace facades as well as 19th century apartments. These palaces were mostly built in the 17th and 18th century and they give the city a noble, rich and vaguely Italian air due to the influence of the Venetians from Genoa and Venice.
Valldemossa - an attractive town to the southwest of Sóller which is also visited as part of the walking programme. However you may wish to explore the town more fully on your free day. The former Moorish hamlet of Valldemossa retains all the old charm of an ancient Mallorcan village, with its narrow winding streets and rustic stone houses. Originally the site of a Moorish palace, the buildings were later the retreat of King Sancho. Later, Carthusian monks built a monastery and when they were expelled from Spain in 1835, private owners took over the monastery and rented the cells to travellers. This is where Chopin and George Sand lived in 1838, occupying cells in the Monastery soon after the Monks left.
Boat trips - boats depart regularly from the marina and will take you along the coast to the beach at Sa Colobra. This is a magnificent stretch of coast and this boat journey will give you a totally different view of where you may have been walking. Once at Sa Calobra it is possible to visit the magnificent gorge of Torrent de Pareis.
Shops & facilities:
There are plenty of shops, bars and cafes in Puerto de Sóller, and the market on Saturdays in Sóller is also fun to browse around. Two small shops, close to the entrance of the hotel sell bread rolls, local cheeses and salamis which make ideal lunch snacks. In general not much English is spoken by shopkeepers and restaurant staff, but a smile and a few words of Spanish work wonders!
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle flights to Palma airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 45 minutes to the Sóller Beach Hotel
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport. Mallorca’s capital, Palma, is very well connected to the UK.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
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Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights’ Half Board accommodation
- Transport to and from the walking route
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays' Trails leader
- ‘With flight’ holidays include transfers to and from Palma airport
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £21 per night (2017)
- Authorities in the Balearic Islands of Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca have introduced a Sustainable Tourism Tax on tourists visiting the islands which the government will use to help preserve their natural beauty and cultural heritage. As a result, a charge of €1.65 per person, per night, on all overnight stays in 4-star tourist accommodation has now come into force and will be applicable to your stay. It will need to be paid directly at your hotel and we would advise our customers to be prepared to pay upon arrival, although the hotel may allow you to add this to the final room bill.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person