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La Ruta de la Pedra en Sec - Majorca

La Ruta de la Pedra en Sec - Majorca
Number of days : 8
Price : On request

In November 2011, a friend of mine asked me to join him for a recognition trip to the island of Majorca in the Mediterranean Baleares islands … “ I didn’t know there were mountains in Majorca !” I said. How amazed was I when I discovered breath-taking landscapes of mountains and sea views, when I felt the comforting warmth of the Mediterranean sun, when I tasted the juicy fresh picked oranges, when I took a boat ride and enjoyed a dip in the sea at the end of my hike, or even indulged myself with a fresh, home-made sangria before dinner… It was pure happiness! Sierra Tramuntana is the perfect spring destination. A colourful and exotic hiking choice in a superb and temperate seashore environment.

 

This destination is not scheduled for this summer, however :
If you're a group of friends, you can ask for a "private formula", and have your own guide !
Advantages : Exclusive guide - Choose your departure date - Flexibility all along the trip.

For any further information, please contact
Déborah.

The detailed route will come soon ...

Day 1 : ARRIVING IN PALMA DE MAJORQUE - NIGHT IN SANT ELM
We meet at 16H00 in Palma airport and transfer to Sant Elm (one hour drive approximately) where we stay for the next 2 nights. the Majorcan landscape comes into view revealing its incredible diversity. We soon get away from the tourist crowds, and come across orchards and olive tree plantations. The terrain becomes steeper as we reach the higher mountainous countryside. Down below, we can see the charming and peacefull Sant Elm harbour neatly huddled against the foot of the Sierra Tramuntana.Hôtel Dragonera

Day 2 : LA TRAPA                                                                                                                            
Today’s hike follows the coastline. Sa Dragonera Island is just across the bay. Our trail runs along the top of the high sea cliffs until the renovated Sa Trapa‘s monastery. After admiring this beautiful setting, we get back to Sant Elm across the land and enjoy more views of the mountains. As we get closer to Serra Tramuntana, the air fills up with the first mountain scents … Night in Sant Elm.
Up/Down : 650 m / Hiking Time : 5 H 00

Day 3 : DEIÀ - PUERTO SOLLER
We transfer to Deià (2h approx.). Along the way the coastline we come across quiet and flowery villages, surrounded by terrace crops and traditional stonewalls. We make a halt at Chartreuse de Valdemossa, the monastery where George Sand and Frederich Chopin came to stay. We leave Cala Deià and continue along the coast on GR 221, taking us a little further into the tierras. This old road shows the remains of an ancient traditional lifestyle, old farms, fountains, old miner’s silos…The trail continues towards Cap Gros Lighthouse and to Muleta refuge, looking down to the sea just below. We hike down to Puerto Soller, a small harbour nestled into a beautiful bay, surrounded by mountains. We will stay at Hotel Miramar for the next 3 nights.
Up : 330 m / Down : 400 m / Hiking Time : 4 H 30

Day 4 : CALA TUENT - PUERTO SOLLER
After a short transfer to Barques Mirador, we hike to Tuent Cove. The hike along the coastline is gorgeous. At first, the trail meanders through hundred year olds olive plantations, to later s with some of the most beautiful views of the northern part of the island. After a short transfer with our minivan, we arrive in Sa Colabra and hike (or go for a swim?) up the final section of the well-known Paret creek and canyon. We get back to Puerto Soller by boat (1h30 approx.).
Up : 220 m / Down : 680 m / Hiking Time : 5 H 00

Day 5 : SOLLER - LAC DE CUBER
We leave Puerto Soller in the touristic wooden train heading to the colourful village of Soller. After walking through the Art Nouveau streets of Soller, we connect onto GR 221 leading across the Binairaix plain amidst orange and lemon orchards. We gradually gain elevation and reach Offre mountain pass. From there we can either reach the summit of Puig de l’Offre or hike down to Cuber Lake. The view is absolutely fantastic ! Above the grazing herds of cows and goats, we may get a chance to watch one a the many birds of prey (i.e. eagle, black vulture or falcon) of the region. We return to Puerto Soller by minivan.
Up : 900 m / Down : 100 m / Hiking Time : 5 H 00

Day 6 : CUBER - MONASTÈRE DE LLUCH
After a short morning transfer we head out on GR 221 again. We are now deep into the high mountains of Serra Tramuntana. The landscape is made of eroded limestone peaks, round hills, oak tree forests, ice wells ... Majorcan summits are all around us : Puig Major, Massanella, Puig de l’Offre, Es Tossals …We follow a network of ancient and well-maintained trails to get to the legendary Lluc Monastery, our hotel for the night.
Up : 550 m / Down : 680 m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30

Day 7 : MONASTÈRE DE LLUCH - CAP FORMENTOR - PUERTO POLLENÇA
We continue into the mountains and hike over 2 easy mountain passes. To the north we can see the Bay of Pollenca where we stop for the night. At the end of the day, we drive to the rocky headlands of Cap Formentor, to enjoy a last look of the Mediterranean Sea and the foothills of Serra Tramuntana. We stay at Pension Bellavista for the night.
Up : 250 m / Down : 650 m / Hiking Time : 4 H 00

Day 8 : RETURN TO FRANCE
Morning transfer to the airport (1h15 mn).


For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.

Download the trip description

LEVEL : La Ruta de la Pedra en Sec hiking trip is a moderate trek. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. For active people who don’t mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.

ACCOMMODATION : 7 nights in double room*, in hotels and at Lluch Monastery.
Each day our mountain leader team prepares healthy and hearty pic-nics, using fresh local products for you to discover local specialties. Luggage is transferred each day to the next hotel. We recommend one piece of luggage per person, weighing at the most between 8 to 10 kg (18 to 22 lds).
*A person signing up as a single may have to share a room with a person from opposite sex”.

GUIDING : Maximum 12 people per guide. For maximum safety and quality guiding.



MEETING PLACE : At 4pm in Palma de Majorca Airport.



No scheduled date for this summer.


PRICE :
Please contact Deborah at the Compagnie des Guides for a private departure.
Here's an example of our all-inclusive price per person :

INCLUDING

NOT INCLUDED

The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s

Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)

Half-board accommodation in hotel (twin and double room)

Museums entrance fees

The picnic lunches

Airplane tickets

Minivan assistance throughout the trek

Repatriation insurance (mandatory)

Luggage transportation throughout the trek

 


DOCUMENTATION :

- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).



EQUIPMENT : See attached list

INSURANCE : Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a  liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD). 
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.



TRAINING :
Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.

CLIMATE : Mediterranean climate can be cold and windy at higher elevation. Warm clothes are absolutely necessary, including a beany and gloves. Although it rarely rains, a waterproof jacket must be part of your equipment. Sun protection is naturally essential to protect yourself from intense Mediterranean sunshine.



Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.

You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip, and have your own guide !

ADVANTAGES :
- Exclusive guide

A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.

- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.

- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.

For any further information, please contact Déborah :
Tel : +33 450 53 00 88 or E-mail : deborah@chamonix-guides.com

MAISON DE LA MONTAGNE

190 place de l'Eglise
F 74400 CHAMONIX

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88
info@chamonix-guides.com