Saturday, March 2, 2013
Consell de Mallorca is the manager and promoter of the Ruta de Pedra en Sec (Dry Stone Route), the first long-distance footpath in the Balearic Islands approved as GR 221 by the Spanish Mountaineering Federation. This territory has a rich building heritage and dry stone paths which make this area an important trekking destination. This heritage is so important that in 2010 was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the category of Cultural Landscape. Along the trail the hiker can discover dry stone landscapes, fascinating historical ruins and explore the traditions, architecture, gastronomy and handicrafts of this privileged spot in Mallorca's geography. The route goes close to the coast and in some places reaches the loftiest peaks of the Tramuntana mountain range, being the highest point on the route the Coll de ses Cases de sa Neu at slightly over one thousand metres. This combination of coast and mountainous heights, coupled with the variety of the vegetation, shady holm-oak groves giving way to the typically Mediterranean scrub (garriga or maquis), help to enhance the scenic attraction of the path. Moreover, the trail is largely based on the network of ancient footpaths restored by the Consell de Mallorca, which works to make them accessible for hikers of all ages. This “Grande Randonnée” trail will have, when finally completed, 271 km, distributed in 8 stages of the main route and 9 variants that will connect mountain towns. The main route of the trail has a total length of 132 km and is divided into 8 stages; these take from four to seven and a half hours to walk, depending on the stage.