In 1610 thousands of Mallorcans left their island home to undertake an epic journey.
With widespread famine on Mallorca, whole families were driven to cross the Mediterranean Sea to the mainland to seek cultivable land.
Disembarking in the port town of Dénia they trekked up to the mountains and the valleys of the Marinas. They brought with them everything they needed to start anew in the villages vacated by the recently expelled Moorish community.
They also brought with them the Mallorcan culture and language to sow the seeds of a cultural heritage that, until recently, was almost completely forgotten.
The Mallorcan’s Way, known locally as Es Camí des Mallorquins, retraces the journey from Dénia
on the coast to the small villages scattered throughout the valleys of Las Marinas.
The complete trek includes over 500 kilometres of trails that link together the whitewashed villages that dot the cultivated valleys and limestone sierras of the Marinas.
This is a trekking holiday that features blue skies, beautiful countryside and ancient Moorish
tracks that effortlessly thread their way between villages, combined with the outstanding scenery, exceptional climate and incredibly diverse natural heritage, makes the Costa Blanca Mountains the ideal choice for an extended trekking holiday.
For those with less time available we also offer three shorter seven to nine-day versions of the trek that cover the northern, central and southern valleys.
The accommodation has been chosen to fit the character of the trek; small rural hotels, hostels and family run casas rurales where excellent local cuisine and warm Spanish hospitality are the standard. Breakfast and supper are included so you only need to buy picnic lunches and wine with your supper.
Your bags are transferred between villages so you just carry what you need for the day, you are unlikely to meet many other walkers as the area is still largely undiscovered. This trekking holiday is a great way to see traditional Mediterranean Spain, sample the outstanding local cuisine and experience the tranquility of this beautiful countryside.
The region is relatively extensive so you will need at least 25 days to do the complete trek or, alternatively choose one of the shorter treks. Please note that departures start from March 15, 2018.
These treks are a result of the Terra de Retrobament
initiative which aims to promote the culture heritage of Las Marinas.
The nearest airport is at Alicante Airport
, we will meet you in the Arrivals Hall for the courtesy transfer to the start of your holiday.
Alternatively, you can fly to Valencia Airport, transfer to Valencia Nord railway station and then take the train to Xeraco where we will meet you for the courtesy transfer to the start of your holiday .
If you prefer to be met at Valencia Airport you can opt to pay a supplement for the transfer and we will meet you in the Arrivals Hall.
The full itinerary will be published in early 2018.
The accommodation is in keeping with the character of the trek, small rural hotels and inns with personal service. All of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms. Breakfast and supper are included and picnic lunches can be ordered for the following day, the cost of wine or other drinks is not included in menu.
Departures for this holiday start from March 2018. You will be able to start and finish your holiday any day of the week you choose. We do not recommend late June, July or August unless you have experience of walking in high temperatures, otherwise any time from mid-September through to mid-June.
Callosa d’en Sarrià is famous for its colourful Moors and Christians festival held every year from October 8th to the 12th.
Calendar highlights include the olive harvest in October – November, the almond blossom in February, the cherry blossom in late March – April, the cherry harvest in May, and the orange blossom and harvest from February to May.
For botanists there is always something in flower but visit from late February to the end of May for orchids and wildflowers.
There are shops in most of the villages if you wish to buy ingredients or you can order picnic lunches from the hotels, just let them know when you arrive.