Dry-stone Route (Ruta de pedra en sec)
Topic of the practice
Cultural landscape protection. Traditional dry-stone heritage restoration. Sustainable slow tourism.
Good Practice Information
Sustainable management & tourist development of a 271 km route, when finally completed, connecting 14 rural villages in Serra de Tramuntana of Mallorca island. In 2011 area the trail has received UNESCO World Heritage status in the category of Cultural Landscape. Stakeholders = rural municipalities & enterprises. Beneficiaries = Hikers & ecoturists.
Success factors = strategic cooperation between Consell de Mallorca (Mallorca Insular Council), municipalities, private owners and business associations / the route is the longest hiking trail in Mallorca | the initiative has provided safeguard of traditional masonry skills. Conditions for potential transfer = presence of dry-stone heritage and local masonry skills.
Evidence of success
162 km (85 main + 77 variants) out of 271 km trail rehabilitated & signposted | 5 old buildings converted into mountain refuges c/w boarding & lodging | 35 workers employed in trail maintenance & 25 in refuge management | 1 refuge web booking system | 1 overall guidebook print+web | technical manuals prepared and disseminated
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Mr. Josep Antoni Aguiló Ribas
Consell Insular de Mallorca, Dept. of Environment
Annex completed on: 03-08-2013