Dry-stone Route (Ruta de pedra en sec)

Project information

Index: 1191R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Cultural heritage and landscape
Location ESPAÑA ESTE Illes Balears Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1988
End: Ongoing

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


www.conselldemallorca.net/index.php?id_section=3198&id_parent=491&id_class=2992 Refuge bookings: www.conselldemallorca.net/?&id_parent=491&id_class=2992&id_section=3198&id_son=6250&id_lang=0

Annex completed on: 03-08-2013

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