the Department of Sustainability and Environment of Consell de Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)
The island of Mallorca is a region with high variety and density of dry stone constructions, especially in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, where man with the help of dry stone shaped an imposing cultural landscape. Dry stone terraces build to allow growing olive trees are the most iconic feature. For all this heritage, this natural area was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2011.
In this context, the Department of Sustainability and Environment of Consell de Mallorca has more than 30 years of experience in recovering, protecting and enhancing dry stone heritage and traditional craft of dry stone walling around Mallorca. This approach led to restoration of ancient mountain paths and then to creation of a large network of hiking itineraries. Most of them are part of the Ruta de Pedra en Sec GR 221, a long trail that links both sides of Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.