When thinking about holidaying in Majorca, most people think of sun, sea and sand. This approach massively overlooks another natural attraction on the island, away from the beach – the Tramuntana Mountains.
This impressive range runs right down the centre of Majorca from the southwest to the northeast, making it a fantastic place to go walking. And the fact that so many visitors to the island opt for the beach instead of the mountains makes the experience all the better for those wishing to set out on a hike.
So for an alternative walking destination, think about Majorca. And read on to find out some of the places you may wish to explore.
Over the last few years, the local government in Majorca has been improving the infrastructure for walkers in the Tramuntana Mountains, meaning that there are now hundreds of well-marked trails to follow.
All you need is a good pair of walking boots, plenty of water and some suntan cream and you are ready to set off. Expect beautiful views, small villages tucked into the hillside, quaint homesteads and tiny churches. Stop off and try some local food at the restaurants in the hamlets or at the end of a day’s walking.
If you are serious about your walking and want to spend the majority of your trip in Mallorca on a hike, think about tackling one of the long-distance routes. These are the GR221 and the GR222 and take a number of days to complete.
The former walk runs from Port d’Andratx in the southwest of Mallorca to Pollenca in the northwest and covers a local of 135 kilometres. Most people take eight days to do the walk, which is broken down into stages with accommodation at the end of each.
Following ancient cobbled paths makes this adventure through the mountains particularly pleasant and you will pass places where olive trees have been grown for centuries. Pick up a map and follow the way markers (image by Pat Neary).
If you don’t intend to spend your entire holiday in Mallorca walking or if you would prefer to do a few smaller hikes then the climb up to the ruined Castel d’Alaro is a great option. Not only will you get to explore the old castle and a variety of points of interest along the way, but you will also be rewarded with extensive views of the Bay of Palma once you reach the top.
Those looking for a good base from which to set out on a different walk each day should consider heading for Soller. This wonderful town has long been the destination for holidaymakers wanting to take on some of the island’s classic routes.
From here you can undertake the Barranc de Biniaraix, which follows one of the cobblestone paths mentioned earlier down a spectacular gorge. If you wish to take on a tougher challenge then an alternative gorge walk is the Torrente del Pareis.
Do not underestimate the level of skill required for this hike, however, as it is one of the most difficult to complete on the whole of Majorca. Many of those who tackle it decide to do so with a local guide, who can help them negotiate some of the more technical aspects of the walk. The weather also plays a significant role in your chances of getting to the end, so check conditions before setting out.
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