Behind Mallorca's (also known as Majorca) facade lies a tranquil and timeless landscape. Rising abruptly out of the island's interior are the craggy outcrops of the Tramuntana Mountains, over which birds of prey can often be seen soaring on the breeze.
On this 7-night guided walking trip on Mallorca, we'll follow a network of established trails and trek to some of the highest peaks, enjoying spectacular vistas to the Mediterranean. Elsewhere, we discover picturesque hamlets complete with mediaeval churches and pass terraced hillsides adorned with sun-kissed citrus trees. In contrast, our coastal walks will reveal sleepy fishing marinas, secret coves and pebble bays.
You will see plenty of colour too; the aquamarine sea contrasts with the limestone rocks and pine-clad mountains. The terracotta coloured stone houses of the villages combined with the orange and lemon groves all brighten the landscape. In springtime you will also be treated to the pretty pink almond blossom.
A strong Mediterranean influence pervades the Mallorcan menu: olive oil, herbs, garlic and peppers, and the dishes are simple yet hearty. Enjoy a variety of fish and meat dishes, as well as local vegetarian dishes such as tumbet, a Mallorcan version of ratatouille with potatoes, aubergines and peppers. Lunches will be eaten as picnics during your walks, and will include plenty of locally-grown foods: bread, tomatoes, peppers, olives and olive oil, Mallorcan cheeses, sausages, fruits, chocolate and biscuits.
Avoiding the scorching hot summer months, we take advantage of the Spring and Autumn when it is the ideal temperature for walking. Wild flowers bloom in Spring and nature enthusiasts will be amazed by the amount of flora and fauna we encounter. We usually walk between 4 and 7 hours per day, including stops and lunch breaks. You will only need to carry your daypack with a good supply of water, your picnic lunch and waterproof layer. The footpaths are varied; mostly well marked and firm underfoot, but there are a few moderately steep ascents and descents and the occasional easy scramble and unmarked section. On the ascent of Es Cornadors on day 3, we follow an old pilgrim's trail for much of the way, which involves quite a lot of stone steps. There is plenty of time to complete the walks and the pace is fairly gentle. A reasonable level of fitness will definitely add to your enjoyment of this trip.
Fly to Palma and transfer to Puerto Soller, arriving in time for a welcome dinner. (Staying at the Hotel Eden Nord, Dinner included)
We walk along the coast to the beautiful little bay of Cala Deia, where (time permitting) we can paddle in the turquoise waters of the bay. From here, we head inland towards one of the most beautiful villages in Mallorca, Deia, owing to its idyllic setting in the hills. This walk explores the delightful area between the mountains and the sea, using old tracks and paths over the cliffs and offers fantastic coastal views along the Mediterranean pinewoods and coastal shrubs. We stop for a picnic lunch along the way. (Staying at the Hotel Eden Nord, Breakfast and lunch)
We take the tram to Soller and walk towards the village of Biniaraitx. From here we follow a wonderful cobbled track, known as the Pilgrim Steps, which originally went all the way from Soller to Lluc to connect the monastery with the port. We then diverge onto a small path up to the Mirador den Quesada, the high point of our day at 957m. This Mirador, or look-out point, is at the summit of some particularly rocky outcrops known as the 'Cornadors', of which we will have had some stunning views on our ascent. We descend past a mountain hut and through fields and forests of holy and holm oak until eventually our track brings us back to the centre of Soller, where we usually stop for a drink or a wander around the town before taking the tram back to Puerto Soller. (Staying at the Hotel Eden Nord, Breakfast and lunch)
Today's walk starts from the beautiful village of Valldemossa and ends in 'S'Atalaia Vella' (854m), that in Mallorquin means viewpoint. From here we take in stunning panoramic views of the coast and the Tramuntana Mountains. For part of the walk we follow the Archduke's Bridleway, an incredibly scenic path built at the end of the C19 by the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator. In the afternoon we have some free time to relax in Puerto Soller. (Staying at the Hotel Eden Nord, Breakfast)
After a short drive from the hotel, we start our walk from 'Es mirador de ses Barques.' From here we follow an old mule track away from the coast to Coll de Moncaire and inland through a hidden and unspoilt little valley to Balitx farm. From here we climb up to Coll de Biniamar to join the coastal path of Sa Costera, offering spectacular scenery throughout, until we reach the little bay of Cala Tuent, where the bus will meet us for the transfer (approx. 1 hour) along the beautiful Sa Calobra road to the Lluc Monastery. (Staying at the Lluc Monastery, Breakfast and lunch)
Today we enjoy a wonderful circular walk forming an arc around the Lluc Monastery. The scenery along the route is varied and spectacular, including ancient oak forests, rock formations up to 60m high and views of Mallorca's highest peaks. (Staying at the Lluc Monastery, Breakfast)
We finish the trip on a high, setting off to climb Puig d'en Galileu, which at 1,181m is one of the island's highest peaks. The recently restored path to the top is beautiful and offers outstanding views across the dramatic Lluc Valley and the peaks of Tomir and Roig. The more challenging walk offers an Ascent of Massanella (1,365m), the highest peak that we can climb in Mallorca. (Staying at the Lluc Monastery, Breakfast and lunch)
The tour ends after breakfast.
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.
NEARBY:With 98 spacious rooms, all decorated in a fresh, Mediterranean palette, the Hotel Eden Nord offers customers a comfortable, 3 star hotel in Puerto Sóller, just 200m from the beach. Located at the foot of the nearby mountains, the hotel offers great views of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Serra de Tramuntana, a swimming pool with sun terrace, a restaurant and bar as well as 24-hour reception.
The Santuari de Lluc is a famous pilgrimage site surrounded by tranquil woodland in the Traumuntana mountains, which offers peace and quiet, especially at night. Although not a hotel, this historic C13 building offers bright, spacious ensuite bedrooms and delicious food. Within the monastery itself, there is a church where visitors can hear the Blavets boys choir, botanical gardens and a museum. There is also a swimming pool, a choice of restaurants, bars and cafes offering a wide choice of traditional Mallorcan cuisine using the freshest local ingredients (such as mountain lamb). Wi-Fi is available in public areas for a fee.
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A minimum of 5 people (in total) are required for each departure.
This holiday is unsuitable for children.
Guided walking Managed by our sister company, Exodus.
All continental breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 1 evening meal
Transfers included from Palma airport at 16:20, and back to Palma airport at 14:15.
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