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Walking in Mallorca

from $1,749.00

Spectacular walks to discover the interior and coastline of this traditional Spanish island

  • Reviews 21 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 16
All about the Walking in Mallorca.

Behind Mallorca’s (also known as Majorca) façade lies a tranquil and timeless landscape. Rising abruptly out of the island’s interior are the craggy outcrops of the Tramuntana Mountains (Unesco site since 2011), over which birds of prey can often be seen soaring on the breeze. Following a network of established trails, we trek to some of the highest peaks and enjoy spectacular vistas to the Mediterranean. Elsewhere, we discover picturesque hamlets complete with medieval 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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches (6 on level 5 weeks) and 1 dinner
* 4 nights in a comfortable hotel and 3 nights in a monastery, usually with en suite facilities
* Airport Transfers (at designated times)

Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Unearth a traditional and tranquil side of Mallorca
  • Stay in charming accommodation including a converted monastery
  • Enjoy coastal panoramas and walks up into the dramatic Tramuntana Mountains
  • Walk through ancient forests and spot birds of prey including falcons, osprey and vultures
  • Challenging departures on selected departures (inquire for dates)
  1. Day 1 Start Puerto Sóller.

    We start at our hotel in Puerto Sóller, arriving in time for a welcome group dinner.

  2. Day 2 Walk to picturesque Deia, stopping for a refreshing dip at Cala Deia en route- Moderate (level 3) & Challenging (level 5) departures

    We walk along the coast to the beautiful little bay of Cala Deiá, 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, Deiá, 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.Walk Profile: Distance- 12km/ 8 miles, ascent 400m, descent 250m, 5 hours duration.

  3. Day 3 Tram ride to Sóller; take the 'Pilgrim Steps' from Biniaraitx before ascending Es Cornadors - Moderate (level 3) & Challenging (level 5) departures

    We take the tram to Sóller 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 Sóller 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 holm oak until eventually our track brings us back to the centre of Sóller, where we usually stop for a drink or a wander around the town before taking the tram back to Puerto Sóller.Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/ 10 miles, ascent 915m, descent 915m, 6 hours duration.

  4. Day 4 Follow the 19th Century Archduke’s Bridleway from Valldemossa to 'S'Atalaia Vella'; afternoon free - Moderate (level 3) departure

    Today’s walk starts from the beautiful village of Valldemossa and ends in ’S’Atalaia Vella’ (854m), meaning ’viewpoint’ in Mallorquin. 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 19th Century by the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator. In the afternoon we have some free time to relax in Puerto Sóller.Walk Profile: Distance- 7km/ 4 miles, ascent 400m, descent 400m, 3 1/2 hours duration.

  5. Day 5 Leave Puerto Sóller along a coastal mule track to Cala Tuent; transfer to Lluc Monastery - Moderate (level 3) departure

    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 head inland through a hidden and unspoilt little valley to Balitx farm. Next, 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.Walk Profile: Distance: 14km/ 9 miles, ascent 275m, descent 650m, 5 hours duration.

  6. Day 6 A wonderful circular walk around Muleta de Binifaldo, passing ancient oak forests - Moderate (level 3) departure

    Today we enjoy a wonderful circular walk forming an arc around the Monastery of Lluc. 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.Walk Profile: Distance- 10km/ 6 miles, ascent 270m, descent 270m, 4 hours duration.

  7. Day 7 Ascent of Puig d'en Galileu (1181m), one of the island's highest peaks - Moderate (level 3) departure

    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.Walk Profile: Distance – 9km/ 6 miles, ascent 700m, descent 700m, 5 hours duration.

  8. Day 8 End Lluc.

    The tour ends after breakfast.**

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Where you stay

Hotel & Monastery

The first 4 nights are spent in a comfortable hotel in Puerto Soller with en suite rooms, outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), sun terrace, free Wi-Fi, bar and restaurant and is within easy reach of the pebble beach.

For the remaining 3 nights we have a change of scenery as we stay in the beautiful Lluc Monastery. Although not a hotel, this historic 13th Century building is set amidst tranquil countryside and offers excellent en suite rooms and delicious food. Wi-Fi is available in public areas for a fee.

Single rooms are limited on this tour but may be available for a supplement on request. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Eating and Drinking

Moderate (Activity Level 3) weeks:  

All breakfasts, 4 picnic (packed) lunches and 1 welcome dinner are included.

Challenging (Activity Level 5) weeks:  

All breakfasts, 6 picnic (packed) lunches and 1 welcome dinner are included.

Breakfast: Normally continental style including tea or coffee, fruit juice, bread, jam, honey, marmalade, and sometimes fresh fruit or cheese/ham.

Lunch: Comprises a typical Mallorcan-style Mediterranean packed lunch full of locally grown fresh produce. Lunches will be eaten as picnics during your walks, and will include foods such as bread, tomatoes, peppers, olives and olive oil, Mallorcan cheeses, sausages, fruits, chocolate & biscuits.

Vegetarians: It is possible to cater for vegetarians. A meat and seafood diet is the norm in Mallorca but salads and vegetables are included. Many vegetarians have been on this trip with no problems, but you must be prepared to be flexible and to take the food as you find it. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements, please inform us on booking.

This trip is Activity level 3 (Moderate) with 5.5 days of walking.

Avoiding the scorching hot summer months, we instead take advantage of the Spring and Autumn when it is the ideal temperature for walking. Wildflowers 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.

Whilst most departures are Activity Level 3 (Moderate), we also offer two Activity Level 5 (Challenging)departures per year. On these departures, the terrain is similar but the walks are longer and require some scrambling. There are also steep drops on Days 6 (Puig Tomir) and 7 (Massanella). Please ensure that you book onto the correct activity level week.

Low altitude throughout.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

WALKING IN MALLORCA

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Port do Soller lit up at night from our bedroom window - and again in the early morning sunshineStaying at Lluc Monastery in the middle of the mountainsEnjoying authentic Majorcan picnics on our walks, provided by our wonderful guide
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Edouard was a fantastic guide. He was sensitive to the needs of everyone in the (large) group, and very safety conscious without being overly cautious. He was also great company, good at speaking English and a mine of fascinating information about all things Majorcan.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take the temperature advice with a bit of a pinch of salt. I expected temps of c20F but in fact it was usually significantly hotter than this and in the upper 20s, almost - but not quite - too hot for comfortable walking, even in October/November! I blame global warming!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a wonderful holiday. My only reservation was having to stay in a less than perfect (and very noisy) hotel, the first 2 nights in Port de Soller, away from the majority of the group. It was great to move to their hotel on the 3rd day. However, I gather this was because I (we) had booked very late and it was the only hotel available - and we were a maximum size group, so this is understandable. My advice would be to book early!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

MALLORCA: SIERRA TRAMUNTANA

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I agree with my fellow traveller John Croker that the mountainside picnics, complete with explanation of the local produce we were enjoying, were a high point each day. I hope to remember for a long time the details of the guide's explanation of the olive harvest and pressing. And I know I will not forget watching the griffon vultures circling overhead - who was watching whom?
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduard is one of the very best. Born and bred in Mallorca, and yet also having walked most parts of the globe, he combined a genuine passion for his island with a gentle humility and humour; he was scrupulous in his attention to detail, and yet led with a light touch, mindful of everyone's preferences and needs; he was superbly knowledgeable of the island's flora, fauna and history; and he was greeted warmly wherever we went. He definitely added to my enjoyment of the trip.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Walking in Mallorca = code TST

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    My favourite walks were from the Puerto Soller base. The walk to Cala Tuent on the transfer day was my favourite capped off with a very refreshing swim in the sea. The mountain walks were well worth the ascent with stunning views.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Edward was great, good fun, very informative and well organised. His good contacts everywhere ensured we were well looked after. There is very little he doesn't know about olives.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be put off by the second walk. It is the hardest on paper but the ascent was made easier by very good gradual paths
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our hotel in Puerto Soller was changed from Eden Nord to Eden. This was not a problem as the Eden is a very nice hotel and situated right on the sea front. At Lluc, Ernesto at the farthest café/bar, the other side of the car park was very hospitable and provided 2 wonderful very good value meals during our stay.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Miss S Jones

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing eagles and vultures soaring above us, and did I mention the views? Stunning. Lake District limestone walking with sunshine! Oh and the lunches - fantastic.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a fantastic group leader - local and extremely knowledgeable. I trusted his knowledge and guidance completely, and felt totally at ease in his group.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Sturdy boots and a good head for heights.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

A great week away walking

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of Puig d'en Galileu on day 7. It was a steep but rapid ascent and I thought it was a suitable and rewarding way of ending the trip on a high peak. 
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduard is a highly experienced, genuine and caring tour leader. He was dedicated to providing the best experience he can whilst we were on the trip. His light-hearted humour made the trip very enjoyable!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring loose change with you for freshly squeezed orange/lemon juice served at farmhouses. Sa Fonda restaurant, 5 minutes from Lluc monastery serves excellent food. The restaurant provides free wi-fi (wi-fi access is payable at the monastery).Buy 5L of water from nearby shops around Puerto Soller. It is much cheaper (approximately 1 euro) then buying small bottles and more environmentally friendly.  

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