The 80km-long Serra de Tramuntana mountain chain lies along the northern coast of the island, reaching heights of over 1,000m in many places and culminating in Puig Major at just under 1,500m.
Mallorca allows you to walk off the beaten track across a variety of terrain with options to suit all abilities ranging from mountainous peaks at over 4,000ft to relaxed strolls through gently rolling vineyards. Combine this over 300 days of sunshine each year, spectacular sunsets and ocean views, Mediterranean flora, spring migration of birds and it’s hard to understand why this hiker’s paradise wasn’t ‘discovered’ sooner. We certainly recommend booking one of our rural villas in Mallorca to ensure you have the freedom to explore at your own pace.
Some routes are now popular in peak season, and you might now need to walk during the winter months to ensure you have the landscape to yourself. This is possible, as winters are mild and the weather is normally ideal for walking. July and August may well be too hot for most serious walkers, even at altitude. Walking season is generally considered to be most comfortable from September through to May.
Some of the key resorts for walkers to base themselves at are Cala de Sant Vicnec and Port de Pollenca in the northeast, Sóller and Port de Sóller on the north coast and Port d’Andratx in the southwest. The monastery at Lluc is also becoming an increasingly popular stop-off point with those traveling on foot.
Lots of guides and maps are available, and many walks through the more rugged countryside will require route finding as paths can be neglected and overgrown, particularly if you’re walking out of season.
If you enjoy sociable rambling, there are a number of walking clubs on the island that organize events such as a three-day walk through the Serra de Tramuntana for a large number of participants. A huge variety of walking tour options – from day walks to longer treks, both self guided and guided – ensure you’ll never grow bored of the scenery. Walking tours can also cater to various private groups and are easily booked in all main towns.
And, if you feel like a day or two away from the hiking boots there’s a multitude of other activities available, including sailing, diving, kayaking, cycling, golf, tennis etc, or simple rest and relaxation in the sun. Whatever your approach to walking, Mallorca will make you one promise – it won’t disappoint.