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Hiking in Mallorca, Spain
There are many ways to experience Mallorca’s astonishing beauty: sailing its Mediterranean coast, auto touring from mountain valleys to seaside cliffs, strolling ancient city streets, relishing the rays on one of the island’s champion beaches. But for really getting a sense of Mallorcan grandeur—from the pastoral to the sublime—few activities compare to hiking.
From leisurely ambles through vineyards and oak copses to demanding high-country switchbacks, Mallorca’s got something for everybody when it comes to hoofing it. And there’s no better place to strike off from for a hiking odyssey (or return to afterward) than a Hoposa hotel in Puerto Pollensa!
Puerto Pollensa Hikes
Depending on your skill level, fitness, and inclination, you may opt for a short, easy stroll—and that’s fantastic, because Mallorca’s a great island for laidback perambulating! A close-by spot for taking a saunter and sampling precious Mallorcan ecology is La Gola Nature Park, set right here in Puerto Pollensa. Its brackish wetlands are a magnet for birdlife, so keep your eyes peeled (and binoculars handy) while walking the pleasant trail: You’ll likely see waterfowl, shorebirds, and waders, and you might glimpse graceful ospreys scouting for fish.
How about something a bit more involved, but still reasonable for just about all ages? Take the short ramble to the summit of Puig de Maria above Pollensa, where you’ll find a mountaintop monastery and an unforgettable view over the town and Mallorca’s northeastern coastline.
Serra de Tramuntana Treks
The limestone backbone of the Serra de Tramuntana, which dominates Mallorca’s northwest, creates the island’s highest and roughest terrain—a real beacon for adventurers! The loftiest peak, 4,741-foot Puig Major, lies on military lands closed to entry, but you can make the popular hike (or scramble) up nearby 4,475-foot Puig de Massanella to stand on Mallorca’s Tramuntana rooftop. The stocky limestone summit’s panorama is downright gobsmacking: Admire the pale, craggy heights all around, and—if it’s clear—trace much of Mallorca’s Mediterranean seacoast.
Some epic gorges cut the Serra de Tramuntana: Hikers of reasonable fitness might enjoy forays up the jaw-dropping cleft of the Torrent de Pareis (aka the Sa Calbora Canyon) or, to the southwest, the great defile of the Barranc de Biniarix.
There’s also a lovely, well-marked long-distance footpath tracing the Serra de Tramuntana from southwest (Port d’Andratx) to northeast (Pollenca) along venerable cobblestone paths: the GR221, or “Dry Stone Route.”
Hike the Coast
If it’s Mallorca’s world-class seashore tugging your heartstrings (and hiking boots), you’ve got many coast-hugging routes to choose from. Wander the trails of Mondragó Natural Park to eyeball the far southeast’s gorgeous white-sand beaches, descend to postcard-perfect coves along the rugged margin of the Llevant Peninsula in the northeast, or hike to the centuries-old watchtower on the protected isle of Sa Dragonera, watching for seabirds, Eleonora’s falcons, and the endemic wall lizards all the while.
Have we whetted your appetite for Mallorcan hiking? Well, we’ve barely scratched the surface! Come hit the trail with us at Hoposa!