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Top Four Hiking Trails in Mallorca, Spain
April 24, 2017 | Blog
From coastal headlands and sweet-smelling almond groves to the wild pale jags of the Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca’s highly varied landscapes compose a paradise for hikers.
With luxurious coastal accommodations at a Hoposa hotel or vacation apartment, you’ve got a wealth of options at your fingertips—or should we say boot toes? And given the pleasant year-round weather, that’s true whenever you manage to visit us here.
You can read a more general overview of Mallorca hiking at this previous Hoposa blogpost. In this article, we’ll spotlight some of the very best specific trails—adventures that cover a wide range of time commitments and difficulty levels, so there’s truly something for everybody.
La Gola Nature Park Hike (~1 km)
For a nature break in the heart of the city—in this case, Puerto Pollensa—you can’t do better than La Gola Nature Park. Within shouting distance of Puerto Pollensa’s oceanfront (and very close to many of our Hoposa hotels) this refuge protects the confluence of the water torrent Siller and Gommar just upstream of their mouth in the Bay of Pollenca. The brackish estuary and its dense bottomland thickets make one of Mallorca’s great birdwatching sites, so bring your binoculars as you stroll this easy footpath, scattered with benches, footbridges, and overlooks.
The trail around La Gola makes the perfect slow-paced and rejuvenating mini-safari in between shopping, dining, and beachgoing forays in Puerto Pollensa.
Cap de Cala Figuera (~10 km)
The Mallorcan seacoast is world-famous for its beaches, its clubs, and its cruising waters, but the coastal walker enjoys a uniquely intimate immersion. The island has plenty of great oceanfront trails, but one of the most pleasant and easiest is this ramble along the margin of the Cap de Cala Figuera Peninsula. As you wander scrubby bluffs and dip down to pocket beaches, the scenery’s magnificent: cliffs, coves, unfurling views over the Bay of Palma.
Puig de Galatzo (mileage varies)
At 3,370 feet, Puig de Galatzo is far from the loftiest peak on Mallorca; that honor falls to 4,741-foot Puig Major. But Galatzo’s conical form and topographic prominence in the Serra de Tramuntana’s southwestern sector make it one of the island’s most imposing and well-known summits. You can hike to the top—which in clear weather delivers a head-spinning view across much of Mallorca, from bayside cities to a sightline down the Tramuntana backbone—by a number of trails.
One popular but demanding 10-kilometer route begins at kilometer 97 along the Ma-10 highway southwest of Estellencs. This switchbacking route ascends more than 2,500 feet up the mountainside from the northwest, passing through holm-oak woods, shrublands, pine groves, and bright rocky grasslands on its way to one of the best panoramas in the Balearic Islands.
Dry Stone Route (135 km)
The Dry Stone Route (aka the GR221) is definitely the granddaddy of long-distance hikes in Mallorca: a celebrated eight-day trek down the full spine of the Serra de Tramuntana between Port d’Andratx and Pollensa. Much of the route, which besides its riveting mountain scenery serves up manmade attractions such as the Lluc Monastery, follows timeworn cobble paths and traces the namesake stone terraces of olive orchards.
If you aren’t ready or able to invest the week-plus needed to trace the entire Dry Stone Route, you can easily make stirring dayhikes out of its component sections, incidentally.
What we’ve presented is merely a sampler platter of some of the better hiking routes on Mallorca. The island’s rich enough in designated trails and obscure paths alike to keep you coming back year after year for more countryside peregrinations!