Hiking in Mallorca
The island is famous for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife. However, Majorca also offers a variety of breath-taking hiking trails that are ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
The island has a diverse landscape, ranging from the dramatic mountain range of Serra de Tramuntana to the rolling hills and flat plains in the central and eastern parts of the island. Hiking in Majorca allows visitors to experience the island’s natural beauty and explore its hidden gems.
The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is the highlight of Majorca’s hiking scene. The range runs along the northwest coast of the island and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rugged peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana offer a variety of hiking trails that range from easy walks to challenging mountain hikes. The trails are well-marked, and there are plenty of viewpoints to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
One of the most popular hiking trails in the Serra de Tramuntana is the GR-221, also known as the Dry Stone Route. This 135-kilometer trail winds through the heart of the mountain range and takes hikers through traditional villages, ancient olive groves, and spectacular mountain landscapes. The trail can be completed in about a week, and there are plenty of accommodation options along the way, including mountain refuges, hostels, and hotels.
In addition to the Serra de Tramuntana, there are plenty of other hiking trails on the island that offer a different perspective of Majorca’s natural beauty. For example, the Llevant Natural Park in the eastern part of the island has a network of trails that take visitors through rugged coastal cliffs, pristine beaches, and Mediterranean pine forests. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife, including eagles, owls, and wild boars.
Another popular hiking destination is the Parque Natural de Mondrago, located in the southeast corner of the island. The park has a network of trails that take visitors through the pristine Mediterranean landscape, including coastal cliffs, beaches, and dunes. The park is also home to a variety of flora and fauna, including endemic species such as the Balearic lizard and the Balearic warbler.
Overall, hiking in Majorca is a unique way to experience the island’s natural beauty and explore its hidden gems. Whether you are an experienced hiker or a novice, there is a trail for you on the island. With its stunning landscapes, diverse terrain, and excellent weather, Majorca is a hiking paradise that is waiting to be explored.
As family activities go, it’s hard to beat a visit to Palma Aquarium. It’s brimming with marine life and plenty of other attractions like the 3D Aquadome – a cinematic humpback whale experience. Choose the PLUS option to get fast track entrance to the park, a ticket to the Aquadome, a free souvenir, a voucher to use in Restaurant Mediterraneo, and 10% discount off all purchases inside.
Torrent de Pareis Gorge Walk
Sa Calobra is a small village on the coast that is widely regarded as having the best unspoiled cove on the island. It also has a hidden beach and an incredible gorge – Es Torrent de Pareis. Tourists flock to this location in their hundreds all year around to admire the jaw-dropping scenery and to enjoy the incredible journey there with its twisting roads and spectacular views.
This is a 5 hour trek from Escorca to the sandy beach at Sa Calobra and is definitely a hike for the fit and healthy and experienced hiker. It involves a lot of scrambling over large rocks and navigating through narrow gaps and there is not an easy way out of the steep gorge so please do not try this hike unless you are up to it. It should also only be attempted between May and September. During the winter, there is a high risk of flooding and the rocks become very slippy. There is also no mobile phone reception at the Torrent de Pareis.
Torrent de Pareis begins several kilometres up in the mountains and ends at Sa Calobra beach, an unusual part pebble, part sand beach which continues to be popular with artists from far and wide and is an area considered a Special Protection Area for Birds. Es Torrent de Pareis was elevated to the category of Natural Monument in 2003 by the Government of the Balearic Islands.
Sóller to surrounding villages and coves
Sóller is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with hikers due to the many fantastic trails and old bridle paths that originate from the town and surrounding area.
Popular hikes include a couple of three-hour circular routes that meander through lovely villages such as Fornalutx. For a longer trek, you can head to the beautiful coves of Cala Tuent or Cala Deià where you can catch a boat back to Port de Sóller. The hike from Sóller to Cala Deià takes around 4 hours so it is suitable for all hikers.
Cala Deià is a small, picturesque shingle beach framed by the stunning Tramuntana mountains and located on the northwest coast of Mallorca. The rocky, rugged beach has very clear 6m deep waters and is only around 70m long.
The tiny cove beach is mostly made up of large rocks and small pebbles with glistening rock pools and great views. It has two restaurants; which both provide local cuisine such as tapas, paella and an assortment of fish.
Cabrera Island is located within the only national park in the Balearic islands, the Archipelago de Cabrera National Park; which was established in 1991 and is located about 14 kilometres south of the Mallorcan coast.
The Archipelago consists of 19 small islands and islets and the whole area is designated as a Terrestrial and Maritime National Park, most of which is covered by the sea.
The largest of the islands is Cabrera, often referred to as ‘The Isle of Goats’ and this is the only island that you can visit. The other islands are used for wildlife research and are strictly out-of-bounds for tourists.
There’s a lot to see on the island including the lighthouse at Cape Punta de Anciola, the ruins of a fortress tower, a naval cemetery and numerous historic sites.
To get to Cabrera, you will need to take a boat and trips leave the port at Colònia de Sant Jordi on a regular basis during the summer. There are a few excellent hikes on the island but please note that you will need prior permission from the park ranger before you head off.
The most popular hikes are the 11km walk to the lighthouse and a 7km walk to La Miranda and the nearby caves.
If you enjoy getting out on the water, there are plenty of opportunities available on the island. With hidden bays that can only be accessed by boat, perfect non-tidal waters, 555 km of coastline, incredible weather and stunning views, Mallorca is a boater’s paradise. From paddle surfing to diving to jet-ski excursions & cruises, there’s a massive choice of experiences to choose from