Hiking in Mallorca
In this section of The Mallorca Insider, we look at a few of the best hiking routes on the island. We will be expanding this section each month so please come back on a regular basis.
Mallorca has everything that makes exploration by foot worthwhile. From the dramatic Tramuntana mountains, to incredible gorges such as ‘Es Torrent de Pareis’ to majestic pine forests or the stunning coastline, there is a route to suit all levels of hikers.
Hikers in Mallorca have the distinct advantage that the majority of trekking routes on the island are signposted and well-maintained due to the diligence of The Consell de Mallorca and following a particular route is fairly easy.
The Tramuntana mountains are the most popular hiking location on the island. They are not as high as the Alps, the highest peak Puig Major is 1,445m, but they are just as wild and have ravines, crags and jagged peaks.
There are many tourist offices on the island that will happily advise you about local hiking routes or if you are looking for more of a challenge than a day hike, you will find some reputable guides on the island. If you plan on trekking in the mountains, then we recommend that you purchase a map, you’ll find a good selection of these at many bookshops around the island.
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.