Mallorca is a paradise for hikers. Whether you love coastal trails or mountain climbing, are looking for a great vista or a shady path in the summer. While the Tramuntana offers the most spectacular routes there is a lot to discover all around the island. So I compiled a little Best of Mallorca Hiking for everybody. Starting in the Southwest and continuing clockwise to the Southeast.
Still somewhat off the beaten track is the hike to Cap Fabioler. The trail offers amazing views of the west coast near Andratx. From the Mirador d’en Josep Sastre the cliffs break off vertically into the sea, with a fascinating vista of the whole Dragonera island. An easy hike, yet you may feel like an explorer in this rough landscape that looks so different from the familiar picture postcard Mallorca.
One of my all-time favorites is the Puig de Galatzó. The top of the highest mountain in the Southern Tramuntana can be reached on different routes. One more exiting than the other. Starting either at the coastal road or at Puigpunyent. The last few meters to the top are a bit more challenging but if you don’t mind using your hands it’s really a lot of fun. You’ll be rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view.
Castell d’Alaró is a great destination and perfect getaway for the whole family. A beautiful cobblestone path leads all the way up, inviting you to pause every once in a while to enjoy the view. In case the kids get tired on the road the remnants of the legendary castle are a good motivation to keep going. I prefer the longer route from Orient, crisscrossing ancient groves of olive trees. And the reason I look forward to reaching the top is the coffee break at the refugi.
Set amidst the highest mountains of the Tramuntana the Puig de l’Ofre has one of the best panoramic views. After a nice stroll along the Cúber water reservoir the way begins to ascend towards the pass where you catch a glimpse of the Sóller valley. Although the last half hour or so the trail gets a bit steep and rocky, it’s the view from the summit plateau that will take your breath away. I could rest here for hours, take in the cool air and marvel at the surrounding who-is-who of the Tramuntana.
The most challenging hike on Mallorca is the crossing of the Torrent de Pareis. Past huge rocks and massive boulder fields, through needle’s eyes. While it seems to be easy to follow the direction you definitely need some experience or a local guide in order to get the hang of it. The island’s grand canyon leads from 620 meters above sea level all the way down to the stunning bay of Sa Calobra. Where you can treat yourself with a swim and a lovely boat ride to Port de Sóller.
The monastery of Lluc is a popular destination. But it’s also the perfect starting point for a couple of beautiful circular tracks through shaded holm oak forest. And into the unique landscape of the Tramuntana which has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, ten years ago. Walk along cobbled paths, abandoned charcoal burners sites, and fantastic rock formations that make you feel like a dwarf in the land of giants. And don’t miss Joan Bennàssar’s sculptures on the way to and on the premises of the cloister.
If you feel like a little adventure, go for the Penya des Migdia. The path from picturesque Ermita de la Victòria starts through scented pine trees only to become more demanding soon. Leading you right away to a spectacular passage, an old watchtower sticking to the rocks like a swallows nest. A masterpiece of Mallorcan architecture built more than 400 years ago. On the summit waits an old cannon and a fabulous view over the entire bay of Pollença and the peninsula of Formentor.
Joan Bennàssar once introduced me to the Talaia de Alcúdia. My favorite hike here is the circular route across the Victória peninsula. Down and up steep ravines with more breathtaking views all along. On a clear day you can spot Menorca in the distance. And Platja des Coll Baix, a beautiful secluded beach at the end of the world, offers a great opportunity to go for a swim. What else could you want of a hike?
North of Artà, the distinctive shape of Puig de Ferrutx is a landmark in the Serra de Llevant. While it looks rather challenging from below it’s not really difficult to conquer. Starting at the Ermita de Betlem the path is zigzagging across a couple of ridges all the way up. The rock drops straight down to Colónia de Sant Pere, so better watch your step. And bring a picnic. If only to enjoy the view of the Northeast of Mallorca a little longer.
If you love coastal hikes there are a couple of beautiful tours in the south of the island. Some of them offering great opportunities to top your hike with a swim. One of the most impressive walks leads from Cala Pi to the cliffs of Cap Blanc. An exciting and really unique stretch of coastline where you can visit one of the oldest watchtowers. Back in Cala Pi jump into the turquoise waters of the picturesque little bay.
Of course, there is much more to discover. And you’ll find many more tips for hiking trips on Estilo Palma. Routes where you might not meet other human beings, even in high season. Or trails with wonderful refugis to take a break and meet fellow hikers. What’s your favorite hike on Mallorca?