If you are looking for a panoramic view but mountain climbing is not your thing, go for a hill. Lying in the landscape like solitaires, the hills on Mallorca offer fantastic vistas although they are only a few hundred meters high. The Puig de Santa Magdalena is a beautiful destination for hikers and cyclists alike. Locals love to come here for a Sunday trip with family and friends.
While the road winds up in wide serpentines, the hike takes several shortcuts. But the climb is moderate. Soon you reach the large picnic area with tables and barbecues, one of Inca’s most popular weekend destinations. A prominent staircase leads further up to the Santuari de Santa Magdalena. Cyclists though follow the paved way to the lookout and marvel at the spectacular panorama from the front yard of the monastery.
Opposite the santuari, the Restaurant Puig de Santa Magdalena with its huge window front and nice terrace allows an exciting view of the Southern part of the island. Hikers shouldn’t miss the little detour to the Cruz de la Minyó to the other side of the picnic area. A rocky path along shrubs and wind bent trees leads to the large stone cross. You may have spotted the landmark on your way from Inca towards the Puig de Santa Magdalena, already.
If you didn’t bring a snack or had lunch at the restaurant, maybe you take the opportunity and stop by Joan Marc in Inca on your way back. Actually, that’s what we did. And enjoyed a menu that was just as heavenly as the hike.