Mallorca is a paradise for hikers. You love coastal trails, or rather prefer mountain climbing? A combination of both, maybe? Are you looking for breathtaking vistas or hikes in the shade of pine and holm oak trees? Mallorca has it all. While the Tramuntana offers the most spectacular routes there is a lot more to discover all around the island. Remote paths where you hardly meet anybody but goats and sheep. Or marked routes through the Parc Natural de Llevant. This little Best of Hiking Mallorca for everybody leads you clockwise from the Southwest to the Southeast.
1. Cap Fabioler
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 more than 400 meters vertically into the sea, with a fascinating vista of the whole Dragonera island. A rather easy hike, yet you might feel like an explorer in this rough landscape that looks so different from the familiar picture postcard Mallorca.
2. Puig de Galatzó
Puig de Galatzó is the highest mountain in the Southern Tramuntana. The last few meters to the top are a bit challenging. But if you don’t mind using your hands, it’s actually a lot of fun. And you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular panorama of mountains and sea. Or, when the summit is above an overcast sky, a sea of clouds.
3. Castell d’Alaró
Castell d’Alaró is the perfect excursion for the whole family. You can choose between different starting points, depending on your stamina. A cobbled path leads up to the ruins of the legendary castle. A great motivation to keep going, if the kids get tired on the way. And everybody looks forward to a snack on the the marvelous terrace of the refugi.
4. Puig de L’Ofre
Set amidst the highest mountains on Mallorca Puig de l’Ofre offers one of the most panoramic views. After a stroll along the Cúber water reservoir you reach the pass and enjoy the vista of the Sóller valley. Although the path gets a little steep and rocky in the last half hour, it’s the view at the top that takes your breath away. You could rest there for hours and marvel at the who’s who of the Tramuntana.
5. Torrent de Pareis
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 the starting point for a number 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. Walk along cobbled paths, past abandoned charcoal burners sites, and fantastic rock formations that make you feel like a dwarf in the land of giants.
7. Penya des Migdia
If you feel like a little adventure, go for the Penya des Migdia. The path from the picturesque Ermita de la Victòria first leads through fragrant pine forest only to become more challenging, soon. The spectacular passage, an old watchtower, sticks 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.
8. Talaia de Alcúdia
Another beautiful hike on the Victória peninsula is the circular route to the Talaia de Alcúdia. Down and up steep ravines with more stunning views all along. On a clear day you can spot Menorca in the distance. And Platja des Coll Baix, a secluded beach at the end of the world, offers a great opportunity to go for a swim. What more do you want from a hike?
9. Puig de Ferrutx
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 Bay of Alcúdia a little longer.
10. Cap Blanc
If you love coastal hikes, there are also a couple of tours in the South of the island. On the walk from Cala Pi to the cliffs of Cap Blanc you pass scrubland, the trees bent by the wind. Finally you spot the white cliffs that gave name to the cape. And maybe you meet one of the shy tortoises in their natural habitat. Back in Cala Pi dip into the turquoise waters of the picturesque bay.
Of course, there is much more to discover. You’ll find many more tips for hikes here on Estilo Palma. Routes where you are unlikely to come across other people, even in high season. And hikes with great places to take a break and meet other hikers.